Keynote speakers

4th February 2019 - University of Milano - Bicocca

Dirk Hovy is associate professor of Computer Science in the department of marketing at Bocconi University.

He did his PhD at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, working as research assistant at the Information Sciences Institute.

He works in Natural Language Processing (NLP), a subfield of artificial intelligence. His research focuses on computational social science. He is interested in integrating sociolinguistic knowledge into NLP models, and conversely, in using large-scale statistics to model the interaction between people’s socio-demographic profile and their language use.

Stefano M. Iacus, PhD, is full professor of statistics at the Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods, University of Milan. He has been a member of the R Core Team (1999-2014) for the development of the R statistical environment and now member of the R Foundation for Statistical Computing. He is also a co-founder of VOICES from the Blogs, a spinoff company of the University of Milan, specialised in Social Media and Big Data Analysis. Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Tokyo; member of the SMAPP Global Network, New York University (USA); member of the Institute of Social Media Data, Waseda University; member of the Big Data Committee of the National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT).

His research interests include inference for stochastic processes, simulation, quantitative finance, computational statistics, causal inference, text mining, and sentiment analysis.

Graduated Faculty of Mathematics, St.Petersburg State University, in 1976. PhD on applied probability in 1981. Professor of statistics at the St.Petersburg State University during 1989-1997. Since 1997 Professor, Chair in Statistics at Cardiff University. Author or co-author of 10 monographs on the topics of stochastic global optimization, time series analysis, optimal experimental design and dynamical systems; editor/co-editor of 9 books on various topics, author of about 200 research papers in refereed journals, organizer of several major conferences on applied statistics, time series analysis, experimental design and global optimization. Member of the editorial board of two journals: Journal of Global Optimization and Statistics and Its Interface. During more than thirty years is involved with applied projects on marketing research and consumer behaviour; the list of companies he worked with includes Procter & Gamble, AcNielsen and GlaxoSmithKline.

5th February 2019 - IULM University

Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano, he teaches at the Faculty of Design in the Communication Design master degree. He has been visiting lecturer at Universidad de Malaga and The Royal Institute of Art (KKH – Stockholm) and participated to several postgraduate courses in other universities.

Since 2000 he represents the Faculty of Design in the European program “MEDes” (Master in European Design).

Head of the Communication Design Research group and member of the Design PhD board, both at Politecnico di Milano – Design Department. His research and publishing activities focus on the development of data, information and knowledge visualization tools and methods to support decision making processes in complex systems.

He’s founder and scientific coordinator of POLIteca, the Design Knowledge Centre of Politecnico di Milano.