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Monday, August 10

10:00am EDT

10:05am EDT

Keynote: The Future Value of AI
  • Ideas to consider         
  • Questions to ask         
  • Architectural approaches         
  • Buy-in from the board         
  • Connecting the dots inside a company         
  • Real-world applications

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Bob Evans

Founder & CEO, Evans Strategic Communications LLC, Cloud Wars Media LLC
Bob Evans is one of the world’s leading analysts of the technology industry and the global phenomenon of digital transformation. In 2012, he was recruited by Oracle founder Larry Ellison to be the company’s first chief communications officer, and he left there after 5 years to... Read More →

Monday August 10, 2020 10:05am - 10:30am EDT

11:00am EDT

Engineering AI Track - Keynote: Lessons Learned with Misty—a Personal Robot—and AI/Machine Learning
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Karen Field

Group Content Director, Fierce Electronics

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Ian Bernstein

Founder, Misty Robotics
Ian leads Misty Robotics’ product development and design. Prior to founding the robotics company, Ian served as founder and CTO at STEM learning company Sphero, which has shipped more than four million robots to date.

Monday August 10, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am EDT

11:00am EDT

Telecom Track - AI for Customer Experience
Telcos such as AT&T are using artificial intelligence (AI) for their customer service contact centers. And according to Gartner, by 2023 more than 60% of all customer service engagements will be delivered via digital self-service channels, up from 23% in 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the uptake of AI. How can AI be used in customer service centers? Is it difficult to integrate AI technologies with existing customer relationship management systems? What are some of the technical challenges to create AI-based conversation systems for customer service?


11:00-11:20am Keynote Interview: Shankar Arumugavelu, Senior Vice President and Global CIO, Verizon
11:20-11:40am Keynote Interview: Yossi Marouani, Director of AI Applications, Vonage

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Linda Hardesty

Editor-in-Chief, Fierce Telecom
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Mike Robuck

Editor, FierceTelecom

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Shankar Arumugavelu

Senior Vice President and Global CIO, Verizon
Shankar Arumugavelu is the senior vice president and global chief information officer for Verizon, responsible for the company’s Information Technology strategy, architecture, development and management of the information systems portfolio, continued evolution of digital platforms... Read More →
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Yossi Marouani

Director of AI Applications, Vonage
Yossi Marouani is leading the Vonage AI engineering at Vonage Communication Group, overseeing all technological facets of the company and leading the development of a cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) system.  Yossi joined Vonage as part of the acquisition of over.ai where he was co-founder and CTO. Prior to Over.ai, Yossi co-founded and was CTO at Sensiya, a contextual awareness technology company, acquired by iam+ Electronics... Read More →

Monday August 10, 2020 11:00am - 11:40am EDT

11:00am EDT

Healthcare Track - Unexpected Ways AI is Transforming the Delivery of Care
A platform that can automatically take care of prior authorization and benefits verification faster and more accurately than a human. A robot that can serve as a fitness assistant. An avatar named Buddy that can keep an extra eye on patients with chronic conditions. Here’s a look at some of the emerging and unexpected ways AI is changing healthcare and predictions about where the field is heading.  

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Tina Reed

Executive Editor, Fierce Healthcare
Tina Reed oversees FierceHealthcare and all of its publications. Tina has been reporting on healthcare for more than a decade and her work has appeared in the Washington Business Journal, the Capital Gazette, AnnArbor.com, The Ann Arbor News and the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Her recent... Read More →

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Dr. Paul Friedman

Professor of Medicine and the Norman Blane & Billie Jean Harty Chair, Mayo Clinic Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
Paul Friedman, M.D. is a professor of medicine and chairman of the cardiovascular medicine department at Mayo Clinic. He is ABIM board certified in cardiovascular medicine and cardiac electrophysiology. Previously, Dr. Friedman served as director of the Cardiac Implantable Device... Read More →
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Dr. Rebecca Jacobson

Vice President of Analytics, UPMC
Dr. Rebecca Jacobson is Vice President of Analytics at UPMC Enterprises in Pittsburgh, PA.  She joined UPMC Enterprises in 2017 after a twenty-year career in academic biomedical informatics. At UPMC, Dr. Jacobson leads a team of engineers and data scientists developing NLP... Read More →
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Zeeshan Syed

CEO, Health at Scale
Zeeshan is the CEO of Health at Scale. He was previously a Clinical Associate Professor at Stanford, an Associate Professor with Tenure in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at U-Michigan and part of the team that launched Verily. Zeeshan has received multiple awards for... Read More →

Monday August 10, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT

11:00am EDT

Life Sciences Track - High-Tech Pandemic: How Researchers Are Using AI to Track Down Potential COVID-19 Treatments
Epidemiologists have drawn some parallels between the 1918 flu pandemic and today’s COVID-19 crisis. But today’s disease-fighters have powerful AI tools scientists in the early 20th century could never have imagined. Researchers are using AI to design virus-blocking proteins. Others are using a suite of tools to simultaneously expose the virus’ vulnerabilities and discover drugs that could exploit them. In fact, AI engines have already screened billions of molecules in their hunt for prospective treatments and vaccines. We’ll explore the possibilities—and the progress so far—with experts who are taking AI to the coronavirus fight.

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Conor Hale

Associate Editor, Fierce Biotech
Conor Hale is an associate editor writing for FierceMedTech and FierceBiotech. He has previously covered the pharmaceutical and medical research industries in the Washington, D.C., area for The Cancer Letter and FDAnews. Conor graduated from St. Bonaventure University’s journalism... Read More →

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Alex Zhavoronkov, Ph.D.

Founder & CEO, Insilico
Prof. Zhavoronkov is the Founder and CEO of Insilico Medicine, a leader in the next-generation AI for drug discovery, biomarker development, and aging research. Prior to Insilico, he worked in senior roles at ATI Technologies, NeuroG Neuroinformatics, the Biogerontology Research... Read More →
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Peter Richardson

Vice President of Pharmacology, BenevolentAI
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Arvind Ramanathan

Technology Leader, Argonne National Laboratory
Arvind Ramanathan is a computational biologist in the Data Science and Learning Division at Argonne National Laboratory and a senior scientist at the University of Chicago Consortium for Advanced Science and Engineering (CASE). His research interests are at the intersection of data... Read More →

Monday August 10, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT

11:30am EDT

Engineering AI Track - AI in Consumer Electronics and Appliances
The AI capabilities of consumer electronics and appliances including vacuum cleaners, voice-enabled personal assistants and speakers, VR headsets/displays, and even washing machines, have increased dramatically, thanks in large part to advances in computer processing power.  But what does it really take from a design engineering perspective to successfully develop an application like AI-enabled object detection/image recognition so that a vacuum cleaner, for example, “goes to where the dirt is”?
  • Go behind-the-scenes with the companies who have successfully applied AI to real-world consumer electronics and appliances today and hear their stories
  • Learn about the key AI building blocks necessary for applications like image recognition and voice processing
  • Gain insight into the potential pitfalls of an AI implementation and how to avoid them

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Karen Field

Group Content Director, Fierce Electronics

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Robert Oshana

Vice President of Software Engineering R&D, Edge Processing, NXP Semiconductors
Rob Oshana is Vice President of Software Engineering R&D for the Edge Processing business line at NXP, responsible for software enablement, IoT connectivity, software middleware and security, operating systems, machine learning, networking and 5G as well as advanced technologies... Read More →
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Avi Keren

CTO and Head of DSPG Software R&D and SmartVoice Division Manager, DSP Group
Avi brings to DSP Group more than 25 years of technological and managerial experience. Prior to being appointed to his current position where he oversees all development with respect to smart voice and AI/ML hardware and software, Avi served in several managerial capacities at DSP... Read More →
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Chris Rogers

CEO, SensiML
With over 25 years of experience running embedded systems, wireless communications, and algorithm development businesses, Chris has led high caliber teams at companies ranging from Intel to startups. Chris focuses on building and supporting teams capable of bringing cutting edge technologies... Read More →

Monday August 10, 2020 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT

1:00pm EDT

Engineering AI Track - Embedding a Secure Solution for the AIoT Big-Bang
The artificial intelligence of things (AIoT) represents one of the most exciting and important technology pairings in the world today. It is anticipated to explode into life in 2025 and with the current Covid-19 pandemic, we anticipate that this will accelerate further still. But with this revolution comes a range of challenges. No matter how far you want to take the concept of AIoT, its success depends on being able to drive one of the most impressive feats of electronics engineering the digital era has ever seen. AIoT devices demand a processor with high-performance compute, efficient energy usage and a low eBOM.

As AIoT devices proliferate, security and privacy become one of the most pressing challenges for applications soon to infiltrate our homes, workplaces and day-to-day lives.

In this session, XMOS explores the way in which the AIoT will change the face of life as we know it, and introduces their recently announced crossover processor for the AIoT – xcore.ai.

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Mark Lippett

CEO and President, XMOS

Monday August 10, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT

1:00pm EDT

Life Sciences Track - Natural Language Processing, an AI technology for COVID-19 Insights
In the rapidly evolving fight against COVID-19, pharmaceutical and healthcare organizations, governments, and the broader scientific communities around the world are working to assess the impact of the virus, and quickly develop fast, accurate solutions.

To get there, researchers and teams must have access to the best, and most up to date, evidence from a broad range of data sources including scientific literature, clinical trials and other textual sources. 

Linguamatics natural language processing (NLP) technology enables fast, systematic, comprehensive insight generation from unstructured text. Sources can include scientific literature, clinical trial records, preprints, internal sources, medical records, social media and news reports. Capturing the key information from these many sources, and synthesizing it into one hub, deepens understanding for our users, which will in turn accelerate insights and outcomes. 

In this webinar, we will discuss the benefits of natural language processing for both COVID-19 insights, and touch on broader applications of this technology across pharma and healthcare.

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Jane Reed

Director, Life Sciences, Linguamatics, an IQVIA Company
Jane Reed is Director, Life Sciences, at Linguamatics, an IQVIA company. She is responsible for developing and leading the strategic vision for Linguamatics’ product portfolio and business development for the pharma and biotech market. Jane has 20+ years’ experience in vendor... Read More →

Monday August 10, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Tuesday, August 11

10:00am EDT

10:05am EDT

Keynote: Plug and Play AI - Embedding Cutting Edge AI into Business Processes and Applications
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Bindu Reddy

CEO and Co-Founder, Abacus.AI
​​​​Bindu Reddy is the CEO and Co-Founder of Abacus.AI. Before starting Abacus.AI, she was the General Manager for AI Verticals at AWS, AI. Her organization created and launched Amazon Personalize and Amazon Forecast, the first of their kind AI services that enable organizations... Read More →

Tuesday August 11, 2020 10:05am - 10:30am EDT

11:00am EDT

Engineering AI Track - AI is Far More Than the Sexy Output You See. Considerations Towards AI-Based Applications.
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Karen Field

Group Content Director, Fierce Electronics

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Dr. Claus Lenz

Co-founder and CEO, Cognition Factory
Dr. Claus Lenz is co-founder and CEO of Cognition Factory GmbH specialized in applied AI for the industry. He studied Electrical Engineering at Technical University of Munich (TUM) and earned his Ph.D. in computer science with the main topic human-robot-collaboration at TUM. Until... Read More →

Tuesday August 11, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am EDT

11:00am EDT

Healthcare Track - How Combining Forces With Big Tech and Traditional Healthcare is Unleashing the Power of AI
When does artificial intelligence get really powerful? Sometimes it’s when some of the most influential companies partner with some of them most creative startups working in the world of AI. We bring together some of these partners to discuss their partnerships, including the challenges and advantages they’ve experienced along the way, and their ultimate ambitions for using artificial intelligence.

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Heather Landi

Senior Editor for Health IT, Fierce Healthcare
Heather Landi is a senior editor at Fierce Healthcare, overseeing the team's coverage of health IT and digital health news and trends across the country. She has covered the healthcare technology market for several years in the business-to-business media space.In her recent work... Read More →

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Punit Singh Soni

CEO, Suki
Punit Soni is the founder and CEO of Suki, a startup using machine learning and voice technologies to build an AI-powered digital assistant for doctors. He leads a team of physicians, engineers, and technologists creating innovative solutions to lift the administrative burden from... Read More →
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Aashima Gupta

Director, Global Healthcare Solutions, Google Cloud
Aashima spearheads Healthcare industry strategy for Google Cloud, setting the direction for transformative solutions and leads engagements with healthcare executives to transform business strategies and define new models for care, revenue generation and improved patient experiences... Read More →
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Sean Lane

CEO, Olive
Sean is a lifelong technologist who grew up in Ohio and started his career in the U.S. intelligence community, holding leadership positions in the Department of Defense and the National Security Agency. Sean served five combat tours and was awarded for his service. After government... Read More →
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Jennifer Lehmann

System Director of Revenue Cycle, University of California Health System
A program management professional with over 15 years of revenue cycle experience and a track record of bridging the gap between finance, operations and technology teams in a variety of health delivery settings, Jennifer currently oversees a system-wide team focused on revenue cycle... Read More →

Tuesday August 11, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT

11:00am EDT

Life Sciences Track - From Chatbots to Predictive Analytics, How Pharma Marketers Can Leverage AI to Build Patient Connections
Decades marketing to physicians has sharpened pharma and agency skills when it comes to doctors, but what about connecting with patients? Effectively reaching and messaging patients—especially those accustomed to dealing with sophisticated consumer marketing companies like Nike and Apple—is easier said than done. That’s where artificial intelligence is making strides. Pharma marketers and their agencies are increasingly adopting AI tools such as chatbots, Alexa voice-activated health skills, natural language processing in call centers and predictive analytics for audience targeting. The result? Better health outcomes for people and a true patient-centered focus for pharma. We’ll discuss the different types of AI tools that pharma marketers and agencies are using with real world examples that highlight both the challenges and opportunities today—and in the future.

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Beth Snyder Bulik

Contributing Writer, Fierce Biotech
Beth Snyder Bulik writes for FiercePharmaMarketing. She has been a freelance journalist for 12 years, contributing to publications including Advertising Age, American Way and American Baby. Before that, she was a senior writer at Business 2.0, and held reporting positions at Advertising... Read More →

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Amy West

Head of U.S. Digital Strategy, Novo Nordisk
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Brendan Gallagher

Publicis Health, Chief Connected Health Officer
Brendan leads product & service design, social content, technology, and user experience capabilities across Publicis Health for major pharmaceutical, healthcare, and biotech clients. These capabilities come together seamlessly to help his clients transform, innovate, and partner better... Read More →

Tuesday August 11, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT

11:00am EDT

Telecom Track - The Intelligent Edge
Cloud providers and telcos are all racing to establish thousands of new edge computing locations to bring applications closer to consumers. Edge computing, itself, will reduce latency. But many applications will also require artificial intelligence (AI) to deliver information in near real time – think about autonomous driving. What are some of the edge computing/AI applications that are in hot demand by enterprises? How will owners of edge computing sites deliver AI capabilities that will require complicated data lakes? How much compute, memory and storage can stay at the edge and how much has to remain in more central locations?


11:00-11:15am Keynote: Harnessing the Benefits of AI Through Edge - Jason Hoffman, Chairman and CEO, MobiledgeX
11:15-11:30am Partner Keynote: Gavin Horn, Senior Director in Wireless Research, Qualcomm
11:30-12:15pm Panel

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Linda Hardesty

Editor-in-Chief, Fierce Telecom

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Jason Hoffman

Chairman and CEO, MobiledgeX
Jason Hoffman is the Chairman and CEO of MobiledgeX, a company focusing on edge computing and founded by Deutsche Telekom. Previously he was a CTO at Ericsson AB and was responsible for their cloud and datacenter infrastructure business. His group created the world’s first hyperscale... Read More →
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Gavin Horn

Senior Director in Wireless Research, Qualcomm
Gavin Horn is a Senior Director in Wireless Research at Qualcomm leading the cellular upper layer design, evaluation and standardization including network architecture, security, slicing, cloud/virtualization, radio interface and protocols. Since 2014, he has been leading the 5G upper... Read More →
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David Shacochis

Vice President, Enterprise Technology, CenturyLink
David Shacochis currently leads the Product Management team for Hybrid IT Solutions at CenturyLink, responsible for managed solutions across applications, infrastructure, and hybrid cloud. As a senior leader within the product organization, he is commercially responsible... Read More →
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Kaladhar Voruganti

Vice President, Technology Innovation, Equinix
Kaladhar Voruganti is VP Technology Innovation and Senior Fellow at Equinix.  He is currently working on distributed AI and Blockchain architectures.  He previously worked at IBM Research and NetApp CTO office on large scale distributed systems. He obtained his BSc in Computer... Read More →
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Yogesh Soni

Lead Product Manager, Cisco
Yogesh is a seasoned Product and Technology leader. He loves building products that combine cutting edge technology and delightful user experience.  He has shipped multiple enterprise products, currently used by Fortune 500 companies globally. His current focus area is IoT, with... Read More →

Tuesday August 11, 2020 11:00am - 12:15pm EDT

11:30am EDT

Engineering AI Track - AI in Industrial and Manufacturing
Poised for prime time and now enabled by the Industrial IoT, AI and machine learning offer manufacturers and industrial equipment makers the potential to tap into a rich stream of information to do everything from improving the consistency and quality of visual inspections to gaining key insights into operations. To fully reap the benefits, though, companies need not only the right technology but also must develop core analytical capabilities and leverage domain knowledge.
  • Gain insight into what it will take to accelerate adoption of AI in industrial and manufacturing applications and hear from experts on when it will likely become mainstream
  • Hear first-hand from companies about their successful AI applications and lessons learned
  • Learn about the steps to take to get started on your first AI use case and the building blocks you’ll need for use cases like visual inspection

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Karen Field

Group Content Director, Fierce Electronics

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Leonard Lee

Managing Director & Founder, neXt Curve
Leonard Lee is the founder of neXt Curve, a research advisory firm focused on transformative technologies and market trends across ICT domains.  Mr. Lee advises some of the leading technology firms with their go-to-market strategies and forward-looking market intelligence. He is... Read More →
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Joakim Wiklund

Chief Technology Officer, Arable
Joakim has over 25 years experience working worldwide in software and hardware development. He produced the first-in-company IP solution, and industry-first GPRS wireless core network solution, at Ericsson; developed the first-ever cellular-based Push-to-Talk product, and first-of-their-kind... Read More →
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Temitope Oladokun

AI Engineer, Anheuser-Busch InBev
I am Temitope Oladokun from Nigeria. I am black and beautiful. I wear three hats: Entrepreneur, Manager and Developer. I am an AI Engineer at AB InBev and also founder at TechieGeeks, a robotics company that educates teenagers and younger children. We also organise a week-long... Read More →

Tuesday August 11, 2020 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT

1:00pm EDT

Life Sciences Track - Patient insights from Social Media Listening
Patient-focused drug development requires a strong integration of the patient’s voice at every step of the drug development process. Developing clinical endpoints that are meaningful to patients and that are qualified to measure a relevant change in quality of life is challenging. The patient’s perspective is traditionally investigated with scientific literature reviews, exchange with clinical experts and patient organizations, as well as interviews with patients. However, all of these methods suffer from shortcomings such as underrepresenting the direct view of the patients or representing the view of a limited number of them.

We addressed these shortcomings by using Social Media Listening (SML) as an abundant information source to complement insights from traditional methods. Patients share their perspective not just with their clinicians, but also on social media. They talk about their symptoms and the impacts these symptoms have on their daily lives. SML strengthens the patient-centricity of the drug development process. The level of burden to the patients is significantly lower than in concept-elicitation interviews and it can reach more patients.

Social media data are highly diverse and the analysis of these data comes with significant challenges. One example is the understanding of the patient’s language and its mapping to scientific language. Given the growing amount of data available in social media, robust computational approaches have to be developed to produce meaningful insights.

This webinar will highlight how we integrate the patient’s voice via social media listening studies into the early part of the drug development process. We will give insights into the tasks and tools required for social media listening and how artificial intelligence and natural language processing can help to translate the patients’ voice into actionable insights.

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Mathias Leddin

Senior Data Scientist, Roche
Mathias Leddin is a Senior Data Scientist at Roche pRED in Basel. He holds a Ph.D. from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin for his work at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in hematopoietic cell regulation. Within the Data Science group at pRED he is specialized... Read More →

Tuesday August 11, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Wednesday, August 12

10:00am EDT

10:05am EDT

Keynote: AI-Celerating R&D - Value and Impact in a Time of Convergence
While investment across the biopharma industry in R&D has been consistent or increased over the past 15 years, productivity has remained largely unchanged. Even with the projection that knowledge of medicine is doubling every 18 months, there must be better ways to understand biology and pathobiology and better ways to treat disease and manage healthcare.

Convergence, the result of the sharing of methods and ideas across multiple fields and industries, is the integration of insights and approaches from historically distinct scientific and technological disciplines. At AbbVie, our Convergence initiative seeks to create integrated R&D data and analytics capabilities that power data-driven insights – leading to better, faster decisions and therapies for patients. We are building a foundation for change, and setting out to double R&D productivity.

While hype alarms go off any time someone mentions Artificial Intelligence or ‘AI’, there are boundless opportunities to redefine AI – to engage it as the power of Automation and Insights – and drive value and impact in R&D. Tune in to this keynote to learn how AbbVie data scientists are helping our researchers scale the ladder of inference, how they are helping build foundations for growth and new capabilities, and how they are freeing up our people to perform higher value tasks. Ultimately guided by human empathy and experience, this will drive an increased ability to make a remarkable impact in the lives of patients.

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Brian Martin

Head of AI, Research Fellow, AbbVie
Brian joined AbbVie in 2018 as head of a newly formed AI team, focused on accelerating, scaling, and amplifying the work of AbbVie’s R&D community using technologies like machine learning, deep learning, and cognitive computing. Prior to joining AbbVie, Brian spent five years consulting... Read More →

Wednesday August 12, 2020 10:05am - 10:30am EDT

11:00am EDT

Engineering AI Track - AI stands for Amazing Innovation: Meet Venture Creator Cameron Chell
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Karen Field

Group Content Director, Fierce Electronics
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Cameron Chell

CEO, Draganfly
Cameron is the CEO and co-founder Draganfly Inc. (CSE: DFLY; OTCQB: DFLYF; FSE: 3U8) Draganfly is the oldest operating commercial drone manufacturer and technology systems developer in the world.  Cameron is also co-founder and CEO of Business Instincts Group. He works with... Read More →

Wednesday August 12, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am EDT

11:00am EDT

Healthcare Track - What Payers Should Know About How AI Can Change Their Business
Insurance companies have jumped in with both feet when it comes to taking advantage of the data insights available with the help of AI. Here we bring some of top payer execs to talk about how machine learning is changing the way they do business.

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Robert King

Reporter, Fierce Healthcare
Robert King is a reporter with FierceHealthcare. He previously was a regulatory reporter with Modern Healthcare and was a healthcare reporter for the Washington Examiner where he covered healthcare policy and politics in Washington, D.C. He also covered the Food and Drug Administration... Read More →

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Rajeev Ronanki

Senior Vice President, Chief Digital Officer, Anthem
Rajeev Ronanki serves as Chief Digital Officer at Anthem, Inc. He is leading the transformation of Anthem to become a digital/AI-first enterprise through driving the vision, strategy, and execution of Anthem’s Digital, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Exponential Technology, Service... Read More →
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Colt Courtright

Chief Data & Analytics Officer, PREMERA
Colt Courtright, Chief Data & Analytics Officer (CDAO) at Premera Blue Cross, brings over 20 years of experience delivering advanced healthcare analytic and data solutions. Colt is dedicated to advancements that help patients, doctors, and other parts of our healthcare system work... Read More →
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Slawek Kierner

Senior Vice President, Enterprise Data and Analytics, Humana Studio H
Slawek Kierner is the Humana Digital Health and Analytics (DH&A) Senior Vice President of Enterprise Data and Analytics (ED&A). In this role, he is responsible for enabling data governance, analytics platforms, data science and artificial intelligence (AI) integration across the... Read More →

Wednesday August 12, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT

11:00am EDT

Life Sciences Track - Putting AI To The Test In Clinical Trials
Drugmakers have been working for years to streamline clinical trials, the costly, time-consuming tests required to bring all new drugs and vaccines to market. Enter AI, which can match patients to appropriate trials, manage workflow, analyze incoming data, and help keep participants on track with treatment. These tools can not only save time and money—and flag any problems early—but also increase the chances of success in the clinic. We’ll examine today’s AI tools, discuss how they’re used in the field and find out what’s coming next.

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Amirah Al Idrus

Editor, Fierce Biotech
Amirah Al Idrus is an editor with the Life Sciences group covering biotech, medtech and occasionally, biotech research. She started her career at The Center for Public Integrity, where she was on a team that earned an Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Award for their work covering how companies profit from the privatization of prisons. When she’s not working, Amirah spends her time playing rugby, trying to keep her plants alive and baking (and eating) pies... Read More →

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Najat Khan, Ph.D.

Chief Data Science Officer and Global Head of Strategy and Operations, Janssen R&D
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Dr. Raolat Abdulai

Clinical Research Director, Sanofi
Dr. Abdulai is the clinical research director for Immunology and Inflammation (I&I) at Sanofi and acts to advance the digital health strategy within I&I which includes advancing technology in R&D that transforms the product life cycle for faster and more efficient clinical trials... Read More →
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James Hamrick

Senior Medical Director, Flatiron
James Hamrick is currently senior medical director at Flatiron Health, where he is responsible for overseeing the clinical development of the OncoTrials® and research software products as well as providing clinical insight in the development of new features in OncoEMR®. James... Read More →
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Alok Tayi, Ph.D.

Vice President of Life Sciences, Egnyte
Alok is the Vice President of Life Sciences at Egnyte where he is responsible for building and executing the company's strategy for the life sciences market segment. Prior to his career in software, Alok spent over 15 years as a scientist: he took part in postdoctoral work at Harvard... Read More →
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Ajay Royyuru, Ph.D.

IBM Fellow and Vice President, Healthcare and Life Sciences, IBM
Ajay Royyuru leads Healthcare & Life Sciences research at IBM. His team is actively pursuing high quality science, developing novel technologies and achieving translational insights across this industry, including areas of cancer, cardiac, neurological, mental health, immune s... Read More →

Wednesday August 12, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT

11:00am EDT

Telecom Track - The Path to Network Automation
The whole idea behind software-defined networking, SD-WAN and network functions virtualization (NFV) was to bring more automation into telecommunications networks. Forward-thinking service providers such as AT&T and CenturyLink jumped on the network automation bandwagon early. Many other telcos have since followed suit. And now newcomers such as Rakuten have taken network automation to the next level. What’s the status of network automation at service providers and how are they using artificial intelligence (AI) in their networks? What have been some big lessons learned in terms of network automation and AI?


11:00-11:15am Keynote Interview: Rahul Atri, Head of Automation COE and Products at Rakuten
11:15-11:30am Partner Keynote: Rob Wilmoth, Chief Architect at Red Hat North America
11:30-12:15pm Panel

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Roy Chua

Founder and Principal, AvidThink
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Linda Hardesty

Editor-in-Chief, Fierce Telecom

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Rahul Atri

Head of Automation COE and Products, Rakuten
Rahul joined Rakuten Mobile in 2019 and is currently heading up the Automation Center of Excellence Department, playing a critical role leading end-to-end automation strategy efforts of the Rakuten Mobile cloud-native network.  Rahul hails from northern India and started... Read More →
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Rob Wilmoth

Chief Architect, Red Hat North America
Rob Wilmoth is Chief Architect for the Red Hat North America Service provider team. He works with customers to advise on challenges ranging from regulatory compliance and general IT, to changing the way business problems in the network and content delivery spaces are solved. He has... Read More →
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Matt Hayes

Executive Director, Network Automation and Shared Services, Cox Communication
Matt has spent the last 20 years in network centric roles for Cox Communications. Matt leads a team of engineers focused on the development of network automation and internet services. Most recently focused on evolutions into IP-free core, ALL-IP over PON , and driving ModernSP operations through... Read More →
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Dr. Sameh Yamany

Chief Technology Officer (CTO), VIAVI Solutions
Dr. Sameh Yamany, the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of VIAVI Solutions, leads VIAVI’s long-term technology vision, and is responsible for the applied research programs, industry thought leadership, and advanced technology incubations. He also facilitates the technical community... Read More →
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Asa Nielsen

Head of Network Service Management & Automation, Telia
Åsa Nielsen has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunication industry from various positions on both network equipment vendor and operator sides in the global arena. Her career includes key positions in business/sales as well as technical development, standardization... Read More →

Wednesday August 12, 2020 11:00am - 12:15pm EDT

11:30am EDT

Engineering AI Track - The Diabolical Challenge of Image Classification
In order for autonomous cars to perform even seemingly basic tasks, they will depend on AI and machine learning to make sense of the massive amounts of data generated by multiple, redundant sensors. The sheer processing power required means the realization of self-driving cars is likely still years away. But there are many examples of successful AI deployments today in autonomous vehicles such as drones and self-guided robotic vehicles (SGVs) that operate in radically more predictable environments.
  • Hear from companies who will discuss their real-world applications for AI in drones, robotic vehicle, and cars
  • Learn about the key AI building blocks for applications in autonomous technologies
  • Gain insight the technology advancements that are accelerating adoption of AI in autonomous technologies

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Matt Hamblen

Editor, Fierce Electronics
Matt Hamblen is an award-winning journalist and a veteran of wireless and components coverage for Computerworld. He has written extensively about 5G chips and base stations, covering Qualcomm, Nokia, Ericsson, and Huawei, among others. Appearing in videos and print and his own s... Read More →

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Dr. Jean-Baptiste Passot

VP of Platform and AI, Brain Corp.
Jean-Baptiste Passot started his career at Brain Corporation in 2012 with the development of biologically-inspired control algorithms. Today his role extends to the oversight of the AI and platform division. He is leading the development of BrainOS--the next generation operating system... Read More →
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Maha Achour

CEO, Metawave
Maha is a senior leader with more than 20 years’ experience in both public and entrepreneurial start-up companies in the RF, wireless, optics and networking industries. She has a demonstrated track record of: developing an idea from concept to product, delivering industry leading... Read More →
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Vladimir Iglovikov

Senior Computer Vision Engineer, Lyft
Sr. Computer Vision Engineer at Lyft, Ph.D. Physics, Veteran of the Russian Airborne Forces, Kaggle GrandmasterVladimir got his Ph.D. in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics at UC Davis. After graduation he was developing Energy Disaggregation algorithms that were a combination of... Read More →
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Sarjoun Skaff

Founder & CTO, Bossa Nova Robotics
Sarjoun is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Bossa Nova Robotics. He is responsible for the development of Bossa Nova technology, from long-term robot autonomy to data analytics and AI. He has spent the last twenty years bringing robots to people's lives, from commercializing... Read More →

Wednesday August 12, 2020 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT

1:00pm EDT

Life Sciences Track - Using AI to Predict the Outcome of Clinical Trials
The outcome of a clinical trial is the deciding factor for the future success of a biotechnology and pharmaceutical company. It is therefore important that every critical parameter for a clinical trial is taken into consideration to ensure the highest possible chance of a positive outcome. Using AI and an advanced analytics-enabled engine Innoplexus made it possible to calculate, understand, and predict the outcome of future and ongoing clinical trials using real-world, outside-trial, and biomedical data sets. Hence, enabling companies to choose the best set of parameters for their clinical study. 

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Dr. Gunjan Bhardwaj

Founder and CEO, Innoplexus AG
Dr. Gunjan Bhardwaj is the founder and CEO of the Innoplexus AG, a leading global AI champion in the field of drug discovery & development. Gunjan was earlier with the Boston Consulting Group and before that the leader of the global business performance think-tank of Ernst & Young... Read More →

Wednesday August 12, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
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