Speaker: Alexander Harmsen

CEO/Founder @iris_automation

Alexander Harmsen is CEO and Co-Founder of Iris Automation, a high tech start-up building computer vision collision avoidance systems for industrial drones. With backing from Bessemer, Y Combinator, over $10M in private equity investment from other Silicon Valley investors, and operations in multiple countries, Iris Automation is attempting to radically disrupt the industrial drone sector. He also sits on the Board of Directors for Unmanned Systems Canada, a national industry representation organization that has been at the forefront of commercial unmanned systems for more than a decade.

Previously, Alexander was the first Software Developer at Matternet, a medical drone package delivery start-up, and worked on computer vision systems at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Los Angeles. He is very interested in intersections between drones, autonomous vehicles and real-world applications that will affect billions of people, always excited about meeting other people making big changes in the world!

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2019 Tracks

  • Predictive Data Pipelines & Architectures

    Case Study focused look at end to end predictive pipelines from places like Salesforce, Uber, Linkedin, & Netflix

  • Sequential Data: Natural Language, Time Series, and Sound

    Techniques, practices, and approaches around time series and sequential data. Expect topics including image recognition, NLP/NLU, preprocess, & crunching of related algorithms.

  • 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