SPEAKERS - 2022

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Fiona Coath
Lead Consultant Developer, Thoughtworks
Speaking on Day 1, Session 3: Network and internet impact
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Fiona Coath is a lead software developer and consultant with the leading global technology consultancy firm, Thoughtworks. During her more than 10 years in the software industry she has consulted 12 companies across almost as many industries, helping them solve problems across a range of technologies including natural language processing, customer segmentation and data analytics. 

Originally from Australia where she completed degrees in computer science and in multimedia with a focus on video games and interactivity, she then went on to live and work in India and Singapore before moving to Germany where she is now based.

Her passion for social justice and equality keeps inspiring her to investigate the relationships between technology and society. In 2019 she toured Europe with her sought-after talk investigating the social impacts of bias in machine learning. Recently she is exploring the role that the technology industry plays in shaping our perceptions of the world and how this enables them to alter the political landscape.

 

Program Manager, AI Sweden

Francisca Hoyer is Strategic Program Manager at AI Sweden, the national center for applied artificial intelligence in Sweden. She co-leads the Natural Language Initiative, a new collaborative applied research environment that builds high-quality large language models for the Swedish language. Together with partners from academia, industry, and the public sector, she works to use the power of language models for the benefit of Swedish society. The focus is currently on GPT-SW3, the first truly large-scale generative language model for the Swedish language. Based on the same technical principles as the much-discussed GPT-3, GPT-SW3 will democratize access to this powerful new technology and help Swedish organizations build text processing applications never before possible. 

 

Originally a trained historian, Francisca moved into the field of AI, after becoming interested in debates about ‘emotion’ recognition systems. She holds a Ph.D. from Uppsala University, Sweden, and has previously completed degrees in history and German literary studies at the Free University of Berlin, Germany. Her research interests include global and gender history, and south and southeast Asian history. They span questions such as power relations and representation in historical archives, as well as the history of emotions. 


She now applies her experiences to the field of AI, where everything builds on historical data. She is passionate about pulling together innovation projects that engage stakeholders and partners who have not traditionally been involved in developing new technologies, and also diversifying the AI development pipeline with domain experts from the humanities and social sciences.

Francisca Hoyer
Program Manager, AI Sweden
Speaking on Day 1, Session 2: Research excellence
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Hiroto Nakajima
Chief Scientist, Nikkei Inc

Hiroto Nakajima is the Chief Scientist of Nikkei Inc., the largest economic media group in Japan with 2.6M subscribers. He leads many R&D projects of Nikkei Innovation Lab which serves the whole group including newspapers, magazines, TVs, financial data services and the market index Nikkei 225. Nikkei employs AI, machine learning or data science for various products and services. Nikkei AI News, one of his projects, is a full/semi-automatic video generation system operating since 2019. Another his project is Nikkei AR, which is a content augmentation for articles and advertisements on newspapers. He has been a spokesman of Lab’s activities at conferences in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Middle East.

 

He started his career as a theoretical physicist (Ph.D. in 2009) and explored the fundamental theory of nature. He passed CPA exam in 2011 and joined Pricewaterhouse Coopers, where he engaged in audit, risk evaluation and M&A due diligence for financial companies. He moved to a research institute of Nikkei, and then transferred to the current position and launched the Lab in 2017. He was awarded by Japan Press Net for his contribution to data journalism in 2019.

 

Now he is also a visiting researcher of two top-tier universities in Japan. His recent academic interest is the application of quantum computation in media industry. One of his academic outreaches is an image recognition display of cosmic rays in collaboration with National Museum of Science.

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Chief Scientist, Nikkei
Speaking on Day 1, Session 2: Research Excellence
 

Ana Peleteiro Ramallo is an experienced leader with 14 years in the field of artificial intelligence. She is currently a Director of Applied Science at Zalando, leading an organization that focuses on personalization and recommendations to help customers in their discovery journey and shopping experience, establishing Zalando as their starting point of fashion.  

Prior to that, Ana was the Data Science Director at Tendam, a multi-brand international fashion retailer, where she was responsible for building the AI and cloud strategy and teams from the ground up, and led key initiatives for the company’s digital transformation. Before that, she was a Senior Data Scientist at Zalando, where she built data-driven products using Machine Learning and Deep Learning. Ana is also an external expert for the European Union on different topics such as evaluating research proposals and Marie Curie fellowships, amongst others.

Ana holds two engineering degrees, a PhD in AI with 35+ international peer reviewed publications and a master in executive leadership. She has been awarded on multiple occasions for her work and contributions to the community (e.g., Data Scientists of the Year, European Data Science & AI Awards). She is an active speaker in different venues and a firm advocate of knowledge sharing, as well as promoting and participating in women in tech initiatives.

Ana Peleteiro Ramallo
Director of Applied Science
Zalando
Speaking on Day 1, Session 2: Research excellence
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Paolo Rosso
Professor
Technical University of Valencia
Speaking on Day 1, Session 2: Research excellence
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Paolo Rosso is Full Professor at the Universitat Politècnica de València, where he is also a member of the Pattern Recognition and Human Language Technology (PRHLT) research center. His research interests are focused on social media data analysis, mainly on fake news and hate speech detection, author profiling, and sarcasm detection.

He has published 50+ articles in journals (34 Q1) and 400+ articles in conferences and workshops, he has an H-index of 67 (source: Google Scholar) and he is in the ranking of the top H-index scientists in Spain (http://www.guide2research.com/scientists/ES).

He has been PI of several national and international research projects funded by EC, U.S. Army Research Office, Qatar National Research Fund, and Vodafone Spain. Currently, he is the PI of the research project XAI-DisInfodemics on eXplainable AI for disinformation and conspiracy detection during infodemics (Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation), a member of the EC IBERIFIER project on Monitoring the threats of disinformation (European Digital Media Observatory), and the project on Resources and Applications for Detecting and Classifying Polarized Hate Speech in Arabic Social Media (Qatar National Research Fund), and the recent FairTransNLP project on Fairness and Transparency for equitable NLP applications in social media (Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation).

He has been advisor of 26 PhD theses and currently he is the advisor of 8 PhD students.

 

Paolo Rosso gave several keynotes (TSD-2020, CICLing-2019 etc.) and has helped organising 30+ shared tasks at the PAN Lab at CLEF and FIRE evaluation forums, SemEval, IberLEF and Evalita on topics such as author profiling (e.g. profiling bots, haters, and fake news spreaders), hate speech detection, irony detection, misogyny, sexism and toxic language identification.

 

He has been the chair of *SEM-2015, and organised conferences in Valencia such as: NLDB-2022, EACL-2017, CLEF-2013, and CERI-2012. He helped as senior chair or track chair in conferences such as SIGIR, ACL, COLING, EMNLP etc.

 

Since 2014 he is Deputy Steering Committee Chair of the CLEF Association. He is also Associate Editor at the Information Processing & Management journal. He gave several tutorials on plagiarism detection at ICON-2010, author profiling at RuSSIR-2014, RANLP-2015, FIRE-2016 and CLiC-it-2018, and harmful information (fake news and hate speech) at CIKM-2020. During the last 10 years the obtained results in plagiarism detection, irony detection, author profiling, credibility detection (fake news) were covered by Spanish (El País, ABC, La Vanguardia, El Mundo, El Levante, El Confidencial, Radio Nacional de España, La Cope) and international media (Reforma, Informador, CNN-Español).

Paolo Rosso did his PhD in Trinity College, Dublin.  

Kjersti Løken Stavrum is CEO of Tinius Trust who is the controlling owner of the media group Schibsted. The trust’s main role is to ensure that Schibsted remains a media group based on a sustainable economy and characterized by free, independent quality journalism.

 

She has been a journalist and editor for most of her career – working with newspapers, magazines and online publications, always with innovation as a guiding principle.

For a short period, she was head of the communications department of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) before she entered the position as secretary general of the Norwegian Press Association until she left for the Tinius Trust in 2016.

 

Løken Stavrum is president of Norwegian PEN, the Norwegian branch of the world’s largest organization for freedom of expression. She was head of the Norwegian government’s Commission on Freedom of Expression who presented it’s report in August 2022. She has been co-chair of the latets report from Forum on Information & Democracy (https://informationdemocracy.org) released this September.

 

She is educated as political scientist specializing in international relations, and has a master’s degree in management.

Kjersti Løken Stavrum
CEO, Tinius Trust
Speaking on Day 1, Session 3: Network excellence and internet impact
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More key note speakers to be published in the coming weeks