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Keynote Speakers 














Ricardo Baeza Yates

CTO of NTENT, a semantic search technology company based in California since June 2016.
In addition, he is the Director of Computer Science (CS) Programs at Northeastern University, Silicon Valley campus, since August 2017 (part-time). He is also part time Professor at the School of Information and Communication Technologies of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), in Barcelona, Spain, as well as at the Dept. of Computing Science of Universidad de Chile in Santiago. His areas of expertise are data science, information retrieval, web search and data mining, and algorithms.

Before he was VP of Research at Yahoo Labs, based in Sunnyvale, California, from August 2014 to February 2016. Before he founded and led from 2006 to 2015, Yahoo labs in Barcelona and Santiago de Chile. Between 2008 and 2012 he also oversaw Yahoo Labs in Haifa, Israel, and started the London lab in 2012. During 2005, he was an ICREA research professor at UPF. Until 2004 he was Professor and founding director of the Center for Web Research at Universidad de Chile. He obtained a Ph.D. in CS from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 1989. Before he obtained two masters (M.Sc. CS & M.Eng. EE) and the electronics engineer degree from the University of Chile in Santiago. He is co-author of the best-seller Modern Information Retrieval textbook, published in 1999 by Addison-Wesley with a second enlarged edition in 2011, which won the ASIST 2012 Book of the Year award. He is also co-author of the 2nd edition of the Handbook of Algorithms and Data Structures, Addison-Wesley, 1991; and co-editor of Information Retrieval: Algorithms and Data Structures, Prentice-Hall, 1992, among more than 500 other publications.

From 2002 to 2004 he was elected to the board of governors of the IEEE Computer Society as well as to the ACM Council from 2012 to 2016. He has received the Organization of American States award for young researchers in exact sciences (1993), the Graham Medal for innovation in computing given by the University of Waterloo to distinguished ex-alumni (2007), the CLEI Latin American distinction for contributions to CS in the region (2009), and the National Award of the Chilean Association of Engineers (2010), among other distinctions. In 2003, he was the first computer scientist to be elected to the Chilean Academy of Sciences and since 2010 is a founding member of the Chilean Academy of Engineering. In 2009, he was named ACM Fellow and in 2011 IEEE Fellow.
Finally, in 2018 he won the national Spanish award for innovation and technology transfer in CS.

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Roberto Rigobon
Is the Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Applied Economics at the Sloan School of Management, MIT, a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a visiting professor at IESA. 
Roberto is a Venezuelan economist whose areas of research are international economics, monetary economics, and development economics. Currently he studies properties of international pricing practices, try to produce alternative measures of inflation, and is one of the two founding members of the Billion Prices Project, and a co-founder of PriceStats.
Roberto joined the business school in 1997. He got his Ph.D. in economics from MIT in 1997, an MBA from IESA (Venezuela) in 1991, and his BS in Electrical Engineer from Universidad Simón Bolívar (Venezuela) in 1984. He is married with three kids.


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