Joan Serrà
Research scientist with Telefónica R&D in Barcelona, where he works on machine learning and deep learning topics. He obtained his PhD in Computer Science from the Pompeu Fabra University in 2011 and was a postdoctoral researcher in artificial intelligence at IIIA-CSIC, the Artificial Intelligence Institute of the Spanish National Research Council (2015). He has been involved in more than ten research projects, funded by Spanish and European institutions, and co-authored over a hundred publications, many of them highly-cited and in top-tier journals and conferences, in diverse scientific areas. 

Deep learning is an undeniably hot topic. However, interestingly, the current success and practice of deep learning seems to be uncorrelated with its theoretical, more formal understanding.