Cognitive Computing Consortium Conference

Directions In Cognitive

Cognitive Computing Consortium Conference

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 – 8:45am-4:30pm

To attend this event you must be registered with a Conference VIP pass that includes Dec 13.

COGNITIVE COMPUTING CONSORTIUM CONFERENCE

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SPEAKERS

Hadley Reynolds
Managing Director, Cognitive Computing Consortium

Jana Eggers
CEO, Nara Logics

Chad Steelberg
Chairman & CEO, Veritone

Leslie Owens
Executive Director, MIT-Sloan School Center for Information Systems Research

Shunpei Yamazaki Ph.D.
President, Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.

Ganesan Shankar
Assoc. Prof. Babson College – Technology, Operations, and Information Management

Larry Todd Wilson
Founder & Director, Knowledge Harvesting, Inc.

Seth Earley
Founder/CEO,
Earley Information Science

Gauthier Robe
VP Platform,
Coveo

Daniel Mayer,
CEO, Expert System

Clare Gillan
Babson College

Jeff Fried
CTO, BA-Insight

Odin Wright,
Founder & CEO, Synaptik

Gabi Zijderveld
CMO, Affectiva

Finale Doshi-Velez
Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University

David Weinberger
Senior Researcher, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University

Dr. Ronald Weissman
Apax Partners, Software Lead, Band of Angels – Silicon Valley

Dan Donahue
Partner, Keystone Strategy

8:45-9:00am - Conference Introduction

Chair: Hadley Reynolds, Managing Director, Cognitive Computing Consortium

Directions in Cognitive is a program focused on the issues facing Cognitive Computing Consortium Members and other AI and cognitive computing applications professionals today, as they scope, design, build, and revise production applications for the enterprise. The program presents the experience of practitioners working with applications in the field, as well as research-based frameworks for characterizing cognitive applications and understanding cognitive work profiles, skills, attributes, and knowledge. We present emerging technologies, the state of the market, and bring focus to important challenges in the area of ethical guidelines for the new applications.

9:00-9:30am – So You Think You Have an AI Problem?

Jana Eggers, CEO, Nara Logics

Many enterprises are grappling with questions about how cognitive computing can make the biggest impact on their businesses — and how to go about launching their first projects. Jana Eggers will bring insights built on launching scores of cognitive/AI projects and pose the real first questions: do you have an AI problem? Jana will help frame a surprising range of answers to this question.

9:30-9:50am – AI World Conference Keynote

Chad Steelberg, Chairman & CEO, Veritone

9:50-10:10am – A Reference Model for Cognitive Applications - Cognitive Computing Consortium & Babson College

Ganesan Shankar, Assoc. Professor, Babson College Technology, Operations, and Information Management
Hadley Reynolds, Managing Director, Cognitive Computing Consortium

Prof. Shankar and Mr. Reynolds will present the results of the joint research program sponsored by Babson College and the Cognitive Computing Consortium. The program is creating a data-centered model for describing and characterizing cognitive applications. The model can be used in multiple ways, by organizations planning to integrate cognitive techniques into their operations. Decision makers, developers, human factors professionals, business owners, and users can all use this model to develop insights about their cognitive applications projects.

10:10-10:45am – Understanding Work Profiles for Cognitive Applications Teams

Larry Todd Wilson, Founder & Director, Knowledge Harvesting, Inc.
Hadley Reynolds, Managing Director, Cognitive Computing Consortium 

Larry Wilson and Hadley Reynolds will present the results of the joint research program sponsored by Knowledge Harvesting, Inc. and the Cognitive Computing Consortium. Based on in-depth, structured interview techniques, the program is creating an experience-centered model for characterizing work profiles required by organizations who are planning to undertake cognitive computing work. The model utilizes a process classification framework to differentiate roles, skills and capabilities, and interaction requirements to help organizations hire, develop teams, redeploy, and retire projects and processes.

10:45-11:05am – Networking Break
11:05-11:30am – AI World Conference Keynote

Shunpei Yamazaki Ph.D., President, Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.

11:30-12:00pm – Cognitive Computing: Secrets to Success

Leslie Owens, Executive Director, MIT-Sloan School Center for Information Systems Research

Despite all the excitement about artificial intelligence, generating business value from cognitive computing applications has proved challenging. Nonetheless, growing numbers of companies can boast successful outcomes by carefully targeting the problems they attack and tending to necessary organizational requirements. In this session, we will examine critical success factors for making cognitive computing part of your company’s DNA.

12:00-1:10pm – Networking & Lunch
1:10-1:40pm – Cognitive Computing Market Scan

Speakers:
Dr. Ronald Weissman, Apax Partners, Software Leads, Band of Angels, Silicon Valley

Dan Donahue, Partner, Keystone Strategy

Today’s rate of growth of AI business formations and technology innovation initiatives in the enterprise is virtually unprecedented. This session will focus on clarifying current realities in the field relative to enterprise expectations and the preconditions for business success among the hundreds of software and service vendors large and small that are attempting to carve out a niche or become a dominant franchise in the cognitive computing market space. It will deconstruct the current cloud of hype and provide fundamental insights into the emerging trends that will shape the market 3-5 years from now.

1:35-2:15pm – Cognitive Close to the Ground: Practitioners Talk Best Practices

Moderator, Hadley Reynolds, Cognitive Computing Consortium

Panelists:

  • Seth Earley, CEO, Earley Information Sciences
  • Gauthier Robe, VP Platform, Coveo
  • Daniel Mayer, CEO, Expert System

When it comes time to build a cognitive computing application, what do you actually need to do? Where do you begin? How do you structure a team? What are the preconditions for success? And when can you declare victory? The panelists in this session all have extensive experience with today’s cognitive implementations. They will share their perspectives on best practices, pitfalls to avoid, and where the most important development trends will take the industry today and in the future.

2:15-3:00pm – Rich Analytics - The Rise of Voice, Face, Emotion, Personality Analytics

Moderator: Jeff Fried, CTO, BA-Insights
Panelists:
– Gabi Zijderveld, CMO, Affectiva

– Tyler Schulze, VP Ecosystem, Veritone

This conversational panel will address the impact that technologies for rich data analytics and interaction are having on cognitive applications, their developers, users, and owners. Should rich interaction be a requirement for cognitive applications? Will rich interactions ease or impede the emerging partnership between humans and machines within the business process? This expert panel of professionals will address these questions, as well as providing a glimpse into where this rapidly evolving set of technologies will be taking us.

3:00-3:15pm – Networking Break
3:15-4:00pm – Ethical Challenges in the Emergence of Cognitive Computing

Moderator: Clare Gillan, Babson College

Speakers:

  • Finale Doshi-Velez, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University
  • David Weinberger, Senior Researcher, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University
  • Matt B. Chessen, U.S. Department of State

Harvard colleagues Doshi-Velez and Weinberger will present both a catalog of ethical issues facing the rise of AI-based systems and a deep dive into particular areas of focus within their work and within the work that the Berkman Klein Center and the MIT Media Lab are undertaking as anchor institutions of the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund, the $27M fund created by the Knight Foundation, Omidyar Network, and Reid Hoffman to research artificial intelligence for the public interest.

4:00-4:30pm – CCC Meetup - Current & Prospective Members
4:30pm – Consortium Conference Adjourns