Speakers & Panelists

Below is a partial list of speakers. Bios will be added as speakers are confirmed.

Panel and Presentation Speakers
Associate Professor of the Practice of Administrative Sciences Andrew Banasiewicz

Andrew Banasiewicz

BU Metropolitan College

A predictive analytics expert whose focus is in decision support solution development and statistical methodologies, Dr. Banasiewicz has over fifteen years of hands-on industry experience in quantitative risk assessment and marketing analytics, and more than a decade of experience managing and developing analytic teams in business organizations. His areas of expertise include multivariate predictive modeling; exploratory data—including text—mining; “big data” manipulation and analysis; and multisource analytics and data amalgamation, among others.

Vladimir Brusic

Vladimir Brusic

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute & BU Metropolitan College

Dr. Brusic is the director of the Cancer Vaccine Center Bioinformatics Core at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and an adjunct professor of computer science at Metropolitan College. He works on the development and application of computational methods in immunology and computer-aided development of vaccines. He has contributed a number of pioneering studies in computational immunology and immunoinformatics. He introduced the use of several advanced machine-learning techniques and developed novel algorithms for identification of T-cell epitopes and selection of vaccine targets. His current work includes development of computational solutions for the study of B-cell epitopes and integrative approaches to vaccine formulations. His research interests span the fields of biological databases, data mining, computational models of biological systems, simulation of molecular interactions, and biological discovery using simulation of laboratory experiments.

Robert Bry

Robert Bry

North America Ecosystem Development, IBM Academic Initiative

Robert Bry leads IBM’s Academic Initiative in the Northeast region of the United States, responsible for developing technology skills partnerships with colleges and universities. He works closely with university faculty to align a myriad of resources including software, course ware, serious game/simulation technology, and cloud computing, for integration into university curricula to help better prepare students for a more data analytics centric workforce of the future. In his 18th year with IBM, Robert is currently the Business Analytics Team Lead on the Academic Initiative team, working with many universities on Business Analytics curriculum efforts to help develop the big data analytics skills pipeline that is currently in high demand across various industries in our ecosystem.

Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Lou Chitkushev

BU Metropolitan College

Dr. Chitkushev has served on several IEEE conference committees and as a NSF review panelist. He is cofounder and associate director of Boston University’s Center for Reliable Information Systems & Cyber Security, and played a role in initiatives that led to Boston University’s designation as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance by the National Security Agency. Chitkushev teaches data communications, computer networks, advanced Internet technologies, medical informatics, and network security.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science Suresh Kalathur

Suresh Kalathur

BU Metropolitan College

Dr. Kalathur’s interests include autonomous agent systems, enterprise Java applications, object-oriented design and analysis, and operating systems security. He served as a lecturer and adjunct faculty at Tufts University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and he developed software and systems for several organizations and agencies. Kalathur teaches courses in Java programming, ASP.NET, J2EE, Web Services, and data mining.

Ellen Kislal Ph.D.

Ellen Kislal Ph.D.

Watson Research, IBM

Ellen Eide Kislal received a PhD degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1993. She spent 15 years at IBM Research, working on nearly all aspects of automatic speech recognition and text-to-speech synthesis before shifting her focus to high-performance image analytics. She left IBM to co-found Medical Image Mining Laboratories in 2009, a startup focusing on the quantitative analysis of disease as seen in photographs taken with off-the-shelf cameras, as well as lesions in 3D images such as CT scans. Ellen also consulted on other projects during this time, including cross-screen tracking of users and URL classification for a Big Data firm in NYC. In 2013 Ellen returned to IBM to work on low-resource speech recognition.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Jae-Young Lee

BU Metropolitan College

Dr. Lee has been teaching and conducting research in the computer science area for more than ten years. Before joining Boston University Metropolitan College, he taught at the Colorado School of Mines, the University of North Florida, and the University of Texas at Arlington. Lee actively conducts research on data mining, and has been awarded several grants to fund his work.

Associate Professor of Computer Science Robert Schudy

Robert Schudy

BU Metropolitan College

Dr. Schudy has made pioneering breakthroughs in intelligent pilot aiding systems, autonomous systems, metrology, network management, flight operations, and other areas while at BBN Technologies, Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, TASC, and Symbolics. He has consulted for numerous private firms and government agencies, and architected and developed many successful information systems. His business experience includes IT director, CEO, and chief scientist. Schudy is director of the online MS in Computer Information Systems and the database area. He has taught many subjects in the areas of databases, systems analysis and design, and software engineering.

Assistant Professor and Chair of Computer Science

Anatoly Temkin

BU Metropolitan College

Dr. Temkin teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in discrete mathematics, computer language theory, cryptography, algorithms, and computer information systems. In 2004, he received the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching; he also serves as academic advisor to graduate students in computer science. His research interests include information security and curriculum design.

Irena Vodenska Metropolitan College Faculty Member

Irena Vodenska

BU Metropolitan College

Dr. Vodenska is an expert in international finance and investments, with more than fifteen years of hands-on experience in financial analysis and securities trading on Wall Street and European markets. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst with experience in creating and actively managing hedge funds, specializing in risk arbitrage and convertible fixed-income securities. Vodenska has broad experience in academic teaching and corporate training, and her research interests include statistical finance and applications of quantitative methods in financial modeling.

Georgios Zervas

Georgios Zervas

BU School of Management

Dr. Zervas is assistant professor of marketing at Boston University School of Management, holds a PhD in computer science also from Boston University, and is a junior faculty fellow at the Hariri Institute. Previously, he was a Simons postdoctoral fellow at Yale University and an affiliate at the Center for Research on Computation and Society at Harvard University. He is particularly interested in the complications that arise when marketing, computer science, and economics intersect, and has focused on large-scale empirical studies of internet markets. Additionally, he serves on the program committee of several conferences, such as EC 2014, WSDM 2014, and WWW 2014.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Guanglan Zhang

BU Metropolitan College

Dr. Zhang’s research focus has been in machine learning, data mining, and knowledge management in the biomedical and health care fields. Her major research interests include computational modeling of complex biological processes, such as the identification of vaccine targets, the development of a framework for rapid development of next-generation biological databases, the building of analytical tools for pattern recognition from biomedical data, and the design of diagnostic tools. She has authored more than thirty journal publications, developed more than twenty online computational systems, and filed two patents as co-inventor. Through the development of advanced computational solutions, she contributes to the rapid progress of basic and applied biology and biomedicine. Zhang served as a research associate at Harvard Medical School, senior bioinformatics engineer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and project leader and senior research engineer at the Institute for Infocomm Research (previous name: Kent Ridge Digital Lab), Singapore.

Vladimir Zlatev

Vladimir Zlatev

BU Metropolitan College

Dr. Zlatev is an experienced educator and entrepreneur, with an extensive background in industrial engineering and corporate management. He focuses on marketing research and competitive analysis based on specific industries and market segments, companies, and technologies. In addition to his work in developing and delivering professional education programs, he serves as project leader in a European Union-financed initiative on the design, management, and implementation of educational programs and consulting projects as they relate to best-business theories and practices in the management of international tourism companies and destinations.

Tanya Zlateva Metropolitan College Dean Ad Interim

Tanya Zlateva

dean ad interim, BU Metropolitan College

Dr. Zlateva’s research interests include computational modeling of visual perception, parallel and distributed processing, and pattern recognition. She was instrumental in developing the information security curriculum that led to Boston University’s designation as a Center for Academic Excellence by the National Security Agency. She is an expert in online course delivery and development, and she has an accomplished research background in computer science. Zlateva is currently the director of the Boston University Center for Reliable Information Systems and Cyber Security (RISCS).