Speakers 2017

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Prof. Dr. Pieter Ballon
Research group SMIT (Studies on Media, Innovation and Technologies).

He was appointed the first Brussels Smart City Ambassador and is also the International Secretary of the European Network of Living Labs.

His expertise lie in the Smart City area for both Brussels and the Flanders Region, on the subject of which he has recently published the book “Smart Cities : hoe technologie onze steden leefbaar houdt en slimmer maakt"

Luka Riester
Luka Riester
Big Data Analytics (BDA) Practice Manager / Data Architect
Business & Decision

Being 10 years in the data industry Luka gained experience by working on numerous IT projects as a technical expert ranging from ERP implementations to Business Intelligence, Data warehouse modelling and Big Data projects. His skillset covers various competencies on different IT platforms accompanied with sound understanding of business needs and requirements. His specialties cover technical and functional design of data structures with strong focus on real-time and batch data integration, analytics industrialization and end user data interaction. Luka’s current interests are data related Apache projects like Hadoop, Spark, Kafka and Flink, Azure and hybrid deployments, as well as Python. Apart from being a consultant with an increasingly important front-facing, customer oriented role, he is also in charge of a team of 35 data engineers and scientists deployed on numerous missions.

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Frank Vanden Berghen
Business-Insight / TIMi

Frank Vanden Berghen owns a PhD in Applied-Mathematics in the field of Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence. Since more than 20 years, Frank is creating predictive models, first as a researcher, after as a consultant. As a consultant, Frank used practically all tools available on the market and felt frustrated because of the limitations of these tools. So, in 2007, Frank created the most advanced tool for predictive analytics on the planet. TIMi was born. Using his tool, Frank is a recurrent top winner at Kaggle and KDD cups.

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Prof. Dr. Jos Dumortier
Founding partner

Prof. Dr. Dumortier is widely known as the go-to lawyer for the public sector in these areas of law. He very frequently acts as counsel to the Belgian Federal Government, the Belgian Federal Public Service of Information and Communication Technology, the Flemish, Walloon and Brussels Governments, the European Commission, the Dutch goverment and various other Belgian and international public sector bodies to draft contracts or provide advice in these areas of law.

Kris Van Dyck
Kris Van Dyck
Pre Sales Engineer
Information Builders

Kris supports prospects, clients, partners and colleagues to deploy and optimize the right components of the Information Builders platform. Through presentations, demos, trainings or workshops, he shares his years of knowledge and experience.

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