Ricardo Baeza-Yates is currently CTO of NTENT, a search technology company based in Carlsbad, California, since June 2016; as well as Director of Graduate Data Science Programs (part-time) of Northeastern University, Silicon Valley campus, since January 2018. Previously, he was VP of Research at Yahoo Labs, based in Barcelona, Spain, and later in Sunnyvale, California, from January 2006 to February 2016. Between 2008 and 2012 he also supervised Yahoo Labs Haifa and between 2012 and 2014 Yahoo Labs London. Until 2005 he was the director of the Center for Web Research at the Department of Computer Science of the Engineering School of the University of Chile; and ICREA Professor and founder of the Web Science and Social Computing Research Group (formerly Web Research Group) at the Dept. of Information and Communication Technologies of Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. He maintains ties with both mentioned universities as a part-time professor. Finally, he is also an adjunct professor at the CS department of the University of Waterloo, Canada. His research interests includes algorithms and data structures, information retrieval, web search and data mining, and data science and visualization. He is ACM Fellow and IEEE Fellow.
Ghita Mezzour an assistant professor and the associate director of the ITC research laboratory (TICLab) at the International University of Rabat. Her research interests include artificial intelligence, big data, cyber security and youth employability. She is currently leading a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) project on using Global big social and technical data to predict cyber attacks and a USAID project on using data sciences to improve youth employability in Morocco. She holds a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in Communication Systems from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. Ghita was selected as a Rising Star by MIT’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department in 2015 and was a visiting Faculty at the University of Maryland at College Park during Summer 2017.
Alejandro Noriega Campero's endeavor focuses on AI-powered solutions that revolutionize targeting systems that deliver services to low-income populations. His project joins deep contextual knowledge with cutting-edge AI and emphasizes both fairness and efficiency in large-scale algorithmic decision-making systems. The vision driving Alejandro’s career is to bridge academic breakthroughs in AI with their sensible application for the public good. He co-leads the annual Meeting on Artificial Intelligence and its Applications (RIIAA.org) in Mexico. In the past four years, as a PhD candidate and researcher in Sandy Pentland’s group at the MIT Media Laboratories, Alejandro conducted applied research projects with the United Nations’ Big Data initiative (Global Pulse), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the national governments of Mexico, Colombia, Andorra, and Saudi Arabia, as well as several partners in industry. Alejandro’s background includes a masters in Technology and Policy at MIT’s IDSS, and two years of experience as consultant in the Mexican energy and infrastructure sector. He was born and raised in Mexico City, is an alumnus of ITAM, and a Fulbright Fellow since 2013.