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Saturday, October 20


Machine Learning Benefits and Applications in Healthcare
Machine learning plays an essential role in the healthcare field and is being ever more applied to healthcare. This presentation will include machine learning applications and the uses of machine learning in healthcare. Some successful applications of machine learning in healthcare include predicting health insurance frauds and patient diagnosis. The uses of machine learning and data mining to discover these patterns will be examined. A discussion of the suggestions on machine learning algorithms for healthcare will accompany this presentation.

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Shilpa Balan

Assistant Professor, California State University-Los Angeles
Dr. Shilpa Balan is a professor in the Department of Information Systems at California State University-Los Angeles. Dr. Balan is very passionate about Data Analytics and Machine Learning, and has teaching and research interests in Business Intelligence, Machine Learning and Healthcare... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
Ballroom # 406


(Cancelled) Building trust in an age of AI and data science - #TheMoralCompass
With the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal keeping security practitioners and their lawyers up at night, and rightly so, it is very likely there is second guessing going on over the digital transformation happening in organizations. Across all functions — marketing, sales, LOBs, support — the "go digital, go cognitive, go AI at all costs” is being questioned.
But, this is not the time to second guess or slow down — it is the time to actually stop — yes, stop. It is time to put some really strong ethical foundations in place that thus far have been willfully ignored or postponed and then hit the accelerator pedal.
This session will talk about the "four horsemen of unethical digital transformation" and the need for "the three musketeers of morality" to lay out a foundation of four ethical pillars. These pillars will hold organizations in good stead as they kick-start their ride into the AI-driven future with gusto. The age of content creation, social evangelization, and follower creation is fraught with ethical issues, the three musketeers of morality provide an actionable framework.
As a content producer myself — blogging, podcasting, video logging — I have a special interest in ConTech and my experience as a former high-tech executive means I understand how technology works. Having good cognition of both sides of this complex issue, I am able to lay out a pragmatic path forward.

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Ashwin Krishnan

Tech Ethicist, Writer, Podcaster and Speaker, Ernst & Young
Ashwin Krishnan is a former hi-tech executive in the cyber security and cloud domain turned tech ethicist, writer, podcaster, and speaker. His focus is on simplifying technology trends and complex topics, such as AI and ethics through enduring analogies which he shares on his blog... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm
Ballroom # 403A + Conference Registration + Open talk


Borg Orgs: AI, Neuroscience and the Future of Media Borg Orgs: AI, Neuroscience and the Future of Media
At a time when the entertainment industry faces a landscape of exponential complexity, studios are dedicating more resources to leveraging machine intelligence to develop more granular insights into their market. The availability of rich data and research on the mechanics of cognition on one side, and advanced computing paradigms on the other, promises to take those who experiment with it into a deeper understanding of film audiences. But the road to AI-driven decisions in media is intricate, and a lot of questions remain. This talk aims at answering these basic questions about what machine intelligence is and what industry problems it can be applied to by looking at concrete examples of AI methods and tools developed for the entertainment industry inside of USC’s Entertainment Technology Center. At ETC, Yves Bergquist (director of the “AI & Neuroscience in Media” Project) and his team have been working for the past two years to architect and prototype advanced AI applications to create a deeper understanding of the cognitive relationship between film stories and film audiences, and what narrative structures in film correlate to more popularity. Yves will unveil the results of his team’s research (which is funded by all 6 Hollywood studios and major tech companies) and demonstrate a few AI applications he’s been working on which promise to change the way the industry thinks about its product and audiences.

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Yves Berguist

Director, “AI & Neuroscience in Media” Project
Yves Bergquist is the Director of the “AI & Neuroscience in Media” Project at the Entertainment Technology Center, where his team is developing next-generation applications drawn from AI and neuroscience for the media and entertainment industry. Yves is also CEO of AI startup... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Ballroom # 403A + Conference Registration + Open talk


What to expect from AI?
To understand how the evolution of AI translates into the work, it is important to understand the specific use cases of and the value AI delivers. The benefits to a company either come with increasing revenue or decreasing costs. This is usually accomplished with better predictions of the customer, competitor activity or through better allocation of resources.

So, the real value lies in predicting the future. Every action taken by a company or employee is guided by certain rules or occur in specific conditions. The recent advances in this field, especially in machine learning, have provided us with necessary frameworks and tools to apply thinking at scale. Therefore, AI has reduced the cost of prediction. So, how do we navigate in a world where the cost of prediction is so low and the value of prediction is high?

Judgment, an ability to make decisions by understanding the impact of different actions in the real world, is increasingly becoming an important skill. AI is forcing us to become more skilled in making decisions. This also presents a managerial challenge of preparing employees for the new world and making sure that the right skillsets exist in the organization. Training, understanding the rate of adoption and designing processes that help build effective conversations and collaboration is the key to success.

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Goutham Budati

Director of Analytics, Oxford Road
Goutham currently leads the Analytics team at Oxford Road, ad agency focussed on scaling disruptive companies. His team works on attribution, predictions, media optimizations and creative analytics. He is driving the adoption of Machine Learning across the organization to improve... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Ballroom # 403A + Conference Registration + Open talk


Introducing Cranial: The Machine learning Engineer’s Open Source Toolbox
An introduction to the open-source Python code library and Framework for accelerating the Data-Science-to-Production pipeline and delivering scalable, distributed AI- and Machine-Learning-backed services. It provides:
- Standardized interfaces for Data Storage & Retrieval with many Databases, Protocols, and Filesystems;
- Synchronous and Asynchronous Messaging with or without brokers;
- Wrappers for ML models providing interoperability with these Data & Messaging Services.

This Python Programmer's toolkit was developed at Tribune Publishing and powers successful Content Recommendation services that learn from user behavior in real-time, for the Chicago Tribune and other major newspapers, but was developed as a general solution for delivering Data Pipelines with a focus on the needs of high-speed, high volume Online Learning Models.

This presentation will identify how Cranial fits into the current ecosystem of Data Science & Engineering platforms, comparing and contrasting to Airflow, Spark, Tensorflow, and related technologies. We'll give an overview of the capabilities provided and how to use them to solve common problems, and walk through the specific implementation of the Tribune Content Recommendation System with Cranial and Tensorflow. Finally, we'll discuss future goals of the Cranial project and how users can shape its future direction.

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Matt Chapman

Manager & Data engineering, mPulse Mobile
Matt is currently the Manager of Data Engineering at mPulse Mobile, a company providing innovative messaging solutions to Health Care providers. Previously, Matt was the founding Data Engineer for Tribune Interactive’s Data Science team, designing and implementing an in-house News... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Ballroom # 406