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Hear inspiring and thought-provoking presentations from experts and executives at Artificial Intelligence.

Mary Beth Ainsworth

Mary Beth Ainsworth
Senior Product Marketing Manager, SAS

Mary Beth Ainsworth is an AI and language analytics strategist at SAS, where she leads global marketing efforts for text analytics and artificial intelligence. Previously, she was an intelligence analyst and senior instructor in the US Department of Defense... Read More.

9:10am Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Comprehensive and sustainable wildlife monitoring technologies are key to maintaining biodiversity. Mary Beth Ainsworth offers an overview of SAS deep learning and computer vision capabilities that can rapidly analyze animal footprints to help map wildlife presence and scale conservation efforts around the world. Full Details
Ron Bodkin

Ron Bodkin
Technical Director, Applied Artificial Intelligence, Google

Ron Bodkin is a technical director on the applied artificial intelligence team at Google, where he provides leadership for AI success for customers in Google’s Cloud CTO office. Ron engages deeply with Global F500 enterprises to unlock strategic value... Read More.

10:00am Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Ron Bodkin explains WTF a tensor is and why you should care. Along the way, Ron details some real AI products from Google. No cats or dogs. Full Details
Roger Chen

Roger Chen
CEO, Computable Labs

Roger Chen is cofounder and CEO of Computable Labs and program chair for the O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence Conference. Previously, he was a principal at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV), where he invested in and worked with early-stage startups primarily... Read More.

10:25am Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Program chairs Ben Lorica and Roger Chen close the first day of keynotes. Full Details
10:20am Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Program chairs Ben Lorica and Roger Chen close the second day of keynotes. Full Details
8:45am Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Artificial Intelligence program chairs Ben Lorica and Roger Chen open the first day of keynotes. Full Details
9:00am Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Keynote by program chairs Ben Lorica and Roger Chen Full Details
8:45am Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Artificial Intelligence program chairs Ben Lorica and Roger Chen open the second day of keynotes. Full Details
George Church

George Church
Professor, Harvard University

George Church is professor at Harvard and MIT, where he has developed methods used for the first genome sequence in 1994 and genome recoding, leading to million-fold cost reductions. He co-initiated the BRAIN Initiative and Genome Projects to... Read More.

10:05am Wednesday, May 2, 2018
The IARPA MICrONS project aims to revolutionize machine learning by reverse-engineering the algorithms of the brain. George Church offers an overview of this work and explains how his team has accelerated in vitro growth of many brain architectures, which might enable us to build new hybrid bio-opto-electronic artificial computational platforms. Full Details
Abhijit Deshpande

Abhijit Deshpande
Global Head of Product Specialist Group, Digitate

Abhijit Deshpande is the global head of Digitate’s Product Specialist Group, where he is responsible for working with customers to drive adoption of ignio. A technology leader in the distributed systems area, Abhijit regularly works with various teams in Digitate’s... Read More.

9:00am Wednesday, May 2, 2018
We live in a world of constantly changing business environments across various business units, limited end-to-end visibility, and high alerts. Abhijit Deshpande details how to use machine learning to identify root causes of problems in minutes instead of hours or days to free up valuable time by automating routine tasks without scripting or preprogramming. Full Details
Zoubin Ghahramani

Zoubin Ghahramani
Chief Scientist | Professor, Uber | University of Cambridge

Zoubin Ghahramani is a professor at the University of Cambridge, where he leads the Machine Learning Group, and the chief scientist at Uber. His research focuses on probabilistic approaches to machine learning and AI. Zoubin is also deputy director of... Read More.

10:10am Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Zoubin Ghahramani discusses fundamental concepts and recent advances in artificial intelligence, highlighting research on the frontiers of deep learning, probabilistic programming, Bayesian optimization, and AI for data science. Zoubin concludes by considering the societal implications of this work. Full Details
Dario Gil

Dario Gil
Vice President, AI and IBM Q, IBM

Dario Gil is a leading technologist and senior executive at IBM. As vice president of AI and IBM Q, Dario is responsible for IBM’s artificial intelligence research efforts and for IBM’s commercial quantum computing program, IBM Q.... Read More.

9:20am Wednesday, May 2, 2018
The extraordinary progress in AI over the last few years has been enabled, in part, by modern advancements in computing. Dario Gil explores state-of-the-art computing for AI as it exists today as well as an innovation that will lead us into the decades to come: quantum computing for AI. Full Details
Justin Herz

Justin Herz
Executive Vice President, Digital Product, Platform and Strategy, Warner Bros.

Justin Herz was named Executive Vice President, Digital Product, Platform, and Strategy in January 2017.

As head of Warner Bros. Digital Herz oversees emerging technology, new platforms, and direct-to-consumer technology working across all divisions of the studio identifying and spearheading... Read More.

8:50am Tuesday, May 1, 2018
In this fireside chat, Justin Herz and Fiaz Mohammed discuss how artificial intelligence can improve content discovery and monetization. In collaboration with Intel AI technologies, Warner Bros. is just scratching the surface of what’s possible. Full Details
Kavya Kopparapu

Kavya Kopparapu
Founder and CEO, GirlsComputingLeague

Kavya Kopparapu is the founder and CEO of GirlsComputingLeague. She is dedicated to sharing her passion for computer science with others, especially young girls, as the field has given her a world of opportunities. Kavya has been recognized by... Read More.

9:50am Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Fireside chat with Peter Norvig and Kavya Kopparapu Full Details
Tim Kraska

Tim Kraska
Professor, MIT

Tim Kraska is an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Currently, his research focuses on building systems for machine learning and using machine learning for systems. Tim spent the majority... Read More.

8:50am Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Recent results show that machine learning has the potential to significantly alter the way basic data structures and algorithms are implemented and the performance they can provide. Tim Kraska explains the basic intuition behind learned data structures and outlines the potential consequences of this technology for industry. Full Details
Ben Lorica

Ben Lorica
Chief Data Scientist, O'Reilly Media

Ben Lorica is the chief data scientist at O’Reilly Media. Ben has applied business intelligence, data mining, machine learning, and statistical analysis in a variety of settings, including direct marketing, consumer and market research, targeted advertising, text mining, and financial... Read More.

10:25am Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Program chairs Ben Lorica and Roger Chen close the first day of keynotes. Full Details
10:20am Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Program chairs Ben Lorica and Roger Chen close the second day of keynotes. Full Details
8:45am Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Artificial Intelligence program chairs Ben Lorica and Roger Chen open the first day of keynotes. Full Details
9:00am Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Keynote by program chairs Ben Lorica and Roger Chen Full Details
8:45am Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Artificial Intelligence program chairs Ben Lorica and Roger Chen open the second day of keynotes. Full Details
Jennifer Marsman

Jennifer Marsman
Principal Software Engineer, Microsoft

Jennifer Marsman is the principal software engineer for Microsoft’s AI for Earth Group, where she uses data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to aid with clean water, agriculture, biodiversity, and climate change. She has been featured in Bloomberg for... Read More.

9:30am Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Food production needs to double by 2050 to feed the world’s growing population. Jennifer Marsman details a solution that uses sensors in the soil, aerial imagery from drones, machine learning, and networking research in television whitespaces and discusses the AI for Earth grant program, which supports similar work in the areas of clean water, agriculture, biodiversity, and climate change. Full Details
Dan Romuald Mbanga

Dan Romuald Mbanga
Global Lead Business Development Manager, Amazon AI Platforms , Amazon Web Services

Dan leads business and technical initiatives involving Amazon AI platforms such as Amazon SageMaker, designed to provide end-to-end Machine Learning environments for AWS’ customers, from startups to enterprises. He works with AWS’ customers in all GEOs, as well as internal... Read More.

10:05am Tuesday, May 1, 2018
For more than 20 years, Amazon has invested in experimenting and deploying AI at scale. Dan Mbanga explores how accelerating AI experimentation has influenced innovations such as Amazon Alexa, Prime Air, and Go and how developers and data scientists from startups to large-scale enterprises have benefited from this innovation. Full Details
Fiaz Mohamed

Fiaz Mohamed
Head of Business Development, Intel AI Products Group

Fiaz Mohamed leads business development for the Artificial Intelligence Products Group at Intel. In his role, Fiaz works with Fortune 500 organizations to help deploy AI solutions at scale. Fiaz has previously held senior sales, marketing, and business development roles... Read More.

8:50am Tuesday, May 1, 2018
In this fireside chat, Justin Herz and Fiaz Mohammed discuss how artificial intelligence can improve content discovery and monetization. In collaboration with Intel AI technologies, Warner Bros. is just scratching the surface of what’s possible. Full Details
9:40am Tuesday, May 1, 2018
The Intel AI portfolio includes hardware and software solutions that span use cases and edge-to-cloud implementations, rooted in extensive expertise in data science and research. Fiaz Mohamed explains how Intel AI solves today’s business problems and how Intel’s partner ecosystem is accelerating the adoption of solutions built on Intel technology. Full Details
Peter Norvig

Peter Norvig
Director of Research, Google

Peter Norvig is a director of research at Google. Previously, he directed Google’s core search algorithms group. Peter is coauthor of Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, the leading textbook in the field, and coteacher of an artificial intelligence course that... Read More.

9:50am Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Fireside chat with Peter Norvig and Kavya Kopparapu Full Details
Thomas Reardon

Thomas Reardon
Cofounder and CEO, CTRL-Labs

Thomas Reardon is cofounder and CEO of CTRL-Labs.

9:45am Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Thomas Reardon offers an overview of brain-machine interface (BMI) technology and shares CTRL-Labs's transformative and noninvasive neural interface approach. Along the way, he discusses the near-term opportunities for practical applications that will soon revolutionize daily life and the industries they touch. Full Details
Olga Russakovsky

Olga Russakovsky
Assistant Professor, Princeton University

Olga Russakovsky is an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at Princeton University, where her research focuses on computer vision closely integrated with machine learning and human-computer interaction. In addition to her research, Olga cofounded the Stanford AI Laboratory’s... Read More.

9:05am Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Keynote with Olga Russakovsky Full Details
Manuela Veloso

Manuela Veloso
Herbert A. Simon University Professor in the School of Computer Science , Carnegie Mellon University

Manuela M. Veloso is the Herbert A. Simon University Professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, where she is the head of the Machine Learning Department. Manuela’s research, undertaken with her students, focuses on artificial intelligence,... Read More.

9:15am Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Autonomy—consisting of extensive data processing, decision making and execution, and learning from experience—creates the need for a new interaction between humans and AI. Manuela Veloso delves into the roles humans can have in such interactions, as well as the underlying challenges to AI, in particular in terms of collaboration and interpretability. Full Details
Meihong Wang

Meihong Wang
Engineering Director, facebook

Meihong Wang is an engineering director at Facebook, where he leads the news feed team, which helps deliver the most relevant content to billions of users in their news feeds. Meihong and his team are building a large-scale machine learning... Read More.

9:30am Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Everyone's Facebook news feed experience is unique and highly personalized. Meihong Wang explains how Facebook solves the personalization problem with machine learning techniques and offers an overview of its large-scale machine learning system that models every user and delivers them the most relevant content in real time. Full Details