Invited Keynotes

Lisa Gibbs, Associated Press

Lisa Gibbs is the director of news partnerships at The Associated Press and the newsroom’s point person on AP’s automation and artificial intelligence strategy group. This includes working with industry leaders and emerging startups to identify smart applications of automation/AI in media, project development, workflow integration and training. Current projects span a range of technologies, such as image recognition, video transcription and using machine learning to verify information plus surface breaking news stories and trending topics. A native of Miami, Florida, she joined AP in 2014 as global business editor from Money (Time Inc.) and is a previous executive business editor of the Miami Herald. In 2016, she was named Business Journalist of the Year by TalkingBizNews.


Brian Hamman, New York Times

Brian Hamman is a Vice President of Engineering at the New York Times, where he is responsible for all user facing technology across the web and mobile apps. Brian has spent over a decade leading interactive teams in the newsroom and engineering teams in the product organization. He has seen the Times go from separate web and print buildings into one; separate web and print newsrooms into one; and, most recently, separate web and mobile homepages into one.


Yphtach Lelkes, University of Pennsylvania

Yphtach Lelkes is an Assistant Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. His main focus is on the role of the political information environment in structuring attitudes, with a special interest in the proliferation of digital media. He has also written extensively on affective polarization, or the increasing hostility between Democrats and Republicans. Before joining the University of Pennsylvania, he was faculty at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. His research has appeared or is forthcoming in various journals across disciplines, including the American Journal of Political Science, PNAS, the Journal of Politics, the Annual Review of Political Science, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and has been covered in many news outlets, such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Atlantic.