Registration opens April 2019 San Diego,CA September 18-21, 2019

2019 Tapia Conference

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General Chair

Joel Branch

Director of Platform Development and AI Architect, Lucd, Inc.


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Dr. Joel W. Branch is Director of Platform Development and AI Architect at Lucd, Inc., where he oversees development of capabilities for streamlined deep learning solutions for large-scale distributed computing and big data enterprise platforms. Previously, Dr. Branch was a manager in the Advanced Technology Group at ESPN, where he worked on predictive analytics for sports data and media. 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, 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, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is passionate about the promotion of diversity and equality in the STEM community. Most importantly, Joel enjoys life by spending time with family, friends, and perfecting his BBQ skills. He is a proud native of the suburbs of Chicago, IL.