WHO’S SHAPING THE FUTURE OF AI? OUR SPEAKERS

MEET THE WORLD’S BRIGHTEST AI BRAINS

We’re climbing exponential mountains and crossing deep-learning valleys to find 140 of the brightest AI brains on the planet for the World Summit AI stage!

We are known for having the best of the best speakers on stage, with 140 experts speaking last year from Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Alibaba, Tencent, Google, Intel, NASA, Uber, IBM Watson and so many more.

This year we are setting ourselves the task of making the content even better and we can’t wait for you to experience it.

140 OF THE WORLD'S TOP AI BRAINS WILL SPEAK

YOSHUA BENGIO

Professor of Computer Science and Operations Research

University of Montreal

YOSHUA BENGIO

Professor of Computer Science and Operations Research

University of Montreal

Yoshua Bengio is Full Professor of the Department of Computer Science and Operations Research, head of the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA), CIFAR Program co-director of the CIFAR program on Learning in Machines and Brains, Canada Research Chair in Statistical Learning Algorithms. His main research ambition is to understand principles of learning that yield intelligence. He supervises a large group of graduate students and post-docs. His research is widely cited (over 80000 citations found by Google Scholar in September 2017, with an H-index of 101).

Yoshua Bengio is currently action editor for the Journal of Machine Learning Research, associate editor for the Neural Computation journal, editor for Foundations and Trends in Machine Learning, and has been associate editor for the Machine Learning Journal and the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks.

STEVE CHIEN

Head of Artificial Intelligence Group, JPL

NASA

STEVE CHIEN

Head of Artificial Intelligence Group, JPL

NASA

Dr. Steve Chien is Technical Group Supervisor of the Artificial Intelligence Group and Senior Research Scientist in the Mission Planning and Execution Section at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology where he leads efforts in automated planning and scheduling for space exploration. Dr. Chien is also Adjunct Faculty with the Department of Computer Science of the University of Southern California and previously was a Visiting Scholar with the Department of Computer Science of the University of California at Los Angeles. He holds a B.S. with Highest Honors in Computer Science, with minors in Mathematics and Economics, M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science, all from the University of Illinois.

 

Dr. Chien was a recipient of the 1995 Lew Allen Award for Excellence, JPLs highest award recognizing outstanding technical achievements by JPL personnel in the early years of their careers. In 1997, he received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for his work in research and development of planning and scheduling systems for NASA. He is the Team Lead for the ASPEN Planning System , which received Honorable Mention in the 1999 Software of the Year Competition and was a contributor to the Remote Agent System which was a co-winner in the same 1999
competition. In 2000, he received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for service and leadership in research and deployment of planning and scheduling systems for NASA. He is the Principal Investigator for the Autonomous Sciencecraft Experiment which is a co-winner of the 2005 NASA Software of the Year Award. In 2007, he received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for outstanding technical accomplishments in the development of the Autonomous Sciencecraft deployed on the Earth Observing One Mission and the development of the Earth Observing Sensorweb. In 2011 He was awarded the innaugural AIAA Intelligent Systems Award, for his contributions to Spacecraft Autonomy. In 2011, he was the team co-lead for the Sensorweb Toolbox team, which was awarded Honorable mention in the 2011 NASA Software of the Year Competition. In 2015 He was awarded a JPL Magellan Award as well as the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for his contributions to automated science scheduling for ESAs Rosetta mission.

CASSIE KOZYRKOV

Chief Decision Scientist

Google

CASSIE KOZYRKOV

Chief Decision Scientist

Google

As Chief Decision Scientist at Google Cloud, Cassie Kozyrkov advises leadership teams on decision process, AI strategy, and building data-driven organizations. She works to democratize statistical thinking and machine learning so that everyone – Google, its customers, the world! – can harness the beauty and power of data. She is the force behind bringing the practice of Decision Intelligence to Google and she has personally trained over 15,000 Googlers in machine learning, statistics, and data-driven decision-making. Before her current role, she served in Googles Office of the CTO as Chief Data Scientist. Prior to joining Google, Cassie worked as a data scientist and consultant. She holds degrees in mathematical statistics, economics, psychology, and cognitive neuroscience. When she’s not working, you’re most likely to find Cassie at the theater, in an art museum, exploring the world, or curled up with a good novel.

RUSLAN SALAKHUTDINOV

Director of AI Research and Professor in Machine Learning

Apple and Carnegie Mellon University

RUSLAN SALAKHUTDINOV

Director of AI Research and Professor in Machine Learning

Apple and Carnegie Mellon University

FRANCESCA ROSSI

AI Ethics Global Leader & Professor of Computer Science

IBM Research & University of Padova

FRANCESCA ROSSI

AI Ethics Global Leader & Professor of Computer Science

IBM Research & University of Padova

Francesca Rossi is AI Ethics Global Leader, Distinguished Research Staff Member at IBM Research AI and professor of computer science at the University of Padova, Italy, currently on leave.

 

Her research interests focus on artificial intelligence, specifically they include constraint reasoning, preferences, multi-agent systems, computational social choice, and collective decision making. She is also interested in ethical issues in the development and behaviour of AI systems, in particular for decision support systems for group decision making. She has published over 170 scientific articles in journals and conference proceedings, and as book chapters. She has co-authored a book. She has edited 17 volumes, between conference proceedings, collections of contributions, special issues of journals, as well as the Handbook of Constraint Programming. She has more than 100 co-authors.

 

She is a AAAI and a EurAI fellow, and a Radcliffe fellow 2015. She has been president of IJCAI and an executive councillor of AAAI.
She is Editor in Chief of JAIR and a member of the editorial board of ConstraintsArtificial Intelligence, AMAI, and KAIS.

 

She co-chairs the AAAI committee on AI and ethics and she is a member of the scientific advisory board of the Future of Life Institute and of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. She is in the executive committee of the IEEE global initiative on ethical considerations on the development of autonomous and intelligent systems and she belongs to the World Economic Forum Council on AI and robotics.

 

She is a member of the board of directors of the Partnership on AI, where she represents IBM as one of the founding partners.

MIKHAIL PARAKHIN

CTO

Yandex

MIKHAIL PARAKHIN

CTO

Yandex

Mikhail Parakhin has been leading teams in AI innovation for some of the world’s top tech companies for over a decade. After several years at Microsoft leading the Bing Multimedia team, Mikhail brought his machine learning expertise to Yandex, one of Europe’s largest tech companies that builds intelligent products and services powered by machine learning. As CTO of Yandex, Mikhail leads all technical teams globally for the company.

 

Under his leadership, Yandex introduced the Machine Intelligence and Research (MIR) Division, which functions as a centralized, cross-functional unit to accelerate innovation and unify Yandex’s core machine learning technologies: MatrixNet (proprietary ML platform) and its development, CatBoost (best in class GBDT implementation), DaNet (DNN framework), computer vision, speech, and translation. Yandex has also recently launched it’s intelligent assistant, Alice, and tested its driverless vehicle on the snowy roads of Moscow among other innovation milestones set to shape the future.

 

Mikhail brings his unique background in machine learning and coding plus specializations in Search, Image processing and Handwriting/Speech recognition algorithms to not only advance Yandex’s technologies and products but the global tech ecosystem. Mikhail holds a Master’s in Physics from the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute.

VERITY HARDING

Co-Lead, Ethics and Society Team

Google DeepMind

VERITY HARDING

Co-Lead, Ethics and Society Team

Google DeepMind

Verity Harding is Co-Lead of DeepMind Ethics Society, a research unit established to explore the real-world impacts of artificial intelligence. The unit has a dual aim: to help technologists put ethics into practice, and to help society anticipate and direct the impact of AI so that it works for the benefit of all. Prior to this Verity was Head of Security Policy for Google in Europe, and previously the Special Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Sir Nick Clegg MP, with responsibility for Home Affairs and Justice. She is a graduate of Pembroke College, Oxford University, and was a Michael Von Clemm Fellow at Harvard University. In her spare time, Verity sits on the Board of the Friends of the Royal Academy of Arts.

DANNY LANGE

VP of AI and Machine Learning

Unity Technologies

DANNY LANGE

VP of AI and Machine Learning

Unity Technologies

Dr. Danny Lange is Vice President of AI and Machine Learning at Unity Technologies where he leads multiple initiatives around applied artificial intelligence. Previously, Danny was Head of Machine Learning at Uber, where he led the efforts to build a highly scalable machine learning platform to support all parts of Uber’s business.

 

Before joining Uber, Danny was General Manager of Amazon Machine Learning providing internal teams with access to machine intelligence. He also launched an AWS product that offers machine learning as a cloud service to the public. Prior to Amazon, he was Principal Development Manager at Microsoft where he led a product team focused on large-scale machine learning for big data. Danny spent eight years on speech recognition systems, first as CTO of General Magic, Inc., and then as founder of his own company, Vocomo Software. During this time he was working on General Motor’s OnStar Virtual Advisor, one of the largest deployments of an intelligent personal assistant until Siri. Danny started his career as a Computer Scientist at IBM Research.

 

He holds MS and PhD degrees in computer science from the Technical University of Denmark. He is a member of ACM and IEEE Computer Society and has numerous patents to his credit.

BARONESS MARTHA LANE FOX

Founder and Executive Chair & Co-Founder

Doteveryone and Lastminute.com

BARONESS MARTHA LANE FOX

Founder and Executive Chair & Co-Founder

Doteveryone and Lastminute.com

Martha is founder and executive chair of Doteveryone.org.uk, a charity fighting for a fairer internet.

 

Martha became a crossbench peer in the UK House of Lords in March 2013. In 2017 she was appointed a member of the Joint Committee on National Security Strategy. In March 2014 she was appointed Chancellor of the Open University. From 2009 to 2013 Martha was Digital Champion for the UK and helped to create the GovernmentDigital Service – this team launched gov.uk transforming government service delivery.

 

Martha co- founded and chairs LuckyVoice, revolutionising the karaoke industry. She is a non executive director of Twitter, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Scale Up Institute.

 

Martha is a Patron of AbilityNet, Reprieve, Camfed and Just for Kids Law. In 2013 Martha was awarded a CBE. In 1998, she co-founded Europe’s largest travel and leisure website, lastminute.com with Brent Hoberman. They took it public in 2000 and sold it in 2005.

JAN DENECKE

CEO

KodakOne

JAN DENECKE

CEO

KodakOne

DR. PATRICIA FLORISSI

VP & Global CTO

Dell

DR. PATRICIA FLORISSI

VP & Global CTO

Dell

Patricia Florissi is Vice President and Global Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Sales. As Global CTO for Sales, Patricia helps define mid and long term technology strategy, representing the needs of the broader Dell EMC ecosystem in strategic initiatives. Patricia also acts as the liaison between Dell EMC and our customers and partners, to foster stronger alliances and deliver higher value.

 

Patricia was previously the Vice President and Global CTO for Sales at EMC prior to the merger between Dell and EMC. She also holds the honorary title of EMC Distinguished Engineer, having been nominated in October 2007. Patricia is the creator, author, narrator, and graphical influencer of the educational video series Dell EMC Big Ideas on emerging technologies and trends.

 

Patricia joined EMC in February 2005 via the System Management Arts (SMARTS) acquisition as a Distinguished Technologist in the Ionix business unit, and became the CTO for Ionix in November 2005. As CTO, Patricia was responsible for defining, and communicating the medium- to long-term vision EMC would embrace for delivering solutions to automate the management of Information Infrastructure resources. Patricia was appointed Strategic Initiative Leader for Governance, risk and Compliance (GRC) in August 2008, where she was responsible for leading the research, design, execution, and communication of EMC’s GRC vision and strategy. Patricia was appointed Americas CTO for Sales in January 2010, Americas and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) CTO in March 2011, and Global CTO for Sales in July 2012.

 

Before joining EMC, Patricia was the Vice President of Advanced Solutions at Smarts in White Plains, New York. In that capacity, Patricia was responsible for researching emerging technologies and for defining the strategy that Smarts would take in bringing solutions to market to address the challenges introduced by these technological advances. Patricia led the research, design, and first release of over half a dozen products. These have been driving millions of dollars in revenue and still remain in the market today.

 

Patricia is an EMC Distinguished Engineer, holds a Ph. D. in Computer Science from Columbia University in New York, graduated valedictorian with an MBA at the Stern Business School in New York University, and has a Masters and a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, in Brazil. Patricia holds multiple patents, and has published in periodicals including Computer Networks and IEEE Proceedings.

 

Patricia is a board member of the Columbia School of Engineering Board of Visitors. Founded in 1955, the Columbia Engineering Board of Visitors is approved by the Columbia University Trustees to “advise and assist the Trustees, the Faculty of Engineering, and the Dean in the development of the school.” Patricia is the chairman of the advisory board for the Data Science Graduate Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute where she will advise and assist in the school’s new program. Patricia is a board member of the Brazilian/American Chamber of Commerce where she assists in fostering relations with Brazil. Additionally, Patricia is also an active member and participant of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas organization.
Patricia also serves as a mentor for several groups both inside and outside of EMC. She sits as mentor and judge for the Boston based Mass Challenge group, as well as the Boston Club for advancing women’s leaders.

DAVID VISMANS

Senior Vice President & Chief Product Officer

Booking.com

DAVID VISMANS

Senior Vice President & Chief Product Officer

Booking.com

David Vismans is a Senior Vice President and Chief Product Officer at Booking.com. Within two months of joining the company in 2012, he was appointed to be Front End Director, with responsibility for all customer-facing product development on Booking.com’s website and mobile apps. As an
invaluable product leader, he oversees global cross-platform product strategy for the company in its pursuits to pioneer innovations that enhance the consumer travel experience.

 

David brought to the company his extensive experience managing large, multidisciplinary software development teams with a focus on the design and implementation of agile processes that allow self-organising teams to deliver quality results to millions of users.

 

Before joining Booking.com, David spent four years in a number of senior positions with the Netherlands’ popular social media website, Hyves, including Head of Development, Chief Technical Officer and Director of Product Development. Hyves was bought by Dutch media and publishing group, Telegraaf Media Groep (TMG), in 2010. As part of the subsequent reorganisation of the
company, David set up the 120-member product development team in the new TMG Online business
unit.

 

Earlier in his career, David worked in Amsterdam with leading provider of GPS and navigation devices, TomTom. As Software Development Manager, he was responsible for the development of the tomtom.com website, online services such as Map Share, the company’s online route planner,
and TomTom HOME. Although he didn’t join Booking.com until 2012, David’s first contact with the company occured a full decade earlier when he founded HotelXChange. This was a generic platform for the publication of
SEO optimised content over a network of 1,200 travel websites, where he operated as an affiliate partner of Booking.com.

 

David’s Master of Science degree is from the University of Amsterdam, where he specialised in the
study of artificial intelligence. He has also undertaken a number of ongoing education projects including a programme on Achieving Strategic Agility at the London Business School.

GILAD LOTAN

VP – Head of Data Science

BuzzFeed

GILAD LOTAN

VP – Head of Data Science

BuzzFeed

Gilad is the Head of Data Science at BuzzFeed where he leads a team that’s tasked with building state of the art analytics and data products to support entertainment, news, business and tech. Previously Gilad led Data Science at betaworks, and built data products at Microsoft.

 

Gilad’s work has been covered across a wide range of academic journals and publications, most recently focused on propaganda and bias within algorithmic ranking systems.


PROFESSOR MAX WELLING

Research Chair, Machine Learning

University of Amsterdam


PROFESSOR MAX WELLING

Research Chair, Machine Learning

University of Amsterdam

Prof. Dr. Max Welling is a research chair in Machine Learning at the University of Amsterdam and has secondary appointments as full professor at the University of California Irvine and as a senior fellow at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). He is co-founder of “Scyfer BV” a university spin-off in deep learning. In the past he held postdoctoral positions at Caltech (’98-’00), UCL (’00-’01) and the U. Toronto (’01-’03). He received his PhD in ’98 under supervision of Prof. G. Hooft. Max Welling has served as associate editor in chief of IEEE TPAMI from 2011-2015 (impact factor 4.8). He serves on the board of the NIPS foundation since 2015 (the largest conference in machine learning) and has been program chair and general chair of NIPS in 2013 and 2014 respectively. He was also program chair of AISTATS in 2009 and ECCV in 2016. He has served on the editorial boards of JMLR and JML and was an associate editor for Neurocomputing, JCGS and TPAMI. He received multiple grants from Google, Facebook, Yahoo, NSF, NIH, NWO and ONR-MURI among which an NSF career grant in 2005. He is recipient of the ECCV Koenderink Prize in 2010 and the best paper award at ICML 2012. Welling is in the board of the Data Science Research Center in Amsterdam, he directs the Amsterdam Machine Learning Lab (AMLAB), SAP Lab and he co-directs the Qualcomm-UvA deep learning lab (QUVA) and the Bosch Deep Learning lab. Max Welling has over 150 scientific publications in machine learning, computer vision, statistics and physics.

 

Affiliations:

Professor and Research Chair in Machine Learning at the University of Amsterdam

Professor at the University of California Irvine

Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

Co-Founder Scyfer BV

CORINNE AVELINES

Global Head of Digital & eCommerce

AkzoNobel

CORINNE AVELINES

Global Head of Digital & eCommerce

AkzoNobel

Corinne is an 18+ years experienced international general management, strategy, business

development and turnaround management executive. Accountable for yearly revenue 100m€+ and multifunctional teams up to 150 people based in multiple continents.

Streamlining of organizations in both hyper growth and downsizing contexts in fast moving industries. Ability to formulate a strategy and stretch to execution. Motivated by “greenfield” or turnaround challenges and comfortable with uncertainty.

 

Currently Global Head of Digital & eCommerce at AkzoNobel Decorative Paints. Previously Chief Digital Officer at D.E Master Blenders 1753, the 3rd coffee and tea company globally. Defined global strategy and execution plan to reach 20% cost saving, reduce brand footprint complexity (from 700+ digital properties) and align with local strategies to impact local business KPIs.

DR. LUCIAN GHEORGHE

Senior Innovation Researcher, Nissan Research Centre

Nissan

DR. LUCIAN GHEORGHE

Senior Innovation Researcher, Nissan Research Centre

Nissan

HUW PRICE

Academic Director and Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy

Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence

HUW PRICE

Academic Director and Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy

Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence

Huw Price is Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy and a Fellow of Trinity College at the University of Cambridge. He is also Academic Director of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, which he founded in 2012 with Martin Rees and Jaan Tallinn, and Academic Director of the new Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. Before moving to Cambridge he was ARC Federation Fellow and Challis Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sydney, where from 2002—2012 he was Director of the Centre for Time

 

His publications include Facts and the Function of Truth (Blackwell, 1988; 2nd. . OUP, forthcoming), Time’s Arrow and Archimedes’ Point (OUP, 1996), Naturalism Without Mirrors (OUP, 2011) and a range of articles in journals such as Nature, Science,  Philosophical Review, Journal of Philosophy, Mind and British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. He is also co-editor (with Richard Corry) of Causation, Physics, and the Constitution of Reality: Russell’s Republic Revisited (OUP, 2007). His René Descartes Lectures (Tilburg, 2008) were recently published as Expressivism, Pragmatism and Representationalism (CUP, 2013), with commentary essays by Simon Blackburn, Robert Brandom, Paul Horwich and Michael Williams.

 

He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow and former Member of Council of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and a Past President of the Australasian Association of Philosophy. He was consulting editor for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy from and is an associate editor of The Australasian Journal of Philosophy and a member of the editorial boards of Contemporary Pragmatism, Logic and Philosophy of Science, the Routledge International Library of Philosophy, and the European Journal for Philosophy of Science.

ADRIEN GAIDON

Machine Learning Lead

Toyota Research Institute

ADRIEN GAIDON

Machine Learning Lead

Toyota Research Institute

Adrien Gaidon is currently the Machine Intelligence Lead and a Senior Research Scientist at the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) in Los Altos, CA, USA. He received his PhD from MSR-Inria Paris in 2012, was a post doctoral research scientist at Inria Grenoble in Cordelia Schmid’s group, and a Research Scientist in the Computer Vision Group at Xerox Research Center Europe (XRCE). Before that, Adrien won the Pascal VOC 2008 challenge on object classification and detection. His work on Computer Vision and Machine Learning has led to 27 publications (patents and academic papers, mostly in top international conferences and journals like CVPR, PAMI.

 

Adrien’s main research focus is on video understanding, especially action recognition, object detection and tracking, deep learning, and domain adaptation. His recent work on using virtual worlds and game engines to generate synthetic training and test data for deep learning was published at CVPR 2016 and 2017, and covered internationally in Wired, MIT Tech Review, and Forbes. Adrien recently co-organized the first international workshop on Virtual/Augmented Reality for Visual Artificial Intelligence (VARVAI) at ECCV 2016 & ACM-MM 2016, is a Guest Editor for the International Journal of Computer Vision (IJCV) Special Issue on “Synthetic Visual Data”, and a reviewer for the major machine learning and computer vision conferences and journals.

CIARAN JETTEN

Head of the Insights Lab

Heineken International

CIARAN JETTEN

Head of the Insights Lab

Heineken International

RAJ RAJKUMAR

Co-Director, General Motors-CMU Autonomous Driving Collaborative Research Lab & George Westinghouse Professor

General Motors & Carnegie Mellon University

RAJ RAJKUMAR

Co-Director, General Motors-CMU Autonomous Driving Collaborative Research Lab & George Westinghouse Professor

General Motors & Carnegie Mellon University

PASCAL WEINBERGER

AI Lead

Telefonica’s Alpha

PASCAL WEINBERGER

AI Lead

Telefonica’s Alpha

BING SONG

Director

The Berggruen Institute China Center

BING SONG

Director

The Berggruen Institute China Center

As Director, Song Bing is responsible for the strategy and overall development of Berggruen Institute China Center, ranging from the institutional development of the Center, branding strategy, and relationship management with partner organizations as well as the China-based fellowship programs.  Prior to joining Berggruen Institute, Ms. Song had a successful legal and banking career.  Her more recent roles included General Manager of Goldman Sachs Gao Hua Securities, in addition to COO and General Counsel for Goldman Sachs China.  Earlier in her career, Ms. Song undertook academic and policy research and published broadly in the areas of administrative law, competition law and comparative procedural laws.

LUCIANO FLORIDI

Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information & Director

University of Oxford and Digital Ethics Lab

LUCIANO FLORIDI

Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information & Director

University of Oxford and Digital Ethics Lab

Luciano Floridi is the OII’s Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford, where he is also the Director of the Digital Ethics Lab of the Oxford Internet Institute. Still in Oxford, he is Distinguished Research Fellow of the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics of the Faculty of Philosophy, and Research Associate and Fellow in Information Policy of the Department of Computer Science. Outside Oxford, he is Faculty Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute (the national institute for data science) and Chair of its Data Ethics Group; and Adjunct Professor (“Distinguished Scholar in Residence”) of the Department of Economics, American University, Washington D.C.

 

His research concerns primarily Information and Computer Ethics (aka Digital Ethics), the Philosophy of Information, and the Philosophy of Technology. Other research interests include Epistemology, Philosophy of Logic, and the History and Philosophy of Scepticism. He has published over a 150 papers in these areas, in many anthologies and peer-reviewed journals.

JONNIE PENN

Policy Fellow & AI Researcher

Google Technology & University of Cambridge

JONNIE PENN

Policy Fellow & AI Researcher

Google Technology & University of Cambridge

Jonnie Penn is a New York Times bestselling author, a Google Technology Policy Fellow and Rausing, Williamson and Lipton Trust doctoral scholar at the University of Cambridge. His current research explores varieties of intelligence in AI experimentation in the mid-twentieth century. Penn is also the co-founder of various media start-ups including The Buried Life, a one-million member online community that asks, “What do you want to do before you die?” He has spoken around the world about mortality, compassion, and conceptions of efficiency in the modern age. He holds degrees from McGill University and the University of Cambridge. In 2018, he will serve as a visiting researcher at MIT.

KAY FIRTH-BUTTERFIELD

Project Head, AI and ML

World Economic Forum

KAY FIRTH-BUTTERFIELD

Project Head, AI and ML

World Economic Forum

Kay Firth-Butterfield is a Barrister and part-time Judge who has worked as a mediator, arbitrator, business owner and professor in the United Kingdom. In the United States, she is the Executive Director and Founding Advocate of AI-Austin which is a non-profit dedicated to the responsible design, development and use of AI and the socially beneficial use of AI in the community, specifically in Healthcare, Education and ethical governance. She is the former Chief Officer of the Lucid.ai Ethics Advisory Panel.

 

Kay is a Senior Fellow and Distinguished Scholar at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, University of Texas, Austin and Vice-Chair, The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems Additionally, she is a Partner in the Cognitive Finance group and an adjunct Professor of Law. Kay is a humanitarian with a strong sense of social justice and has advanced degrees in Law and International Relations. She advises governments, think tanks, businesses, inter-governmental bodies and non-profits about artificial intelligence, law and policy.

 

Kay co-founded the Consortium for Law and Policy of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the University of Texas and taught its first course: Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technologies: Law and Policy. She thinks about and works on how AI and other technologies will impact society and business. Kay regularly speaks to international audiences addressing many aspects of these challenging changes.

NICOLE HU

Co-Founder and CTO

One Concern

NICOLE HU

Co-Founder and CTO

One Concern

Ms. Hu serves as the CTO and Co-Founder of One Concern, a Palo Alto-based benevolent AI company with a mission to save lives and livelihoods before, during and after natural disasters. As the CTO for One Concern, Ms. Hu leads the company’s diverse team of technology specialists and hazard scientists, combining AI and human learning to predict the impact of natural disasters including earthquakes, floods and fires. In 2016, Forbes named Ms. Hu one of the world’s top innovators in its “30 Under 30” edition. Prior to launching One Concern with her co-founders, Ahmad Wani and Tim Frank. Ms. Hu received her Master’s degree in machine learning from Stanford, where she studied under noted AI pioneer, Andrew Ng.

DR. EVERT HAASDIJK

Senior Manager and AI Expert

Deloitte

DR. EVERT HAASDIJK

Senior Manager and AI Expert

Deloitte

AMANDEEP SINGH GILL

Ambassador of India & Chair, Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS)

United Nations

AMANDEEP SINGH GILL

Ambassador of India & Chair, Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS)

United Nations

Amandeep Singh Gill joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1992. He has served abroad at the Indian Mission to the UN and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva (1994-1996, 2010-2013), the Indian Embassy in Tehran (2001-2004) and the High Commission of India in Colombo (2004-2006). At headquarters in New Delhi, he has served thrice in the Disarmament and International Security Affairs Division (1998-2001, 2006-2010 and 2013-2016) as well as in the United Nations Division (1996-1998).  He served as the Head of the Disarmament and International Security Division in the Ministry of External Affairs from 2013 to 2016. He has also served as an expert on the UN Secretary General’s panels of experts on the Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty (FMCT), Small Arms and Light Weapons and on Missiles. He participated in the UN Disarmament Fellowship programme in 1999.

He is the current Chair of the Group of the Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS). He is also President-designate of the 2017 Meeting of States Parties to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC).

Amandeep Singh Gill has a B. Tech in engineering from Punjab University, Chandigarh and an Advanced Diploma in French History and Language from Geneva University. His PhD from the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London is on Nuclear Learning in Multilateral Forums. During 2008-2009, he was a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) on an Asia Foundation regional security studies fellowship. As a scholar he has contributed to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, the Lowy Institute, the East West Institute, the Center for a New American Security and the Indian Economic and Social History Review.

Amandeep Singh Gill was born in 1968 in Chandigarh. He is married to Ashma Singh and has a daughter (Bani) and a son (Ujjay).  His personal interests include creative writing, yoga and sustainable agriculture. His first book of poems in English was published by Wisdom Tree in 2016.

SIDHARTH BALAKRISHNA

Executive Board Director

Essel Group

SIDHARTH BALAKRISHNA

Executive Board Director

Essel Group

Sidharth Balakrishna holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta and an Economics degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), Delhi University; both premier institutions in India. He has over 13 years of experience in the energy, infrastructure, artificial intelligence, digital media and education sectors. 

 

He is currently an Executive Board Director with the Essel (Zee) Group, India’s largest media entity and other organisations; and is leading several strategic initiatives in digital transformation, Artificial Intelligence etc. In the past, he has led strategy and headed many large projects including in the fields of oil & gas, renewable energy, education, water and vocational training. Mr Sidharth Balakrishna has also been a Strategy Consultant with Accenture and KPMG. Some of the projects that he has led have been awarded nationally and internationally. 

 

He is also a reviewer with the Massachusetts Inst of Technology (MIT, Boston, USA)’s Ideas program. 

 

Mr Balakrishna has also considerable academic experience; and has written five books published by Pearson, the world’s largest publishing house, and Tata McGraw Hill. He is a Visiting Faculty at a number of management institutes in India. He has presented at a number of international fora in the past including at London, Muscat, Dubai, Myanmar, Mozambique, Kuwait, New Delhi, Goa, Mumbai etc.

He is a columnist with the Economic Times, India’s largest English business daily and other reputed publications. 

DOUGLAS HANSEN-LUKE

Executive Chairman

Future Planet Capital

DOUGLAS HANSEN-LUKE

Executive Chairman

Future Planet Capital

CHRISTOPH AUER WELSBACH

Partner

IBM Ventures

CHRISTOPH AUER WELSBACH

Partner

IBM Ventures

Experienced founder, investor, product manager, venture community builder, and speaker on Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Infrastructure & Cloud and Internet of Things. Focusing on Deep Technology as partner at IBM Ventures, and applied Artificial Intelligence as the initiator of City.AI.

WENDELL WALLACH

Consultant, Ethicist, and Scholar, Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics

Yale University

WENDELL WALLACH

Consultant, Ethicist, and Scholar, Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics

Yale University

Wendell Wallach is a consultant, ethicist, and scholar at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, and  a senior advisor to The Hastings Center. He is also a fellow at the Center for Law, Science & Innovation at the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law (Arizona State University) and a fellow at the Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technology. At Yale Mr. Wallach has chaired the Center’s working research group on Technology and Ethics for the past twelve years and is a member of other research groups on Animal Ethics and End of Life Issues.

 

Wendell Wallach’s latest book A Dangerous Master: How to keep technology from slipping beyond our control was published by BASIC Books in June 2015. He also co-authored (with Colin Allen, Indiana University) Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right From Wrong (Oxford University Press), which mapped the then new field of enquiry variously called machine ethics, machine morality, computational morality, or friendly AI. In addition, Wendell is a series editor for the forthcoming eight Volume Library of Essays on the Ethics of Emerging Technology, to be published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group in Winter 2017. He has also authored dozens of article in professional journals.

Mr. Wallach has an international reputation as an expert on the ethical and governance concerns posed by emerging technologies, particularly artificial intelligence and neuroscience. He was featured along with Honda’s Asimov in the award-winning short film Living with Robots, and has been interviewed and quoted often in leading news media including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and BBC News. He has also been interviewed on MSNBC, FOX, the FOX Business Channel, PBS and countless national and local radio shows.  He received the World Technology Network award for Ethics in 2014 and for Journalism and Media in 2015, as well as a Fulbright Research Chair at the University of Ottawa for 2015-2016.  The World Economic Forum appointed Mr. Wallach co-chair of its Global Future Council on Technology, Values, and Policy for the 2016-2018 term.

ANJA KASPERSEN

Director, Office for Disarmament Affairs

United Nations

ANJA KASPERSEN

Director, Office for Disarmament Affairs

United Nations

JOANNA BRYSON

Associate Professor

University of Bath

JOANNA BRYSON

Associate Professor

University of Bath

Joanna J. Bryson is a transdisciplinary researcher on the structure and dynamics of human- and animal-like intelligence. Her research covers topics ranging from artificial intelligence, through autonomy and robot ethics, and on to human cooperation.  She holds degrees in Psychology from Chicago (AB) and Edinburgh (MPhil), and Artificial Intelligence from Edinburgh (MSc) and MIT (ScD). She has additional professional research experience from Oxford, Harvard, and LEGO, and technical experience in Chicago’s financial industry, and international organization management consultancy. Bryson is presently a Reader (associate professor) at the University of Bath, and an affiliate of Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy.

VIRGINIA DIGNUM

Associate Professor Social Artificial Intelligence

Delft University of Technology

VIRGINIA DIGNUM

Associate Professor Social Artificial Intelligence

Delft University of Technology

KATE DEVLIN

Senior Lecturer, Department of Computing

Goldsmiths, University of London

KATE DEVLIN

Senior Lecturer, Department of Computing

Goldsmiths, University of London

Kate Devlin is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London. Coming from an Arts and Humanities background (as an archaeologist) and now working in STEM, Kate has a demonstrable track record of combining diverse fields and methods of research under the umbrella of Cognition, Computation and Culture. She works in the fields of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), investigating how people interact with and react to technology, to understand how emerging and future technologies will affect us and the society in which we live. She is currently focusing on cognition, sex, gender and sexuality and how these might be incorporated into cognitive systems such as sexual companion robots.

 

Kate is a campaigner for gender equality and is involved in national initiatives to improve opportunities for women in tech. She is also a mental health campaigner and fundraiser. 

SARAH PORTER

CEO and Founder

InspiredMinds

SARAH PORTER

CEO and Founder

InspiredMinds

Sarah Porter has launched 21 b2b and b2c technology products in 11 countries since 1996 and has a renowned reputation for taking ideas from concept to market with subsequent significant growth globally. Emerging tech / AI / Medtech / Singularity / existentialism is where her core experience lies and she has over 20 years of commercial experience.

 

As a board executive for i2i events (parent company The Guardian Media Group / Apax – Ascential – previously Top Right Group) with the specific remit to rapidly grow the business whilst leveraging operational costs and prepare pre IPO. She sat on the i2i mergers and acquisitions committee identifying, analysing and approaching target businesses and accelerated growth by 22% within 12 months.

 

Achievements include the launch and acquisition of Money2020 – a leading fintech product. This included negotiation, 3 stage due diligence, its subsequent integration, and the long term geo-adaption into a global portfolio worth over $40m. The launch of World Retail Congress in 10 countries, the re-launch of Cannes Lions festival.

 

Sarah is a regular keynote speaker on start-ups, business and women / equality related issues and is an ambassador for the Royal Marsden where she champions the use of AI tech in oncology advances.

AMIR BANIFATEMI

AI Lead

XPRIZE

AMIR BANIFATEMI

AI Lead

XPRIZE

Prior to joining XPRIZE, Mr. Banifatemi began his career at the European Space Agency and then held executive positions at Airbus, AP-HP and the European Commission division for information society and media. He managed two venture capital funds and contributed to the formation of more than 10 startups with emphasis on Predictive Technologies, IoT, and Healthcare. Mr. Banifatemi is a guest lecturer and an adjunct MBA professor at UC Berkeley, Chapman University, Claremont McKenna College, UC Irvine, and HEC Paris.

 

He holds Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Technology of Compiègne, a Doctorate in System Design and Cognitive Sciences from the University Paris Descartes, as well as an MBA from HEC Paris.

DR. CHRISTOPHER MARKOU

Faculty of Law

The University of Cambridge

DR. CHRISTOPHER MARKOU

Faculty of Law

The University of Cambridge

DR. STEPHEN CAVE

Executive Director

Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence

DR. STEPHEN CAVE

Executive Director

Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence

Dr Stephen Cave is Executive Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, Senior Research Associate in the Faculty of Philosophy, and Fellow of Hughes Hall, all at the University of Cambridge.

 

Stephen earned a PhD in philosophy from Cambridge, then joined the British Foreign Office, where he served as a policy advisor and diplomat. He has subsequently written and spoken on a wide range of philosophical and scientific subjects, including in the New York Times, The Atlantic, and on television and radio around the world. His research interests currently focus on the nature, portrayal and governance of AI.

DR. KANTA DIHAL

Postdoctoral Researcher

Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence

DR. KANTA DIHAL

Postdoctoral Researcher

Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence

Dr Kanta Dihal is a Postdoctoral Research Associate and the Research Project Coordinator of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge. As a researcher on the AI Narratives project she explores how fictional and nonfictional stories shape the development and public understanding of artificial intelligence. Kanta’s work intersects the fields of science communication, literature and science, and science fiction. She obtained her DPhil at the University of Oxford: in her thesis, titled ‘The Stories of Quantum Physics,’ she investigated the communication of conflicting interpretations of quantum physics to adults and children. She is an editor of the forthcoming collection AI Narratives: A History of Imaginative Thinking About Intelligent Machines and is currently co-authoring AI: A Mythology with Dr Stephen Cave.

STEFAN GERMANN

CEO

Fondation Botnar

STEFAN GERMANN

CEO

Fondation Botnar

Stefan Germann is CEO of Fondation Botnar, a large foundation in Basel (Switzerland) focused on child health, nutrition and education. He was formerly Executive Director of onegoal.org (an innovative collaborative child nutrition and healthy lifestyle campaign) and Senior Director of World Vision International’s Sustainable Health Partnership, Innovation and Accountability unit based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

He has worked for more than 15 years in Africa in different leadership roles with various agencies related to child health development, relief and advocacy work. His worked included managing a large rural hospital in Zimbabwe. He has held a number of board and advisory board memberships (Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, UBS Optimus Foundation, REPSSI in Africa) and currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Global Health Program, The Graduate Institute – Geneva focusing on the role of NGOs in global health diplomacy.

 

He holds a micro-engineering BSc degree, an MSc degree (Economics) in Social Policy & NGO Management and, in 2005, completed a doctoral degree in Development focused on child wellbeing in an urban African context. In 2015, Stefan graduated from the Executive Masters program in Tri Sector Collaboration at Singapore Management University.

MIKE REINER

Co-Founder

City.AI

MIKE REINER

Co-Founder

City.AI

Mike is the co-founder of City.AI and World Summit AI – building a global AI community – and he is the chairman at the work management company Scoro. Previously he co-founded and managed the B2B Accelerator Startup Wise Guys where he invested in 30+ companies out of 20+ different countries. He also used to cover venture capital business development for Amazon Web Services in EMEA and founded CCC Startups and Startup AddVenture, a global entrepreneurship network that produced events in 7 different countries reaching thousands of entrepreneurs. Mike is an active advisor to various startups and mentors at accelerators such as Techstars.

KUMARDEV CHATTERJEE

CEO

Unmanned Life

KUMARDEV CHATTERJEE

CEO

Unmanned Life

ANDY PEART

Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer

Artificial Solutions

ANDY PEART

Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer

Artificial Solutions

Andy Peart is CMSO of Artificial Solutions, an international business that “Makes Technology Think,” believing that people should be able to interact with technology intelligently, using their own voice, in their own terminology and across whatever channel they choose.  Using a form of AI called Natural Language Interaction (NLI), Artificial Solutions allows people to talk to applications, websites and devices in a human like, intelligent and conversational way. Its Teneo platform enables non-specialists to rapidly build and deploy enterprise strength, conversational applications and deliver customer insight and personalization using conversational data. Andy has over 25 years marketing experience within the IT and natural language industry, successfully helping build innovative, technology driven organizations.

THOMAS LIDY

Head of Machine Learning

Musimap

THOMAS LIDY

Head of Machine Learning

Musimap

MOLLY CONNOLLY

Director, Industry Strategy and Partner Marketing

Dell EMC

MOLLY CONNOLLY

Director, Industry Strategy and Partner Marketing

Dell EMC

BAS ROOKHUIJZEN

Account Executive

Google Cloud

BAS ROOKHUIJZEN

Account Executive

Google Cloud

Bas Rookhuijzen is the account executive for large enterprise accounts. He has over 15 years of international business development experience at among others technology giants Acer and Capgemini. He has worked in Scandinavia, Germany, England, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and India.

 

Bas completed his Executive MBA at “Nyenrode Business Universiteit” in Netherlands, Stellenbosch University in South Africa, and the Kellogg Business School in Chicago. Furthermore, he is also a visiting lecturer at Nyenrode Business Universiteit regarding their innovation program. The program “Information and Innovation” he has designed together with Nyenrode has been recently nominated as top four of the most innovative MBA programs in the world by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

 

He believes in the power of diversity. You can learn more from people who are different from people who are the same. He is also a strong advocate of “work the way you live”. A pleasant working environment where one feels at home provides more inspiration.

CIARA BYRNE

Tech Journalist

CIARA BYRNE

Tech Journalist

Lapsed software developer, current tech journalist and wannabe data scientist, Ciara started her career in Machine Learning research, was a startup CTO and a product manager.

 

 

 

Her writing has appeared in Fast Company, Forbes, MIT Technology Review, VentureBeat, O’ Reilly Radar and The New York Times Digital. In 2014, she was shortlisted for the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship At MIT and was selected to be a Significance Labs Fellow building apps for low-income Americans. She is the founder MadeVivid, a content agency for tech and science companies.

CHRISTINA TAYLOR

Senior Partner

Creaholic

CHRISTINA TAYLOR

Senior Partner

Creaholic

Christina Taylor is a managing partner at the Innovation Partnerhouse, Creaholic. A multidisciplinary team of inventors and innovators who have been transforming ideas into business since 1986.

 

In her 25 year corporate career, Christina has successfully accomplished a number of diverse roles and responsibilities. Her most significant achievement, to date, has been founding and leading the Swisscom Human Centered Design Department. A key driver, supporter and contributor to the market changing successes of Swisscom’s business units. Her team, of approximately 65 people, implemented a systemic and hand’s on approach in order to:

  • Turnaround a product and feature driven portfolio into customer experience driven offerings with compelling marketing stories.
  • Support and validate over 300 projects that delighted customers, gained market share and established long term competitive advantages.
  • Support leaders and teams, helping them master complex challenges and to deliver within time and budget.
  • Build ecosystems, such as La Werkstadt the house of possibilities in Biel/Bienne, connecting entrepreneurs with customers, and showcasing agile and human-centered methods of working.

Christina was also a member of the Swisscom Management Board of Product and Marketing, and one of the top 100 leaders of the Swisscom group – an organization of 18’000 employees. She began her career in the Swisscom group in 1994. Nine years later she moved to San Francisco to build up the Outpost office as VP of Innovation. From there moved on to become Head of Competence Building & Training, Head of Customer/Brand Experience and Head of Human Centered Design.

 

She worked also for Mutiara Telecom, Malaysia in 1997 and between 1989-1993 was Head Marketing & Communication for the Swatch Group.

Christina is author of ‘oops! Innovation is no accident’ a benchmark book on innovation management and execution, published in German, English and French.

MICHIEL KOTTING

Partner

Northzone

MICHIEL KOTTING

Partner

Northzone

Michiel is a General Partner at Northzone. He joined in 2016 from Accel London, where he was an investor for five years. Originally from the Netherlands, Michiel spent the early years of his career at BCG before founding Digital Jones, an artificial intelligence company, in Silicon Valley. He has previously invested in companies such as Catawiki, Fiverr, Vinted, KNC and Packlink. Michiel has a graduate degree in physics from Delft University of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

NICOLAS BRIEN

Managing Director

France Digitale

NICOLAS BRIEN

Managing Director

France Digitale

SPEAKERS 2017

YANN LECUN

Director of AI Research and Silver Professor

Facebook & New York University

YANN LECUN

Director of AI Research and Silver Professor

Facebook & New York University

STUART RUSSELL

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

University of California, Berkeley

STUART RUSSELL

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

University of California, Berkeley

ROB HIGH

VP, IBM & CTO

IBM Watson

ROB HIGH

VP, IBM & CTO

IBM Watson

RALF HERBRICH

Director of Machine Learning

Amazon

RALF HERBRICH

Director of Machine Learning

Amazon

XIAN-SHENG HUA

Distinguished Engineer/VP & Deputy MD of AI

Alibaba

XIAN-SHENG HUA

Distinguished Engineer/VP & Deputy MD of AI

Alibaba

MEREDITH WHITTAKER

Co-Founder

AI Now Institute, New York University

MEREDITH WHITTAKER

Co-Founder

AI Now Institute, New York University

ZHANG TONG

Executive Director of AI Lab

Tencent

ZHANG TONG

Executive Director of AI Lab

Tencent

WENDY HALL

Professor of Computer Science

University of Southampton

WENDY HALL

Professor of Computer Science

University of Southampton

GARY MARCUS

Professor of Psychology and Neural Science

New York University

GARY MARCUS

Professor of Psychology and Neural Science

New York University

RUSLAN SALAKHUTDIN-OV

Director of AI Research & Associate Professor in Machine Learning

Apple & Carnegie Mellon University

RUSLAN SALAKHUTDIN-OV

Director of AI Research & Associate Professor in Machine Learning

Apple & Carnegie Mellon University

ZOUBIN GHAHRAMANI

Chief Scientist & Professor

Uber & University of Cambridge

ZOUBIN GHAHRAMANI

Chief Scientist & Professor

Uber & University of Cambridge

STEVE CHIEN

Head of Artificial Intelligence Group

JPL, NASA

STEVE CHIEN

Head of Artificial Intelligence Group

JPL, NASA

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