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Chief Technology Officer
Michael Brown was a founding member of comScore, Inc. in 1999. He leads the technology efforts of the company to measure Internet and Digital activities. comScore’s environment currently has over one year of data online and captures over 1.5 trillion rows of new data every month to measure the Internet in over 45 countries. He also has been responsible for over twenty patent applications at comScore. Seven of these patents have already been issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Prior to joining comScore in 1999, Mike worked on several different projects for companies in the Washington, DC area. One of these projects included working on a large help desk deployment and modernization effort for Deutsche Bahn in Frankfurt, Germany. In 1993, Mike cofounded Pragmatic Image Technologies with several associates from IBM. This consulting group focused on the implementation of IBM’s ImagePlus technologies at several different firms. One of the core projects completed was the successful role out of IBM’s ImagePlus product at Pennsylvania Blue Shield to over 1,200 users resulting in the largest image workflow installation on the east coast at that time.
Mike began his career at IBM in 1989 at the age of 19 in the image processing team in Gaithersburg, MD. He finished his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at night at the University of Maryland University College in 1992 and earned his Master’s degree from Hood College in Computer and Information Science in 1997. Please follow this link to view Mike’s profile on LinkedIn.
Chief Knowledge Architect
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
As the Evangelist for Data.Gov (an open government flagship project for the White House), Jeanne Holm leads collaboration and builds communities with the public, educators, developers, and international and state governments in using open government data. Jeanne is the Chief Knowledge Architect at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, driving innovation through social media, virtual worlds, gaming, ontologies, and collaborative systems, including the award-winning NASA public portal (www.nasa.gov) and pioneering knowledge architectures within the US Department of Defense. She is a Fellow of the United Nations International Academy of Astronautics, a Distinguished Instructor at UCLA, and Chair of the W3C eGovernment Group, and has more than 130 publications on information systems, knowledge management, and innovation.
She is a graduate of UCLA, the Drucker School of Management, and Claremont Graduate University. She is an instructor at UCLA and formerly at Pepperdine University and her courses focus on knowledge management, social network analysis, and collaborative systems. She has been awarded numerous honors, including the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for leadership (twice), NASA Achievement Award for her work on the Galileo and Voyager spacecraft, three Webby’s from The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, Competia’s Champion of the Year, three best practice awards from the APQC, and has led NASA to an unprecedented three global Most Admired Knowledge Enterprise (MAKE) awards.
Senior Director Technical Operations
Faisal has been immersed in the software industry for 12 years, where he has helped companies provide innovative products and services to customers seeking a competitive advantage. He is passionate about envisioning, creating and introducing cutting-edge software products and solutions to enable companies to improve profitability, implement leaner and faster business processes, and change the global perspective of how to conduct business more intelligently. He is currently a Senior Director of Technical Operations at Opower, a customer engagement and energy efficiency technology company. He is responsible for delivering Opower's customer engagement products, solutions and solutions to domestic and global clients.
Working with 93 utility partners and serving more than 32 million households and businesses across eight countries, Opower is a leading provider of cloud-based software to the utility industry. This blue chip client portfolio includes 27 of the 50 largest utilities in the US, and 14 of the 50 largest utilities worldwide. Opower’s platform uses big data analytics and behavioral science to enable utilities to achieve energy outcomes, including energy efficiency, customer engagement, demand response, and thermostat management. Founded in 2007 and publicly traded, Opower is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, with offices in San Francisco, London, Singapore and Tokyo. Opower’s success has been recognized by the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Washington Post, New York Times, CNN, Fox Business News, LA Times, Good Morning America, and President Obama.
Comcast Research Lab, Washington D.C.
Hassan Sayyadi is a Lead Researcher at the Comcast Research Lab in Washington DC. His research interests lie in the general field of machine learning with a special focus on recommendation and ranking problems in the TV and video domain. At Comcast, he is leading the personalization research team that develops novel personalized search, browse, and recommendation solutions to improve the experience for Comcast’s customers. He is also getting his PhD in computer science from University of Maryland. In his PhD research, he is working on ranking problems in heterogeneous networks, including prediction, personalization, and learning to rank.