to ourProgram co-chairs
Mounia has just joined Spotify, as Research Director, where she will build and lead a team of researchers working on engagement metrics. Before that, she was a Director of Research at Yahoo now Oath, where she led a team of researchers working on advertising quality for Gemini, Yahoo native advertising platform. She also worked with various teams at Yahoo on topics related to user engagement in the context of news, search, and user generated content.
She also hold an Honorary Professorship at University College London. Prior to this, she held a Microsoft Research/RAEng Research Chair at the School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow. Before that, she was Professor of Information Retrieval at the Department of Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London.
She co-led the Evaluation Initiative for XML Retrieval (INEX), a large-scale project with over 80 participating organizations worldwide, which was responsible for defining the nature of XML retrieval, and how it should be evaluated. Since 2011, her work has focused on studying user engagement in areas such as native advertising, digital media, user generated content, and search.
She has given numerous talks and tutorials on these and related topics. She has been programme and/or thematic chair at major conferences about the Web, search, and data mining (BIG, WWW, ACM SIGIR, ACM CIKM, ACM WSDM, ACM/IEEE JCDL, ECIR).
Panagiotis G. Ipeirotis
Panagiotis is a Professor and George A. Kellner Faculty Fellow at the Department of Information, Operations, and Management Sciences at Leonard N. Stern School of Business of New York University. His research focuses in the areas of crowdsourcing, machine learning, web data management, and social media analytics.
He is one of the world’s leading experts in building human-machine loop systems, that integrate human and machine intelligence to generate outcomes that are better than what humans alone or machines alone can achieve. He has also received more than ten “Best Paper” awards and nominations, and a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation.
For his contributions in the field of social media, user-generated content, and crowdsourcing, he received the 2015 Lagrange Prize in Complex Systems.