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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

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
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

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
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

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