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Invited Speakers

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Amir Banifatemi


Emily M. Bender (University of Washington)

Dina Machuve 


Frank Hutter (University of Freiburg)

Yang Yu (Nanjing Univesity)

Speaker Bios

 Amir Banifatemi
Amir Banifatemi is a thought leader, entrepreneur, and investor. He currently leads the global AI XPRIZE while managing two venture funds in US and Europe. He has more than 25 years of experience in development and growth of emerging and transformative technologies and focuses on working with growth-oriented companies on products and initiatives that could trigger significant breakthrough with strong economic and societal impact.

Emily M. Bender
Professor dr. Emily M. Bender is the director of the Computational Linguistics Laboratory at the University of Washington (USA). Her primary research interests are in multilingual grammar engineering, the study of variation, both within and across languages, the relationship between linguistics and computational linguistics, and practical methods for promoting engagement with ethical issues in NLP. She is involved in Shared Task Evaluation Campaigns (STECs) that aim to bridge the gap between available speech and language processing tools and challenges in endangered language documentation. This is done by designing tasks (challenges) that are compelling to speech and natural language processing researchers while addressing technical challenges in language documentation and exploiting growing archives of endangered language data.

Dina Machuve

Dina Machuve is a Lecturer and Researcher at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha, Tanzania. She holds a PhD in Information and Communication Science and Engineering from NM-AIST in 2016, and a MS in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University (TTU), USA in 2008 and BSc Electrical Engineering degree from University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) in 2001. She co-organizes the Data Science Africa (DSA), an organization that runs an annual data science and machine learning summer school and workshop in Africa. She is a member of a research group on Mechanism Design for Social Good (MDSG). Her research interests are data science, bioinformatics, agriculture informatics on food value chains and STEM education in schools.

Frank Hutter

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor frank hutter challengesProfessor dr. Frank Hutter is head of the machine learning lab at the University of Freiburg (Germany). He and his lab won both the first and second AutoML (automatic machine learning) challenge. His research is mostly of a methodological nature on the meta-level, such as machine learning methods that model & optimize the performance of other machine learning methods. He co-organized the NeurIPS workshops on Meta-Learning in 2017 and 2018.

Yang Yu
Yang Yu is an associate professor at the Department of Computer Science, Nanjing University, China. He holds a PhD in Computer Science, for which he received the 2013 National Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award of China. His research interest is in machine learning, mainly reinforcement learning and derivative-free optimization for learning. His work has been published in Artificial Intelligence, IJCAI, AAAI, NIPS, KDD, etc. He was selected as one of the ``AI's 10 to Watch'' by IEEE Intelligent Systems in 2018, and received the PAKDD Early Career Award in 2018. He won the champion of Retro Contest, a reinforcement learning competition organized by OpenAI.