Speakers

The 2018  Oil & Gas Machine Learning Symposium features a full day of dynamic presentations, engaging breakout sessions, and effective networking opportunities.
27 September 2018
07:30 am – 5:30 pm
Houston, Texas

John Adamick

Senior VP Data & Analytics | TGS

John Adamick is Senior Vice President of Data and Analytics for TGS, the world’s leading geoscience data company.  In his current role, John is responsible for building a new business unit within TGS to leverage the company’s global geoscience database by applying data analytics and machine learning.  During his 30+ year career at TGS, he has served in many different technical and management roles including geoscientist, sales/marketing, corporate business development, investor relations and business unit leader for various geophysical and geological business units.  John holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Geology from Texas A&M University and Stephen F. Austin State University respectively, and an executive MBA from Harvard.

Dr. Sumit Gupta

VP, AI, Machine Learning, & HPC | IBM Cognitive Systems

Sumit Gupta is VP, AI, Machine Learning, and HPC in the IBM Cognitive Systems business.  Sumit leads the business strategy & software and hardware products for machine learning, deep learning, & HPC.   Prior to IBM, Sumit was the general manager of the AI & GPU accelerated data center business at NVIDIA and was central in building that business from the ground up to what is now a multi-billion dollar business for NVIDIA.  Sumit has a Ph.D. in CS from UC, Irvine, and a BS in EE from IIT Delhi.

Dr. Christian Noll

Geoscience Manager, Advanced Analytics & Emerging Technology | Anadarko

Christian Noll is a geoscientist with over 20 years of petroleum industry experience that has spanned fields and basins across Australia, East and West Africa, the Middle East, Europe, North and South America. He has enjoyed a wide range of roles throughout his career, including near-field exploration, field development planning and optimization, field appraisal planning and production. Christian has specialized in integrated core, log and seismic-based reservoir characterization, with a particular focus on deepwater and shallow marine depositional systems, as well as geologic modeling for volumetric estimation, model-based uncertainty quantification and performance prediction. He has occupied a number of leadership roles in an array of multi-disciplinary development and production teams, and is currently leading an applied research and development team of petrophysicists, geologists, geophysicists, geomechanics and completions experts. The team partners closely with exceptional Data Scientists, our various onshore unconventional and deepwater offshore asset teams and Technology groups within Anadarko to collaboratively develop and deploy the advanced analytical solutions that will ultimately contribute to the digital transformation of geoscience interpretation within our organization.

Satyen Yadav

General Manager, Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Edge Computing Services | Amazon Web Services 

Satyen Yadav is a Director and General Manager at Amazon Web Services. He has the global responsibility for developing an ecosystem for AWS’s end-to-end solutions for the Internet of Things, including device software, edge computing software, and associated cloud services. His team has built IoT services such as AWS Greengrass (edge computing), Greengrass ML Inference (machine learning at the edge), Amazon FreeRTOS (IoT OS for MCU class devices), and AWS IoT 1-Click service for ready-to-deploy devices. Satyen has helped customers globally to maximize operational efficiency and deliver unique user experiences through state of the art technologies such as the Internet of Things, IIoT, Machine Learning, Intelligent Edge and Cloud Services, Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC), Industry 4.0, Autonomous Systems, Wireless Devices, and Information & Cyber Security. Before joining Amazon, Satyen was General Manager of IoT and Wearable Solutions at Intel Corporation and led a global organization to deliver hardware and software solutions for IoT and wearable devices. Before this, he held global leadership positions in engineering and business functions at Intel and helped establish new businesses in wireless networking and cybersecurity areas. Satyen earned MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and an MS in Computer Science from Iowa State University.

Dr. Tom Smith

President & CEO | Geophysical Insights

Dr. Tom Smith, the former founder of Seismic Micro-Technology and creator of the KINGDOM Software Suite, is the current President and CEO of Geophysical Insights, leading a team of geophysicists, geologists and computer scientists in developing advanced technologies for fundamental geophysical problems.  Over a 50-year career, Dr. Smith has been recognized numerous times for his accomplishments in pioneering the geoscience industry.  The Society of Exploration Geologists (SEG) recognized Dr. Smith’s work with the SEG Enterprise Award in 2000, and in 2010, the Geophysical Society of Houston (GSH) awarded him an Honorary Membership. Iowa State University (ISU) has recognized Dr. Smith throughout his career with the Distinguished Alumnus Lecturer Award in 1996, the Citation of Merit for National and International Recognition in 2002, and the highest alumni honor in 2015, the Distinguished Alumni Award.  The University of Houston College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics recognized Dr. Smith with the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Dania Kodeih

Industry Technical Analyst | Microsoft

Dania Kodeih is an Industry Technology Strategist from Microsoft specializing in cloud solutions across the Oil and Gas value chain. Dania works with Oil and Gas companies to define a cloud strategy that leverages new and emerging digital technologies such as industrial IOT, Data Intelligence and Machine Learning. These technologies are transforming the industry by optimization the value chain, improving safety and efficiency and reducing cost and risk and time-to-first oil. Dania holds a Bachelors of Science degree and a Masters in Management and Finance from McGill University. She continues to solidify and deepen her understanding of data science, networks and other general computer science fields by attending courses in the areas of interest.

Applying AI in Oil and Gas Scenarios, What, Where and How

Preston Cody

Head of Analytics Lab | Wood Mackenzie

Preston leads the Analytics Lab at Wood Mackenzie, where we work with our clients to discover new ways to unlock value with data and analytics.  Since 2015 he has worked on innovative new products and developing the Wood Mac strategy for transforming its data services into a cloud-based, integrated environment for analysis.  Previously he served as a project director and manager within the Consulting team at Wood Mackenzie, advising E&P clients on their strategies for portfolio management, exploration, and unconventionals.

Fabian Rada

Technical Advisor to PEMEX | Petroleum Oil & Gas Services

Mr. Rada began his career in the Venezuelan National Foundation for Seismological Research (FUNVISIS) where he participated in several geophysical projects including seismic and gravity data for microzonation surveys. Following his engagement at FUNVISIS he joined China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) as QC Geophysicist, eventually being promoted to Chief Geophysicist in the QA/QC Department working on seismic acquisition and processing. Later, Mr. Rada joined Sísmica Bielovenezolana Company, a subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), as Chief of the Potential Field Methods section. He has also participated in processing land seismic data and marine seismic/gravity acquisition surveys. Mr. Rada joined POLAGAS in Villahermosa, Mexico in January 2015 as Sr. Consulting Geophysicist. Working in Mexico with POLAGAS, he has participated in several multi-discipline, integrated oil and gas reservoir studies, and supported business development for the firm. Mr. Rada earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Geophysics from the Central University of Venezuela. POLAGAS maintains offices in Houston and Villahermosa, providing reservoir studies and interpretation services across North America and internationally.

Dr. Iván Marroquín

Sr. Research Geophysicist | Geophysical Insights

Iván Dimitri Marroquín is a 20-year veteran of data science research, consistently publishing in peer-reviewed journals and speaking at international conference meetings. Dr. Marroquín received a Ph.D. in geophysics from McGill University, where he conducted and participated in 3D seismic research projects. These projects focused on the development of interpretation techniques based on seismic attributes and seismic trace shape information to identify significant geological features or reservoir physical properties. Dr. Marroquín has also conducted some ground-breaking research on seismic facies classification and volume visualization. This lead to his development of a visual-based framework that determines the optimal number of seismic facies to best reveal meaningful geologic trends in the seismic data.   In 2016, Dr. Marroquín joined Geophysical Insights as a senior researcher, where his efforts have been focused on developing machine learning solutions for the oil and gas industry.

Dr. Mauricio Araya

Sr. Researcher, Computer Science | Shell

Mauricio Araya Polo is a Senior Computer Scientist working for Shell International E&P Inc. He is currently leading efforts on diverse areas such as: Seismic Imaging/Modeling and Compressive Sensing/Machine Learning. He is also adjunct professor of the Computational and Applied Mathematics department at Rice University, where he teaches CAAM620. Previously, he worked for Repsol USA researching on near real-time visualization/computing and HPC for geophysical algorithms. Before that position, he worked at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center for the well-known Kaleidoscope project. He holds a PhD and MSc from UNSA-INRIA in France and Computer Engineer degree from University of Chile.

Ruben Rodriguez Torrado

Artificial Intelligence AdvisorRepsol

At Repsol, Mr. Rodriguez has been pioneering the use of Machine Learning and AI, in partnership with IBM, to inform decision-making within the business. Torrado was a key leader in the Pegasus Project, the first application of Artificial Intelligence in oil and gas. Torrado received a Master’s Degree in Applied Mathematics from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI), as well as in E&P with CSFR from Heriot-Watt University and studied Mining Engineering at the Universidad Politéchnica de Madrid.

Paul Holzhauer

Director of Oil and Gas Nvidia

Paul Holzhauer is responsible for developing and growing the oil and gas practice at Nvidia Corporation, a position he has held for 11 years.  At Nvidia, Paul speaks at conferences worldwide on the application of GPU technology to extract value from the large volume of seismic data to reduce uncertainties, improve the accuracy of reservoir predictions, and mitigate the risk associated with expensive drilling and production activities. Prior to Nvidia Mr. Holzhauer held various positions at Halliburton, was engage with a few startups, and 15 years at Sun Microsystems developing the oil and gas market.  He holds a B.S. in Quantitative Mathematics from the University of Houston.

Randall Hunt

Sr. Staff GeoscientistRange Resources

Randall has 30 yrs worldwide E&P experience, 9 yrs as an expatriate, for companies such as Amoco, Texaco, Chevron, and BG Group.  At Range, Randall currently works the Marcellus/Utica Shale plays in Appalachia, with past experience applying geophysics to investigate other fascinating plays, such as the Santos Basin presalt, Brazil, the Orinoco Heavy Oil belt, Venezuela, and the Duri steamflood, Sumatra, Indonesia.  He holds an MS Geoscience from the  University of Texas at Dallas.

Bill Abriel

Past President (SEG), CEOOrinda Geophysical

William L. (Bill) Abriel is the past president of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). Bill was with Chevron for 38 years in the application of new technology to active projects. Bill served as the principle geophysicist for Chevron in many geological areas with the responsibility to advance technology, integrate business results, and negotiate with partners and governments. His experience extends to managing projects in the Gulf of Mexico, US Appalachians, US rift basins, West Texas, California offshore, Venezuela, Brazil, North Sea, Black Sea, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, China, Offshore Siberia and Australia. During this time, he authored many articles and chapters in SEG and AAPG publications, organized technical conferences, and spoke in many venues about the integrated business use of applied geophysics.

Mr. Abriel has participated in a variety of SEG activities since helping found the Penn State SEG chapter at university in 1977 where he graduated in 1978 with a B.S. in Geosciences and an M.S. in Geophysics. During his time with SEG, he has been an assistant editor for GEOPHYSICS, The Leading Edge, and Interpretation; and served on numerous SEG committees, including Development, Membership, Research, Global Affairs, and Distinguished Lecturer. Bill was also the SEG Spring Distinguished Lecturer in 2004, and the SEG/EAGE Distinguished Instructor in 2008. He is a founder and twice board chair of a non-profit research company, the SEG Advanced Modeling Corporation (SEAM). He was awarded SEG life membership in 2007 and served as president of the SEG in 2016-2017.

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