Shourya Roy is the Head and Vice President of American Express Big Data Labs (BDL) since December 2016. He is leading a team of about forty scientists and engineers, based in Bangalore and New York, in the areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning and cloud computing. He and his team are driving several strategic state of the initiatives for American Express working closely with the technology and business units. Prior to joining American Express, Shourya spent nearly fifteen years in the labs of IBM and Xerox playing several leadership roles in technical research, research and strategic management, customer facing business development. Shourya has a proven track record to conceptualize and initialize (by influencing business group leaders), design and develop (by participating and leading research teams) and transfer (with software development partners) innovation from research labs to real life operations and business. Shourya’s technical expertise spans Natural Language Processing, Text and Data Mining, Machine Learning, and Big Data in which he is a well-known thought leader in India and globally. His work has led to more than 60 publications in journals and conferences in premier venues such as ACL, EMNLP, KDD, SIGMOD, VLDB, IJCAI, AAAI, SDM (google scholar). Based on innovations made, he has been granted 15 patents while several other applications are currently in different stages of patent lifecycle. Shourya co-initiated and ran a series of workshops under the title “Noisy Text Analytics” between 2007-12 even before some of these problems were as pervasive as they are today. He is currently the Vice Chair of the India Chapter of SIGKDD, an active member of the ACM and ACL communities – as a part of which he has been associated with multiple conference and workshop organizations. Notably, he chaired the India Chapter of KDD conference earlier this year. Shourya holds Ph.D., Masters and Bachelor Degrees in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay and Jadavpur University respectively.