Laura Acion is a tenured Associate Researcher at the Calculus Institute (IC), University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) with 15 years of experience working in biostatistics applied to clinical research, mostly in the addiction and neuropsychiatric fields. In 2015, I started transitioning from biostatistics to health data science. As a consequence, she became a Senior Data Science Consultant for the Sadosky Foundation, an Argentinean public-private institution that promotes collaboration between academic information technologists and the rest of the stakeholders in the information technology ecosystem (2018-2019). She also an Adjunct Associate Researcher at the University of Iowa (USA, 2011-present) and hold a PhD in Biostatistics (University of Iowa, USA) and a Masters in Public Health (University of Iowa, USA). She had family care responsibilities that started in 2005 significantly delaying my doctoral graduation and allowing me to work only part-time between 2011 and 2015.
Rebekah Trombleis an associate professor in the School of Media & Public Affairs at George Washington University, where she teaches and conducts research on media and politics, digital research methods and ethics, and computational social science. Before her research took a digital turn, she also conducted extensive fieldwork in former Soviet Central Asia, where she focused on political discourses about Muslims and Islam. Prior to joining George Washington University, she spent eight years at Leiden University in the Netherlands.
Ghita Mezzour an associate 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 graduated from a PhD in applied artificial intelligence at the MIT Media Lab, and a masters in Technology and Policy from the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, & Society (IDSS). The vision driving Alejandro’s career is to bridge academic breakthroughs in AI with their sensible application for the public good. He has led applied research projects with the United Nations’ Big Data initiative (Global Pulse), the national governments of Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Andorra, and Saudi Arabia, as well as several partners in industry. He recently founded Prosperia Labs, a social impact spinoff developing AI solutions in the areas of poverty and health. He there leads a collaboration between MIT and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) focused on developing "AI Systems for the Fair and Efficient Targeting of Social Policies"—such as Conditional Cash Transfers—across the globe. He also leads the development of Human+Ai decision systems for massifying early detection of chronic diseases in developing countries.