Sheldon Fernandez, VP of Engineering, Infusion: Sheldon Fernandez is the VP of Engineering for Infusion, a digital transformation and consultancy firm that was acquired by Avanade in February of this year. During the last 16 years, Sheldon helped grow the company from 6 people to over 650 with offices around the world. In the formative years, he served as the company’s chief architect, and was been responsible for honing the firm’s technical direction amidst ongoing industry changes. Additionally, Sheldon served as Chief Technical Officer for the noteworthy Infusion spin-off, PersonIf (www.personif.com) a ‘people discovery’ platform that radically changed the way the entertainment industry locates talent. In addition to winning Microsoft’s cloud solution of the year award in 2012, the technology was used as the casting engine for The Glee Project, X-Factor, American Idol and Sports Illustrated.
Finally, Sheldon has coupled his entrepreneurial endeavours and engineering exploits with numerous non-technical pursuits. He completed a Master’s degree in theology at the University of Toronto in 2008, and pursued thesis work in the area of neuroscience and metaethics. He has anchored his humanitarian sensitives with the African Jesuits Aids Network (AJAN) in Nairobi, where he assisted with infrastructure projects and HIV/AIDS education. He also pursued creative writing at Oxford University to hone his interests with literary craft, and finally, completed a professional training program at the Montreal Institute for Genocide Studies in mass atrocity prevention.
Shuo Li, Director, Digital Imaging Group of London: Dr. Shuo Li is the director of Digital Imaging Group (DIG) of London, an associate professor in the department of medical imaging and medical biophysics at the University of Western Ontario and scientist in Lawson Health Research Institute. Before this position, he was a research scientist and project manager in General Electric (GE) Healthcare for 9 years.
He founded the DIG (http://digitalimaginggroup.ca/) since 2006, which is a highly dynamic and multiple disciplinary group. He received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from Concordia University 2006, where his Ph.D. thesis won the doctoral prize giving to the most deserving graduating student in the faculty of engineering and computer science. He has published over 100 publications; He is the recipient of several GE internal awards; He serves as guest editors and associate editor in several prestigious journals in the field; He serves as program committee members in highly influential conferences; He is the editors of six books. His current interest is development intelligent analytic tools to help physicians and hospital administrators to handle the big medical data, centered with medical images.