Conference Agenda – current version


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Monday, December 11, 2017


Registration Opens


Networking Luncheon



Building an Application Specific Intelligent Assistant

Chair: Dr. William Meisel, President, TMA Associates



Deep Learning in the Enterprise

Chair: Robert Bogucki, Chief Science Officer,


AI in Healthcare

Chair, David Ledbetter, Data Scientist, Children’s
Hospital LA


The Roadmap: What’s Available & How to Use It

William Meisel, President,
TMA Associates

State-of-the-Practice of Data Science in the Enterprise

Speaker:Jan Lasek, Senior Data Scientist,

State of AI in Medicine

Moderator: David Ledbetter, Data Scientist, Children’s Hospital of LA
Panelist: Louis Culot, General Manager, Genomics, Philips Healthcare


What, Why and How of Deep Learning

Speaker: Jan Lasek,
Senior Data Scientist,

Healthcare in the Trenches

Speakers: Sareen Shah,
Pediatric Critical Care Fellow, Children’s Hospital of LA & Yindalon Aphinyanaphongs, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, NYU School of Medicine

Personalized Data

Speakers: David Ledbetter, Data Scientist, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles – Claes Gustafsson, PhD, Co-Founder, CCO, ATUM
– Ravi Srivatsav, SVP, CBO, NTT Innovation Institute (NTTi3)



Exhibit Hall Open from 2:45-7:00PM


Panel: Deep Learning for the Enterprise: Opportunities and Challenges

Moderator: Robert Bogucki,
Chief Science Officer,
Panelists: Alessandro Zolla, VP Technology, Machine Learning Program Lead, Nielsen – Vishwa Kolla, AVP and Head of Advanced Analytics, John Hancock Insurance – Scott Clark, CEO, SIGOPT – Jakub Czakon, Senior Data Scientist,


Panel: Deep Leaning in Healthcare

Speakers: David Ledbetter, Data Scientist, Children’s Hospital of LA & Dany De Grave, Senior Director InnX: Innovation Programs and External Networks, Sanofi Pasteur

Panel: AI, Deep Learning and Cybersecurity

Moderator:Jan Lasek, Senior Data Scientist,
Panelists: Anand Oka, Principle Program Manager, Anti-Fraud, Microsoft & Mike MacIntyre, Chief Scientist,


Panel: Healthcare Startups

Moderator: David Ledbetter, Data Scientist, Children’s Hospital of LA



Networking Break in Exhibit Hall


Open to All Attendees: General Session Panel
Artificial Intelligence: Follow the Money

Moderator: Steve Ardire, AI Startup Advisor & ‘Merchant of Light’
Panelists: Rudina Seseri, Founder and Managing Partner, Glasswing Ventures — Diego Saenz, Managing Director,
Accenture — Oliver Mitchell, Partner, Autonomy Ventures


Welcome Networking Reception with Exhibitors

Evening Special Events are Open to All Attendees


AI Startup Lightning Panel

Moderator: Steve Ardire, AI Startup Advisor & ‘Merchant of Light’
Panelists: Haikal Pribadi, CEO, GRAKN.AI &
Vito Vishnepolsky, Head of Business Development NA, Inc. & James Pita, Chief Technology Innovation Officer, Avata & James Pita, PhD, Chief Technology Innovation Officer, Avata

Mobile Monday
AI Healthcare Startups

Moderator: Matt Gross

Panel: Demystifying AI

Moderator: Judith Hurwitz,
CEO, Hurwitz Group

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


Networking Continental Breakfast


Keynote: Building Systems that Learn Inside MIT’s CSAIL

Dr. Sam Madden, Faculty Co-Director, MIT CSAIL – Systems that Learn


Executive Roundtable: The State of the Practice of AI in the Enterprise

Moderator: Amy Bernstein, Editor, Harvard Business Review
Panelists: Dr. Anju Gupta, Director, Monsanto — Kumar Srivastava, VP, BNY — Dr. William Mark, President, SRI


Keynote: State of the AI Market

Heath P. Terry, CFA, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs


Networking Break


Executive Roundtable: Competing in an AI Enabled World

Moderator: Dave Schubmehl, Research Director Cognitive/AI Systems, IDC
Panelists: JP Abello, Director, Global Engineering R&D, Nielsen – Robert Bogucki, Chief Science Officer, – John Daly, Senior Vice President, Sony Pictures Entertainment


Keynote: Business Decision Making in an “Intelligent” World: Data Abounds. Data Confounds.

Anthony Scriffignano, Ph.D., SVP, Chief Data Scientist, Dun & Bradstreet


Networking Lunch and Desert in Exhibit Hall

EXPO OPEN 12:20-6:15pm

Track 1
AI in Industry

Chair: Judith Hurwitz, CEO, Hurwitz Associates

Track 2
AI: State of the Technology

Track 3
Conversational Interfaces/Natural Language Processing (NLP)

Chair: Bill Meisel, TMA Associates


Building a Cognitive Business

Josh Sutton, Global Head, Data and AI, SapientRazorfish

The State of Cognitive in the Enterprise

Paul Sallomi, Global Tech, Media & Telecom Industry Leader, Deloitte &
David Schatsky, Managing Director, Deloitte

Trends in Conversational Systems

Moderator: Bill Meisel, TMA Associates


Panel: AI in Fintech

Moderator: Judith Hurwitz, CEO, Hurwitz Associates
Panelists: Clara Durodie, CEO & Founder, Cognitive Finance Group —
David Linthicum, SVP, Cloud Technology Partners —
Rekha Joshi, Principal Engineer, Intuit — Niranjan Thomas, General Manager, Platform and Technology Partnerships, Dow Jones

Panel: Next Generation AI Technologies

Moderator: Raul Castanon-Martinez, Sr. Analyst, 451 Research
Panelists: Vignesh Ramanathan, Researh Scientist, Facebook –  Tolga Kurtoglu, CEO, PARC – Satadru Sengputa, General Manager and Insurance Subject Matter Expert, DataRobot – Tyler Schulze, VP, Partner Ecosystem, Veritone

Panel: Technology Options in Speech Recognition and NL Understanding

Moderator: William Meisel, President, TMA Associates
Panelist: Zachary Jones, Director of Engineering, BankTracker, Walter Bachtiger, CEO & Founder, VoiceBase & Devang Sachdev, Director of Solutions, Twilio


Panel: AI Impact on Retail and B2C Interactions 

Moderator: Judith Hurwitz, CEO, Hurwitz Associates
Panelists: JP Abello, Director, Global Engineering R&D, Nielsen – Jai Malhotra, CTO, Kogentix

Panel: AI and Real Time IoT

Moderator: Les Yeamans, Executive Editor, RTInsights
Panelists: Michael O’Connell, Chief Analytics Officer, TIBCO Software, David Maher, EVP and CTO, Intertrust Technologies, and Said Tabet, Technology Lead of IoT Strategy, Dell EMC

Panel: What are the Killer Apps of NLP?

Moderator: Ernesto Felteira, Manager of Strategy & Innovation, Liberty Mutual Insurance
Panelists: Rob May, CEO and Co-founder, Talla — Matt Schlicht, CEO/Co-Founder, Octane AI


Networking Break in Exhibit Hall


Executive Armchair Interview: The Future of AI and Cybersecurity

Moderator: Rick Grinell, Founder and Managing Partner, Glasswing Ventures
Panelists: Bruce Schneier, Security Guru


Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall
Exhibit Hall closes 6:15pm


Evening Special Events Open to All Attendees


Identifying the Best Use Cases for AI at Your Enterprise

Aditya Kaul, Research Director, Tractica

Attack of the AI Startups

Moderator: Waikit Lau, Serial Entrepreneur, Advisor & Investor, MIT

AI Strategy & Technology Solutions Theater

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Tuesday, December 12


Use Cases for AI and High Performance Computing

Moderator: Clint Wheelock, Managing Director, Tractica


– Aditya Kaul, Research Director, Tractica

– Dr. Rangan Sukumar, Senior Data Analytics Architect, Cray

The rapid emergence and adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) techniques like machine and deep learning are a wakeup call: AI will transform the technology landscape and touch almost every industry over the next 10 years, according to Tractica’s analysis. No domain of computing will escape the transformation, including high-performance computing (HPC). This session provides a timely deep dive into some of the real-world applications that are likely to benefit from this transformation.

Use cases highlighting how AI will augment supercomputing workloads include:

  • Weather and Climate Modeling
  • Precision Medicine for Cancer
  • Fraud Detection
  • Real-time Threat Analysis

Additional highlights:

  • The diversity of applications and industries that are using AI with HPC.
  • The unique characteristics of each use case in terms of the type and scale of data workloads.


How Mobile Operators Can Enhance Their Business Model Using AI

Moderator: Caroline Gabriel, Research Director, Rethink Technology Research

During this session, Caroline Gabriel, a veteran telecommunications research executive who has followed the telecom industry for 30+ years, will share some new and original research on mobile operators and will discuss how they plan to use AI and machine learning to enhance their business models. The report focuses on investment plans, applications, timescales and expected impact on their business in the period to 2025.

The session will cover four main categories of AI usage among mobile operators:

  • Network optimization and automation
  • Big data analytics to support personalized services for consumers, and B2B services for advertisers and vertical industries
  • Customer applications such as personal digital assistants or preventative maintenance
  • Enhanced customer relationship management e.g. customer service chatbots

The session will examine each of these four categories including:

  • Early trials and deployments and their commercial potential
  • Enabling technologies, and timescales to be commercially viable
  • Operators’ drivers and barriers to adopting AI
  • The role of AI in the 5G era of networks and service models

The main discussion points include:

  • How AI may improve the mobile operator’s role in the IoT value chain
  • Will AI enable new service providers rather than helping old ones?
  • How close are we to the fully ‘self-driving telco’s, and how will that affect mobile network economics?


Panel: Robotic Process Automation

Moderator: Judith Hurwitz, President, Hurwitz and Associates

Panelists: Boris Krumrey, Chief Robotics Officer, UiPath

Robotic process automation (RPA) is an emerging technology designed to automate manual processes through the creation of software robots to replace or supplement employees. Some vendors are employing AI to improve the accuracy of results. RPA enables the bots to capture, interpret, and execute processes such as invoicing data, customer and employee onboarding, or triggering an automated response.  The benefits of RPA tools allow a business to cut costs, improve accuracy, and speed the process of linking enterprise software applications.

This session will be moderated by Judith Hurwitz, CEO, Hurwitz & Associates, a strategic consulting and analyst firm, and will include several RPA software providers who will discuss their specific software implementation and solutions.


Panel: AI in Fintech

Moderator: Denise Valentine, Senior Analyst, AITE Group

Speaker: Chris Belthoff, Director of Product Management, Financial Services, CognitiveScale

AI has already begun making significant inroads into the many fintech sectors like banking, insurance, investment management, etc.  Research shows that most banks will be using intelligent assistants and bots to handle a significant amount of customer service inquiries.  For example, a recent survey conducted by Personetics shows that over three-quarters of financial institutions view chatbots as a viable commercial solution now or within the next 1-2 years. Fintech firms already have vast volumes of data, and are generating more each day.  Today, technologies like specialized hardware, data analytics, machine learning and deep learning are already being used to either augment human tasks or beginning to replace them.

Attend this special event and hear from some of the leading AI firms that have deep experience and AI solutions in the financial services industry.


Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall thru 6:15pm

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Networking Continental Breakfast


Conference Day 3 Intro


Executive Roundtable: Driving Innovation in the Enterprise

Moderator: Nick  Patience, Co-Founder & VP of Software Research, 451 Research
Panelists: Pedro Barata, Principal Program Manager – Cognitive Procurement, VodaFone Procurement – Martin Mrugal, Chief Innovation Officer of North America, SAP – Jason Waxman, Corporate VP and GM of Data Center Solutions, Intel


Networking Break


Keynote: Power Consumption: Roadblock for AI Moving Forward
Shunpei Yamazaki Ph.D., President, Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.


State of the Technology: Making Robots Intelligent, Cognitive and Aware

Moderator: Rudina Seseri, Founder and Managing Partner, Glasswing Ventures
Panelists: Colin Angle, CEO, iRobot – Cynthia Breazeal, Founder & Chief Scientist, Jibo


Networking and Lunch

Track 4
Deploying AI in the Enterprise

Track 5
Future of A I & UX


Make AI Work for Your Industry

Moderator: Ganesh Padmanabhan, Vice President of Market Development, CognitiveScale
Panelists: Manoj Saxena, Executive Chairman, Cognitive Scale – Akshaya Bhargava, Former CEO, Barclays –
Scott Temple, Director of Process Excellence, Ascension Shared Service

Conversational Interfaces in Customer Service

Moderator: Dr. Bill Meisel, President, TMA Associates
Panelists: Michael Nicholas, Chief Experience Officer, Born.AI -& MDC Media Partners – Ernesto Feiteira, Manager of Strategy & Innovation, Liberty Mutual Insurance – Scot Whigham, Director Global IT Service Support, InterContinental Hotel Groups (IHG®)


Evolution of AI Chip Architectures
to the Edge

Moderator: Dr. Shriram Ramanathan,
Senior Analyst, Lux Research
Panelists: Oskar Mencer, President, Maxeler Technologies – Shinji Hayakawa, Technical Communicator, Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd


Bots & Beyond: The Future of Intelligent Assistants & Conversational Interfaces

Moderator: Dr. Bill Meisel, President, TMA Associates
Panelists: Rob High, IBM Fellow, VP and CTO, IBM Watson, Dr. Catherine Havasi, CEO, Luminoso & Mark McSpadden, VP, Emerging Products & Technologies, Sabre, Boris Krumrey, Chief Robotics Officer, UiPath


Networking Break


The Future Enterprise: Structuring
Winning AI Deals

Moderator: David Blake, Founder/CEO, UpperEdge
Panelist: Matt Karlyn, Co-Chair: Technology Industry Team, Foley & Lardner LLP – Pedro Barata, Principal Program Manager – Cognitive Procurement, VodaFone Procurement


Future of Driverless Cars

Moderator: Dr. Lance Eliot, CEO, Techbrium
Panelists: John Leonard, Vice President for Driving Research, Toyota Research Institute (TRI) – Max Versace, Co-Founder and CEO, Neurala – Daryn Nakhuda, Founder & CEO, Mighty AI



General Session Executive Panel  — Future of AI

Moderator: Eliot Weinman, Conference Chair
Panelists: Rana el Kaliouby, CEO, Affectiva; Kris Hammond, Chief Scientist, Narrative Science


AI World 2017 Adjourns

Conference program is subject to change.

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