Pietro Cipresso
ACTNext by ACT, Inc
Chief Technology Officer

Pietro Cispresso is the senior researcher and Chief Technical Officer at the Applied Technology for Neuro-Psychology Laboratory - ATN-P Lab, Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Milan, Italy, and Assistant Professor in Psychometrics at Catholic University of Milan. Cipresso, who is also Project Manager inside the ATN-P Lab for the Positive Technology area, has coordinated and coinvestigated several National, European and International Projects and has been Visiting Researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA, and at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. He is the team leader of a forthcoming (2018) EU Project (BodyPass: API-ecosystem for cross-sectorial exchange of 3D personal data).

Alina A. von Davier
ACTNext by ACT, Inc
Vice President

Alina von Davier is the Vice President of ACTNext by ACT, Inc., a Research, Development, and Business Innovation Division, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University. She earned her PhD in mathematics from the Otto von Guericke University of Magdeburg, Germany, and her MS in mathematics from the University of Bucharest, Romania. At ACT, von Davier and her team of experts are responsible for developing prototypes of research-based solutions and creating a research agenda to support the next generation for learning and assessment systems (LAS). She pioneers the development and application of computational psychometrics and conducts research on blending machine learning algorithms with the psychometric theory. Prior to her employment with ACT, von Davier was a Senior Research Director at Educational Testing Service (ETS) where she led the Computational Psychometrics Research Center.

Steven Franconeri
Northwestern University
Professor of Psychology

Steven Franconeri is a Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University and Director of the Northwestern Cognitive Science Program. His research is on visual thinking, visual communication, and the psychology of data visualization. He directs the Visual Thinking Laboratory, where a team of researchers explore the power and limits of your visual system, and how better design and pedagogy can help students and scientists understand and use visual representations across paper, screens, and their imagination.

Roger GuimerĂ 
Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) at Universitat Rovira I Virgili
Research Professor

Roger Guimerà graduated in Physics at Universitat de Barcelona in 1998, and obtained a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Universitat Rovira i Virgili in 2003. He then moved to Northwestern University, where he worked as a postdoctoral fellow and, later, as a Fulbright Scholar. In 2008 he became a Research Assistant Professor at Northwestern's department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, before accepting his current position at ICREA. Roger's research is devoted to the study of complex systems and, particularly, of the structure of complex networks and the interplay between network structure and dynamics.

Christina Maimone
Northwestern University Information Technology
Senior Computational Social Science Specialist

As a Senior Computational Social Sciences Specialist, Christina has over 10 years of experience leading and advising on quantitative and computational intensive social science research projects. She has a PhD in Political Science and a MS in Statistics from Stanford University. She most frequently works with R, Python, and SQL but supports a wide range of analytical software programs and languages. Christina particularly enjoys working with text data, automating research tasks, and creating custom research tools.