Speaker: Mikhail Kourjanski

Lead Data Architect @Paypal

Mikhail Kourjanski is the Lead Data Architect at PayPal, responsible for the data architecture of the PayPal real-time decisioning platform, that handles billions of events per day and maintains dozens of petabytes of data. For fraud prevention function alone, this platform saves more than $500M in annual profits. Mikhail has over 20 years of work experience, including high-tech software engineering, academic research, and consulting for the Financial Services industry. Mikhail’s architecture work includes a number of innovative developments such as high-performance distributed processing over eventually consistent data, multi-layer security model for data-in-transit middleware, service domain models for banking and Fintech clients. Mikhail had delivered multiple engagements for the Top-10 banks in the roles of trusted advisor up to CIO level, lead architect, and IT delivery executive. Prior to consulting period of Mikhail’s career, he proved a successful entrepreneur running his own company, winning and delivering R&D projects for the US Government agencies. Mikhail earned his  Ph.D. degree in applied mathematics from the Moscow State (Lomonosov) University, Russia, followed by the post-doctoral research position at UC Berkeley. Mikhail’s academic research focused on large-scale distributed systems and real-time simulations for the Transportation industry and Smart Cars technologies.

Talk : Data Pipelines for Real-Time Fraud Prevention at Scale


  • Deep Learning Applications & Practices

    Deep learning lessons using tooling such as Tensorflow & PyTorch, across domains like large-scale cloud-native apps and fintech, and tacking concerns around interpretability of ML models.

  • Predictive Data Pipelines & Architectures

    Best practices for building real-world data pipelines doing interesting things like predictions, recommender systems, fraud prevention, ranking systems, and more.

  • ML in Action

    Applied track demonstrating how to train, score, and handle common machine learning use cases, including heavy concentration in the space of security and fraud

  • Real-world Data Engineering

    Showcasing DataEng tech and highlighting the strengths of each in real-world applications.