Speaker Biographies – Feature Sessions - Chicago

Patrick Angeles, Chief Architect for Financial Services, Cloudera.
Patrick has over six years of experience as a Hadoop architect, and has presided over several large-scale Hadoop rollouts in financial services and other industries. Prior to Cloudera, Patrick was the chief architect at Simulmedia, where he built a scale-out log processing and analytic engine for audience measurement using Hadoop. In his 20 year career, Patrick has held various technical management and leadership roles in the areas of big data, e-commerce, web analytics, security and cryptography. Patrick holds a BA in English and Computer Science from Oberlin College.

Mike Beller, Chief Executive Officer, Tradeworx, Inc.
In addition to heading up Tradeworx, Mike serves as a Managing Partner of it’s technology subsidiary, Thesys Technologies, LLC. Prior to becoming CEO in 2015, he served as Tradeworx’s CTO since the firm’s inception in 1999, architecting it’s industry-leading low-latency trading and big data analytics platforms. Mr. Beller has 25+ years’ experience in finance, telecom and information technology industries. Prior to Tradeworx, he co-founded PenVision, a mobile field force automation company. Before this, he was a research engineer in the areas of wireless communications and cryptography at Bell Communications Research (Bellcore). Mr. Beller received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University ('86), and his MS in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University ('88).

James Cantarella, Global Head of Machine Readable News, Thomson Reuters.
James oversees the business and strategy of the company's enterprise feed proposition for news and text analytics. The Machine Readable News portfolio includes structured feeds of Reuters global news, Thomson Reuters News Analytics (TRNA) – the award-winning text analytics and sentiment engine — and Thomson Reuters MarketPsych Indices – leading multi-dimensional indices of social and psychological market sentiment. It also includes News Feed Direct – the market’s fastest feed of ultra-low latency economic indicators. He joined Reuters in 2007, and since 2011 his focus has been on expanding the company’s enterprise news, text and analytics capabilities. James completed undergraduate and post-graduate degrees at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Chicago.

Michel Debiche, Financial Services Practice Lead, ThinkBig Analytics.
Michel earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geophysics from Stanford and Princeton Universities. He has been involved in all aspects of quantitative trading since 1991. He worked in proprietary trading groups at Credit Suisse and Daiwa Securities America before creating the Global Equity Statistical Arbitrage desk at CIBC World Markets in New York. In 2002, Michel formed Quantia Capital, an investment advisor that has been involved in building several systematic trading operations. He has also consulted to financial services firms as well as their vendors in the areas of quantitative analysis, algorithmic trading, high-performance systems development, Complex Event Processing systems and enterprise risk management platforms. After a stint as Head of Quantitative Technology at First New York, a proprietary trading shop. Michel joined Think Big Analytics in 2013. Michel sees the rise of the Big Data ecosystem as a golden opportunity to apply the lessons learned in quantitative trading, a quintessential data driven business, to help large enterprises move towards driving greater business value from their growing data streams.

Michael D’Mello, Program Manager, Tools Immersion Program, Intel.
Under Michael’s leadership, the Tools Immersion Program program has provided Intel Software Tools based solutions to some of the most challenging software performance problems encountered in industry. Prior to his current role at Intel, Michael held various senior technical positions at the Hewlett-Packard Company, Convex Computer Corporation, and Thinking Machines Corporation. Michael has over 20 years of experience in the parallel computing industry. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Jonathan DeMent, Program Director, Power Systems & OpenPower Innovation, IBM.
Jonathan is IBM's Program Director for Power Systems and OpenPower Innovation. He leads the development engineering team that designs all of the IBM-led Power8 and future Power9 systems as well as a team that is enabling OpenPower partners to design their own Power-based servers and solutions. In addition he leads an engineering team focused on GPU and FPGA acceleration on the Power platform. Prior to this role, Jonathan had management and technical leadership roles in the design and development of the Power8, Power7, and Cell Broadband Engine processors. Jonathan earned his BSEE from Duke University and his MSEE from Stanford University.

Bob Gaines, Director- BigData Solutions (FSI), Seagate

Yonggang Hu, Distinguished Engineer, Chief Architect at Platform Computing, IBM Systems.
He has been working on distributed computing, grid, cloud and big data for the past 18 years. Before rejoining Platform Computing, Yonggang was Vice President and Application Architect at JPMorgan Chase focusing on computational analytics and application infrastructure. In his previous roles at Platform Computing, he held senior roles including Product Manager, Development Manager, Architect as well as the lead of the Financial Services Technology Solution Team. Yonggang holds an MS in Computer Science from Peking University and an MBA from Cornell University.

Terry Keene, CEO, Integration Systems, LLC.
Terry provides IT managers in buyside and sellside organizations with strategic perspectives on IT directions, technology analysis, and deployment alternatives for key initiatives. Terry has provided consulting services to over 1,000 corporations and organizations globally in many industries. His broad industry experience, along with his charismatic presence, has made him one of the most influential forces in the open systems market today. He has published numerous articles and been quoted in financial industry publications including HFT Review, Automated Trader, Financial Times and FOW - "Damn Those HFTs". Terry holds an MS in Electrical Engineering, with a major in computer engineering and data communications from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.

Peter Lankford, Founder & Director, Securities Technology Analysis Center.
Peter leads STAC®, which provides hands-on technology research and testing tools to the finance industry and facilitates the STAC Benchmark Council™, a group of leading financial institutions and vendors that engages in technical dialog and specifies standard ways to assess technologies used in finance. Prior to STAC, Peter was SVP of the $240M market data technology business at Reuters. Prior to Reuters, Peter held management positions at Citibank, First Chicago Corp., and operating-system maker IGC. Peter has an MBA, Masters in International Relations, and Bachelors in Chemistry from the University of Chicago.

Louis Lovas, Director of Solutions, OneMarketData.
Louis’ responsibilities include strategic business development and delivering targeted solutions for quantitative research and trading systems. Louis brings over 20 years of experience in developing cutting edge solutions for financial markets and is a leading voice on industry trends, trading technology and Complex Event Processing (CEP) for Capital Markets. Prior to joining OneMarketData, Louis was the Chief Architect and Fellow of Apama products at Progress Software. Earlier in his career, Louis held numerous positions in the Financial Systems and Corporate Program Management divisions at Unisys Corporation (formerly Burroughs). Louis has a B.S in Business Administration/Management.

Daniel Romanelli, Senior Consultant, Delta Risk LLC.
Dan helps firms evolve their cyber security risk by bringing proven competency to their compliance and technology operations. Specializing in financial technology and finance firms of all stripes, his practice helps assess and enhance client firms' posture prior to an incident through assessments, exercises, and policy reviews. Prior to Delta Risk, Dan held positions at NYSE Technologies, Merrill Lynch, and options software vendor RISC, LLC. His career in financial technology has taken him from the back office to the front, and from software and network engineering to product management and executive leadership.