JURIX 2017

The 30th international conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems
13-15 December 2017, Luxembourg

Invited Speakers

Tonya Custis

Title: TBA

Biography: Tonya Custis is a Research Director at Thomson Reuters where she leads a team of Research Scientists performing applied research in Artificial Intelligence technologies. Tonya’s diverse academic background—a Ph.D. & M.A. in Linguistics, an M.S. in Computer Science, and a B.A. in Music—has shaped her research interests, which primarily include information retrieval, natural language processing, and machine learning.
She is currently leading projects that explore Question Answering and Natural Language Understanding in the Legal domain. Previously, as a Senior Principal Data Scientist for Honeywell, Tonya developed machine-learned predictive models to improve voice-controlled and other IoT and aerospace products. Her work as a Senior Machine Learning Scientist for eBay focused on search results ranking, query parsing, inventory prediction, and product classification. As a Senior Research Scientist at Thomson Reuters from 2004-2011, Tonya worked on many NLP and machine learning projects, including Concept Search, non-English stemming and decompounding, document recommendation systems, and named entity tagging and resolution. From 2007-2016, while not working, she played competitive roller derby.

Monica Palmirani

Title: TBA

Biography: Monica Palmirani is a professor in Computer Science and Law and Legal Informatics at University of Bologna, School of Law. She graduated in Mathematics, and had her Ph.D. in Legal Informatics and IT Law. Since 2001 she has been teaching courses to undergraduates, PhD students and professionals on Legal Informatics, eGovernment, Legal drafting techniques, and Legal XML. Her department, CIRSFID, is one of the leading centers of excellence in Italy and one of the leading centers at the international level in the area of computer science and law. In December 2013 she passed the national evaluation for becoming full professor.
In OASIS she co-chairs the LegalDocML and the LegalRuleML Technical Committees and since 2013 she serves on the OASIS LegalXML Steering Committee. She is also an active member of the LegalCiteM Technical Committee in order to model universal citation standard for legal resources. In 2015, she was recognized as an OASIS Distinguished Contributor. She is elected in 2016 member of Board of Directors of OASIS. Visiting professor in NICTA (2009) and in Stanford University (2010, 2017).
Her research fields include XML techniques for modelling legal documents in structure as well as in aspects connected to legal knowledge, including normative rules and legal ontologies, and ICT-enhanced legal drafting techniques. She is managing several research projects (e.g., High Court of Cassation of Italy, Senate of Italy, Uruguayan Parliament, Chamber of Deputies of Cile, European Parliament, Inter-America Bank for Development, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Federal Chancellery of Switzerland, UN Food and Agriculture Organization) to improve access and quality of legal documentation, as well as open government data models for democracy, and transparency. She has published more than 70 papers and she has been chair of several international conferences, editor of book series and member of the scientific committee of “AI and Law” Journal.