Keynote Speakers

Experts from industry, academia, and government

New York University

Dr. Rumi Chunara

Dr. Chunara is an Assistant Professor in New York University's Computer Science & Engineering Department. The overarching goal of her research is to develop the principles needed to incorporate unstructured data into a better understanding of our health.


Holden Karau

Holden is a transgender Canadian open source developer advocate with a focus on Apache Spark, BEAM, and related "big data" tools. She is the co-author of Learning Spark, High Performance Spark, and another Spark book that's a bit more out of date. She is a committer on the Apache Spark, SystemML, and Mahout projects. Prior to joining Google as a Developer Advocate she worked at IBM, Alpine, Databricks, Google (yes this is her second time), Foursquare, and Amazon. When not in San Francisco, Holden speaks internationally about different big data technologies (mostly Spark). She was tricked into the world of big data while trying to improve search and recommendation systems and has long since forgotten her original goal. Outside of work she enjoys playing with fire, riding scooters, and dancing.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Dr. Georgia Tourassi

Dr. Tourassi is Distinguished Staff scientist and Director of the Health Data Sciences Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where she conducts research in biomedical informatics and clinical decision support systems.