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Engineering the future of AI for businesses (sponsored by IBM Watson)

Ruchir Puri (IBM)
9:10am–9:20am Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Sponsored Keynote
Location: Grand Ballroom B
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Cognitive systems such as IBM Watson have impacted fields such as healthcare and security that are of fundamental relevance to society. This has unleashed a torrent of innovation in AI technologies that encompass a broad spectrum of computer science and engineering disciplines, from AI applications for businesses to hardware infrastructure and its software stack, “as­ a­ service” platform layers, and the fundamental data layer. Ruchir Puri explores the opportunities and challenges of AI for business, focusing on what is needed to truly scale out AI applications and systems across the breadth of enterprises.

This keynote is sponsored by IBM Watson.

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Ruchir Puri


Ruchir Puri is an IBM fellow and the chief architect of IBM Watson. Previously, Ruchir led deep learning and machine learning platform initiatives at IBM Research as well as IBM’s efforts in software-hardware acceleration for cognitive and analytic workloads; he also drove strategy for differentiated cognitive computing infrastructure. Ruchir is a fellow of the IEEE, an ACM distinguished speaker, and an IEEE distinguished lecturer and was recognized as the 2014 Asian American Engineer of the Year. Ruchir has been a visiting faculty member in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University and an adjunct professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University. He holds the John Von-Neumann Chair at the Institute of Discrete Mathematics at Bonn University, Germany. Ruchir is an inventor of over 50 United States patents and has authored over 120 publications and a book on analytics.

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Muni Kumar |
09/29/2017 8:42pm PDT

Not sure if Mr. Puri is arguing against or in favor of Deep neural networks