SAVE THE DATE Tapia 2018 Orlando, FL September 19-22, 2018

2018 Tapia Conference

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Program Chair

Joel Branch

AI Architect, Deep Insight Solutions, Inc.


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Dr. Joel W. Branch is AI Architect at Deep Insight Solutions, Inc. His primary activities include developing frameworks and techniques for streamlining deep learning solution development for large scale distributed computing and big data enterprise platforms. Previously, Dr. Branch was a manager in the Advanced Technology Group at ESPN, where his focuses included predictive personalization, semantic topic analysis, and image analysis for sports and fan analytics. Prior to ESPN, he was a Research Staff Member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center where he investigated a range of challenges in enterprise computing, including business application discovery and failure prediction, log-based system transaction modeling, and resource management for wireless sensor networks. Dr. Branch also enjoys occasional stints in the classroom and has served as adjunct professors at both NYU Polytechnic Institute and Columbia University in New York, NY. Dr. Branch’s research has resulted in over 20 patents and over 20 publications. Dr. Branch received his B.S. in Systems and Computer Science from Howard University in 2001, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2007, for which he was awarded the Robert McNaughton Award for excellent thesis research. He is passionate about the promotion of diversity in the STEM community and frequently participates in the CRA organization and Tapia conferences. In his downtime, Joel enjoys playing with his young daughters, making his lovely wife laugh, and perfecting his slow smoke BBQ skills. He is a proud native of the suburbs of the first, second, and third greatest city on Earth - Chicago, IL.