Keynotes Speakers and Tutorial Instructors - ICEDEG 2019


Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger is a Research Affiliate at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, a Fellow of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy and of MIT Connection Science and Adjunct Professor at the Imperial College Business School. He retired from IBM in May of 2007 after a 37 year career with the company, where his primary focus was on innovation and technical strategy. He led a number of IBM’s companywide initiatives including the Internet, Supercomputing, and Linux. He’s been Adviser on Digital Strategy and Innovation at Citigroup, at HBO, and at MasterCard. Since 2005 Dr. Wladawsky-Berger has been writing a weekly blog,, which has also been published in the Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal since April of 2012. He is a Senior Fellow of the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University; a Distinguished Associate of the Energy Futures Initiative; a member of the Advisory Board of USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab and of AiRo Digital Labs; and a Director of the Board of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives. He was co-chair of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee, as well as a founding member of the Computer Sciences and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council. He is a former member of the University of Chicago Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratories, of the Board of Overseers for Fermilab and of BP’s Technology Advisory Council. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A native of Cuba, he was named the 2001 Hispanic Engineer of the Year. Dr. Wladawsky-Berger received an M.S. and a Ph. D. in physics from the University of Chicago.




Sean A. McKenna is a Senior Research Manager at IBM Research in Dublin Ireland.  He leads a team of scientists and engineers developing computational and analytics-based solutions to challenges driven by the Internet of Things (IoT). Current research areas include employing cognitive computing to combine physics-based and data-driven models for solutions in energy, water, buildings and environmental domains. Prior to joining IBM in late 2012, he was a Senior Scientist at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA in the Geoscience Research and Applications Department.  My work there included flow and transport in porous media with applications in spent nuclear fuel repositories and CO2 sequestration.  Between 2003 and 2012, he also led the development of the open-source water quality event detection software, CANARY, which won a 2010 R&D 100 Award and a 2011 Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Award for Technology Transfer in partnership with the US EPA National Homeland Security Research Laboratory. He has previously been an adjunct or visiting, faculty member at the University of New Mexico, the National University of Singapore, the University of Texas at Austin, and New Mexico Tech. Sean has a BA from Carleton College, an MS from the University of Nevada, Reno and a Ph.D. from the Colorado School of Mines.  He is the 2016 Distinguished Lecturer for the International Assoc. of Mathematical Geosciences (IAMG).


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Dominik Dahlem is a Research Scientist at IBM Research Ireland and the Manager of the Health and Person-Centered Systems research group. He is working on improving Healthcare and Social Care for vulnerable populations, he is a technologist with an eye for innovation and a passion for Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining. His professional aims are to understand vertical business domains through the lens of data, improve data capture, write better algorithms, and ultimately deliver better products generating meaningful actionable insights. Dominik cares deeply about the explainability of AI taking into account human- and socio-centric considerations as well as ethically sound AI deployments. His previous tenures brought me on a journey through academia at Trinity College in Dublin (Ireland) and MIT in Cambridge (USA), to industrial research at IBM Research (Ireland), and building data-driven products at a startup called Boxever (Ireland). All the while he has been interested in the intersection of science, technology, and society. Whether it is the study of geographic reach or facets of how people utilise space in contemporary USA using telecommunication data in collaboration with AT&T, or revealing statistical relationships of human health conditions, he thrives when I am working in multi-disciplinary teams on relevant and innovative projects. His work featured in the popular media (New York Times, Esquire, Wired), as well as in academic fora, such as Scientific Reports. Areas of Expertise: AI and Data Mining in Travel/Transportation/Healthcare, Analysis of Networks, Scalable Algorithms, High-Performance Computing. Current position: Director of Machine Learning and Senior Principal Machine Learning Engineer at Optum --


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Soon Ae Yang is a NIPA Advisor to High National Studies Insitute (IAEN), Ecuador...Soon-Ae Yang is an E-government Advisor, dispatched to IAEN by NIPA (National IT Industry Promotion Agency) in Korea. She is advising on the development of education and training courses for government officials and E-government policy research. She worked as an E-government Advisor in Timor-Leste for two years in 2013-2015. Since she received her Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh, she had worked in the field of ICT planning and E-government policy in universities and research institutes in Korea including NIA (National Information Society Agency) and KLID (Korean Local Information Research and Development Institute). 




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24 - 26 April 2019
Quito, Ecuador

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