2022 Featured Speakers
Ben Shneiderman is an Emeritus Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Founding Director (1983-2000) of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory (http://hcil.umd.edu) at the University of Maryland. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM, IEEE, NAI, and the Visualization Academy and a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, in recognition of his pioneering contributions to human-computer interaction and information visualization. Shneiderman’s information visualization innovations include dynamic query sliders and multiple coordinated windows for Spotfire, development of treemaps for viewing hierarchical data, and novel network visualizations for NodeXL. He has received six honorary doctorates for his contributions. Ben is the lead author of Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction (6th ed., 2016). His new book on Human-Centered AI was published by Oxford University Press in February 2022.
Nadieh Bremer is a data visualization artist. She graduated as an astronomer, started working as a data scientist before finding her true passion in the visualization of data. As 2017's "Best Individual" in the Information is Beautiful Awards, she focuses on visuals that are uniquely crafted for each specific dataset, often using large and complex datasets while employing vibrant color palettes. She's made visualizations and art for companies such as Google News Lab, Sony Music, UNICEF, the New York Times and UNESCO.
Christophe Verdon has worked for more than 30 years in the IT department of the Renault group. A graduate in Software Engineering, he spent 20 years leading business application development, responsible for development environments, frameworks, tools, components, and standards. He then switched to data architecture where he oversees the strategy, implementation, and lifecycle of database and business intelligence software for the group's IT department. Among his responsibilities are selection, deployment, and maintenance of operations supporting both on-premises and multiple public cloud environments. In 2013, Christophe led the selection process for a new BI tool and adoption of TIBCO Spotfire® analytics.
Christophe has been with Renault for 15 years, first responsible for the business intelligence platform, then for commercial applications such as lead management and CRM, followed by a role as IT architect for Sales & Marketing. In his current role, he supports the digitalization strategy and manages a team of 35 that work on different types of applications required across the organization. Christophe has an engineering degree and more than 20 years’ experience in data, business solutions, and architecture.
Michael O'Connell is the Chief Analytics Officer at TIBCO Software, where he manages the TIBCO Data Science team, a group of data science experts and practitioners. Michael works closely with his team to deliver an evolving set of AI apps and tech tools across a number of industries. These solutions span the worlds of science and engineering through customer and marketing analytics. Michael received his Ph.D. in Statistics at North Carolina State University. He has been working on statistical software applications for the past 30 years and has published many statistics services, patents, and publications. His book, “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Tables,” is devoted to best practices in visual analytics, with a focus on data from life sciences.
Matt Quinn manages TIBCO's day-to-day operations and is instrumental in the growth and development of TIBCO's products and technologies, including the TIBCO Connected Intelligence Cloud. Formerly serving in executive roles including Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President, Products and Technology, Matt has spent more than 20 years with TIBCO leading large-scale transformations to organizational structure and product strategy. He received his BA in Computer Science and Masters of Applied Science Information Technology from RMIT University Melbourne.
Fred Studer is the Chief Marketing Officer of TIBCO. He's had a distinguished career in marketing, creative, and product management, with more than 25 years in the high tech industry. Previously, as the CMO of FinancialForce, he led the modernization of the brand, defined a targeted go-to-market model, and helped to dramatically improve marketing ROI and efficiency. Studer has also led worldwide marketing as the CMO of Gigamon and NetSuite, and before that, spent several years at Microsoft and Oracle. Originally from Denver, Colo., Studer received his B.S. in accounting and finance from the University of Colorado Boulder and is a board member of the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business.
Tobias Lehtipalo is the Vice President of Product Management for Analytics and Data Management at TIBCO Software. Tobias has a Master of Science degree in Engineering Molecular Biotechnology from Uppsala University in Sweden. He joined Spotfire in 1999 as a software engineer and helped build it into a leader in Business Intelligence and Analytics holding roles in engineering management, marketing and product management until Spotfire was acquired by TIBCO in 2007. Tobias is currently the head of Product Management and Product Strategy for TIBCO's flagship analytics and data management products that includes TIBCO Spotfire, TIBCO Data Virtualization and TIBCO EBX.
Vijay Raman is Senior Director, Product Management and User Experience at TIBCO Software. Vijay leads WebFOCUS product management & design and is responsible for working cross-functionally throughout the organization, building the product and user strategy with our customers and partners’ engagements. Vijay came to TIBCO software via the Information Builders’ acquisition. Vijay has served in various product management leadership roles at AIR Worldwide, DigitalOcean, Qlik, and Hitachi Vantara, defining strategy & roadmaps for consumer and enterprise products. Most recently, Vijay was at AIR Worldwide (Part of Verisk Analytics). He led the Product Management for a broad portfolio of products and oversaw their organization’s cloud transformation. Vijay has a background in Data Science\ML, Big Data, Cloud, Mobile, Storage and Networking. Vijay graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Master's in Computer Science and also has an MBA from Babson College. Vijay resides in Bedford, MA with his wife and daughter.
Neil specializes in data visualization, real-time analytics, IoT, and geoanalytics. Using the full suite of TIBCO’s Analytics portfolio, he helps organizations deliver on industry’s biggest challenges. Outside of the software itself, Neil takes a special interest in operationalizing analytics across organizations at multiple levels, and in building analytics adoption across teams. In his free time, Neil enjoys outdoor sports, hiking with his dog, live music, and playing pinball!