Cognitive Computing Consortium Conference

Cognitive Computing Consortium Conference

Directions in Cognitive

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

SPEAKERS

Hadley Reynolds
Managing Director, Cognitive Computing Consortium

Jana Eggers
CEO, Nara Logics

Chad Steelberg
Chairman & CEO, Veritone

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

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.

Jeff Fried
CTO, BA-Insight

Clare Gillan
Babson College

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

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

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 – Cognitive Computing Market Scan

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

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.

10:10-10:45am – Key Issues for Cognitive in the Digital Transformation

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

The MIT Sloan School of Management sponsors several research programs covering issues of concern to students and graduates. Among the oldest and most active of these programs in one that focuses on Information Systems analytics and trends. Today, this research includes a dedicated program on the realities and directions of cognitive computing. Hear from MIT researchers about how the situations cognitive computing practitioners are encountering in the enterprise today, and their take on what directions we will likely see in the future.

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 – 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.

12:00-1:10pm – Networking & Lunch
1:10-1:35pm – 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.

1:35-2:15pm – Member Keynote: Interactive Q&A on Cognitive Frameworks

Moderator: Clare Gillan, Babson College
Speakers:

  • Jana Eggers, CEO, Nara Logics
  • Leslie Owens, Executive Director, MIT-Sloan School Center for Information Systems Research
  • Ganesan Shankar, Assoc. Professor, Babson College Technology, Operations and Information Mgmt
  • Larry Todd Wilson, Founder & Director, Knowledge Harvesting, Inc.
  • Hadley Reynolds, Managing Director, Cognitive Computing Consortium

This session offers Cognitive Computing Consortium members and conference attendees the opportunity to participate in an open Q&A session with keynoters and panelists who have been sharing their ideas and experiences during the course of the program. Don’t hestitate to participate actively and make this session uniquely valuable for you.

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

Panelists include representatives from: Affectiva, IBM, 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

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