Cognitive Computing

Cognitive computing systems redefine the nature of the relationship between people and their increasingly pervasive digital environment. Who will build these new AI-on-board applications? And with the proliferation of AI technologies in the workplace, foresight must be used to understand its implications for productivity, jobs, skills and employee development, but also issues related to ethics, safety and responsibility.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

7:45 am Registration Open

8:20 am - 12:45 pm AI World Plenary Session - View Details

11:00 am - 2:00 pm Concession Stand Open for Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

Track Program

Track Chair

Reynolds_HadleyHadley Reynolds, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Cognitive Computing Consortium

2:00 PANEL: Leadership and AI

From project conception to production application, AI projects require a new set of perspectives on the part of organizational leaders. This panel of executives will discuss what works, what doesn't, and how AI-driven digital transformations require new kinds of leadership from the top of the organization.

Reynolds_HadleyHadley Reynolds, Co-Founder, Cognitive Computing Consortium

Owens_LeslieLeslie Owens, Executive Director MIT CSR, MIT Sloan School of Management

Eggers_JanaJana Eggers, CEO, Nara Logics

Griffith_JohnJohn Griffith, Principal Artificial Intelligence Engineer, MITRE

2:30 PANEL: Augmented Intelligence and Cognitive Applications for the Future of Work

There is a lot of anxiety about automation of jobs because machines are learning how humans do things and learning how to do it better. McKinsey Global Institute says machine intelligence is already capable of taking over 30% of human tasks in about 60% of occupations and 50% of all work could be automated by 2055. Augmented intelligence – where machines and humans work together – will become pervasive for the future of work that changes how industries operate and businesses compete. It also places greater emphasis on soft skills (i.e. critical thinking, cognitive flexibility, emotional intelligence, imagination, and creativity) as the competitive imperative.

  • The significant impacts that augmented intelligence is already having on global 2000 enterprises as well as major sectors of the IT service industry
  • What are the specific business benefits and ROI that can be achieved using the latest augmented intelligence technologies citing innovative case studies
  • How can enterprises learn from innovators how to deploy the right business and technology strategies to maximize their investment in augmented intelligence technologies

Ardire_SteveModerator: Steve Ardire, AI Startup Advisor & ‘Merchant of Light’

Lolita TaubPanelists: Lolita Taub, Principal, Backstage Capital



Schulze_TylerTyler Schulze, SVP, Veritone Partner, Veritone Inc.

Kallakuri_KrishnaKrishna Kallakuri, President, Founder, diwo





Gunn_RobertRobert Gunn Chief Commercial Officer, Pyron

3:05 Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall - Last Chance for Viewing


3:40 Selecting A Cognitive Application: Finding the right fit

Deciding to adopt a new technology is a daunting process. This presentation describes a new decision-making framework that provides guidelines to help buyers select the right cognitive application. It describes what makes cognitive computing different and delineates the trade-offs that decision makers must make in selecting the right application. The result of a joint research sponsored by Babson College and the Cognitive Computing Consortium, this research developed a standard template for communicating and evaluating the enterprise value propositions associated with cognitive computing projects. The objective of the research program is to offer AI decision-makers a common standard for developing insights across the organization when implementing cognitive applications projects. Attendees will learn:

  • The pressing problems that cognitive applications will solve
  • Understand when cognitive applications offer a competitive advantage, increase revenue, or mitigate risks
  • How to determine if your organization has the right expertise and what alternatives already exist 

Shankar_GanesanGanesan Shankar, PhD, Associate Professor Technology, Operations, and Information Management, Babson College

Feldman_SusanSusan Feldman, Co-Founder, Cognitive Computing Consortium

4:20 PANEL: Emerging Standards for Ethics in AI – Fact or Fiction?

A panel of expert researchers working on projects of the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund, Harvard, MIT, and IEEE will discuss a wide range of research and political activities taking place around the world as software developers, the academic community, governments, and professions face pressing ethical issues as the use of AI-based systems accelerates.

Huang_Clare_GillanClare Gillan Huang, Technology Operations and Information Management Lecturer, Babson College

Weinberger_DavidDavid Weinberger, PhD, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University




Kassler_BillBill Kassler, MD, MPH, FACP, Lead Population Health Officer, IBM Watson Health

5:00 Close of AI World 2018