Josh Wills

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Josh Wills, Director of Data Science, Cloudera

Josh Wills is Cloudera’s Senior Director of Data Science, working with customers and engineers to develop Hadoop-based solutions across a wide-range of industries. He is the founder and VP of the Apache Crunch project for creating optimized MapReduce pipelines in Java and lead developer of Cloudera ML, a set of open-source libraries and command-line tools for building machine learning models on Hadoop. Prior to joining Cloudera, Josh worked at Google, where he worked on the ad auction system and then led the development of the analytics infrastructure used in Google+.

Danny Bickson


Danny Bickson, Co-Founder at GraphLab

Danny Bickson was a project scientist at Carnegie Mellon University, working on the GraphLab project from its early stages. Danny’s applied research is focused on the intersection of distributed algorithms, machine learning and big data.

Ted Willke

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Ted Willke, Senior Principal Engineer and Director, Datacenter Software Division, Intel

Ted Willke is the Director of Architecture & Technology for the Datacenter Software Division (DSD) at Intel Corporation. As the division’s “chief technology officer,” Ted is responsible for driving innovation into its big data, cloud computing, and HPC software products. Ted joined DSD this year after transforming his Intel Labs research on large-scale machine learning and data mining systems into a commercial operation. Prior to joining Intel Labs in 2010, Ted spent 12 years developing server I/O technologies and standards within Intel’s other product organizations. He holds a Doctorate in electrical engineering from Columbia University, where he graduated with Distinction. He has authored over 25 papers in book chapters, journals, and conferences, and he holds 10 patents. He won the MASCOTS Best Paper Award in 2013 for his work on Hadoop MapReduce performance modeling and an Intel Achievement Award this year for his work on graph processing systems.

Ted Dunning

Ted Dunning, Chief Application Architect at Map R

Ted Dunning is Chief Applications Architect at MapR Technologies and committer and PMC member of the Apache Mahout, Apache ZooKeeper, and Apache Drill projects and mentor for Apache Storm, DataFu, Flink and Optiq projects. Ted was the chief architect behind the MusicMatch (now Yahoo Music) and Veoh recommendation systems. He built fraud detection systems for ID Analytics (LifeLock) and he has 24 patents issued to date and a dozen pending. Ted has a PhD in computing science from the University of Sheffield. When he’s not doing data science, he plays guitar and mandolin. He also bought the beer at the first Hadoop user group meeting.

Shon Burton

Shon Burton, Founder and Advisor of geekSessions

Shon Burton founded geekSessions in 2007, and produced dozens of panel discussion meetups for the San Francisco tech scene. Shon went on to enlist the help of Courtney Burton and entered the world of full-day conferences, including MLconf and The GraphLab Conference. Shon has stepped down from daily operations in geekSessions and currently serves as an advisor to geekSessions.

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