Speakers Announced So Far
Strategic Director and European Cofounder/CEO of the Wolfram Group of Companies
Conrad Wolfram, physicist, mathematician and technologist, is the strategic director and European cofounder/CEO of the Wolfram group
of companies. Conrad has been responsible for many technical directions, including the Wolfram Notebook, webMathematica technology and unification of the Wolfram technology stack. He regularly speaks on the vision of combining human and computer capabilities to improve society's ability to compute answers. Conrad is the founder of computerbasedmath.org, an
organization to lead a fundamental shift of math education to a computational thinking approach that equips students for real, computer-based analytical skills of the future. See Conrad’s
personal blog: http://www.conradwolfram.com.
Director of Technical Communication and Strategy
As Director of Technical Communication and Strategy at Wolfram Research, Jon McLoone is central to driving the company's technical business strategy and
leading the consulting solutions team. With over 25 years of experience working with Wolfram technologies, Jon has helped in directing software development, system design, technical marketing,
corporate policy, business strategies and much more.
Director of Kernel Technology
Tom Wickham-Jones has worked for Wolfram Research on the implementation of Mathematica since 1990. He is currently the Director of Kernel Technology. He has worked on many
details of the Mathematica programming language, as well as other areas such as graphics. In addition, he is the architect of webMathematica and Wolfram Workbench. In 1992, he published the
book Mathematica Graphics: Techniques and Applications. His most recent work has focused on the Mathematica compiler and parallel computation.
Head of Business Information Science
Michael Gamer studied mathematics and theoretical physics in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. After having worked for about 20 years in the telecommunications industry, he
headed to a university of cooperative education. He is now working at Berufsakademie Rhein-Main, which is the largest independent university of cooperative education in Hesse, Germany, as head
of business information science.
He does lectures and seminars on data science and machine learning. As an external member of the Algorithm Accountability Lab of the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Mike is concerned
with data analysis in research projects, especially in the project "Datenspende" during the last German election, where millions of search results from Google regarding the German election were
investigated. His main fields of interest are machine learning and big data applications.
Anthony Zupnik Wolfram Research
Anthony Zupnik is a kernel developer at Wolfram Research Europe, which is based in Oxford, UK. Anthony joined the Wolfram team in 2013 and has worked on a variety of
development projects both small and large; notably, he has worked on the Wolfram Cloud, report generation and the Computer-Based Maths project. In addition to developing, Anthony also delivers
training courses and bespoke presentations in academic, educational and corporate settings. He is mad about APIs, quantum computation and programming, and has experience developing with
languages such as VB.NET, C# and SQL.
Director of Parallel Computing Technology
Roman E. Maeder holds a PhD in mathematics from ETH Zurich. He is one of the original developers of Mathematica, and was an assistant professor of computer science at ETH
Zurich. He provides consulting in computer-aided mathematics, and continues to develop the parallel computing and other subsystems of Mathematica. He also lectures on computer-based
mathematics at the School of Economics, University of Zurich.
DAIS, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia
Flavio Sartoretto is an associate professor of scientific computing in the department DAIS, Università "Ca' Foscari" Venezia.
He is mainly interested in developing and implementing numerical algorithms for solving differential models in engineering and physics.
Technical Consultant Dr. Sjoerd Smit is a technical consultant at Wolfram Research Europe Ltd. (Oxford, UK), where he has been working since 2016. He currently works on consultancy projects involving data science and
statistics, and also works as a developer on Computer-Based Maths. Sjoerd holds a PhD in applied physics. He has a broad interest in science and mathematics, as well as a background in
Giulio Alessandrini graduated with a master's degree in physics at the University of Rome "La Sapienza." His studies comprised mainly statistical mechanics and its applications in different fields,
such as neural networks, disordered systems and biological systems. At Wolfram Research, he has been working for the image processing team, where he deals with color processing, high-level
utilities and, lately, with functions bridging neural networks and image analysis.
Gerli Jõgeva joined Wolfram Research in 2014. She has a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Tartu, Estonia. During her studies, she did research
in the bioinformatics group and was a TA in programming and discrete mathematics courses. Her current role at Wolfram is as a technical consultant, which allows her to work on various
projects, including building infrastructure and dynamic content for Computer-Based MathTM materials. She is also a big fan of good coding standards, functional programming and
graphs. Her hobbies and interests include choral music, orienteering, racket sports and reading fantasy novels.
Mark Braithwaite, Wolfram Research Technical Consultant, delivers training courses and bespoke presentations in academic, educational and corporate settings. If he isn't
presenting or providing training, he can be found working on internal coding projects and fixing bugs.
Loreto Llorente holds a PhD in economics from the Public University of Navarre
and a degree in economics from the same university. Her main teaching activity has focused on microeconomics subjects (both
intermediate and advanced). She has published two manuals in microeconomics and works on technological innovation
in both research and teaching. Her main lines of research focus on the field of individual decision making under
uncertainty, betting markets, game theory and experimental economics.
She has done several research stays and has published internationally in journals such as the Journal of Evolutionary Economics,
the International Journal of Industrial Organization and Theory and Decision, among others.
Department of Economics—Public University of Navarre
A graduate in economics from the University of the Basque Country (1987), Javier Puértolas has
been teaching subjects in the field of microeconomics since 1988.
He is interested in topics of microeconomic theory and industrial organization, and in the development of computer tools for
research and teaching in these fields.
He has been a user of Mathematica since Version 2.0.
Niels J. Sørensen
Niels J. Sørensen has worked at the startup company Gmech Computing IVS, based in Copenhagen,
since 2012. He is involved with consulting, innovation and software development. He has worked as a research associate in
computational mechanics at Brown University in Rhode Island, USA, with nonlinear finite element program development and Mathematica.
Niels has also worked at Lund University as an associate professor and head of the Division of Mechanics, and as an industrial
His current interest include high-performance computing with finite element and fluid mechanics codes, socioeconomic forecasting,
AI, and insurance and actuarial models.
Senior Data Scientist
I am an applied mathematician (PhD) with 27+ years of experience in algorithm development, scientific computing, mathematical modeling, natural language processing, combinatorial optimisation,
R&D programming, machine learning and data mining. I have more than nine years of focus on digital media and with geospatial-temporal machine learning. I am currently working in healthcare,
and formerly was a kernel developer for Mathematica.
Roma Tre University
Associate professor in mathematical physics at Roma Tre University.
Main interests: stability in Hamiltonian systems, analytical properties of multidimensional maps, perturbative series convergence, history and innovations in mathematical teaching, modelling
point clouds in 3D surveys.
Visiting professor at Princeton and the University of Texas, has taught advanced courses in CIMPA-ICTP research schools (University of the Philippines Manila and Kathmandu University,
Curator of several exhibits at Genova Science Festival and Rome Mathematics Festival with the laboratory www.formulas.it.
His paper "A Direct Proof of a Theorem by Kolmogorov in Hamiltonian Systems," in collaboration with L. Chierchia, has been selected as a featured review by the AMS (96k:58193).
Paulina Toimil Davila
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Paulina Toimil Davila is currently writing her thesis to obtain a degree in chemical pharmaceutical biological license at FES Zaragoza—UNAM. From an early age, she
showed an interest in sciences and mathematics, and won competitions at the inter-institutional level. She has participated in conferences of the National College and taken courses of Mexican
Standards for the manufacture of medicines, phytochemistry, traditional medicine, research specialization and scientific development; she has also conducted workshops to teach children
chemistry. Now she works self-taught on the Wolfram platform.
Tommaso Bolognesi (laurea in physics, Univ. of Pavia, 1976; MSc in computer science, Univ. of Illinois at U-C, 1982), is a senior researcher at CNR-ISTI,
Pisa. His research areas have included stochastic processes in computer music composition, models of concurrency, process algebra and formal methods for software development and discrete and
algorithmic models of spacetime. He has published in various international scientific journals several papers in all three areas. He obtained prizes in the FQXi essay contests of 2011, 2014,
2015 and 2017.
University of Zurich
Maik Meusel is a PhD candidate in quantitative business administration. His research interests include education, business analytics and computational economics. Maik received an MA in economics from
the University of Zurich and a BSc in economics from the Humboldt University of Berlin. After his studies, he worked as a strategy consultant.
Manchester Metropolitan University
Stephen Lynch is a world leader in the use of Mathematics packages in teaching, learning, assessment, research and employability. He has written Python, Maple, MATLAB and
Mathematica books, and his research area is in dynamical systems. He is a senior lecturer with Manchester Metropolitan University and was an associate lecturer with the Open University
(2008–2012). In 2010, Stephen volunteered as a STEM Ambassador, in 2014 he became a Speaker for Schools and in 2017 he was invited to be a speaker for the Training Partnership. Stephen is the
co-inventor of binary oscillator computing, with patents covering the UK and US.
RISC, JKU Linz
Associate Professor, DI Dr.
- Studied technical mathematics at JKU Linz.
- PhD study in symbolic computation at RISC with Professor Bruno Buchberger.
- Habilitation in symbolic computation from JKU Linz.
- Development and redesign of the Analytica prover with Professor Edmund Clarke at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.
- Development and implementation of the Theorema system since 1994.
- Main development and design of Theorema 2.0 since 2010.
- Certified Mathematica Trainer.
Budapest University of Technology and Economics
- Graduated in mathematics from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, in 1971.
- Received the Candidate of Sciences degree in 1987 from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
- Habilitation: 2010, Budapest University of Technology and Economics.
- Worked 10 years at each of the following: Semmelweis University Medical School, Computer and Automation Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Agricultural University, Gödöllő.
- Since 1999: Budapest University of Technology and Economics.
- External fellow of the Reaction Kinetics Laboratory, Eötvös University.
- Research topics: deterministic and stochastic models of reaction kinetics, qualitative theory of differential equations, applications of Mathematica (since Version 2).
- Teaching mathematics and Mathematica.
- Books and papers can be found here.
Stephen is the CEO of Neural Insights, where he has responsibility for business intelligence solutions and commercial strategy. Until recently, he was the chairman of the award-winning AI firm Sybenetix
(recently sold to Nasdaq), and is the chairman and cofounder of two new AI firms, Agxio and Incuto. Prior to joining Neural Insights, Stephen was the global managing partner for Accenture's FS finance and performance management practice, the global lead partner for Deloitte's risk management practice and the managing partner for Ernst & Young's financial services risk management and regulatory practice across Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa.
Hydraulic Discipline Manager
Pedro Fonseca studied environmental engineering with a sanitary specialization at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. He then proceeded with an international career mostly focused on the detail engineering of water treatment plants, always within the Suez group, and has been based in France, the United States and Portugal. Having managed the hydraulic discipline since 2012, he participates in the research and development of new products as well as in the basic and detail design of water treatment plants all around the world.
uni software plus GmbH
Senior Data Scientist
Stefan Janecek holds a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Linz (Austria), originally working in the field of density functional theory. After several years
as a postdoc working on quantum mechanical simulations in material science, he moved on to industrial mathematics applications, including a brief stint in computational finance. He joined
uni software plus GmbH in late 2016 as a senior data scientist, working on industrial IoT applications.
Mathematica Technical Specialist
Roberto Cavaliere has been a Mathematica user since 1995, and since then has used Mathematica to develop educational software and user interfaces. He is a Wolfram
certified instructor and currently is an external consultant at Adalta, Wolfram's Italian partner and reseller.
Nova Analysis, S.n.c.
Simone Ferrero graduated from Politecnico di Torino in mathematical engineering with a master’s thesis on numerical topological optimization. He also founded Nova Analysis, a consulting company involved in numerical situations. Over the years he has gained experience mainly in FEM analysis, along with optimization, mathematics and multiphysical simulation of complex systems. Since 2013, he has worked with Wolfram Mathematica to support his daily activities and to help customers find nontrivial solutions to complex problems. In 2016, he won a Wolfram hackathon in Barcelona.
- Graduated from Southern Federal University (SFU), Rostov, Russia, in 1980.
- Obtained a PhD in theoretical solid state physics in 1988 from SFU.
- Habilitation in theoretical biophysics in 2002 from the Technical University of Munich (Munich, Germany).
- Areas of interest: phase transitions, fracture physics (presently active), soft matter, mechanics of polymers, membranes, and cells and sensors (presently active).
- Teaching interest: the Mathematica-based teaching of soft matter physics.
- Mathematica domain of particular interest: onscreen analytical calculations; on one approach to numerical solutions of nonlinear PDEs exhibiting soft bifurcations.
DICATAM-Università Degli Studi di Brescia & INFN-Sezione di Pavia
- Researcher and assistant professor at the University of Brescia.
- Teaching mechanics to engineering undergraduate students since 2011.
- Associated with Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN) since 2003.
- Has worked at CERN in different experiments on antimatter since 2003 (currently in AEgIS).
- Interested in disseminating science and in new methods for physics teaching.
voestalpine Grobblech GmbH
- Master's in mechanical engineering at Montanuniversität Leoben.
- PhD at RWTH Aachen.
- Many years of experience in process simulation.
Research Institute for Symbolic Computation (RISC)
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Carsten Schneider works in the field of symbolic summation
and its application to challenging problems, e.g. in combinatorics, special functions and number theory. In the last 10 years, his team at RISC has performed in close collaboration with DESY (Johannes Blümlein, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron) on highly demanding simplifications of Feynman integrals that arise within higher-loop corrections in quantum chromodynamics, including masses.
Internally, these integrals can be transformed to huge expressions up to several GBs in size and in terms of millions of multi-sums. Given such a representation, the main task consists of simplifying these enormous expressions to alternative forms that are given purely in terms of special functions. In the last few years, Schneider's summation package Sigma, based on difference ring theory, has been tuned and generalized to a very robust and efficient Mathematica package, and has been supplemented by many further Mathematica packages to perform these gigantic calculation jobs.
I am a senior developer at Wolfram Research. Before joining Wolfram Research, I obtained my doctorate in theoretical physics, and collected a few other honours degrees before that. I work on the architecture of the front end (amongst other things), and in particular on the "box infrastructure." For a couple of years now, I and others on the team have been working on the skunk works project of technology to allow a fully native version of the Wolfram Language and the front end to work on iOS. Due to the nature of the iOS platform, this has entailed an almost complete rewrite and rearchitecture of the front end sources and a lot of under-the-hood work. It has been an exhilarating time to be a front end developer. Talk to me about C++, language design, Mathematica, XML, MathML and advanced (or basic) typesetting and issues in the front end.
Jan Brugård is the CEO of Wolfram MathCore in Linköping, Sweden. He is the cofounder of Wolfram MathCore and leads the Wolfram SystemModeler development team as well as the Wolfram MathCore consulting team.
He has a master of science degree in applied physics and electrical engineering from Linköping University, and is an experienced modeller. He has spent several years modelling advanced engineering applications, primarily within the electrical and mechanical fields but also within life sciences and thermodynamics.
Philippe Morel is an architect and theorist, as well as the cofounder of EZCT Architecture & Design Research (2000) and more recently (2015) of the large-scale 3D printing corporation XtreeE (where he served as founding CEO).
He is currently an associate professor at the ENSA Paris-Malaquais, where he leads the Digital Knowledge department (cofounded with Pr. Christian Girard) and serves as the head of the scientific and pedagogical committee of the Advanced Master in computational design and making at the Ecole des Ponts ParisTech.
In the past, he was both an invited research cluster and MArch Diploma unit master at UCL Bartlett.
Prior to the Bartlett, he taught at the Berlage Institute (seminar and studio) and at the AA (HTS seminar and AADRL studio).
His long-lasting interest in the elaboration of a theory of computational architecture is well expressed by some of his first published essays (including "The Integral Capitalism," 2000–2002; "Research on the Biocapitalist Landscape," 2002; "Notes on Algorithmic Design," 2003; "Notes on Computational Architecture," 2004; "A Few Precisions on Architecture and Mathematics," Mathematica Day, Henri Poincaré Institute, Paris, January 2004; and "Forms of Formal Languages: Introduction to Algorithmics and Bezier Geometry with Mathematica," 2005).
He has also lectured in various places (including the MIT department of architecture, "A Few Remarks on Epistemology and Computational Architecture," March 2006; the Architectural Association, "Information Takes Command," 2007; "The Laws of Thought," 2008; "Pangaea Proxima," 2008; and "What Is Computationalism?," 2012).
In February 2007, he curated the exhibition Architecture beyond Forms: The Computational Turn of Architecture at the Maison de l'architecture et de la ville PACA in Marseille.
Explicitly departing from Eisenman's dissertation "The Formal Basis of Modern Architecture" (1963), the exhibition addressed both historically and theoretically the linguistic and computational turns in architectural design.
Philippe's book Empiricism and Objectivity: Architectural Investigations with Mathematica (2003–2004), exhibited at Scriptedbypurpose (Philadelphia, September 2007), is to be considered the first architectural theory book written entirely in code.
His EZCT work, present in the FRAC Centre and Centre Pompidou permanent collections, as well as in private collections, has been presented recently in the exhibition Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.
A mathematician, computer scientist and computer algebra graduate, Yves Papegay has been an enthusiast of Wolfram's Mathematica software since Version 1.0.
He is currently a researcher on a team specializing in wired robots and service robotics, working on modeling and simulation tools, symbolic computation and interval analysis.
Yves has extensive experience teaching mathematics and computer science to post-high-school, undergraduate and graduate students.
In 2015, he cofounded Informathiques.fr, a nonprofit organization aimed at promoting experimental approaches to mathematics and algorithmic applications.
Every year, Yves teaches students during some of the Wolfram Language Summer Schools in Oxford.