Open Apereo 2018 Keynote Speakers

Open Apereo 2018 Keynotes

Opening Keynote: Laurent Charlin, Assistant Professor, Department of Decision Sciences, HEC Montréal

Laurent Charlin is an assistant professor of artificial intelligence at HEC Montréal. He earned a master's degree and a PhD respectively from the universities of Waterloo and Toronto and was a postdoc at Columbia, Princeton and McGill universities. He develops machine learning models, including deep learning models, to analyze large collections of data and to help in decision-making. His main contributions are in the field of recommender systems. The Toronto paper matching system (TPMS), a system to recommend and match papers to reviewers that he co-developed, was adopted by dozens of major conferences over the last five years (it has recommended papers for over six thousand reviewers). He has published 20 papers in international conferences and won a second-best paper award at the 2008 Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (UAI) conference.

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning :: Artificial intelligence (AI) has been in the news lately under such titles as "The revolution of AI" (Fortune) and "March of the Machines" (The Economist). I will dive into this topic and give an overview of some of the modern AI paradigms. Notably, I will explain the concepts of machine learning, deep learning, and neural networks. Throughout the presentation I will convey intuitions using concrete examples from recent applications, including some from my own research. I will also spend time explaining how the field has benefited from and contributed to open source software.


Closing Keynote: Deborah Bryant, Senior Director Open Source and Standards, Red Hat

Deborah Bryant's background includes cross industry expertise (private, public, higher-ed) with senior level strategic and communications-focused experience (business development, public relations, government relations, policy development).

Her management experience spans several decades through the entire lifecycle of emerging technology from product development through operations, including P&L responsibility. Over the last decade, she has focused on open source software; supporting communities of developers through work and non-profit board contribution; successfully advocating for the use of open source in the public sector and assisted government in adapting their policies and practices.

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