Manuela Veloso

Ph.D., Managing Director, Head of AI Research, J.P. Morgan

Manuela M. Veloso is the Head of J.P. Morgan AI Research, which pursues fundamental research in areas of core relevance to financial services, including data mining and cryptography, machine learning, explainability, and human-AI interaction. J.P. Morgan AI Research partners with applied data analytics teams across the firm as well as with leading academic institutions globally.

Professor Veloso is on leave from Carnegie Mellon University as the Herbert A. Simon University Professor in the School of Computer Science, and the past Head of the Machine Learning Department. With her students, she had led research in AI, with a focus on robotics and machine learning, having concretely researched and developed a variety of autonomous robots, including teams of soccer robots, and mobile service robots. Her robot soccer teams have been RoboCup world champions several times, and the CoBot mobile robots have autonomously navigated for more than 1,000km in university buildings.

Professor Veloso is the Past President of AAAI, (the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence), and the co-founder, Trustee, and Past President of RoboCup. Professor Veloso has been recognized with a multiple honors, including being a Fellow of the ACM, IEEE, AAAS, and AAAI. She is the recipient of several best paper awards, the Einstein Chair of the Chinese Academy of Science, the ACM/SIGART Autonomous Agents Research Award, an NSF Career Award, and the Allen Newell Medal for Excellence in Research.

Professor Veloso earned a Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Instituto Superior Tecnico in Lisbon, Portugal, a Master of Arts in Computer Science from Boston University, and Master of Science and PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. See for her scientific publications.


Thursday Afternoon Keynote Summit 2021

Join the afternoon keynotes, where we bring together the community to learn from thought leaders in Data + AI.  The NASA Mars Perseverance team joins us to share their stories in reaching the red planet. 


We’ll be interviewing Mooega Cooper, Lead Planetary Protection Engineer, and Adam Steltzner, “rock and roll” engineer at JPL on how important collaboration and innovation is to make the impossible possible. 


DJ Patil will join us to talk about data in healthcare and government.  DJ is America’s first Chief Data Scientist, appointed by Barack Obama to lead data-driven decision making across the government.  He also led COVID data initiatives for the State of  California and was CTO of the Biden/Harris transition team.  Prior to working on government and healthcare, he led data efforts at eBay and LinkedIn, where he coined the role “data scientist.” 


Manuela M Veloso will be speaking about the intersection of machine learning and finance.  Dr. Veloso is the Head of J.P. Morgan AI Research and a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), where she previously led the Machine Learning Department. In addition to her work on finance, she co-founded the RoboCup international robotics competition and led the CMU team to its fifth world championship.