Francesca Lazzeri is a data and machine learning scientist with over 15 years of experience in academic research, tech industry and engineering team management. She is author of a few books on machine learning and applied Data Science: “Machine Learning for Time Series Forecasting with Python” (Wiley). “Impact of Artificial Intelligence in Business and Society” (Routledge) and many other publications, including technology journals and conferences. Francesca is Adjunct Professor of machine learning at Columbia University and Principal Data Scientist Manager at Microsoft, where she leads an organization of data scientists and machine learning engineers building intelligent applications on the Cloud, utilizing data and techniques spanning from IoT, time series forecasting, experimentation, causal inference, computer vision, natural language processing, reinforcement learning and open-source frameworks. Before joining Microsoft, she was a Research Fellow at Harvard University in the Technology and Operations Management Unit. She is also Advisory Board Member of the AI-CUBE (Artificial Intelligence and Big Data CSA for Process Industry Users, Business Development and Exploitation) project, the Women in Data Science (WiDS) initiative, machine learning mentor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and active member of the AI community.