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Aydogan Ozcan

Aydogan Ozcan, Ph.D.

Chancellor's Professor at UCLA, Volgenau Chair for Engineering Innovation

Dr. Aydogan Ozcan is the Chancellor’s Professor and the Volgenau Chair for Engineering Innovation at UCLA and an HHMI Professor with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, leading the Bio- and Nano-Photonics Laboratory at UCLA School of Engineering and is also the Associate Director of the California NanoSystems Institute. Dr. Ozcan is elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and holds 43 issued patents and >20 pending patent applications and is also the author of one book and the co-author of >700 peer-reviewed publications in major scientific journals and conferences. Dr. Ozcan is the founder and a member of the Board of Directors of Lucendi Inc., Hana Diagnostics, Pictor Labs, as well as Holomic/Cellmic LLC, which was named a Technology Pioneer by The World Economic Forum in 2015. Dr. Ozcan is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the International Photonics Society (SPIE), the Optical Society of America (OSA), the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), the American Physical Society (APS) and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Craig Knoblock

Craig Knoblock, Ph.D.

Keston Executive Director, USC Information Sciences Institute

Craig Knoblock is the Keston Executive Director of the Information Sciences Institute, Research Professor of both Computer Science and Spatial Sciences, and Vice Dean of Engineering at the University of Southern California. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University and his Master’s and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in computer science. His research focuses on techniques for describing, acquiring, and exploiting the semantics of data. He has worked extensively on source modeling, schema and ontology alignment, entity and record linkage, data cleaning and normalization, extracting data from the Web, and combining all of these techniques to build knowledge graphs. He has published more than 400 journal articles, book chapters, and conference and workshop papers on these topics and has received 7 best paper awards on these papers. Dr. Knoblock is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), past President and Trustee of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), and winner of the Robert S. Engelmore Award.

Aaron Li

Aaron Li, Ph.D.

Founder of Qokka, AI specialist

Aaron is the founder of Qokka, an AI startup that helps companies zero in on customers and communities using communication data at large scale. Previously, Aaron was a founding engineering lead at Scaled Inference, where he created one of the first generalized autonomous optimization platforms for commercial use. Aaron briefly worked at Google AI, NICTA, and CMU where he created and perfected one of the first constant-time, large scale topic modeling algorithms for industrial use. Which became widely adopted.

Aaron won multiple awards in AI, including KDD Best Research Paper Award for his contribution in topic modeling and machine learning. Aaron received a research MSc in Language Technologies at Carnegie Mellon University, and BSc (1st class honors) at Australian National University in Computer Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Statistics. Aaron has lived in Beijing, New Zealand and Australia, before he moved to and settled in the US.

Carlo Zaniolo

Carlo Zaniolo, Ph.D.

Computer Science Professor, N.E. Friedmann Chair of Knowledge Science

After several years with industrial research labs, Dr. Zaniolo returned to his alma mater, UCLA, as a computer science professor and first occupant of the Norman E. Friedmann Chair in Knowledge Science. Professor Zaniolo is the author, or coauthor, of more than 340 peer-reviewed publications. Carlo served as the program chair or co-chair of major database conferences and associate editor of prestigious journals. At UCLA is serving as the director of the Web Information System Laboratory and co-director of Scalable Analytics Institute (ScAI).

George Cheng

George Cheng

AI Infrastructure Engineer, Search Technology Center Asia, Microsoft Corporation

George Cheng is the main contributor and maintainer of OpenPAI, which is one of the three key open source AI systems from Microsoft Research Asia. With more than ten years of experience in artificial intelligence system architecture, he has extensive driving force and influence in the open source community. He also participated in the core R&D and daily maintenance of several large open source projects.