Applied Data Science Invited Speakers

The Applied Data Science Invited Talks will provide a venue for leading experts in the world of applied data mining and knowledge discovery. These invited talks will feature highly influential speakers who have directly contributed to successful data mining applications in their respective fields. The talks and discussions will focus on innovative and leading-edge, large-scale industry or government applications of data mining in areas such as finance, health-care, bio-informatics, public policy, infrastructure, telecommunications, social media and computational advertising.

Keynote: Fernando Pereira

Fernando Pereira


Representation learning, inference, and reasoning

Advances in machine learning have led to a golden age of increasingly rich models of language with large experimental gains in practical language understanding tasks. However, those gains came at the expense of earlier term-based approaches that provided clear inferential links between inputs and outputs in language understanding tasks. As a result, the new methods lack ​accountability​ for their decisions: they are prone to ignoring or making up important information, as I will show with examples from question answering and summarization. I will conclude by suggesting research directions to make ML-based language understanding and inference more accountable.

Fernando Pereira is VP and Engineering Fellow at Google, where he leads research and development in natural language understanding and machine learning. His previous positions include chair of the Computer and Information Science department of the University of Pennsylvania, head of the Machine Learning and Information Retrieval department at AT&T Labs, and research and management positions at SRI International. He received a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and has over 120 research publications on computational linguistics, machine learning, bioinformatics, speech recognition, and logic programming, as well as several patents. He is AAAI, ACM, and ACL Fellow, a member of​ the American Philosophical Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences​, and a past president of the Association for Computational Linguistics.