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These visionaries are overcoming society’s most daunting challenges with the right mix of technology and real-world insights. And they’re ready to tell you how to do the same.

Yonghua Lin
Distinguished Engineer, Leader of AI System research, member of IBM Academy of Technology, IBM Research China 

Peter J. Korsten
Partner and Vice President, IBM GBS Strategy & Solutions
Global Leader Thought Leadership and Eminence

Paul Zikopoulos
Vice President, BigData Cognitive Systems, IBM Worldwide

Richard (Dick) Darden
Distinguished Engineer, Digital Human Evangelist, Chief Engineer Watson Implementations Public Sector, IBM Worldwide

Charles Noble
Vice President, Technology and Innovation, Global Technology Services, IBM Global

Charlie Singh
Associate Partner - Cyber Risk Management, IBM Global

Shyam Nagarajan
Director, Global IBM Blockchain Industry and Networks Growth

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Agenda

8:30AM       -      Registration

9:15AM       -      Opening Remarks

9:25AM       -      Putting a Human Face to Artificial Intelligence

The future of the human-machine interface is here. It combines the Academy-Award winning technology behind blockbusters such as "Avatar" and "King Kong" with the enterprise AI capabilities of IBM Watson to create an emotionally-responsive humanistic avatar. It is a digital human that will change forever the future of the human-machine interactions. Join us at this session for an entertaining and fascinating demonstration of this new interface, as you peek under the hood to see how your first digital employee may look like.

Speaker - Richard (Dick) Darden, Distinguished Engineer, Digital Human Evangelist, Chief Engineer Watson, Implementations Public Sector, IBM Worldwide

9:45AM       -      AI and the Rise of the Cognitive Enterprise

We are on the cusp of a monumental shift in business architecture: The Cognitive Enterprise. It will be driven by the adoption of AI and cognitive technologies in the core processes and workflows of an organization, and transform the way employees add value. Cognitive Enterprises will leverage proprietary data, unique platforms and specialist expertise to drive success in the AI era. In this session, we will show how the journey to becoming a Cognitive Enterprise looks like and discuss the success factors.

Speaker - Peter J. Korsten, Partner and Vice President, IBM GBS Strategy & Solutions, Global Leader Thought Leadership and Eminence

10:05AM     -      Pushing the AI frontiers

AI is now mainstream. Through AI, we are going to invent many new types of thinking and co-create innovations. In this session, you will learn about:

  • How AI drives deeper customer relationships, operational excellence and digital transformation; and applies across sectors from conversational AI, machine learning, speech/visual recognition, robotics to security. 
  • Why AI advances with the confluence of other emerging technologies, including IoT, Blockchain, video analytics, and AR/VR
  • What is "Man and Machine" today

Speaker - Paul C Zikopoulos, Vice President, BigData Cognitive Systems, IBM Worldwide

10:25AM     -      The Convergence of Blockchain and AI Leading to True Digital Transactional Intelligence

With cognitive, we can gain continual insights that mimic human thinking from a program that learns from mistakes, applies inference and uses natural language. With blockchain the entire premise is that each block has provenance and historical context, and ensures transactional trust. In this session, we will explore how to leverage blockchain and AI, two important technologies but with different maturity curves, to create true digital intelligent transactional intelligence.

Speaker - Shyam Nagarajan, Director, Global IBM Blockchain Industry and Networks Growth

10:45AM     -      Break

11:15AM     -      Deep Learning: When Enterprises Learn Like Humans

Deep learning is a new machine learning method based on neural networks. Essentially, it helps AI models to learn like humans, making the outcomes more accurate with continuous trainings. It already has various industry use cases, ranging from retail analytics and drone video analytics to medical imaging analysis and advanced driver assistance systems. In this session, you will learn how your business can leverage deep learning to accelerate AI deployments from months to hours. 

Speaker - Yonghua Lin, Distinguished Engineer, Leader of AI System research, member of IBM Academy of Technology, IBM Research China 

11:35AM     -      Power of Automation with AI Across the Enterprise

Automation is now an essential ingredient for business success. Today’s IT automation has evolved and infused with cognitive insights. In this session, you will learn how this new way to run IT that partners humans with a cognitive “brain” and combines with automation on an integrated platform can unlock new level of performance. We will also show why AI-driven automation is fast becoming the foundation of an always-on infrastructure and empowers enterprise innovation.

Speaker - Charles Noble, Vice President, Technology and Innovation, Global Technology Services, IBM Global

11:55AM     -      Cyber Resiliency: Respond to the Threats of Tomorrow with AI

Cyber-attacks are rapidly growing in number and sophistication, companies regardless of their size can no longer defend with traditional security methods. In this session, our cyber risk expert will discuss the lessons learned from recent cyber-attacks, but also illustrate with some client examples on how a new approach together with the power of AI can maintain business continuity and prevent the spread of destructive cyber threats.

Speaker - Mr. Charlie Singh, Associate Partner - Cyber Risk Management, IBM Global

12:15PM     -      The Future of Computing

Quantum computing may have enormous potential to tackle problems that current classical systems are incapable of solving. It is based on a model of computation that takes advantage of quantum mechanics and, with appropriate algorithms, may find some solutions exponentially faster than any know classical counterpart. However, integration of quantum systems will require a new way of thinking and approaching problems, as well as rethinking the entire software stack, including programming frameworks.

Speaker - Dr. Jin Dong, Distinguished Engineer, Associated Director of IBM Research – China

12:35PM     -      Buffet Lunch & Demo Viewing 

*Agenda subject to change

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