Arrival & Champagne Reception
Viorica Patraucean - Google DeepMind
Building Biologically-Inspired Artificial Visual Systems
Originally from Romania, Viorica completed her PhD in Computer Science at ENSEEIHT–INP in Toulouse, France where she focused on image processing. She continued her research during her post-doc at INRIA Ecole Polytechnique France, where she worked on image and 3D shape analysis. She then joined the Computer Vision and Machine Learning Department of Engineering at University of Cambridge, where she started her work in machine learning (unsupervised learning from videos; semantic segmentation). Currently, she is a research scientist in Google DeepMind and she is interested in semi/self-supervised learning for scene understanding from videos, and biologically-inspired system design.
Giovanna Miritello - Vodafone
Using Machine Learning to Build a Unique Experience
Giovanna is Lead Data Scientist at Vodafone UK where she uses data to build a personalised experience for customers. She is a passionate of network science with experience in industry and academic fields. Her doctoral thesis on “Temporal patterns of human communication in social networks" was published by Springer as an outstanding Ph.D. thesis. In 2013 she was selected for the Insight Data Science program in Silicon Valley, a program to acquire experience in data analysis and machine learning. In 2014 she was awarded by the “Junior Scientific Award” from the Complex Systems Society for her contributions to computational social science.
Dong Nguyen - The Alan Turing Institute
Studying Social Phenomena Using Large-Scale Text Analysis
Dong Nguyen is a research fellow at the Alan Turing Institute. She is also affiliated with Edinburgh University. She works on natural language processing methods to study social and cultural phenomena. She especially enjoys working with social media data. Previously she was a PhD student at the University of Twente. She received a master's degree from the Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. She has interned at Facebook, Microsoft Research and Google and she was a visiting researcher at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research has been featured in various media outlets, including Time Magazine and the New York Times.