Dr. Davide Valeriani is a senior machine learning scientist at Neurable, a Boston-based startup developing EEG-based brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) for enhancing focus and controlling external devices. He obtained his bachelor and master degrees in computer engineering from the University of Parma (Italy), and his PhD in computing and electronic systems from the University of Essex (UK), developing collaborative BCIs for improving group decision-making. Between 2018 and 2021, he was a postdoc at Mass Eye and Ear / Harvard Medical School, working on deep learning algorithms to diagnose dystonia from MRI data. Dr. Valeriani’s research interests are in the areas of computational neuroscience, machine learning, brain-computer interfaces and decision-making. He is also a passionate mentor, loves cooking and playing with his cat Gin.
Dr. Krzysztof Choromański is a Research Scientist at Google Brain Robotics New York and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University.
Prior to joining Google, he completed his PhD at Columbia University working on structural graph theory (Ramsey-type results, in particular the Erdos-Hajnal Conjecture). His interests include structural & random graph theory, robotics & reinforcement learning, quasi Monte Carlo methods for machine learning, Riemannian optimization and more recently, attention-based architectures for sequential data with applications in robotics (memorization, lifelong learning), bioinformatics and vision.
Dr. Ruud Berkers is currently working as an early-career psychologist at HSK, a mental health care institution with locations across the Netherlands. He uses cognitive-behavioral techniques to treat a wide variety of complaints, including depression, anxiety, ptsd, and burnout.
In a previous stage of his career, he was a cognitive neuroscientist studying human memory, sleep and decision-making, obtaining his PhD at Radboud University Nijmegen and doing a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive & Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany. Prior to that, he studied biology and psychology at Maastricht University, and obtained a Master in Cognitive & Clinical Neurosciences. During the latter program, he gained his first clinical experience working with patients diagnosed with an autism spectrum condition.
From the previous text, it might seem that Ruud’s career went in a straight linear trajectory. However, this is not quite true as his interests have always been broad. During his studies he gained experience in teaching, science journalism, and science policy, along with science and clinical work. At some point during his postdoc, he decided to redirect course and quit his postdoc to work towards a career as a clinical psychologist. He pursued to gain additional education and training, including working in an inpatient clinic specializing in anxiety and compulsive disorders, before landing a job at HSK in the little Dutch city of Ede.
Amy Cunningham is currently the Director of Marketing and Communications for Columbia Hospitality. She leads a team of 21 people to support digital marketing, social media and public relations across more than 25 properties within the Columbia Portfolio.
Before joining Columbia, Amy was principal of ElUquote, a consultancy that focuses on better business communications. She ghost-wrote speeches for presentations across the globe, and led internal communications across four teams for Deloitte Consulting, representing more than 15,000 employees. Before Deloitte, Amy also worked with PR firms and digital marketing agencies for 20 years, building awareness campaigns and writing thought leadership pieces for technology and medical device clients including Philips Healthcare and IBM.
She is a recipient of the STAR award of excellence for her work in technology communications. Often working closely with C-level executives, Amy’s expertise is the ability to message key thoughts and ensure each word supports the speaker’s goal.
Amy spends her free time as a marathon runner, a TedX Seattle volunteer, traveling with her family and coach for the St. Anne middle school speech team.
Miguel Heinonen is an entrepreneur who has worked in the startup community across the United States and United Kingdom. He is the founder and CEO of Heirizon, an employment marketplace that pairs employee with employers. Heirizon collates jobs by geography to make sure that out users can find employment conveniently. Miguel bootstrapped and built from the ground up, and he is an expert in building companies with little to no financial resources.
He also serves as a board member, advisor and avid YouTuber.
Dr. Alessandro Crimi is an Italian-born researcher turned educator and entrepreneur. He holds a PhD in Medical Imaging from the University of Copenhagen and an MBA in International Healthcare Management from the University of Basel. He alternated formal research in neuroimaging to healthcare-related projects, mostly based in Ghana. Since 2012, he is a Visiting Lecturer of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Ghana. Among his achievements to date, he pulled off a prenatal care project which was using portable ultrasound machines in rural Ghana, and supervised talented PhD students as a part of the program “Women in science for the developing world.”
Currently, he is focused on building two startups:
1. Yawlab, which aims to empower the global South with tools and education about biotech (now registered in Ghana);
2. QC4All, which aims to prepare the global South for the next revolution in quantum computing (in the foundation phase).
Ultimately, the two projects should converge into quantum chemistry simulations.
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