Invited Speakers

Dr. Vivek K. Singh  is Assistant Professor at the School of Communication and Information of Rutgers University and Visiting Professor at MIT Media Lab. He directs the Behavioral Informatics Lab at Rutgers University looking at multiple problems at the intersection of Big Data Analytics, Computational Social Science, and Multimedia Information Systems. His research work has been published in multiple leading scientific venues (Science, Proceedings of the IEEE) and has received significant media coverage (BBC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal). He was selected as one of the ‘Rising Star’ speakers by ACM SIGMM in 2015 and he won the 2013 ‘Big Data for Social Good’ datathon organized by Telefónica, the Open Data Institute and the MIT.

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Dr. Katharina Reinecke  is Associate Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. Her research in human-computer interaction explores how humans’ interaction with technology varies depending on their cultural, geographic, and demographic background. To find out about these differences, she conducts large-scale online studies with our virtual lab LabintheWild. LabintheWild is an experiment platform for conducting behavioral studies that lets participants compare themselves to others in exchange for study participation. Using the data from our LabintheWild experiments, her research group builds systems that are able to adapt to these differences and that are more aesthetically appealing, more intuitive, and more usable for specific user groups.

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Dr. Cristian Canton is a research manager at Facebook where he currently leads the AI Red Team for the company, focused on understanding and prevention of misuses of AI; he is also the engineering manager for the DeepFakes Detection Challenge (DFDC). In the past, he managed the computer vision team within the objectionable and harmful content domain (i.e. detect and remove all the bad visual content in Facebook). From 2012-16, he was at Microsoft Research in Redmond (USA) and Cambridge (UK) where he worked on large scale Computer Vision and machine learning problems. From 2009-2012, he was the lead engineer at Vicon (Oxford), bringing CV to produce visual effects for cinema industry. In the past, he organized several workshops in top-tier conferences (MediaForensics, DeepVision, among others).
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