Presenters

Dr Anders L Madsen is the Chief Executive Officer of HUGIN EXPERT A/S and adjunct professor of Computer Science, Aalborg University, Denmark. He has a PhD in Decision Support Systems from Aalborg University (1999), a MSc in Computer Science and Mathematics from Aalborg University (1996) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Henley Business School, United Kingdom (2011). He joined HUGIN EXPERT A/S in 1997 as a student programmer and became Chief Executive Officer in 2004. His research interested are mainly focused on inference in and applications of probabilistic graphical models such as Bayesian networks and influence diagrams. He has published a number of scientific papers on these topics and co-authored a textbook on Bayesian networks and influence diagrams (2nd edition published in 2013). He has participated in numerous international Research & Technology Development (RTD) projects on the application of probabilistic graphical models including projects funded or supported by customers, Danish government and the European Commission. He was RTD Manager and Deputy Coordinator of the European Union project AMIDST (grant agreement no. 619209).

 

Dr Kimmo Soramäki is the Founder and CEO of Financial Network Analytics (FNA) and the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Network Theory in Finance. Kimmo started his career as an economist at the Bank of Finland where he developed in 1997 the first simulation model for interbank payment systems. In 2004 while at the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, he was among the first to apply methods from network theory to improve our understanding of financial systems. During the financial crisis of 2007-2008 Kimmo advised several central banks, including the Bank of England and European Central Bank, in modeling interconnections and systemic risk. This work led him to found FNA in 2013 provide solutions to monitor the complex financial networks that play a continually larger role in the world around us. Kimmo holds a Doctor of Science in Operations Research and a Master of Science in Economics (Finance), both from Aalto University in Helsinki.

 

Dr Alan Whitmore has over 30 years’ experience in cell biology research and clinical medicine across a variety of roles including MRC Fellow, UCL Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology 1999 to 2002; Visiting Fellow, The Jackson Laboratory USA, 2002 to 2005; Lecturer & Medical Advisor, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, 2002 to 2008; Hon Senior Lecturer, UCL School of Pharmacy, 2010 to 2013; as well as senior clinical positions. Dr Whitmore gained a BSc in Biology & Computing (1981-1984), and a PhD (1984-1987) from the University of London followed by postdoctoral work in Cambridge and medical studies at Oxford leading to the BM BCh in clinical medicine (1991-1996). In 2008 he was awarded an MRCGP. Professor Ernst Wit is the head of the Statistics and Probability group at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He obtained his PhD in Philosophy (1997) on 'The Ethics of Chance: normative reasoning under uncertainty' from the Pennsylvania' State University. In 2000 Wit obtained his PhD in Statistics at the University of Chicago with Peter McCullagh on the “Categorical Imperative”, an algebraic invariance analysis of statistical models. From 2000 until 2005 he was in the Statistics Department at the University of Glasgow, where he became a Reader. In this period, he got interested in statistical applications in genomics and published a book in 2004 on Statistics for Microarrays. In 2006 he took over the Medical Statistics Unit at the University of Lancaster as Professor of Biometrics. Since 2008 Wit is at the University of Groningen, where he has continued to work on methodological development in high-dimensional inference with a specific focus on network modelling. He is the author of 105 peer-reviewed publications. He has served as the President of the European Bernoulli Society and is currently member of the Board of Directors of the International Biometrics Society. He is president of the Dutch Biostatistics Society and head of the Mathematics Department at the University of Groningen. He is currently leading a European COST Action, entitled COSTNET (CA15109), that deals with novel methods for statistical network science. He advises the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Netherlands on statistical matters relating to elections and referendums (2014- ongoing).

 

Dr Jonny Wray has over 25 years’ experience in the application of mathematical and computational techniques to the modelling and analysis of biological systems. Following post-doctoral work at the Neurosciences Institute (New York and San Diego), he moved into the biotechnology industry with positions of increasing responsibilities in bioinformatics and drug discovery informatics at Clontech and, most recently, Five Prime Therapeutics (San Francisco). Dr Wray holds a PhD in computational biology from Newcastle University Medical School (1993).