Dr. Lorien Pratt
Dr. Lorien Pratt is an internationally recognized pioneer in machine learning, having developed the algorithms used to transfer knowledge between neural networks. While a professor of computer science at the Colorado School of Mines, she received the prestigious NSF CAREER award and co-authored the book “Learning to Learn” with Sebastian Thrun.
Following her successful academic career, Lorien entered the commercial sector, rapidly achieving status as a globally recognized telecom technology analyst with Frost and Sullivan’s Stratecast division. Between 2004 and 2007, she led its OSS analysis practice, achieving 400% revenue growth during that period.
Mark Zangari has a background in mathematics and physics, and was honoured in 1993 as one of only two Australian winners of a British Council Postgraduate Bursary. This included an invitation to continue his research at Cambridge University, where he worked with world-leading scientists such as Stephen Hawking. Transitioning to the private sector during the late 1990s, Mark was appointed CTO of SpatialInfo in 2000, and founded the company’s US operations. During his tenure, the company grew from a standing start to winning many multi-million dollar contracts. SpatialInfo was ultimately acquired by Synchronoss Inc., with significant returns to the company’s investors.