Machine Learning Innovation Fireside Chat

About Ben

Ben Lorica is the Chief Data Scientist of O’Reilly Media, Inc. and Program Director of Strata+Hadoop World. He has applied Business Intelligence, Data Mining, Machine Learning and Statistical Analysis in a variety of settings including Direct Marketing, Consumer and Market Research, Targeted Advertising, Text Mining, and Financial Engineering. His background includes stints with an investment management company, internet startups, and financial services.

Ion Stoica, Professor at UC Berkeley AMP/RISELab & Databricks

About Ion

Ion Stoica is Executive Chairman of Databricks, Professor of Computer Science at UC Berkeley and is a Cofounder of Conviva.

Matei Zaharia, Co-founder and Chief Technologist at Databricks

About Matei

Matei Zaharia is an assistant professor of computer science at Stanford and Chief Technologist of Databricks. He started the Spark project at UC Berkeley and continues to serve as its vice president at Apache. Matei also co-started the Apache Mesos project and is a committer on Apache Hadoop. Matei’s research work on datacenter systems was recognized through two Best Paper awards and the 2014 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award.