21 September 2018
Europe/Zurich timezone
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Davide Gerbaudo

Data Scientist at Caterpillar


Davide received his PhD in 2011 from Princeton University for his work on the search for the Higgs boson at the DZero experiment. He also collaborated on the CMS experiment, and then on the ATLAS experiment. In 2018 he moved from research at CERN to Caterpillar Inc. He now studies sets of data from earth-moving machines and from their part sales. With these data, he models the machines' behavior with the goal of optimizing their performance, and of predicting their maintenance operations.


Sebastiana Giani


Data Scientist at

BTData - BTO S.p.A. Group


Sebastiana Rita Gianì studied physics at the University of Catania (Italy) and École
polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne where she obtained a PhD in 2017. She focused on the study of charmless B decays using the LHCb detector, with a particular interest for the decays of the Bs  meson to final states with two light resonances, in view of future time-dependent CP violation studies.
After obtaining her PhD, she decided to move out of Academia and joined the company
where she currently work as Data Scientist.

   Imai Jen-La-Plante


Imai Jen-La Plante

Chief Innovation Officer, Berney Associés



Imai Jen-La Plante analyses media data for diplomatic purposes at Presence Switzerland, a unit of the Swiss government, and applies technology to diverse business challenges as Chief Innovation Officer at Berney Associés. She lived for four years in Tokyo, Japan, where she trained computers – and a few humans – to turn data into better business decisions. Previously she earned a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago, working on the ATLAS experiment.




Boris Mangano

Marketing Data Scientist, Procter & Gamble


Boris transitioned from Academia to Data Science through a training program at ASI, one of the fastest growing AI consultancy companies in London. After working as a Senior Data Scientist at Movebubble, a PropTech startup, he returned to Geneva in 2018 to join the Data Science team of Procter & Gamble. Previously, after earning a Ph.D. in physics from Scuola Normale of Pisa, he worked for University of California San Diego and ETH Zurich at the CMS experiment. From time to time, he participates in Kaggle competitions but tries not to get too much addicted to them.

Sandro Saitta

Chief Industry Advisor, Swiss Data Science Center



Sandro Saitta is a Data Science passionate. He has 10 years of experience applying Data Science in industries such as Finance, Telco, Chemicals, Online Travel and FMCG. He is currently Chief Industry Advisor at the Swiss Data Science Center. Sandro holds a PhD in Computer Science from the EPFL and founded the Swiss Association for Analytics to promote Data Science in Switzerland.



Rikard Sandstrom

Enterprise Data Science Lead,

Philip Morris


During his MSc in theoretical physics in Gothenburg, Rikard had the opportunity to be a CERN Summer Student, and eventually stayed to do a PhD in experimental neutrino physics at Geneva University, where he explored experiment design optimization using neural networks. With a fresh PhD diploma, Rikard joined ATLAS in 2008, and worked with muon tracking during the LHC startup, and later chaired one Higgs channel search group during the Higgs boson discovery. He joined KPMG IT Advisory in Zurich in 2014 as Big Data Lead, and later Deloitte Financial Advisory in Geneva as a Forensic Technology Manager, where he worked with machine learning on massive data sets. Rikard is now the Enterprise Data Science Lead at Philip Morris International in Lausanne, where his focus is on Reduced Risk Products.




Fatima Soomro

Senior consultant - Business intelligence, Argusa


Fatima completed her PhD at Imperial College London, working on rare decays at the LHCb experiment. She continued to lead rare decay analyses at LHCb, while being part of the INFN and later, EPFL, group.

Since 2015, Fatima has found her passion in helping businesses use their data. During her time at ELCA Informatique and Expedia, she has worked on a wide variety of projects related to business intelligence and data handling. She currently works for Argusa, a start-up consulting firm based in Lausanne.