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Maximilian Bode

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Software Consultant , TNG COMPANY
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Max is an IT consultant working for TNG Technology Consulting in Munich. He helps our customers build better software and is currently focusing on big data applications.

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David Brelloch

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Software Engineer , BetterCloud
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David Brelloch is a software engineer at BetterCloud on the stream processing team. His primary focus is on building a configurable system which allows customers to set processing rules for event streams from multiple SaaS vendors.

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Ufuk Celebi

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Software Engineer , data Artisans
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Ufuk is a PMC member of Apache Flink and a software engineer at dataArtisans. He has worked on many components of Flink, from the lower layers of the network stack and queryable state up to Flink’s web frontend. Ufuk studied Computer Science at FU and TU Berlin as well as ETH Zurich.

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Monal Daxini

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Senior Software Engineer , Netflix, Inc.
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Monal Daxini is a seasoned engineering leader; currently responsible for managing Stream Processing cloud infrastructure for business insights at Netflix. He has worked on Netflix’s Cassandra & Dynamite infrastructure, and was instrumental in developing the first cloud compute infrastructure for encoding Netflix content. He has over 15 years of experience building distributed systems at organizations like Netflix, NFL.com, and Cisco. He holds a Masters in Computer Science, and a Bachelors in Electronics and Telecommunications engineering.

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Erik de Nooij

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IT Chapter lead , ING Bank
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Erik de Nooij is an IT Professional with over 20 years of experience. He has joined ING Bank in 2011 and currently has the role of IT Chapter Lead within the Fraud & Cybersecurity department. Before ING he has done many enterprise scale implementations mainly using commercial software in various sectors like retail, telco and finance. In those implementations he has fulfilled different roles, varying from development, consulting and project management.

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Malo Deniélou

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Software Engineer , Google
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Malo Deniélou is a Software Engineer in the Google Cloud Dataflow team where he works on the Cloud Dataflow managed service and on the Apache Beam sdks. His main efforts are towards reducing the number of « knobs » that big data system users have to set before getting the best performance and cost. In particular, Malo works on the dynamic work rebalancing and autoscaling features. Previously, Malo Deniélou was a lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he worked on the theory of distributed systems.

Ted Dunning

MapR Technologies

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Ted Dunning

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Chief Application Architect , MapR Technologies
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Ted Dunning is Chief Applications Architect at MapR Technologies and active in the open source community. He currently serves as VP for Incubator at the Apache Foundation, as a champion and mentor for a large number of projects, including Apache Flink, and as committer and PMC member of the Apache ZooKeeper and Drill projects. He developed the t-digest algorithm used to estimate extreme quantiles that has been adopted by several open source projects. He also developed the open source log-synth project described in the book Sharing Big Data Safely (O’Reilly). Ted was the chief architect behind the MusicMatch (now Yahoo Music) and Veoh recommendation systems, built fraud-detection systems for ID Analytics (LifeLock), and has issued 24 patents to date. Ted has a PhD in computing science from University of Sheffield. When he’s not doing data science, he plays guitar and mandolin. Ted is on Twitter as @ted_dunning.

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Stephan Ewen

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CTO , data Artisans
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Stephan Ewen is PMC member of Apache Flink and co-founder and CTO of data Artisans. He believes that stream processing is the next step both for data analysis and for building end to end applications as continuous data flows. Before founding data Artisans, Stephan was leading the development that led to the creation of Apache Flink during his Ph.D. and worked on databases at IBM and Microsoft.

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Trevor Grant

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Open Source Technical Evangelist , IBM
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Trevor Grant is committer on the Apache Mahout project and Open Source Technical Evangelist at IBM. He holds an MS in Applied Math and an MBA from Illinois State University. Trevor is an organizer of the newly formed Chicago Apache Flink Meet Up, and the Chicago Veterans in Big Data Group.

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Jamie Grier

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Director of Applications Engineering , data Artisans
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Jamie Grier is Director of Applications Engineering at data Artisans where he’s extremely excited to be able to help others realize the potential of Apache Flink in their own projects. Jamie has been working on stream processing for the last decade at companies such as Twitter, Gnip and Boulder Imaging. This has spanned everything from ultra-high-performance video stream processing to social media analytics.

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David Hardwick

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CTO , BetterCloud
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David Hardwick is the Chief Technology Officer at BetterCloud where he coordinates a team of up to 60 developers. He is responsible for overall product development and oversight. Prior to joining BetterCloud, David was the Director of Cloud Development at Cloud Sherpas, the leading Google Apps reseller and service provider in the world. At Cloud Sherpas, David was responsible for managing custom product development for customers worldwide. Using Google App Engine, David and his team created custom applications that made working in and securing Google Apps more efficient. David has held several other positions in all functions of the technical field, including Senior Technology Manager at Sapient Corporation and Solution Architect at Fry, a leading eCommerce solutions provider. David holds an MBA from Georgetown University and a BS in Engineering from Lehigh University.

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Sean Hester

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Software Architect , BetterCloud
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Sean Hester is a Software Architect with BetterCloud, providing technical leadership for the Cloud Insight Center (“CIC”). BetterCloud’s CIC provides IT admins with alerting and lightweight reporting based on operational and policy analysis of event streams from multiple SaaS vendors. Hester (as he’s known at BetterCloud) has worked in software engineering for over 20 years, and has always been especially passionate about building solutions that transform data into actionable insights.

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Xiaowei Jiang

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Director , Alibaba
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Xiaowei Jiang is a Director in Alibaba’s Search division. Previously, he was a tech lead in Messenger, Timeline Infra and Core Infra at Facebook. Before that, he was a Principal Software Engineer for SQL Server Engine at Microsoft.

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Elizabeth K. Joseph

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Developer Advocate , Mesosphere
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Elizabeth K. Joseph is a Developer Advocate at Mesosphere focused on DC/OS and Apache Mesos. Previously, she worked for a decade as a Linux Systems Administrator, spending the past four years working on the OpenStack Infrastructure team. She is the author of Common OpenStack Deployments (2016) The Official Ubuntu Book, 8th (2014) and 9th (2016) editions.

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Scott Kidder

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Software Engineer , Mux
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Scott Kidder is a Software Engineer at Mux in San Francisco where he used Apache Flink to build a real-time anomaly-detection & alerting system for video delivery & playback. Prior to joining Mux, Scott worked at Brightcove on the Zencoder cloud-based video-encoding service where he introduced machine-learning techniques to intelligently scale computing resources in response to changes in load.

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Konstantinos Kloudas

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Software engineer , data Artisans
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Kostas is a Flink Contributor, currently working with data Artisans to make Apache Flink® the best open-source stream processing engine and your data’s best friend. Before joining data Artisans, Kostas was a postdoctoral researcher at IST in Lisbon and even before that he obtained a PhD in Computer Science from INRIA (France), His main research focus was in cloud storage and distributed processing.

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Konstantin Knauf

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Software Consultant , TNG Technology Consulting
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Konstantin Knauf has studied Mathematics and Computer Science at TU Darmstadt specializing in Stochastics and Machine Learning. As a Software Consultant with TNG Technology Consulting he supports our clients mainly in the areas of Distributed Systems and Automation. In the past two years he and his team have built a platform based on Apache Flink, which is processing billions of events per day at one of Germany’s largest telecommunications providers.

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Kenneth Knowles

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Software Engineer , Google
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Kenn Knowles is a founding PMC member of Apache Beam. Kenn has been working on Google Cloud Dataflow—Google’s Beam backend—since he joined the company. Prior to that, he built backends for startups such as Cityspan, Inkling, and Dimagi. Kenn holds a PhD in programming languages from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Bill Liu

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Senior Software Engineer , Uber
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Bill Liu is a Senior software engineer in Uber data infra division. Previously, he was a staff software engineer at LinkedIn. Before that, he was a Software Engineer in Yahoo search.

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Haohui Mai

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Senior Software Engineer , Uber
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Joe Olson

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Data Architect , PhysIQ
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Joe Olson concentrates on applying emerging technologies to solving enterprise problems. Currently he is a data architect for physIQ, a medical analytics company that specializes in doing predictive modeling using a patient’s vital signs, and working to use Flink to solve the streaming data problems in that space. He is also the co-founder of the Chicago Flink User’s Group.

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Cliff Resnick

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Senior Engineer , Mediamath
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Cliff has been building tools and frameworks for Ad-tech and Financial companies for over 15 years, focusing on large performance gains, cost savings, and general maintainability using emerging open source solutions. He is currently helping MediaMath reduce latency in its reporting and CEP efforts by managing continuous processing in Flink.

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Stefan Richter

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Software Engineer , data Artisans
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Stefan is an Apache Flink® contributor and works as a software engineer at data Artisans. He has a PhD in Computer Science from Saarland University where he worked as researcher in the field of information systems. His research focus was on indexing, big data, and main memory databases.

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Till Rohrmann

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Software engineer , data Artisans
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Till is a PMC member of Apache Flink and software engineer at dataArtisans. His main work focuses on enhancing Flink’s scalability as a distributed system. Till studied computer science at TU Berlin, TU Munich and École Polytechnique where he specialized in machine learning and massively parallel dataflow systems.

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Chinmay Soman

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Staff Software Engineer , Uber
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Chinmay Soman has been working in the distributed systems domain for the past 7+ years. He started out in IBM where he worked on distributed filesystems (NFS) and replication technologies. He then joined the Data Infrastructure team in LinkedIn and worked on Voldemort – an open source distributed key-value store, as well as Apache Samza. He’s currently a Staff Software Engineer in Uber where he leads the Streaming Platform team. This team is responsible for building the pub-sub messaging infrastructure and near real time analytics platform.

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Swaminathan Sundararaman

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Senior Research Scientist , Parallel Machines
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Swami Sundararaman is a Senior Research Scientist at Parallel Machines, where he is primarily responsible for building a platform for distributed online and offline machine and deep learning algorithms.

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Tzu-Li (Gordon) Tai

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Software Engineer , data Artisans
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Tzu-Li (Gordon) Tai is a Software Engineer at data Artisans and a Committer member at Apache Flink. Currently based in Taiwan, he has been contributing to Apache Flink since mid 2016, with most of his past work on Flink focused on the streaming connectors. As a community member, he also helps organize the Flink meetups in Taipei, and is a frequent presenter of Flink at Taiwan-based conferences on Big Data, the Hadoop ecosystem, and Java.

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Kostas Tzoumas

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CEO , data Artisans
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Kostas Tzoumas is co-founder and CEO of data Artisans, the company founded by the original creators of Apache Flink. Kostas is PMC member of Apache Flink and earned a PhD in Computer Science from Aalborg University with postdoctoral experience at TU Berlin. He is author of a number of technical papers and blog articles on stream processing and other data science topics.

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Timo Walther

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Software Engineer , data Artisans
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Timo Walther is a PMC member of Apache Flink® and works as a software engineer at data Artisans. He studies Computer Science at TU Berlin, worked at IBM Germany, and participated in the Database Systems and Information Management Group of TU Berlin.

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Dean Wampler

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Architect for Big Data Products , Lightbend
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Dean Wampler, Ph.D. (@deanwampler), leads Lightbend’s team for its “Fast Data Platform”, which is built on Flink, Spark, Kafka, Skymind/Deeplearning4J, Mesos, and the Lightbend Reactive Platform. He is the author of several books for O’Reilly, including “Programming Scala, Second Edition”. Dean is a contributor to several open-source projects and he is a speaker at and co-organizer of several industry conferences and Chicago-based user groups.

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Feng Wang

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Principle Engineer , Alibaba
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Feng Wang is a principle engineer in Alibaba Group, which is the biggest online trade marketplace from China. He has been focused on distributed storage and computing for more than 7 years, and now he is leading the data infrastructure team in Alibaba search division. His team has released blink compute engine in Alibaba last year, which is built on flink, and are actively contributing to flink community recently.

Shaoxuan Wang

Alibaba

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Shaoxuan Wang

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Senior Manager , Alibaba
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Shaoxuan is a Senior Manager in Alibaba’s Search Infrastructure division. Prior to Alibaba, he was a senior software engineer working on social graph and core infrastructure at Facebook. Shaoxuan received his Ph.D degree from UC San Deigo.

Zhijiang Wang

Alibaba

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Zhijiang Wang

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Senior Engineer , Alibaba
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Zhijiang is a senior engineer in Alibaba’s Search Infrastructure team, and mainly works on runtime component for batch & stream processing as a flink contributor.

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Seth Wiesman

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MediaMath
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Seth Wiesman was the 2015 summer intern on the Data Platform team at MediaMath, where he worked distributed analytics systems. He recently graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science and a BS Information Technology from the University of Missouri. He will be returning to the University of Missouri were he will be returning to pursue his M.S. in Computer Science.

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Eron Wright

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Director of Engineering , EMC
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Eron Wright is a Director of Engineering at EMC, Advanced Software Division. He works on cloud/data platforms including Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS). Eron led the implementation of Flink on Mesos and of Flink’s Kerberos security enhancements.

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Ravi Yadav

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Platform Partnerships Architect , Mesosphere
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Ravi Yadav is a Platform Partnerships Architect at Mesosphere. Prior to this, he was a Developer Advocate at IBM. In his past life, he worked on developing device drivers for medical devices.