Speakers


Ian Beaver, PhD, Lead Research Engineer, Intelligent Self Service, Verint

Ian Beaver, PhD is the lead research engineer at Verint Intelligent Self Service, a provider of conversational AI systems for enterprise businesses. Ian has been publishing discoveries in the field of AI since 2005 on topics surrounding human-computer interactions such as gesture recognition, user preference learning, and communication with multi-modal automated assistants. Ian has presented his work at various academic and industry conferences and authored over 20 patents within the field of human language technology. His extensive experience and access to large volumes of real-world, human-machine conversation data for his research has made him a leading voice in conversational analysis of dialog systems. Ian is currently focused on means to detect and resolve misunderstandings between humans and machines. He is also leading a team in finding ways to optimize human productivity by way of automation and augmentation, using symbiotic relationships with machines.
Seminar: Intelligent Assistants

David Bray, PhD, Executive Director, People-Centered Internet Coalition; Senior Fellow, Institute for Human-Machine Cognition

Dr. David A. Bray was named one of the top “24 Americans Who Are Changing the World” under 40 by Business Insider in 2016. He was also named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for 2016-2021. He was named a Marshall Memorial Fellow and traveled to Europe to discuss Trans-Atlantic issues of common concern including exponential technologies and the global future ahead. Since 2017, he serves as Executive Director for the People-Centered Internet coalition co-founded by Vint Cerf, focused on providing support and expertise for community-focused projects that measurably improve people’s lives using the internet. He also provides strategy to both Boards and start-ups espousing human-centric principles to technology-enabled decision making in complex environments.
Summit: AI Governance, Big Data & Ethics

Alison Brooks, PhD, Research Director, Smart Cities Strategies & Public Safety, IDC

As Research Director Smart Cities Strategies, Public Safety, Dr. Alison Brooks specializes in public safety related research for the global Smart Cities Strategies program at IDC. Ms. Brooks has held a number of positions with IDC over the past 10 years, previously working as IDC Canada’s Director of public sector research. Dr. Brooks’ research will focus on the digital transformation of public safety within Smart Cities. Research will explore digital evidence management, intelligence-led policing, Real-time Crime Centers, advanced analytics and visualization, and mobile crime-fighting solutions.
Track 3: Smart Cities

Sung-Woo Cho, PhD, Senior Associate/Scientist, Social and Economic Policy, Abt Associates

Sung-Woo Cho, Ph.D., applies artificial intelligence to social policy decisions to enable data to benefit social-service recipients. He has extensive experience in workforce training and career pathways, community college systems, and the administrative data these sources generate. He also designs and implements program evaluations.  Dr. Cho currently oversees the machine learning applications of the Descriptive and Analytical Career Pathways Study, a project funded by the US Department of Labor (DOL) that uses data science to understand career pathways research and individuals’ employment trajectories. He also collaborated with Miami Dade College in an effort that predicted college graduation rates with 93 percent accuracy and determined the top factors of student success, using gradient boosting models. 
Track 4: Powering AI Data Services

Nazli Choucri, PhD, Professor of Political Science, MIT

Nazli Choucri is Professor of Political Science. Her work is in the area of international relations, most notably on sources and consequences of international conflict and violence. Professor Choucri is the architect and Director of the Global System for Sustainable Development (GSSD), a multi-lingual web-based knowledge networking system focusing on the multi-dimensionality of sustainability. As Principal Investigator of an MIT-Harvard multi-year project on Explorations in Cyber International Relations (ECIR), she directed a multi-disciplinary and multi-method research initiative, constructing a cyber-inclusive view of international relations (Cyber-IR System) – with theory, data, analyses, simulations – to anticipate and respond to cyber threats and challenges to national security and international stability. She is Editor of the MIT Press Series on Global Environmental Accord and, formerly, General Editor of the International Political Science Review.
Summit: AI Governance, Big Data & Ethics

Ruthbea Clarke, Vice President, IDC Government Insights, IDC

Ruthbea Yesner is the Vice President of Government Insights at IDC.  In this practice, Ms. Yesner manages the US Federal Government and the Worldwide Smart Cities and Communities Global practices. Ms. Yesner's research discusses the strategies and execution of relevant technologies and best practice areas, such as governance, innovation, partnerships and business models, essential for Smart City and Community development.  Ms. Yesner's research includes Big Data and analytics, artificial intelligence, Open data and data exchanges, digital twins, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, cloud computing, and mobile solutions in the areas of economic development and civic engagement, urban planning and administration, public safety, transportation, and energy and infrastructure. Ms. Yesner contributes to consulting engagements to support state and local governments and IT vendors’ overall Smart City market strategies.
Summit: AI Governance, Big Data & Ethics

Lord Tim Clement-Jones CBE, Former Chair of the UK’s House of Lords Select Committee for Artificial Intelligence and Chair of Council, Queen Mary University of London

Lord Clement-Jones is a Consultant of the global law firm DLA Piper.  Former positions within DLA include London Managing Partner (2011-16), Head of UK Government Affairs, Chairman of its China and Middle East Desks, International Business Relations Partner and Co-Chairman of Global Government Relations.  He is Chair of Ombudsman Services Limited, the not for profit, independent ombudsman service that provides dispute resolution for the communications, energy, property and copyright licensing industries.  He is a member of the Advisory Board of Airmic (the Association of Insurance and Risk Managers in Industry and Commerce) and Board Member of the Corporate Finance Faculty of the ICAEW.  Tim was made CBE for political services in 1988 and life peer in 1998.  Until July 2004 he was the Liberal Democrat Health Spokesman and thereafter until 2010 Liberal Democrat Spokesman on Culture, Media and Sport, in the House of Lords.
Summit: AI Governance, Big Data & Ethics

Thomas Creely, PhD, Director Ethics and Emerging Military Technology Graduate Program, U.S. Naval War College

Tom Creely is an international and national expert in the Ethics of Technology.  He piloted and is Director of the Ethics and Emerging Military Technology (EEMT) Graduate Certificate Program at the United States Naval War College.  Dr. Creely represents the Navy on The Conference Board Global Business Conduct Council.  As a member of the Boston Global Forum, he serves on A.I. World Society Standards and Practice Committee and Editorial Board of Shaping Futures Magazine.   At Brown University Executive Master of Cybersecurity, Dr. Creely facilitates the cyber simulation ethical decision-making exercise.  Dr. Creely is on the Executive Advisory Board of AI World Government 2019.
Summit: AI Governance, Big Data & Ethics

Crichton_DanielDaniel Crichton, Program Manager, Principal Investigator, and Principal Computer Scientist, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory 

Daniel Crichton is a program manager, principal investigator, and principal computer scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which he joined in 1995. He is the leader of the Center for Data Science and Technology, a joint center formed with Caltech, focusing on the research, development and implementation of data intensive systems for science and missions. Mr. Crichton has program management appointments to multiple JPL program offices for data science and data intensive system projects working in earth science, solar system exploration, and technology for NASA and non-NASA sponsors. He is one of the founding members of the International Planetary Data Alliance (IPDA), an organization committed to building compatible international planetary science data archives. He also serves as principal investigator of several distributed data system projects for NASA and the NIH, including the Informatics Center for the NCI Early Detection Research Network (EDRN). He architected an open source software framework, Apache OODT, for the management, distribution, and analysis of massive scientific data. This won runner-up for NASA Software of the Year 2003 and is now hosted by the Apache Software Foundation as a top-level project, NASA’s first. Mr. Crichton recently served on the U.S. National Research Council Committee on the Analysis of Massive Data, which released its report on big data analytics. He has published over 100 papers on software and information architectures, distributed systems, and scientific data management and analysis, as well as five book chapters.
Track 2: Strategic Government Functions

Michael Dukakis, Chairman, Boston Global Forum

As Co-Founder and Chairman of The Board of Directors and Board of Thinker of The Boston Global Forum, Michael Stanley Dukakis culminates a half-century career dedicated to public service, political leadership, fostering the careers of young leaders, and scholarly achievement.

Together with Nguyen Anh Tuan, this former Massachusetts governor, has established The Boston Global Forum as a globally recognized think tank noted for developing peaceful solutions to some of the world’s most contentious issues, among them: fair labor practices in third-world nations, US-North Korean denuclearization negotiations, and the militarization of the South China Sea. Most recently, Gov. Dukakis has called for the ethical development and deployment of Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things and other 21st century Internet advances that permeate out daily lives.
To promote the work of the Boston Global Forum and to recognize those who support its goals, Gov. Dukakis co-created: “World Leader in Peace and Cybersecurity” Award; “World Leader in AI World Society” Award, and the AI World Society Initiative. Together with Nguyen Anh Tuan he also established December 12 as the annual Global Cybersecurity Day. Gov. Dukakis also coauthored, "The concepts of AI-Government," “Ethics Code of Conduct for Cyber Peace and Security (ECCC),” and the “BGF-G7 Summit Initiative Report.”

Gov. Dukakis’s dedication to public service began modestly when he was elected Town Meeting Member in his native Brookline, Massachusetts, just outside Boston. He was later elected chairman of his town’s Democratic organization in 1960 and won a seat in the Massachusetts Legislature in 1962 where he served four terms as a state legislator. In 1970, he was the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s nominee for Lieutenant Governor and the running mate of Boston Mayor Kevin White in a gubernatorial race lost to Republicans Frank Sargent and Donald Dwight, Jr.
Summit: AI Governance, Big Data & Ethics

Fier_JustinJustin Fier, Director of Cyber Intelligence and Analytics, Darktrace

Seminar: AI & Cybersecurity

 

Bob Gourley, Co-Founder and CTO, OODA LLC

Bob Gourley is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence consultancy OODA LLC

Bob previously founded Crucial Point LLC, a technology research and advisory firm. He is the publisher of CTOvision.com Bob collaborates in the operation of OODALoop.com.

Bob’s first career was as a naval intelligence officer, which included operational tours in Europe and Asia. Bob was the first Director of Intelligence (J2) at DoD’s cyber defense organization JTF-CND.

Following retirement from the Navy Bob was an executive with TRW and Northrop Grumman, and then returned to government service as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).

Bob was named one of the top 25 most influential CTOs in the globe by Infoworld. He was selected for AFCEAs award for meritorious service to the intelligence community, and was named by Washingtonian as one of DC’s “Tech Titans.”  Bob was named one of the “Top 25 Most Fascinating Communicators in Government IT” by the Gov2.0 community GovFresh. Bob was noted as “Most Influential on Twitter for Big Data” by Forbes. The blog he founded and publishes, CTOvision, is now ranked among the top 50 federal technology blogs.
Summit: AI Governance, Big Data & Ethics
Seminar: AI & Cybersecurity

Jun Heider, CTOO, RealEyes Media

Jun works as the CTOO at RealEyes Media, the premier industry expert in advanced application development with unparalleled expertise and experience in all aspects of streaming media. In addition to being a partner of choice for NBC Sports and the largest live streaming events in the world, RealEyes assists companies such as Oracle, Adobe, and Motorola. RealEyes also has a long history of helping the public sector realize their media and streaming needs. In his role at RealEyes Jun love directing innovative, talented developers, helping to optimize media workflow, and determining how to harness the power of AI and Machine Learning. Jun has also been adjunct faculty at University of Denver, PMC member and committer at Apache, and spoken at numerous conferences such as NAB, Adobe MAX, and Streaming Media Conferences.
Track 6: Compliance, Security & Trust

Brett Horvath, President, Guardians.ai

Seminar: Machine Learning & Deep Learning


Suzette Kent, Federal Chief Information Officer, Office of Management and Budget

Suzette Kent is an industry leader in large-scale business transformation and has worked with many of the world’s most complex organizations.  Her experiences cover a wide spectrum, which include technology development, product design, customer servicing, merger and acquisition, technology and risk policy and establishing new global industry capabilities.  Before taking the role of Federal CIO, Suzette spent over 25 years in the financial services industry where she served as a principal at EY, partner at Accenture, consulting president at Carreker Corporation, and Managing Director at JPMorgan.   Ms. Kent has served as an enterprise leader for organizational learning, diversity and inclusiveness, and career development at every organization at which she has worked. She has been a frequent speaker in global industry forums, publisher of thought leadership pieces, and holds patents in banking processes.
Plenary Sessions

Michael Krigsman, CEO, CXOTalk

Michael Krigsman is recognized internationally as an industry analyst and host of CXOTALK. As a columnist for ZDNet, Michael has written over 1,000 articles on topics related to innovation, digital disruption and leadership. His work has been mentioned more than 1,000 times in major newspapers, television, radio, trade publications, presentations, academic dissertations, blogs, and other media. Michael has been quoted in about 50 books, published in the Wall Street Journal, and is syndicated on important technology websites. Michael is often a judge in prestigious industry contests such as the CIO100 contest (CIO Magazine) and CRM Idol. He has presented to groups such as CIO Symposium (Cleveland), Oracle OpenWorld, Digital Enterprise Show (Madrdid), CIO Summit (Boston), D-Summit (Stockholm), Harvard University, Babson College, Seton Hill University, University College London, CIO Summit (Scottsdale), CT Executive Symposium, Federal Home Loan Banks, Boston University, Suffolk University, SAP Sapphire, NetSuite SuiteWorld, MIT CIO Symposium, Educause, and others.
Summit: AI Governance, Big Data & Ethics

Devin Krotman, Director, Global Learning XPRIZE, IBM Watson AI XPRIZE 

Devin Krotman serves as the Director of both the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE and Global Learning XPRIZE. In this capacity for the last three years, Mr. Krotman oversees all complex operational aspects of these large programs - including, but not limited to project management, fiscal management, knowledge management, and risk management. Mr. Krotman is passionate about tackling the world’s grandest challenges from education to disaster prediction and firmly believes technology will help humanity get there. With nearly a decade of experience in management consulting prior to XPRIZE, Devin focuses on leveraging his problem-solving experience when it comes to helping run XPRIZE’s large scale competitions focused on innovative technology.
Summit: AI Governance, Big Data & Ethics

David Kuehn, Program Director, Exploratory Advanced Research Program, Federal Highway Administration 

David Serves as the first Program Manager for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Exploratory Advanced Research Program. The program focuses on longer term and higher risk research with the potential for transformational improvements to the transportation system.  The Program Manager serves as the senior advisor to agency leadership; develops and implements the Exploratory Advanced Research Program's research agenda; fosters partnerships with other Federal agencies, national scientific societies and organizations, and the academic community in support of the Program; and scans and convenes activities associated with the program.
Track 6: Compliance, Security & Trust

Tolga Kurtoglu, PhD, CEO, PARC

Dr. Tolga Kurtoglu is CEO of PARC, a Xerox company, which is in "the business of breakthroughs.” Practicing open innovation since being incorporated in 2002, PARC provides custom R&D services, technology, specialized expertise, best practices, and intellectual property to Xerox’s business groups, Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, startups, and government.

Dr. Kurtoglu oversees PARC’s R&D investments for Xerox and its innovation portfolio for commercial clients and government agencies in a diverse set of focus areas and competencies including human-centered innovation services, intelligent agents and systems, clean energy, smart packaging, machine learning and analytics, security and privacy, printed electronics and digital manufacturing.

Motivated by his passion for bringing innovations to market, Dr. Kurtoglu specializes in leading cross-functional teams to apply science and technology to develop creative solutions to real-world problems. Since joining PARC in 2010, he has held various leadership roles focusing on R&D management, product strategy, and technology commercialization. In his early years at PARC, he pioneered the formation of PARC’s digital design and manufacturing (DDM) program. Later he created and led the System Sciences Laboratory by building a technology portfolio across hardware, software, and process technologies. In both roles, he managed multi-million-dollar R&D investments and product strategy encompassing several platforms and market offerings, and led successful transition of inventions from an R&D output to commercial software systems and services. Prior to PARC, he was a researcher at NASA Ames Research Center, and a mechanical design engineer at Dell Corporation.
Plenary Sessions

Corey Lofdahl, PhD, Principal Research Scientist, Advanced Decision Systems, Systems & Technology Research (STR)

Dr. Corey Lofdahl is a recognized expert in the computer-based policy modeling and social science simulation. At MIT, he learned to specify, quantify, and integrate social science theory to create integrated policy analyses using system dynamics (SD) simulation. Under the DARPA COMPOEX program, Dr. Lofdahl built suites of SD models to create plans and analyses for Baghdad that integrated Diplomatic, Intelligence, Military, and Economic (DIME) lines of effort for senior military and civilian decision makers. Throughout his career, he has applied computer-based techniques to analyze complex policy and technical problems for a range of defense, government, and civilian customers. He holds degrees in electrical engineering, computer science, and international relations from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Brown University, and MIT.
Track 2: Strategic Government Functions

Scott Lundstrom, Group VP and GM of IDC Government Insights, IDC

Scott Lundstrom is a long time industry analyst focused on the transformative and disruptive nature of technology. Mr. Lundstrom has been focused on IT driven business innovation and change in a variety of industries and settings.  Mr. Lundstrom is an expert on the emerging third platform, and speaks regularly on the future of cloud, analytics, mobility, and social media to digitally transform and radically alter the process and services offered to customers in the marketplace.
Plenary Sessions

William Mark, President, Information and Computing Sciences, SRI

Dr. William Mark is President of SRI International’s Information and Computing Sciences Division, which creates new technology in information security, system design, speech and natural language, vision and perception, planning and reasoning, and formal methods. The group’s leading-edge research is complemented with a strong focus on intellectual property creation and commercialization. Projects include Internet interaction, intrusion detection software, physical and virtual information spaces, and technology for dynamic enterprise management.

Prior to joining SRI in 1998, Mark headed the System Technology Group at National Semiconductor. The group focused on system-level design and implementation of the silicon-based systems of the future, including hardware/software co-design, integrated DSP solutions, and reconfigurable computing technology.
Plenary Sessions
Summit: AI Governance, Big Data & Ethics

Jason Matheny, PhD, Founding Director of the Center for Security and Emerging Technology, Georgetown University

Jason Matheny is founding director of Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET). Previously he was Assistant Director of National Intelligence, and Director of IARPA, responsible for the development of breakthrough technologies for the U.S. intelligence community. Before IARPA, he worked at Oxford University, the World Bank, the Applied Physics Laboratory, the Center for Biosecurity, and Princeton University, and was the co-founder of two biotechnology companies. He is a member of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence and the National Academies’ Intelligence Community Studies Board; is a recipient of the Intelligence Community’s Award for Individual Achievement in Science and Technology, the National Intelligence Superior Service Medal, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers; and was named one of Foreign Policy’s “Top 50 Global Thinkers.” He has served on various White House committees related to artificial intelligence, biosecurity, high-performance computing, and quantum information science. He co-led the National AI R&D Strategic Plan released by the White House in 2016 and was a member of the White House Select Committee on AI, created in 2018. He holds a Ph.D. in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University, an M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University, an M.B.A. from Duke University and a B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Seminar: AI & Cybersecurity

Shawn McCarthy, Research Director, IDC Government Insights, IDC

Shawn P. McCarthy is Research Director for IDC Government Insights, responsible for collecting and assessing government market data, providing IT investment and positioning strategies for both government and vendors, and market sizing for tech suppliers. His core coverage area includes U.S. federal and state and local IT budgets, agency-level technology priorities and government enterprise architecture standards. He also covers government use of blockchain solutions. He manages the IDC Government Insights: United States Government Infrastructure and Systems Optimization Strategies research advisory service, which includes technology recommendations and key industry forecasting for government IT systems. He also issues IDC’s semi-annual U.S. Government IT Spending Guides (federal, state and local and education).
Track 1: Big Data to AI


Bill Meisel, PhD, Principal Analyst, TMA Associates

William Meisel, Ph.D., president, TMA Associates, is publisher and editor of LUI News (formerly Speech Strategy News), a paid-subscription monthly newsletter launched in 1993, which covers the commercial applications of the Language User Interface. Dr. Meisel has authored the most comprehensive digital assistant product guide in the market today which covers 270+ intelligent assistant/Bot products and 125+ implementations – Digital Assistants and Bots: A Vendor Guide. He chairs the Conversational Interaction Conference for AVIOS, and he produces a ½ day workshop at our AI World event entitled “Building an Application-Specific Intelligent Assistant”. He is author of the 2013 book The Software Society, and a consultant on market and product opportunities created by the maturing of speech and natural language technology. His experience in speech technology includes founding and running a speech recognition company and authoring a technical book on machine learning. Dr. Meisel previously founded a venture-capital-backed speech recognition company, Speech Systems Inc., and ran it for ten years.
Seminar: Intelligent Assistants

David Noever, PhD, Senior Technical Fellow, PeopleTec, Inc.

David Noever has 29 years of research experience with NASA and Department of Defense in machine learning and data mining. He received his Ph.D. from Oxford University, as a Rhodes Scholar, in theoretical physics and B.Sc. from Princeton University, summa cum laude, and Phi Beta Kappa. While at NASA, he was named 1998 Discover Magazine's "Inventor of the Year," for the novel development of computational biology software and internet search robots, culminating in co-founding the startup company cited by Nature Biotechnology as first in its technology class. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific research articles and book chapters. He also received the Silver Medal of the Royal Society, London, and is a former Chevron Scholar, San Francisco. His primary research centers on machine learning, algorithms, and data mining for analytics, intelligence and novel metric generation. 
Seminar: AI & Cybersecurity

Adelaide C. O’Brien, Research Director, Government Insights, IDC 

Adelaide O'Brien is Research Director for IDC Government Insights responsible for Government Digital Transformation Strategies. Ms. O'Brien is recognized as a valued thought leader by U.S. federal agencies and the vendors serving government and has been named one of the top 100 leaders throughout the federal IT community.
Ms. O'Brien assists clients in understanding the full scope of efforts needed for digital transformation, understands agency requirements and mandates, and has deep technical expertise in analytics, AI, and cloud. Ms. O'Brien's research also includes a particular emphasis on journey maps that assist clients in understanding the full scope of efforts required to achieve outcomes. Her research also includes the threats and opportunities now facing government's ecosystems in leveraging agency information as a critical asset, allowing stakeholders to make better decisions, provide better services and experiences for constituents, and react in real time to limit liabilities and manage risks.
Summit: AI Governance, Big Data & Ethics

Ola Olude-Afolabi, PhD, Management & Program Analyst, U.S. Department of Commerce

Track 5: Emerging AI Technologies

 

Eduardo Olvera, Director of User Experience, Nuance Communications

Seminar: Intelligent Assistants 


Jeff Orr, AI World Content Director and AI Trends Editor, Cambridge Innovation Institute

Jeff Orr is the Conference Content Director for AI World 2018. With nearly 30 years of experience at consumer startups, Fortune 100 enterprise, and industry analyst firms, he brings a pragmatic approach to complex topics. Most recently, Jeff was a research director at ABI Research focused on emerging technologies including AI, user interfaces, wearables, and mobile computing. Previously, he was responsible for wireless technology projects in corporate strategy for The Walt Disney Company.
His analysis and opinions on emerging technology have been widely published, in global publications including The Wall Street Journal, The NY Times, Financial Times, TheStreet.com, and Enterprise Mobility Exchange.
Track 2: Strategic Government Functions
Track 5: Emerging AI Technologies

Oza_NikunjNikunj Oza, Leader of the Data Sciences Group, NASA Ames Research Center  

Nikunj Oza is the leader of the Data Sciences Group at NASA Ames Research Center. He also leads a NASA project team, which applies data mining to aviation safety and operations problems. Dr. Oza’s 50+ research papers represent his research interests, which include data mining, machine learning, ensemble learning, anomaly detection, and their applications to Aeronautics and Earth Science. He received the Arch T. Colwell Award for co-authoring one of the five most innovative technical papers selected from 3300+ SAE technical papers in 2005. His data mining team received the 2018 NASA Honor Award and the 2010 NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate Associate Administrator¹s Award. He is an Associate Editor for the peer-reviewed journal Information Fusion (Elsevier) and has served as organizer, senior program committee member, and program committee member of several data mining and machine learning conferences. He received his B.S. in Mathematics with Computer Science from MIT in 1994, and M.S. (in 1998) and Ph.D. (in 2001) in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Track 2: Strategic Government Functions

Thomas Patterson, PhD, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School

Thomas E. Patterson is Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press. He is author of the book Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism, published in October 2013. His earlier book, The Vanishing Voter, looks at the causes and consequences of electoral participation, and his book on the media’s political role, Out of Order, received the American Political Science Association’s Graber Award as the best book of the decade in political communication. His first book, The Unseeing Eye, was named by the American Association for Public Opinion Research as one of the 50 most influential books on public opinion in the past half century. He is also the author of Mass Media Election: How Americans Choose Their President (1980), and two general American government texts: The American Democracy and We the People. His articles have appeared in Political Communication, Journal of Communication, and other academic journals, as well as in the popular press. His research has been funded by the Ford, Markle, Smith-Richardson, Pew, Knight, Carnegie, and National Science foundations. Patterson received his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1971.
Summit: AI Governance, Big Data & Ethics

Edward Preble, PhD, Research Data Scientist, Center for Data Science, RTI International

Edward Preble is a data scientist in RTI International’s Center for Data Science, where he applies machine learning, text analytics, and data visualization to solving problems in the social sciences, public health, and engineering sciences. Dr. Preble partners with RTI’s wide variety of subject matter experts to extract hidden insights from complex data sets.

A physicist by training, Dr. Preble previously held engineering and executive management roles in the semiconductor research industry. As real-world problems are evolving to be more and more data-centric, Dr. Preble has transferred his prior research experience to the field of data science to focus on societal issues that can benefit from innovative technical solutions.
Track 1: Big Data to AI

Rotenberg_MarcMarc Rotenberg, President, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)

Summit: AI Governance, Big Data & Ethics

Curt Savoie, Program Director, Global Smart Cities Strategies, IDC

Curt Savoie is the Director, Global Smart Cities Strategies program. The central components of his work revolve around data: its use, security, meaning, accessibility, and governance. He brings to IDC a deep interest in algorithms, artificial intelligence, resiliency, identity, ethical considerations, privacy and anonymization, reducing information asymmetry, and how data can power a better future. At the intersection of theoretical, strategic, and practical experience in the domains of big data, analytics, urban informatics, city operations and innovation, data science workflows and methodology he can help answer not just what but how and why.
Track 3: Smart Cities

Abhivyakti Sawarkar, MD, Biomedical Informatician, Office of Translational Sciences (OTS), Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Track 4: Powering AI Data Services

Ronald Schmelzer, Managing Partner, Principal Analyst, Cognilytica 

Ron is principal analyst, managing partner, and founder of the Artificial Intelligence-focused analyst and advisory firm Cognilytica, and is also the host of the AI Today podcast, SXSW Innovation Awards Judge, founder of TechBreakfast demo format events, and an expert in AI, Machine Learning, Enterprise Architecture, venture capital, startup and entrepreneurial ecosystems, and more.  Prior to founding Cognilytica, Ron founded and ran ZapThink, an industry analyst firm focused on Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), Cloud Computing, Web Services, XML, & Enterprise Architecture, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in August 2011.
Seminar: Machine Learning & Deep Learning

Anthony Scriffignano, PhD, Senior Vice President & Chief Data Scientist, Dun &Bradstreet

Anthony Scriffignano in an internationally recognized data scientist with experience spanning over 35 years, in multiple industries and enterprise domains. Dr. Scriffignano has extensive background in linguistics and advanced algorithms, leveraging that background as primary inventor on multiple patents worldwide. He provides thought leadership globally. Recently, he briefed the US National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee regarding reports to the President on Big Data Analytics and Emerging Technologies Strategic Vision. Additionally, Scriffignano provided expert advice on private sector data officers to a group of state Chief Data Officers and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He also served as a forum panelist and keynote speaker at the World Internet Conference hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wuzhen, China. He was recently published in CIO Review, Huffington Post, Mint (India) and quoted in various publications including China Daily, Xinhua and Peoples Daily. He was profiled by InformationWeek and by BizCloud, and is a recurring CXOTalk guest. He regularly presents at business, government and academic venues globally regarding emerging trends in data and information stewardship, the “Big Data” explosion, artificial intelligence, multilingual challenges in business identity and malfeasance in commercial settings.
Plenary Sessions
Summit: AI Governance, Big Data & Ethics

Lewis Shepherd, Senior Director, National Technology Strategy, R&D, VMware Research

Lewis Shepherd is an R&D executive with VMware, the pioneering Silicon Valley virtualization technology company and the world’s leading multi-cloud-computing provider. As Senior Director of National Technology Strategy, he leads disruptive prototyping efforts of specific relevance to federal government agencies. He also currently serves as a Special Government Employee (SGE) for strategic capabilities in the Pentagon's Office of the Secretary of Defense. 
He previously spent seven years as the Director and CTO of the Microsoft Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments, a global practice providing R&D innovations for enterprise-scale mission problems. His private consulting clients have included SpaceX, Goldman Sachs, and several hedge funds, and from 1984-2002 Shepherd was active in Silicon Valley in government, technology, and research, including helping create and grow two startups.
Seminar: AI & Cybersecurity

Lindsey Sheppard, Associate Fellow, International Security Program, Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)

Lindsey Sheppard is an associate fellow with the International Security Program at CSIS, where she supports various projects in emerging technology, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, and in security applications, ranging from strategic to tactical. Ms. Sheppard contributes expertise in modeling and simulation, system architecture, electronic warfare, and radar from five years of experience in defense research and development. Before joining CSIS, she was a member of the technical staff at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory and the Georgia Tech Research Institute, during which time she served as the systems engineering lead on multiyear efforts building simulation capabilities to evaluate technology and deployment solutions to support military operations. She holds an M.S. and a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Track 2: Strategic Government Functions

Mona Siddiqui, MD, Chief Data Officer, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Dr. Siddiqui is the Chief Data Officer for the Department of Health and Human Services where she is focused on promoting open data, building an enterprise wide data governance structure, creating a business analytics unit and developing strategic partnerships with external stakeholders.  Prior to this role, Dr. Siddiqui was at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation working towards implementing a rapid cycle testing platform for payment models.  She has also served with the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (“nudge” unit) during the Obama administration leading work in the health space.  She has a MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where she is now on faculty, a masters in quantitative methods from the Harvard School of Public Health and in management/technology from the Stanford School of Engineering.
Plenary Sessions

Madelene Stolpe, Head of Digital Strategy, Health, City of Oslo, Norway

Madelene Stolpe holds masters degrees in pedagogics and social science,  have studied leadership, innovation and organizational theory, along with being a trained journalist. Currently she is working as Head of digital strategy in The city of Oslo, where her aim is to give more power to the citizens and utilize technology to develop services that focus on solving the challenge, not applying the possible.
Track 3: Smart Cities

Joseph Solt, Account Manager and Senior Project Manager, Nuance Communications 

Seminar: Intelligent Assistants


Thomas_BrianBrian Thomas, Data Scientist, NASA Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) 

Brian Thomas is the NASA Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) Data Scientist. He has 25+ years of experience supporting or leading scientific research, data analysis and scientific programming. This experience spans diverse environments at a number of institutions and facilities including helping guide the agency data science strategy and mission for NASA (NASA/HQ), developing scientific data archives (National Optical Astronomy Observatory; NOAO, the Astronomical Data Center; NASA/GSFC), and developing and working in operations at a scientific satellite operations center (XTE SOF; NASA/GSFC).  Dr. Thomas is fluent in most of the common technologies and methodologies needed for effective scientific and information systems research and development including various programming languages (Java/J2EE, Python, Perl, Ruby/Rails, C/C++), solving research problems with scientific and/or big data, working with semantic technologies, machine learning, natural language processing, XML/RDF/JSON, webservice development, service oriented architectures, microservices, scientific/data visualization, continuous/agile/testdriven software development, database modeling, database architecting, database application design and administration (relational, XML & NoSQL databases). He has demonstrated software development management/leadership skills and has effectively led distributed software development and testing teams. His research experience is diverse and includes multi-wavelength data analysis in astronomy (X-ray/optical) and development of novel algorithms/platforms/applications for scientific software and research. He has extensive experience writing white papers, posters and giving oral presentations. He has participated in and helped organize national and international meetings/forums.
Plenary Sessions

Thanh Van Nguyen, Thanh Van Nguyen, Central Committee Member of the Party, Minister of Party (equal level of Governors, or Secretaries, Ministers in Vietnam), Minister of Public Security Ministry, Former Governor of Hai Phong, Vietnam, Author of Book "Build and Develop Smart Cities" 

Assoc. Prof. Thanh (born in 1957) is a Vietnamese politician, Senior Lieutenant General of the Vietnam Public Security ( three star general ). He is currently a Member of Central Committee of the Vietnamese Communist Party, Deputy Minister of Public Security of Vietnam. 

He is Former Deputy Chief of the Vietnam Party Central Office, Former Secretary of Hai Phong City Party Committee, Former Chairman of Hai Phong City People's Council, Former Chairman (Mayor) of the Hai Phong City People's Committee. 

He is Member of International Federation of Systems Research (IFSR), Malik Senior Fellow and Honour Member of Malik Management Institute, Founder Member of The World Council on Cities Data (WCCD), Senior Advisor of WCCD Global City Leaders Advisory Board. 

Assoc. Prof. Thanh’s degrees include PhD. of Economics, MSc. Of Economics Management, Engineer of Economics, Bachelor of Law. 

He is specialist in Systems Thinking, Systems Science, Sustainable Development, Smart City, Economics management, Biological Diversity… He is visiting Lecturer of International Universities: Jerusalem University – Israel, Fukuoka University – Japan, George Washington University -USA and many Universities in Vietnam. 

He is the author of books: Building and Developing Smart City ensuring security, safety and welfare indicators in the context of Industry 4.0 (Hanoi, 2018), The SLIQ Approach and Implementation of Social capital, Social Enterprise in Biosphere Reserve of Vietnam (Haiphong,  2018), Unemployment – Perspectives and Solutions (Chapter 5 – Job creation in Hai Phong, Vietnam) (Croatia 2017), Impacts of Industrial policies on increasing competitiveness for industrial businesses (Hanoi, 2017) Systems Thinkings for everyone from theory to practice (Hanoi, 2016). Co-Author of ISO 37120: Sustainable development of communities - Indicators for city services and quality of life (First edition 2014-05-15).

Kathleen Walch, Managing Partner, Principal Analyst, Cognilytica 

Kathleen is a principal analyst, managing partner, and founder of Cognilytica, an AI research and advisory firm, and co-host of the popular AI Today podcast. She is a serial entrepreneur, savvy marketer, AI and Machine Learning expert, and tech industry connector. Kathleen spent many years as the Content and Innovation Director for TechBreakfast, the largest monthly morning tech meetup in the nation with over 50,000 members and 3000+ attendees at the monthly events across the US.  In addition, she is a SXSW Innovation Awards Judge and AI / Hardware Meetup organizer. As a master facilitator and connector, who is well connected in the technology industry, Kathleen regularly meets with innovators in key markets and gets the opportunity to see the latest and newest technologies from game changing companies.
Seminar: Machine Learning & Deep Learning

Eliot Weinman, AI World Conference Chair, Cambridge Innovation Institute

Mr. Weinman is Founder and Conference Chair of AI World. For the past two decades Eliot has been a successful entrepreneur and veteran high tech market expert. AI World was his fifth publishing start-up which he sold recently to Cambridge Innovation Institute. AI World and companion online magazine AI Trends have become the nation’s largest independent AI business event and integrated media platform covering the enterprise AI market. He previously founded and sold four leading publishing firms whose media products had become the largest in their respective industry. He has been a publisher, editor and author of numerous magazines, newsletters, books and research studies in diverse areas of advanced technology. His writings have appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Forbes, San Francisco Chronicle and The Washington Post. 
Eliot received is M.S. in Computer Engineering from Boston University and completed a research fellowship in A.I. with GE and MIT where he worked on developing expert systems for the quality inspection of jet engine turbine blades. Before starting his first media business, he headed up the AI group at a top 10 property insurance company (Hanover Insurance) where he implemented one of the nation’s earliest commercial expert systems in underwriting and claims. He also headed advanced engineering groups at the MIT Draper Labs.
Eliot has created more than 200 events in emerging technology markets, including Mobile Commerce World, 4G World, Mobile Internet World, RoboNexus, RoboBusiness, Client/Server Computing and Application Development Conference & Expo. Mr. Weinman has partnered with, consulted to and sold his businesses to many of the industry’s leading computer hardware, software, publishing and research firms. He has taught courses at Northeastern University in AI and knowledge engineering. Previously he earned his B.S. in Accounting at SUNY Albany, and was a CPA for several large CPA firms.
Plenary Sessions

Scot Whigham, CEO, Function (AI)

Scot Whigham is CEO of Function-AI and a visionary leader, with over 20+ years of AI, Technology, and Operations Experience. He is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a recognized business leader, focused on developing AI strategies and implementing AI for large enterprises. 

He has worked in IT Operations since 1998 managing IT Service Desk Support, Network/Telecommunications, database administration, software development, and data center operations. His current focus is on technology organizational strategy, digital workforce technology, and operational excellence through data analytics.
His main focus is to understand and solve big problems for his customers.
Prior to Function AI, Scot was Director of Global IT Service Support at InterContinental Hotel Group.
Mr. Whigham and his team at the Intercontinental Hotel Group won the Technology Association of Georgia’s 2017 Most Creative Solution and Product Launch of the Year awards for their cognitive technology platform strategy and deployment.

Daniel Wu, JD, PhD, Privacy Counsel and Legal Engineer, Immuta

Dan Wu is Privacy Counsel and Legal Engineer at Immuta, the leading data management platform for data science. He advises on data and AI regulations and combines law and technology to help companies navigate complex regulatory environments. 

Dan Wu received his JD/PhD from Harvard, with a research focus on urban innovation. He’s privacy counsel and legal engineer at a data management platform for artificial intelligence. Through this work, he’s engaged with governance and IT personnel of large multinational companies on data governance and published pieces in Dataversity, Tech Pro IT, and Healthcare Business Today. Dan holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a PhD candidacy in Social Policy and Sociology from Harvard Kennedy School.
Track 6: Compliance, Security & Trust

Mark Zannoni, Research Director, Smart Cities & Transportation, IDC

Mark Zannoni is Research Director for Smart Cities and Transportation at IDC, focusing on urban transportation issues and key and emerging transportation technologies in the smart city ecosystem. Mark leads IDC's worldwide transportation and mobility program and brings 25 years of global transportation experience to his research, with perspectives and insight gained from both the public and advisory sectors from work in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and across the United States. Within transport, he covers a broad range of modes and topics from the perspective of emerging technologies and innovation to include: smart airports, airlines, drones, mobility-as-a-service, autonomous and connected vehicles, V2X connectivity, intelligent street infrastructure, smart intersections, smart parking, public transit, personal rapid transit, railways, and intermodal issues. These areas are covered through the lens of leveraging new and emerging technologies such as Big Data and analytics, the Internet of Things, cloud computing, AI, virtual reality, blockchain, and mobile technologies. This research and advisory work is built on insight and experience in transport operations, strategy, planning, economics, regulatory frameworks, and security and emergency management. Mr. Zannoni holds a BA in American History from Boston University and a Masters in Urban Planning from Columbia University.
Track 3: Smart Cities


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