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Adam Munder

CEO and Co-Founder

Comm-Verse (an Intel Company)

Location

Phoenix, AZ, USA

Interests

Nano-fabrication, System Architecture, Systems Engineering, AI, Deep Learning, Computer Vision System

Bio

I’m an engineer and the CEO and Co-Founder of Comm-Verse backed by Intel Corporation. My company is dedicated to empowering the Deaf to communicate with anyone, anywhere, anytime. Utilizing technology and world class engineers, we are striving to deliver an Artificial Intelligence (AI) based solution, enabling real-time conversation between people using ASL and those who speak English.

Adam Skwersky

Software Architect

HCL

Location

Marlborough, MA, USA

Interests

Computers. Robotics. Mechanical Engineering.

Bio

I write high quality code and teach others to write high quality code.

Adam Stone

Data Scientist

Convo

Location

Edinburgh, UK

Interests

data science, cognitive neuroscience, psychology

Bio

A full-time data scientist with a background in cognitive neuroscience, language acquisition, sign language linguistics, and childhood education.

Alex Lu

Senior Researcher

Microsoft Research

Location

Cambridge, MA, USA

Interests

Computational Biology, Machine Learning, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence

Bio

I’m a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research New England. I lead a research program around the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning to big biological datasets. 

Modern biological experiments generate an unprecedented amount of data. How do we discover new biology when we have millions of microscopy images or protein sequences, and it becomes impossible to look at data at a one-by-one basis anymore? My research develops machine learning methods for discovering hypotheses in biology.

I have broad research interests, but central themes include:

  • Reducing effort and bias in applying machine learning: The best-performing machine learning methods often require a large volume of labeled training data. Not only is this time-consuming, but it biases models to be more sensitive to biology we have prior knowledge of – we might not be able to discover unknown biology, since we can’t label it. To address these barriers, I focus on self-supervised machine learning methods.
  • Learning relevant signal without direct specification: In biology, one scientist’s signal is another scientist’s noise: different biologists simply have different questions and are interested in learning different things from even the same data. I research how we can train machine learning models to extract relevant biological signal from data (even when we don’t know how to directly specify this), and robust to non-biological noise.
  • Interpretation and visualization: After we’ve trained a model, how do we extract insights? I’m interested in how we can use interpretation and visualization techniques to identify new biological hypotheses.

Alexander Lin

PhD Candidate

UT Austin

Location

Austin, TX, USA

Interests

Synthetic Biology, Tissue Engineering, Cell Adhesion, Mechanobiology

Bio

I am a 3rd-year Chemistry PhD candidate at UT Austin in Prof. Brian Belardi’s lab (located in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering). In my research, I am currently trying to engineer bio-like adhesions into minimal synthetic cells in order to construct synthetic tissue.

Alicia Wooten

Biology Assistant Professor

Gallaudet University

Location

Washington D.C., USA

Interests

lung infection, innate and adaptive immunity, pneumonia, cell culture, immunology, microbiology

Bio

I am focused on studying the innate immune response in the lungs when exposed to Streptococcus pneumoniae. By looking at how we can better understand the host-pathogen response, it will allow for increased treatment to bacterial pneumonia.

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