Who will speak at the Global Graph Summit

The following speakers are confirmed for the Global Graph Summit. This is just the beginning.
Want to join us as a speaker? Visit our Graph Proposals page. For a full list of confirmed Data Day speakers, check out the Data Day Texas Speakers page.

Database Keynote
Dr. Marko A. Rodriguez (Santa Fe) @twarko

Dr. Marko A. Rodriguez (LinkedIn) is a graph and stream computing specialist currently focused on designing stream-based virtual machines for processing graph-based structures within distributed computing environments. Marko is the co-founder of Apache TinkerPop where he is developing the next generation TinkerPop4 virtual machine and bytecode specification that will enable the natural integration of any data processor and query language. Marko is also the founder of RReduX which, along with developing TinkerPop4, is designing a universal distributed computer called GMachine. Dr. Rodriguez received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California at Santa Cruz and was a Director's Fellow at the Center for Nonlinear Studies at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Marko's session won't be focused primarily on graph this time. Expect something bigger.

Knowledge Graph Keynote
Juan Sequeda (Austin) @juansequeda

Dr. Juan Sequeda is the co-founder of Capsenta, a spin-off from his research, and the Senior Director of Capsenta Labs. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests are on the intersection of Logic and Data and in particular between the Semantic Web and Relational Databases for data integration, ontology based data access and semantic/graph data management. Juan is the recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, received 2nd Place in the 2013 Semantic Web Challenge for his work on ConstituteProject.org, Best Student Research Paper at the 2014 International Semantic Web Conference and the 2015 Best Transfer and Innovation Project awarded by Institute for Applied Informatics. Juan is the General Chair of AMW 2018, was the PC chair of the ISWC 2017 In-Use track, is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Web Semantics, member of multiple program committees (ISWC, ESWC, WWW, AAAI, IJCAI) and co-creator of the Consuming Linked Data Workshop series. Juan is a member of the Graph Query Languages task force of the Linked Data Benchmark Council (LDBC) and has also been an invited expert member and standards editor at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

TinkerPop Keynote
Joshua Shinavier (San Francisco) @joshsh

Joshua Shinavier is a primordial being of the graph database domain, and holds a PhD in Web science from RPI’s Tetherless World Constellation. He contributed to the first common APIs for graph databases, the original TinkerPop query language which influenced Gremlin, and the first tools which aligned the property graph and RDF data models, starting with neo4j-rdf-sail in 2008. Other graphy adventures have include Lisp hacking at Franz Inc. and Java hacking at Aurelius. As of 2017, he is part of the knowledge graph team at Uber, where he also leads a company-wide effort to unify schemas across RPC, streaming, and storage. He feels, now as ever, that the research, business, and open source communities have a lot to learn from each other with respect to graphs and knowledge representation.

Dave Bechberger (Houston) @bechbd

Dave Bechberger is a Solution Architect in the Graph Practice at DataStax where he helps customers build large distributed graph backed applications. Prior to that he was the Chief Architect at Gene by Gene, a genetic genealogy and bioinformatics company, where he worked to migrate their legacy technology stack to modern technologies including heavy use of graph databases and Cassandra. Dave has spent his career engaging in full stack software development but specializes in building data architectures in complex data domains such as bioinformatics, oil and gas, supply chain management, etc. He uses his knowledge of graph and other big data technologies to build out highly performant and scalable systems. Dave has previously spoken at a variety of national and international technical conferences including NDC Oslo, NDC London, as well as previous GraphDay conferences in Texas, San Francisco and Seattle.

Chris Davis (Dallas) @phoo

Dr. Chris Irwin Davis is a professor of computer science at the University of Texas at Dallas who teaches database theory and design. He also has 15 years of experience working for Fortune 500 companies in data management and software development lifecycle.
Chris will present the following session: Automated Encoding of Knowledge from Unstructured Natural Language Text into a Graph Database

Dr. Denise Koessler Gosnell (Charleston) @DeniseKGosnell

Dr. Denise Gosnell leads a team at DataStax which builds some of the largest, distributed graph applications in the world. Her passion centers on examining, applying, and evangelizing the applications of graph data and complex graph problems. As an NSF Fellow, Dr. Gosnell earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee. Her research coined the concept of "social fingerprinting" by applying graph algorithms to predict user identity from social media interactions.​ ​Since then, Dr. Gosnell has built, published, patented, and spoke on dozens of topics related to graph theory, graph algorithms, graph databases, and applications of graph data across all industry verticals.

Michael Grove (Washington, DC) @mikegrovesoft

Michael Grove is VP of Engineering and co-founder of Stardog where he oversees the development of the Stardog Knowledge Graph Platform. Michael studied Computer Science at the University of Maryland and is an alumnus of its well-regarded MIND Lab which specialized in semantic technologies. Before Stardog, he worked at Fujitsu Resarch on the use of graphs and semantic technologies in pervasive computing environments. Michael is an expert in large scale database and reasoning systems and has worked with graphs and graph databases for nearly fifteen years.


Dr. Jun Li (SF Bay)

Dr. Jun Li is currently a Principal Architect at eBay. He is leading the GraphDB development. From 2017 to 2018, he led the development on distributed database monitoring to ensure high performance, high scalability and high availability of NuData, the eBay’s distributed document store. Before joining eBay in 2017, Jun spent 16 years in Hewlett Packard Labs at Palo Alto. From 2013 to 2016, his work was focused on high-performance in-memory analytics systems. Jun has 21 patents granted and 32 pending for the work done in the last 18 years. Jun received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2000.
Dr. Li will co-present the following session: NuGraphStore: a Transactional Graph Store Backend for JanusGraph

Josh Perryman (Bryan / College Station) @joshperryman

Josh Perryman likes to play with data. Oftentimes this is implementing proprietary algorithms closer to the data for performance or scale. Sometimes it is ad-hoc investigation and analysis, a sort of exploratory querying. A few times he’s been able to leverage his experience with data engines for dramatic performance improvements. But the real joy is designing a schema for both functionality and performance, one which increases the productivity of other developers and enables a technology to solve new problems or deliver new value to the business.
Technology isn't just data, and Josh does more than just play with data. He’s worked with high performance computing (HPC) environments, taking computations from hours to minutes or seconds. He has built visualizations which deliver new insights into complex data domains. He’s managed technology personnel, both directly and indirectly, to deliver technology solutions. Josh has put together more types of technology components, software and hardware, than can be counted, because one of his fortes is solving problems by building sustainable systems. Josh is currently Director of Product Development, Graph Solutions at VeracityID.

Dr. Mohammad Roohitavaf (SF Bay)

Dr. Jun Li is currently a research scientist at eBay Inc., developing transaction support for NuGraphStore. As an intern at eBay in 2018, he developed efficient session guarantee consistency for distributed KV stores. He received his PhD degree from Michigan State University in 2019. His research interests are in the broad area of distributed systems especially data consistency, fault-tolerance, and distributed transactions.
Dr. Roohitavaf will co-present the following session: NuGraphStore: a Transactional Graph Store Backend for JanusGraph

Ted Wilmes (Oklahoma City) @trwilmes

Ted Wilmes, Data Architect at Expero, is a graduate of Trinity University where he studied computer science and art history. He started his professional career at a not-for-profit research and development institution where he performed contract software development work for a variety of government and commercial clients. During this time he worked on everything from large enterprise systems to smaller, cutting edge research and development projects. One of the most rewarding parts of each of these projects was the time spent collaborating with the customer.
As Ted’s career continued, he moved on to an oil and gas startup and continued to dig deeper into the data side of software development, gaining an even deeper interest in how databases work and how to eek as much performance out of them as possible. During this time he became interested in the application of graph databases to certain problem sets. Today, at Expero, Ted enjoys putting his deep knowledge of transactional graph computing to work as he helps customers of all types navigate the burgeoning property graph database landscape.
Outside of work, Ted enjoys spending time with his family out-of-doors, listening to and playing loud music, and contributing to the Apache TinkerPop project as a committer and PMC member.

Dr. Gene Zhang (SF Bay)

Dr. Gene Zhang is currently a Distinguished Architect at eBay. He has been leading the cloud-native storage backend development for NuData, including KV store, document store, global secondary indexes, graph store, with transaction support, since 2016. Gene has over 20 years industry experiences in R&D of database products and distributed systems. The products and features under his development leadership include Db2 for z/OS complex SQL, materialize views, pureXML, IDAA, Huawei’s GaussDB MPP database, etc. He attained his PhD from UCLA in 1998.
Dr. Zhang will co-present the following session: NuGraphStore: a Transactional Graph Store Backend for JanusGraph


Petra Selmer of Neo4j came all the way from London to present at the Global Graph Summit


Dominik Tomicevic of MemGraph also came from London to present at the Global Graph Summit