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The premier machine learning conference

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Predictive Analytics World London
etc.venues, 200 Aldersgate, 17-18 October, 2018


Predictive Analytics World for Business - London - Day 1 - Wednesday, 17th October 2018

8:00 am
Registration
9:15 am
Welcome & Opening
David Stephenson, PhDDSI Analytics
Author and Founder
DSI Analytics
9:30 am
Keynote:

Data science, if judged as a separate science, exceeds its sisters in truth, breadth, and utility. DS finds truth better than any other science; the crisis in replicability of results in the sciences today is largely due to bad data analysis, performed by amateurs. As for breadth, a data scientist can contribute mightily to a new field with only minor cooperation from a domain expert, whereas the reverse is not so easy. And for utility, data science can fit empirical behavior to provide a useful model where good theory doesn’t yet exist. That is, it can predict “what” is likely even when “why” is beyond reach. But only if we do it right! The most vital data scientist skill is recognizing analytic hazards. With that, we become indispensable.

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Speaker
John Elder, PhDElder Research
Founder & Chair
Elder Research
10:25 am
Sponsored Session:
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10:30 am
Coffee Break
10:55 am
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Speaker
Bas GeerdinkING Belgium
Technology Lead
ING
Deep Dive

Companies are turning more and more attention to how their internal machine learning systems make decision. It is becoming more and more important to infer the rationale behind their reasoning. Inability to make such inferences can have far-reaching consequences. Government, hospitals, and other businesses become dependent on decisions made by algorithms. With that in mind, we present a series of techniques and algorithms that can turn a black box system into a human readable and understandable series of rules. We illustrate these approaches using marketing and retail use cases.

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Speaker
Andrey Sharapov, PhDLidl
Data Scientist
Lidl
11:40 am
Session Change for Combo Pass Holders
11:45 am

In this talk, Hector will cover some recent advances in applying machine learning to the field of healthcare. A brief overview of deep learning and its applications in healthcare such as diagnostics, care management, decision support and personalized medicine. There will be deeper dives into specific topics such as machine learning on electronic health records and analyzing EEGs.

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Speaker
Hector YeeGoogle
Team Lead
Google Brain
12:30 pm
Lunch Break
1:40 pm
Part 1

Who gets to call themselves a Data Scientists? An Analytics Professional? Almost every company in the industry has a unique way of defining roles and assigning titles in data analytics related positions. This has resulted in a chaotic market that is confusing to employers, academic and training institutions, recruiters, and candidates. This presentation will share the main outcomes and learnings of a global research study to understand standards on definitions of analytics roles, skill-sets and career paths in the data science industry. Study reaches out to several hundred analytics leaders globally and is managed by an executive committee including academicians and industry leaders.

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Speaker
Usama Fayyad, PhD
Founder
Open Insights
Part 2

In the past 15 years or so technology companies like Google and Facebook have been applying predictive analytics to digital marketing for producing targeting and optimisation solutions. Today with the growth of scaled cloud platforms and machine learning technologies, it has become possible for brands to build their own solutions to these and other marketing challenges. Here we will explore how machine learning methods such as Markov chains and boosted and ensemble classifier methods can be used to predict and optimise the marketing mix, and some of the key technical challenges involved. We will further show how such predictive models can be used to identify and target customer prospects and with additional modelling, automate digital buying solutions. The presentation will also cover organisation challenges such as the need to foster collaboration between data scientists and marketers in order to get to actionability, and the practical steps you needed to apply these technologies to your own organisation.

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Speaker
Gabriel Hughes, PhDmetageni
CEO and Founder
Metageni
Deep Dive

Graph-based machine learning is becoming a very important trend in Artificial Intelligence, transcending a lot of other techniques. The worlds largest companies are promoting this trend. For instance Google Expander's platform combines semi-supervised machine learning with large-scale graph-based learning.

Using graphs as basic representation of data for machine learning purposes has several advantages: (i) the data is already modelled for further analysis, explicitly representing connections and relationships between things and concepts; (ii) graphs can easily combine multiple sources into a single graph representation and learn over them, creating Knowledge Graphs; (iii) a lot of machine learning algorithms exploit graphs for improving computation performances and results quality.

The Deep Dive will show the advantages above presenting also some applications like recommendation engine and natural language processing that use machine learning over graph. Concrete scenarios, models and end-to-end infrastructure will be discussed

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Speaker
Alessandro Negro, PhDGraphAware
Chief Scientist
GraphAware
2:40 pm
Session Change for Combo Pass Holders
2:45 pm

Expectations on customer experience are being reset every day by digital native companies. Google, Facebook, Uber are leveraging real time customer data and providing relevant and personalized experience at every touchpoint. When it comes to customer experience we can no longer benchmark ourselves with the peers in our own industry as digital has expanded the peer set by blurring industry boundaries. Financial services is no different. Customer’s financial journey is becoming increasingly complex with multitude of financial services entering the market every day. It has become even more critical to provide relevant and personalized customer experience in this space. The case studies in this talk highlight some possibilities (and recent examples) in making the customer touchpoints more personalized and engaging through predictive analytics leveraging transaction, credit bureau and digital data.

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Speaker
Abhishek Joshi ‘AJ’Visa
Senior Director
Visa Consulting & Analytics
Deep Dive

Transfer learning is a deep learning technique that uses pre-trained networks as starting points for training domain specific classifiers. This allows for virtually out-of-the-box building of powerful baseline deep learning models for virtually any domain, from medical images like X-ray images to industrial optical images or satellite imagery. This can be further generalized to non-image datasets like IoT, by emphasizing its multichannel 1D images properties. George is using GPU enabled Deep Learning Virtual Machinesto show how engineers can leverage open-source deep learning frameworks like Keras to build end to end intelligent signal classification solutions.

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Speakers
Miguel Fierro, PhDMicrosoft
Data Science and AI
Microsoft
George Iordanescu, PhDMicrosoft
Algorithm Specialist
Microsoft
3:30 pm
Coffee Break
3:55 pm

At The Washington Post, the comment community is important for the newsroom. To stimulate meaningful conversations while maintaining a civil and thoughtful comment section is the aim. Historically, comment moderation was handled by humans. However, with the rapidly growing volume of online comments, this manual process consumes a large amount of resources. To scale comment moderation, the Washington Post developed ModBot. ModBot contains a set of predictive models trained on tens of thousands of comments with human moderated labels. The problem of comments moderation is considered as a classification task. Sam will explain how he and his team build the models, refine the models based on their moderation criteria, and then deploy ModBot in the production environment for more efficient and economical comments moderation. Also, he will discuss the challenges they encountered, and solutions for addressing the challenges.

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Speaker
Sam Han, PhDThe Washington Post
Director Data Science and AI
The Washington Post
4:40 pm
Session Change for Combo Pass Holders
4:45 pm
Part 1
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Speakers
Berlinda HermsenOHRA
Data Scientist
OHRA
Antal NusselderOHRA
Data Scientist
OHRA
Part 2

BOTS is one of the AI Buzzwords du Jour. But what is behind the hype? In this presentation, the major components of a bot will be identified then a practical example will be created using public data and open source software. A highlight will be the use of machine learning combined with various forms of active learning to not only create an initial ontology but then to help make the bot automatically “smarter” over time. The example is done so that it can be shared and extended to a variety of topics.

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Speaker
Phil WintersCIAgenda
Author and Thought Leader
CIAgenda
5:45 pm
Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall
7:00 pm
End of First Conference Day
7:30 pm

Dinner with strangers:
meet your fellow attendees.
See the registration desk for more information

Predictive Analytics World for Business - London - Day 2 - Thursday, 18th October 2018

8:30 am
Registration
9:30 am
Part 1

Telenet Group (part of Liberty Global), the largest provider of cable broadband services in Belgium, continuously strives to create an amazing experience for its customers. To tackle possible service issues proactively, Telenet makes use of Advanced Analytical techniques. Different predictive models are deployed to identify which service issues customers possibly encounter.
Our solution was used in 2017 for the first time during the ‘Helemaal Mee Tournee’ Campaign. As a result, Telenet was able to proactively detect households with an issue and send out technicians more efficiently. In this presentation we will show how we built our models, how we cooperated with stakeholders, and which are our next steps.

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Speakers
Paul AertsTelenet
Advanced Analytics Manager
Telenet
Wouter Buckinx, PhDPython Predictions
Managing Partner
Python Predictions
Part 2

Working across 2000+ cities, Alibaba facilitates close to ten million food deliveries per day. In this talk, we’ll discuss Alibaba’s multi-factor dispatching and route planning model, which is used to optimize the real-time planning of their three million delivery riders delivering from 1.3 million partner shops. We’ll discuss static, dynamic and behavioral factors and constraints within this model, as well as how deployment is scaled in the Alibaba cloud, resulting in a response time of 500ms and cost savings of several hundred million dollars per year.

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Speaker
Vikram GodseAlibaba
´Architect
Alibaba Cloud
10:30 am
Coffee Break
10:55 am

In this talk Andreas will briefly introduce GANs and discuss how they can be used in a semi-supervised learning setup, to improve generalization when only few labeled examples are available. Two datasets will be considered. The first one is a standard academic dataset (SVHN) where this technique has been originally applied to improve generalization of digit recognition. The discriminator is trained on labeled images, unlabeled images, as well as artificially generated images from the GAN. By combining three sources of data, it will generalize better than a classifier trained on only one source of data. The same approach will then be used in one real world use case.

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Speaker
Andreas MerentitisOLX Goup
Head of Applied Data Science
OLX
Deep Dive

Reinforcement learning is gaining attraction in the AI field as it extends to predictive analytics to a fully autonomous and optimized control of complex systems. It has a lot of applications in robotics, autonomous car driving, industrial control and even gaming. This talk derives the main theoretical concepts, applicable algorithms and simulation environments for agent development. There will be also a discussion about still existing challenges and limitations of this concept.

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Speaker
Norbert KraftNokia Bell Labs
Research & Technology
Nokia Bell Labs
11:40 am
Session Change for Combo Pass Holders
11:45 am
Part 1

In situations where 1% optimisation improvement might be worth millions – algorithm tuning, parallelisation, cloud benchmarking, etc – might turn out to be just the things that count. Grzegorz Gawron walks you through some cases where software engineering (computer science?) goes hand in hand with data science. All based on VirtusLab's real-world projects.

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Speaker
Grzegorz GawronVIRTUSLAB
Head of Data Science
VirtusLab
Part 2

With all the hype surrounding Artificial Intelligence these days and the ever-increasing data generated, the willingness from business stakeholders to adopt this technology is on the rise.

When decision-makers get past the “What is it?” question, they immediately get motivated into understanding “Where?” in their business AI fits. This is a subject of paramount relevance with not nearly enough focus by the community.
In this talk, João addresses this topic with thought provoking real-life use cases from his experience in developing and implementing AI solutions with Inovretail.

Session description
Speaker
João Guichard
Chief Science Officer
INOVRETAIL
12:30 pm
Lunch Break
1:40 pm
Part 1

In this presentation David will highlight the key imperatives required to successfully develop an analytics capability. Big Data and Analytics have been known 'hot topics' for some time now. The spending on analytics is expected to increase in the coming years. What is less well known is what it takes to make advanced analytics successful. There are many examples where it appears to have "bounced off" companies despite the great promise. Analytics requires the right conditions to be successful. The presentation, based on interviews and surveys of over 400 world leading executives, sets out the 10 imperatives required to succeed.

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Speaker
David Zdravkovic, PhDOC&C Strategy Consultants
Head of Analytics
OC&C Strategy Consultants
Part 2

This talk will discuss how machine learning on images can be used to understand and optimize drivers of ad success (logo, faces, text, etc.), and to further generate features for additional advanced models. We’ll discuss, for example, how we can use these models to estimate impact on click through rates and how this can help guide better use of advertising creatives.

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Speaker
Dirk NachbarGoogle
Data Scientist: Solutions Specialist
Google
Deep Dive

In this Deep Dive, Bohdan will cover approaches for sales time series predictions, risk assessments in business analytics and some of the main points of his team #1 Place Solution on Kaggle competition “Grupo Bimbo Inventory Demand”.

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Speaker
Bohdan PavlyshenkoSoftServe
Data Scientist
SoftServe
2:40 pm
Session Change for Combo Pass Holders
2:45 pm

Applied deep learning has fast become a standard tool for many industry machine learning applications. New advances in neural network techniques have opened the doors to solving problems at scale that were out of reach until recently. Because of these advances, applications such as in image recognition for self-driving cars, medical image classification, text translation, and fake news detection are both tractable and often the industry standard. In this keynote, Mike Tamir, who heads the data science teams at Uber ATG—the self-driving cars division—reveals how two key application areas of deep learning signal the broad importance of this emerging technology.

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Speaker
Mike TamirUber
Head of Data Science, Advanced Technologies Group
Uber
3:30 pm
Coffee Break
3:55 pm

ASOS uses machine learning to help customers find clothes they will love. There are some specific challenges of the fashion domain that require adapting and customising well-known solutions that have been used in other domains such as music and video recommendation. In this talk, Saùl will share some of the challenges and solutions he and his team came up with.

Session description
Speaker
Saúl Vargas Sandoval, PhDASOS
Senior Data Scientist
ASOS
4:40 pm
Session Change for Combo Pass Holders
4:45 pm
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Session description
Speaker
David Stephenson, PhDDSI Analytics
Author and Founder
DSI Analytics
5:30 pm
End of Predictive Analytics World for Business London 2018
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