Keynote Speakers

Eugene Yan

Eugene Yan

Online Recommender Systems: Is the juice worth the squeeze?

Abstract. Online recommender systems are increasingly prevalent given their ability to adapt to the customer's needs in real time. Nonetheless, they come with additional costs (computation, operational) and complexity (infrastructure). In this keynote, we explore when it makes sense to use an online recommender and when a batch recommender is good enough. Then, to better understand the differentiating strengths of online recommenders, we share three systems at Amazon Books that play to these strengths, high-level results, and lessons from making them work in the field.

Eugene Yan is a Senior Applied Scientist at Amazon where he builds machine learning and recommender systems. His interests lie in applying machine learning to industrial systems that serve customers at scale. His current work at Amazon focuses on session-based candidate retrieval, bandit-based ranking, and recommendations in search. Previously, he led the data science teams at Lazada (acquired by Alibaba) and (Series A healthtech).

Emilia Gomez

Emilia Gómez

Scientific challenges, practical methodologies and policy perspectives for trustworthy artificial intelligence

Abstract. Artificial intelligence (AI) systems, when applied in practical applications, have an impact on human behaviour. On the one hand, AI provides cognitive assistance to humans, such as helping us to interpret data more efficiently and discover hidden knowledge in large data resources. On the other hand, these AI systems also affect human decision making and cognitive and socio-emotional development. In this seminar I will provide an overview of the research carried out at HUMAINT (Human Behaviour and Machine Intelligence), an interdisciplinary research project carried out at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre. The goal of the project is to study the impact of AI on human behaviour, and aims to provide evidence-based scientific support to the European policymaking process in this field. I will present our policy context, project approach and outcomes, focusing on four core applications (facial processing, automated driving, child-AI interaction and music recommendation) and connected to practical methodologies for fairness, diversity, transparency and human oversight.

Emilia Gómez holds BSc and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering and a PhD degree in Computer Science. She is a principal investigator on Human and Machine Intelligence (HUMAINT) at the Joint Research Centre (European Commission). She is also a guest professor at the Music Technology Group, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. Her research is grounded in the Music Information Retrieval field, where she has developed data-driven technologies to support music listening experiences, being the first female president of ISMIR. Starting from the music domain, she studies the impact of artificial intelligence on human decision making, cognitive and socio-emotional development. Her research interests include fairness and transparency in algorithmic systems, the impact of artificial intelligence on jobs, and the how these systems affect children. She is currently a member of the Spanish National Council for AI and the OECD One AI expert group.