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Ruben Cuevas, PhD - Assistant Professor, Telematic Engineering Department, UC3M, Spain

Dr. Ruben Cuevas is currently Assistant Professor at the Telematics Engineering Department at University Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M). Previously he was Courtesy Assistant Professor in the CIS Department at University of Oregon (US) and Research Visitor in the Internet Scientific Group at Telefonica Research Lab (Spain).

He obtained his PhD and MSc in Telematics Engineering and MSc in Telecommunications Engineering at University Carlos III of Madrid (Spain). Furthermore, he received his MSc in Network Planning and Management at Aalborg University (Denmark).

Ruben's main research interests include Privacy, Fraud Detection and Personalisation in Online Advertising, Online Social Networks and Internet Measurements.

He is co-author of more than 50 papers in prestigious international journals and conferences such as IEEE Infocom, ACM CoNEXT, WWW, IEEE/ACM TON, IEEE TPDS, PlosONE or Communications of the ACM. He has been the PI of 6 research projects funded by the EU H2020 and FP7 programs, the National Government of Spain and private companies and associations. Overall Rubenparticipated in more than 15 research projects. 

Ruben's research has been featured in major international and national media channels such as The Financial Times, BBC, The Guardian, The Times, Wired, Corriere della Sera, O'Globo, El Pais, El Mundo, ABC, Cadena Ser, Cadena Cope, TVE, Antena3.

Kajal Mukhopadhyay, PhD - Co-Founder & Principal, mdrk Consulting, USA

Kajal Mukhopadhyay, often known as Dr. K, is the Co-Founder & Principal of mdrk Consulting, an independent boutique data and design consulting firm based in New York City. mdrk Consulting helps clients with data intelligence, data science, analytic solutions and data-driven products and designs. As a Co-founder, Kajal brings 15+ years of experience in media and digital analytics.

Most recently he was part of the Mindshare team from GroupM, where he had been a Managing Partner and Director of Live Audience, responsible for Audience Product Developments using big-data intelligence and machine learning algorithms.

Kajal was also Vice President of Performance and Measurement at Xaxis, where he developed, delivered and spearheaded Xaxis analytics products and practices, Xaxis media performance and measurement solutions including audience insights and optimization, cross-channel attribution, brand impact and research studies.

Before Xaxis, Dr. K was an Analytics Director at a marketing consulting company specializing in marketing mix for large financial, retail and media companies. During this time, Kajal had developed a framework for analyzing and optimizing advertising and marketing return on investments.

Kajal holds a PhD in Econometrics from Indiana University and had been a professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame for nine years. He is member of several I-COM Boards and Juries.

Dr. K has published in the media and has been a speaker at ARF, DMA, IAB.

Joshua Koran - Managing Director, DMP, Sizmek, USA

Joshua Koran is currently Sizmek’s Managing Director for their data enablement product line.

Joshua is a true pioneer in digital marketing, behavioral targeting, data marketplaces and data management platforms with nearly 20 years’ experience in these domains. AdWeek recently recognized his contributions to this field, in which he holds 22 patents, by naming him one of the top innovators in the space.

Among his many accomplishments, he designed the industry’s first predictive behavioral targeting platform, the first data marketplace ad network, and the first three-screen (TV, mobile, display) behavioral profiling platform. Over the course of his international career, he has lead product, engineering, data science, user experience, business development, and commercialization teams in companies such as Turn, AT&T, Yahoo!, and ValueClick. Through his digital consultancy he has helped nearly two dozen other digital advertising companies improve their understanding and monetization of online data.

Joshua holds B.A. from Boston College, J.D. Law from U.C. Hastings College of the Law and M.B.A. from Oxford University. 

Mikko Kotila - Principal, botlab.io, Finland

Mikko Kotila - Principal, botlab.io, Finland

After having started one of the early digital agencies in the mid-nineties, Mikko Kotila worked in the digital industry as a technology innovator, a strategist and a public advocate. Working with Fortune100 companies, global agency networks and technology startups, he found that profound understanding is more important than insight, and people are more important than technology or data. Mikko is interested in ideas and innovation that radically challenge the way we think about the world.