Big Data Analytics V Conference: Speakers
Title: Birmingham Fellow
Organisation: University of Birmingham
A regular visitor to observatories in the Atacama desert, Dr Amaury Triaud is the discoverer of over one hundred exoplanet planets (planets which orbit stars other than the Sun). His research concentrates on extracting empirical evidence about the physical processes that lead to the formation and evolution of planets. His main attention is on discovering and investigating planetary systems that are different to our own, either by the type of planets that compose those systems, by their architectures, or because of the type of star(s) they orbit.
Amaury’s current attention focuses on circumbinary planets (planets with two suns), and on identifying planets that have sizes and temperatures similar to Earth, and that orbit around the smallest stars in our Galaxy. As part of the SPECULOOS collaboration, Amaury is a co-discoverer of the TRAPPIST-1 system, whose planets are most optimal in the search for evidence of biology beyond our Solar system.
Title: Data Visualisation Consultant & Trainer
Organisation: Graceful Robot
Emma is a freelance analytics and data visualisation consultant living in London. Her work has been featured in The Guardian, and Tor.Com, and been long listed for The Information is Beautiful Awards.
She started out in Operational Research and statistics, and has gradually shifted from building models and leading analytics teams to communicating, and visualising data, making it easy to understand, and beautiful to look at.
Title: Senior Graphics Editor
Organisation: Scientific American
Jen Christiansen is senior graphics editor at Scientific American (SA), where she art directs and produces information graphics and data visualisations. She majored in geology and art at Smith College, then happily merged the two disciplines in the scientific illustration graduate program at UC Santa Cruz. She began her publishing career at SA, moved on to the art department of National Geographic, worked as a freelance science communicator, then rejoined SA in 2007.
Jen has presented on data visualisation, scientific illustration, and art direction at a variety of events, including Visualized, Eyeo Festival, OpenVis Conf, Malofiej, Gordon Research Conference on Visualisation in Science & Education, and IEEE VIS; and is a co-organizer of SciVizNYC. She regularly writes for the blog SA Visual, on topics ranging from reconciling her love for art and science, to her quest to learn more about the pulsar chart on Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures album cover.
Title: Head of Data Visualisation
Organisation: dunnhumby Ltd
Jon is a Customer Data Science pioneer and has been around the blocks with dunnhumby, a world leader in customer data science. Always working with data and ways to communicate customer insights most effectively, Jon cut his teeth as a data manager, analyst (back in the days before they called them scientists) and headed up the User Experience design team. Now he has returned to his true passion - data visualisation.
Based in Central London and despite a hostile start with pie charts, Jon has come around to a wary but comfortable working relationship with them.
Title: Senior Research Associate
Organisation: University College London
Oliver is an urban data scientist at the Consumer Data Research Centre, based at UCL's Department of Geography, where he researches and visualises geospatial data, specialising in geodemographics, cities and bikeshare systems. He writes regularly on his research blog - oobrien.com - and edits Mapping London. He also contributes to the OpenStreetMap project.
Title: Emeritus Professor of Computer-Oriented Statistics and Data Analysis
Organisation: University of Augsburg
Antony Unwin was the first Professor of Computer-Oriented Statistics and Data Analysis at the University of Augsburg. He has worked in industry as well as academia and has considerable consulting experience. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Society, co-author of the book “Graphics of Large Datasets”, and co-editor of the “Handbook of Data Visualisation”. His research focuses on data visualisation, especially in interactive graphics. His research group has developed several pieces of interactive graphics software and written packages for R. Antony is author of the book “Graphical Data Analysis with R” published in 2015 by CRC Press.
Title: VP of Publishing Innovation
Organisation: Research Square
Damian Pattinson is head of publishing innovation for Research Square – a company that provides language and editorial services for authors and publishers. Prior to that he was Editorial Director of the open access journal, PLOS ONE, then the largest journal in the world. He has extensive experience in dealing with cases of research integrity and figure manipulation in published articles. Previously Damian was a Senior Editor at BMJ, first on BMJ Clinical Evidence and later on BMJ Best Practice. He holds a PhD in neurobiology from University College London.
Alan Smith OBE
Title: Data Visualisation Editor
Organisation: Financial Times
Alan Smith is the Financial Times' first ever Data Visualisation Editor, leading an inter-disciplinary team producing award-winning cross-platform graphics (online, print) for a global audience.
An experienced lecturer and teacher, Alan also writes a popular monthly column — the Chart Doctor — for the FT's Work & Careers section.
Previously Alan created the Data Visualisation Centre at the Office for National Statistics, where he was appointed OBE in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours list. His interactive 'How well do you know your area?' census quiz was the subject of a featured TED.com talk; he considers bringing down a statistics website due to high popular demand a career high.
Title: Chief Technology Officer
Edward is responsible for setting Winton’s technology strategy and further modernising the firm’s technology platforms. He is a member of Winton’s Research Management Board and is the Principal Investigator leading Winton’s research into natural language patterns.
Edward joined Winton in 2006 as a software developer and has worked on projects ranging from developing technology for tick data collection and analysis, to designing Winton’s automated execution platform for futures. He has held various senior roles, including Co-Head of Engineering and Head of Product Research, where he was responsible for communicating Winton’s characteristic world view through innovative presentations and interactive tools.
Edward holds a BSc degree in computer science from the University of Edinburgh and spent five years writing software for real-time cognitive experiments at the University of Rochester, New York.
Title: Chief Technology Officer and Founder
Andrew Cardno is the driving force behind VizExplorer’s new and innovative technology for the gaming industry. He is an internationally renowned thought leader, speaker and author in the field of data visualisation, advanced analytics and big data, and brings more than 20 years of experience to his role as CTO. Andrew excels at solving the analytical challenges facing businesses and delivering sophisticated software solutions, and has led academic research teams to win two Smithsonian Laureate prizes and multiple prestigious technology awards. He has published more than 40 industry and academic articles and is a named inventor on over 60 patent applications.
Winton is a global investment management and data science company. Founded in 1997 by its CEO David Harding, Winton’s business is grounded in the belief that the scientific method can be profitably applied to the field of investing. The firm aims to help savers and institutional clients meet their investing goals by building intelligent, long-term investment systems that evolve as markets change.
As a systematic investment manager, Winton uses tools drawn from data science and advanced technology to identify subtle patterns in the behaviour of financial markets. Winton’s investment funds are all underpinned by the same philosophy: the belief that markets, rather than being what is termed “efficient”, exhibit exploitable behavioural characteristics. Harnessing these phenomena requires the understanding and use of statistical, mathematical and computing techniques.
Winton employs more than 400 people in nine offices around the world and manages approximately $30billion of assets for many of the world’s largest pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, banks and fund platforms.