Artificial intelligence is changing every business.
Don't be left behind.
March 26-27, 2018
St. Regis Hotel
San Francisco, CA

About

At this year’s EmTech Digital, we’ll be looking especially closely at the firms leading China’s AI revolution, at how AI is permeating enterprises from manufacturing to retail, and at the ethical dilemmas that have recently emerged as machines take on bigger and more complex decisions, causing algorithms to reveal their hidden biases.

Which technologies are making significant progress? How does their commercialization affect your business? What do you need to know right now to stay ahead of the curve?

EmTech Digital is where the discerning lens of the world’s preeminent technology university meets Silicon Valley. Over the span of two days you’ll:

- Gain a working understanding of complex tech that’s driving business innovation.

- Learn to harness these technologies to build a competitive business advantage: increase revenue, ensure security, and make smart hires in a changing workforce.

- Get clear insights that help you cut through the noise around AI and chart your strategy.

- Meet the sharpest minds in the technology, management, startup, engineering, and academic communities–the people leading the next wave of intelligent technologies.

EmTech Digital: Navigating this dynamic landscape

This Year's Themes

  • The latest in AI research

    What can we learn from advances in deep learning in recent years? What are limitations of the current technologies in use today?
  • Measuring intelligence in machines

    What are we teaching AI systems to do? What are the implications? How will security be addressed in intelligent systems?
  • Industry impact of AI

    Every global industry will experience disruption. From the enterprise to healthcare to transportation, we will examine the opportunities as the use of intelligent solutions expands around the world.
  • AI in Asia

    Lessons from China’s massive AI revolution.
  • Ethics in AI

    From addressing bias in society, online and off, to rethinking education, AI is at the heart of timely and far-reaching societal discussions.
Who Should Attend

EmTech Digital is for senior executives responsible for information, technology, security, strategy, and marketing–those charged with driving innovation and product development across industries and sectors within their business.

EmTech Digital is a must-attend for:
- C-Level Executives
- Heads of Innovation
- VC/Investors
- VPs of Strategy
- VPs of Product Planning
- R&D Specialists
- IT Decision Makers

Speakers

The innovators at the heart of the next wave of the digital revolution are here.

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  • Luca
    Ascari

    Director of Biomedical Research, CAMLIN Italy s.r.l.

    The World of AI: Actually, Italian - Presented by the Italian Trade Agency

    Luca Ascari (1975) is an electrical engineer with a PhD in Biorobotics from Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (Pisa, I). In 2007 Dr, Ascari co-founded Henesis, a startup focused on applied AI, which joined the CAMLIN group in 2014. In his role as Director of Biomedical Research, he leads a team of researchers developing AI-powered wearable devices for post-ictus neurorehabilitation and brain computer interfaces. Dr Ascari has co-author 40 international scientific papers and hold more than 10 patents. He also serves as executive president of the Spin Off Club of Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna and industry expert for the European Commission. From 2009 to 2013 Luca served as member of the General Council of the AGESCI Italian Boy Scout Association.
  • Misha
    Bilenko

    Head of Machine Intelligence and Research Division, Yandex

    Fighting Offensive Content: Making Intelligent Assistants Fun to Use and Fast to Correct

    Misha brings over two decades of academic and industrial experience in machine learning. He heads the Yandex Machine Intelligence and Research (MIR) division, which focuses on research and development of core AI technologies (speech, computer vision, machine translation, and NLP), ML tools and platforms, and fundamental computer science research. MIR covers the complete research-to-product cycle and delivers AI technologies to all Yandex products. Under Misha, MIR launched the intelligent assistant Alice, open sourced the gradient boosting library, CatBoost, and integrated advanced ML solutions in several new products. Previously, Misha spent 10 years at Microsoft where he led the Machine Learning Algorithms team in the Cloud and Enterprise division. Before that, he worked in the Machine Learning Group at Microsoft Research and was also a research intern at Google and IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. Misha has a PhD in Computer Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a member of the Machine Learning Group.
  • Elizabeth
    Bramson-Boudreau

    CEO and Publisher, MIT Technology Review

    Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau is the CEO and publisher of MIT Technology Review, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s media company. MIT Technology Review’s analysis, features, interviews, and events explain the impact of new technologies on business and society.

    Elizabeth is leading the growth, expansion, and modernization of MIT Technology Review’s media platforms and products, including U.S. and international websites, newsletters, events, and an award-winning print magazine. Elizabeth also serves as chair of the global entrepreneurial network MIT Enterprise Forum.

    Elizabeth has a 20-year background in building and running teams at world-leading media companies. She maintains a keen focus on new ways to commercialize media content to appeal to discerning, demanding consumers as well as B2B audiences.

    Prior to joining MIT Technology Review, Elizabeth was the global managing director of the Economist Corporate Network (whose parent company publishes The Economist magazine), where she led editorial content creation, sales, marketing, and event operations. She also spent a decade working as a consultant.

    Elizabeth holds an executive MBA from the London Business School, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College.
  • Amedeo
    Cesta

    Research Director, Italian National Research Council, ISTC

    The World of AI: Actually, Italian - Presented by the Italian Trade Agency

    Amedeo Cesta is a Research Director in Artificial Intelligence at CNR, the Italian National Research Council. He's also Group Leader at ISTC, the CNR Institute for Cognitive Sciences and Technologies. Between 2013 and 2017 he was President of AI*IA (the Artificial Intelligence Italian Association). Amedeo founded the Laboratory on Planning and Scheduling Technologies (PSTLab). He has conducted research in AI areas including planning technologies and scheduling algorithms/heuristics, was directly involved in AI applications for both space missions, and has worked to further the use of interactive robots to help older people at home.
  • Li
    Deng

    Chief AI Officer, Citadel

    AI in Finance

    Li Deng joined Citadel, one of the most successful investment firms in the world, as its chief AI officer in May 2017. Previously, he was chief scientist of AI and partner research manager at Microsoft; he has also been a professor at the University of Waterloo in Ontario and held teaching/research positions at MIT (Cambridge), ATR (Kyoto, Japan), and HKUST (Hong Kong). He is a fellow of the IEEE, the Acoustical Society of America, and the ISCA. He has also been an affiliate professor at University of Washington since 2000. In recognition of the pioneering work on disrupting speech recognition industry using large-scale deep learning, he received the 2015 IEEE SPS Technical Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to Automatic Speech Recognition and Deep Learning. He also received numerous best paper and patent awards for contributions to artificial intelligence, machine learning, information retrieval, multimedia signal processing, speech processing, and human language technology. Deng is an author or coauthor of six technical books on deep learning, speech processing, discriminative machine learning, and natural-language processing.
  • Nicole
    Eagan

    CEO, Darktrace

    Self-Defending Networks: AI and the Future of Cyber Defense

    As chief executive officer of Darktrace, Nicole Eagan has led the AI cyberdefense company to $300 million in total contract value with over 600 employees. Named one of Fast Company's Most Innovative People and Woman of the Year at the 2016 Cyber Security Awards, Nicole has been lauded for successfully introducing AI technology into the global cyberdefense market. Her extensive career as a technology executive includes over 25 years' experience in companies ranging from startups to Oracle. An expert in developing and executing strategies for high-growth businesses, Nicole helped Darktrace secure $75 million in Series D funding from Insight Venture Partners, KKR, and Summit Partners. Under her leadership, Darktrace has won over 80 awards, including landing in the top 10 of the Wall Street Journal's 2017 Tech Companies to Watch.
  • Oren
    Etzioni

    Chief Executive Officer, Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence

    Demystifying Artificial Intelligence

    Dr. Oren Etzioni is chief executive officer of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. He has been a professor at the University of Washington’s computer science department since 1991. He is also the founder or cofounder of several companies, including Farecast (sold to Microsoft in 2008) and Decide (sold to eBay in 2013), and the author of over 100 technical papers that have garnered over 23,000 citations. The goal of Oren’s research is to solve fundamental problems in AI, particularly the automatic learning of knowledge from text. Oren received his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University in 1991 and his BA from Harvard in 1986.
  • Timnit
    Gebru

    Postdoctoral Researcher, Microsoft Research

    Understanding the Limits of AI: When Algorithms Fail

    Timnit Gebru works in the Fairness, Accountability, Transparency, and Ethics (FATE) group at Microsoft Research. Before joining Microsoft, she was a PhD student in the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, studying computer vision under Fei-Fei Li. Her main research interest is in data-mining large-scale, publicly available images to gain sociological insight, and working on computer-vision problems such as fine-grained image recognition, scalable annotation of images, and domain adaptation. The Economist, the New York Times, and others have recently covered part of this work. She is currently studying how to take data-set bias into account while designing machine-learning algorithms and examining the ethical considerations underlying any data-mining project. As a cofounder of the group Black in AI, she works to both increase diversity in the field and reduce the impact of racial bias in the data.
  • Dario
    Gil

    Vice President, AI and IBM Q, IBM Research

    Future Focus: Quantum Computing in Next Generation AI Research

    Dr. Gil is a leading technologist and senior executive at IBM. As vice president of AI and IBM Q, he is responsible for IBM's artificial-intelligence research and for its commercial quantum computing program (IBM Q). Dr. Gil was previously the VP of Science and Solutions, directing a global organization of 1,500 researchers across 12 laboratories with a broad portfolio of activities spanning the physical sciences, the mathematical sciences, and industry solutions based on AI, IoT, blockchain, and quantum technologies. His research results have appeared in over 20 international journals and conferences, and he is the author of numerous patents. Dr. Gil is an elected member of the IBM Academy of Technology. He received his PhD in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT.
  • Martin
    Giles

    San Francisco Bureau Chief, MIT Technology Review

    Martin Giles is the San Francisco Bureau Chief of MIT Technology Review. Before assuming his current role, he was a partner at Wing Venture Capital, a Silicon Valley firm that invests in early stage business technology startups. Prior to Wing, Martin was The Economist Newspaper’s Silicon Valley Correspondent. Among his previous editorial roles at The Economist, he was the paper’s Banking Correspondent and Finance Editor. Martin is a Senior Industry Fellow at the University of California, Irvine’s Center For Digital Transformation and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Council On The Future Of Electronics. He is a graduate of Oxford University and holds an executive MBA from The University of Chicago’s Booth Graduate School of Business.
  • Ken
    Goldberg

    Professor, UC Berkeley

    Robots at Work: What Precision Grasping Will Mean for Industry

    Ken Goldberg is an artist, inventor, and UC Berkeley professor. He is chair of the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department, with secondary appointments in EECS, art practice, the School of Information, and radiation oncology at the UCSF Medical School. Ken is director of the CITRIS “People and Robots” Initiative and the UC Berkeley Autolab, where he and his students pursue research in geometric algorithms and machine learning for robotics and automation in surgery, manufacturing, and other applications. Despite agonizingly slow progress, he persists in trying to make robots less clumsy. He has over 250 peer-reviewed publications and eight U.S. patents. He cofounded and served as editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering. Ken’s artwork has appeared in 70 exhibits, including the Whitney Biennial, and films he has co-written have been selected for Sundance and nominated for an Emmy Award. Ken was awarded the NSF Presidential Faculty Fellowship by President Bill Clinton in 1995, elected an IEEE Fellow in 2005, and selected by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society for the George Saridis Leadership Award in 2016.
  • Ian
    Goodfellow

    Staff Research Scientist, Google Brain

    Adversarial Machine Learning

    Ian Goodfellow, a staff research scientist at Google Brain, leads a research group studying adversarial techniques in AI. He invented generative adversarial networks and designed some of the first proposed defenses against adversarial examples. He is the lead author of the deep learning textbook (www.deeplearningbook.org).
  • Sean
    Gourley

    Founder and CEO, Primer

    Automating Business Intelligence

    Sean Gourley is founder and CEO of Primer, a machine intelligence company. Previously, he was CTO of Quid, an augmented-intelligence company he cofounded in 2009, and before that he worked on self-repairing nano-circuits at NASA Ames. He holds a PhD in physics from Oxford, where his research as a Rhodes Scholar focused on complex systems and the mathematical patterns underlying modern war. This research was published on the cover of Nature. He has served as a political advisor, briefed USCENTCOM at the Pentagon, and addressed the United Nations in Vienna. He is a two-time New Zealand track and field champion.

    Gourley sits on the Knight Commission, serves on the board of directors at Anadarko, and is a TED fellow.
  • Matt
    Grob

    Executive Vice President of Technology, Qualcomm Technologies

    Making On-Device AI Ubiquitous - Presented by Qualcomm

    Matt Grob is executive vice president of technology for Qualcomm Technologies and a member of Qualcomm's executive committee. From 2011 to 2017, he also served as Qualcomm's chief technology officer.

    Grob joined Qualcomm in 1991 as an engineer. His contributions include system design, standardization, and project leadership for early CDMA data services; the Globalstar satellite-based mobile voice and data system; and 1x EV-DO high-speed wireless Internet access technology. His focus on cellular data services led to his assignment as co-project engineer for the HDR (High Data Rate) program starting in 1997. This new high-speed Internet access technology became standardized as 1x EV-DO and was commercialized worldwide. Innovations and techniques from these programs also helped UMTS's evolution to HSPA.

    Grob holds a MS in electrical engineering from Stanford University and a BS in electrical engineering from Bradley University. He is an IEEE member and holds more than 70 patents.
  • Martin
    Hitch

    Chief Business Officer, Bossa Nova

    Roaming Walmart: Robots in the Retail Industry

    Martin Hitch is chief business officer of Bossa Nova Robotics, the leading developer of service robots for the global retail industry. He is responsible for Bossa Nova's global business partnerships, having previously led the company as CEO for more than eight years. As CEO, he established Bossa Nova as a technology innovator, developing the first cloud-connected robot for kids and securing global distribution partnerships. In 2012, Martin oversaw Bossa Nova's pivot from consumer products to service robots, establishing a new category of automation for the global retail industry. Martin first became fascinated by robotics at Ugobe; as VP of sales and business development, he led the worldwide launch of Pleo, a groundbreaking personal robot. Martin spent 10 years in executive roles at Mattel, Hasbro, and MGA Entertainment and won Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2011.
  • Will
    Knight

    Senior Editor for AI, MIT Technology Review

    Will Knight is a senior editor at MIT Technology Review, covering artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, self-driving cars, and human-machine collaboration. Will grew up in London, and was previously an editor at New Scientist magazine in the UK.
  • Brenden
    Lake

    Assistant Professor of Psychology and Data Science, NYU

    Ingredients of Intelligence

    Brenden M. Lake is an assistant professor of psychology and data science at New York University. He received his MS and BS in symbolic systems from Stanford University in 2009, and his PhD in cognitive science from MIT in 2014. He was a postdoctoral data science fellow at NYU from 2014 to 2017. Brenden is a recipient of the Robert J. Glushko Prize for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Cognitive Science. His research has been covered by many news outlets (iNew York Times/i, iWashington Post/i, iMIT Technology Review/i, etc.) and was selected by iScientific American/i as one of the most important advances of 2016. Brenden's research focuses on computational problems that are easier for people than they are for machines, such as learning new concepts, creating new concepts, learning to learn, and asking questions.
  • Jia
    Li

    Head of R&D, Google Cloud AI

    The AI Journey: From Research to the Real World

    Jia Li is Google’s head of R&D, cloud AI, and machine learning. Before joining Google, she was the head of research at Snap, leading research innovation, and led the visual computing and learning group at Yahoo Labs. Jia received her PhD in computer science from Stanford University. She is program chair of the ACM Multimedia Conference 2017, associate editor of iThe Visual Computer: International Journal of Computer Graphics/i, and an industrial advisory board member of the Computer Vision Foundation. In 2014, she was selected to receive the Super Star award at Yahoo, the highest award at the company. She was also awarded the Master Inventor Award for her innovations in computer vision, machine learning, artificial intelligence, mobile vision, e-commerce, product recommendation, and image search. She was the leader of the team that won first prize in the Semantic Robotics Vision Challenge sponsored by the NSF and AAAI in 2007. Her work has been widely reported in Ars Technica, ZDNet, GigaOm, Venture Beat, the iMirror/i, Business Insider, iNew Scientist/i, iMIT Technology Review/i, and other media. She was listed as one of the “Secret Power Players Who Run Snapchat” by Business Insider in 2016.
  • Shipeng
    Li

    Technical Advisor, iFLYTEK

    AI for a Better World

    Dr. Shipeng Li is the Technical Advisor of iFLYTEK. In 2016, he founded IngDan Labs, which pioneers IoT & AI innovations. From 1999-2015, he was a Microsoft Partner, Principal Researcher, and a founding member of Microsoft Research Asia. From 1996-1999, Dr. Li was with Sarnoff Corporation as MTS.

    As the editor in chief of iIEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology/i and an IEEE Fellow, Dr. Li is an influential leading expert on multimedia, internet, computer vision, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence. Dr. Li holds 195 US patents and has authored 330+ international papers.

    Dr. Li is Secretary General of Microsoft Research Asia Alumni Association. He serves as Joint Secretary General of AI Industry Technology Innovation Strategic Alliance (AITISA) of China.
    Dr. Li received BS and MS degrees from USTC and his PhD from Lehigh University.
  • Rui
    Li

    Cofounder and CEO, Robby Technologies

    Self-driving Delivery Robots Take on the Last Mile

    Rui Li is a cofounder and CEO of Robby Technologies. He received his PhD from MIT in 2015 at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) in the areas of computer vision, machine learning and robotics. In 2011, Rui founded the MIT-China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (MIT-CHIEF), one of the earliest and largest such forums in US universities, and served as a co-president for the first two years. He was also a co-president of the MIT Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), and elected as one of the 15 Chinese Youth Leaders in the first Harvard China Summit in 2016.
  • Gideon
    Lichfield

    Editor in Chief, MIT Technology Review

    Gideon Lichfield has been the editor-in-chief of MIT Technology Review since December 2017. He spent 16 years at The Economist, first as a science and technology writer and then in postings to Mexico City, Moscow, Jerusalem, and New York City. In 2012 he left to become one of the founding editors of Quartz, a news outlet dedicated to covering the future of the global economy that is now widely recognized as one of the most innovative companies in digital media. Gideon has taught journalism at New York University and been a fellow at Data & Society, a research institute devoted to studying the social impacts of new technology. He grew up in the UK and studied physics and the philosophy of science.
  • Dahua
    Lin

    Assistant Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Director, CUHK/SenseTime Joint Lab

    China's AI Awakening

    Dahua Lin is an assistant professor at the Department of Information Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interest is in computer vision and machine learning. In recent years, he has primarily focused on deep learning and its applications in high-level visual understanding, probabilistic inference, and big-data analytics. He has published about 60 papers, and his seminal work on a new construction of Bayesian nonparametric models won the best student paper award at NIPS, the most prestigious conference on machine learning, in 2010. Before joining CUHK, he served as a research assistant professor at Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago from 2012 to 2014. He received the BEng degree from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2004, the MPhil degree from CUHK in 2006, and a PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012.
  • Terah
    Lyons

    Founding Executive Director, Partnership on AI

    The Future of AI is Multistakeholder

    Terah Lyons is the founding executive director of the Partnership on AI, a multi-stakeholder nonprofit organization founded by Amazon, Apple, DeepMind, Facebook, Google, IMB, and Microsoft to advance the benefits and address the challenges of machine intelligence. She is a former policy advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and a Mozilla Foundation technology policy fellow. In her capacity at the White House, Terah led a policy portfolio in the Obama administration focused on machine intelligence, including AI, robotics, and intelligent transportation systems. She also advised the administration on issues related to diversity and inclusion in the technology industry and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Previously, Terah was a fellow with the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences based in Cape Town, South Africa. She is a graduate of Harvard University, where she currently sits on the alumni association’s board of directors.
  • Wei-Ying
    Ma

    Vice President and Head of AI Labs, Bytedance

    AI for Content Curation

    Wei-Ying Ma is a vice president of Bytedance, where he manages its AI Lab. He is leading his researchers to conduct fundamental research and develop new technologies in areas including machine learning, computer vision, natural language processing, speech and audio processing, knowledge and data mining, and distributed system and network engineering. Previously, he was an assistant managing director at Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA), where he oversaw several research groups and developed many key technologies that have been successfully transferred to Microsoft's Bing search engine, Azure, and other services. He is a fellow of the IEEE and a distinguished scientist of the ACM.
  • Antoinette
    Matthews

    VP, Licensing and Communities, MIT Technology Review

    Antoinette Matthews is responsible for building and expanding MIT Technology Review’s global footprint through long-term strategic partnerships that help bring its journalism to audiences all across the world, in different languages, and on different platforms. As the head of licensing and communities, Antoinette acts as ambassador for MIT and MIT Technology Review’s thought leadership, championing initiatives that further grow Technology Review's Innovators Under 35 community.

    Ms. Matthews has a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Financial Management from the University of Pretoria. She is a current Executive MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
  • Rachel
    Metz

    Senior Editor for Mobile, MIT Technology Review

    As MIT Technology Review’s senior editor for mobile, Rachel Metz covers a wide variety of startups and writes gadget reviews out of the San Francisco office. Before arriving at MIT Technology Review in early 2012, Rachel spent five years as a technology reporter at the Associated Press, covering companies including Apple, Amazon, and eBay, and penning reviews. She has also worked as a freelancer, covering both technology and crime for the New York Times.
  • Gavin
    Miller

    Head of Adobe Research, Adobe

    Creativity in the Age of Machines

    Dr. Gavin Miller leads Adobe Research, bringing computer graphics, computer vision, and big-data analytics techniques to life with groundbreaking research. During his 15+ years at Adobe, Dr. Miller founded one of the company's innovation labs, which spans the range of media intelligence to creative design. His research team publishes broadly on new mediums and contributes significantly to features in iconic Adobe desktop and mobile products, including Photoshop. Dr. Miller holds a degree from Cambridge University and a PhD in computer-aided manufacturing and computer graphics. He has over 30 years of engineering experience, which includes pioneering special-effects software for Alias Research and building interactive multimedia and 3-D animation for Apple. He has won numerous awards for his experimental animations and is well known for his creation of a series of experimental snake robots-one of which was the usher at his wedding.
  • Tess
    Posner

    Executive Director, AI4ALL

    Addressing Bias in AI

    Tess Posner is a social entrepreneur focused on increasing equity and inclusion in the tech economy. As executive director of AI4ALL, she is creating opportunity for underrepresented groups in the artificial-intelligence field through education programs and peer, mentor, and professional supports. Before joining AI4ALL, she was managing director of TechHire at Opportunity@Work, a national initiative launched out of the White House to increase diversity in the tech economy, where she oversaw the network of 72 cities, states, and rural areas and 1,300+ companies creating more inclusive education and hiring pathways. Earlier in her career, Tess built and ran Samaschool, a nonprofit that equips low-income people to find work in the digital economy through an online platform training 50,000+ students worldwide and a dozen diverse locations from New York City to rural Arkansas to East Africa. Tess’s work has been featured by Business Insider, TechCrunch, and Fast Company and funded by the Tipping Point Community, JPMorgan Chase, the California Endowment, and the Robin Hood Foundation. She holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University School in Social Enterprise Administration and a bachelor’s in liberal arts from St. John’s College.
  • David
    Rotman

    Editor, MIT Technology Review

    David Rotman is the editor of MIT Technology Review. He supervises editorial for both the print magazine and the website. A science and business journalist, he has written extensively on chemistry, biotechnology, materials science, and environmental issues. He joined MIT Technology Review in January 1998 as a senior editor covering nanotechnology. Before joining MIT Technology Review, Rotman was managing senior editor at Chemical Week magazine in New York City, where he supervised coverage of technology, research, and environmental issues. He has a BS degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
  • Marco
    Saladini

    Trade Commissioner, Italian Trade Agency

    The World of AI: Actually, Italian - Presented by the Italian Trade Agency

    Marco Saladini currently manages the Italian Trade Agency Chicago office, where he's tasked with developing bilateral trade and investment relations between USA and Italy in machinery, food, and publishing. Marco is a trained economics practitioner with expertise in macroeconomic and sector analysis, statistical databases, and internationalization support policies. Marco was ITA's innovation and start-up companies team officer from 2014 to 2015. He was Chief Representative for ITA in Vietnam from 2006-2011. Before that, he was advisor to the Executive Director for Italy and other countries at the World Bank Group from 2000-2005. Marco holds a Master's degree in Political Science from La Sapienza in Rome and a certificate in Emerging Markets from Johns Hopkins' SAIS. He is also a member of the Italian Journalists' Guild.
  • Astro
    Teller

    Captain of Moonshots, X

    Moonshot Thinking in Machine Learning: Applied AI Takes Flight

    Dr. Astro Teller currently oversees X, Alphabet's "moonshot factory." Before joining Google/Alphabet, Teller was the cofounding CEO of Cerebellum Capital, an investment management firm whose investments are continuously designed, executed, and improved by a software system based on techniques from statistical machine learning. He was also the cofounding CEO of BodyMedia, a leading wearable body monitoring company, and of SANDbOX AD, an advanced development technology incubator. Before his tenure as a business executive, Teller taught at Stanford University and was an engineer and researcher for Phoenix Laser Technologies, Stanford's Center for Integrated Systems, and the Carnegie Group. He holds a BS in computer science from Stanford University, an MS in symbolic and heuristic computation, also from Stanford, and a PhD in artificial intelligence from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a recipient of the Hertz fellowship. He holds many U.S. and international patents related to his work in hardware and software technology, and he is also a successful novelist and screenwriter.
  • Rachel
    Thomas

    Founder, Fast.ai; Assistant Professor, University of San Francisco

    Accessible AI: Expanding the Reach of Intelligent Solutions

    Rachel Thomas was one of Forbes's 20 Incredible Women in AI, earned her math PhD at Duke, and was an early engineer at Uber. She is cofounder of Fast.ai, which created the Practical Deep Learning for Coders course that over 100,000 students have taken. Rachel is a popular writer and keynote speaker. Her writing has been read by over half a million people and has been translated into Chinese, Spanish, Korean, and Portuguese.
  • Laura
    Tyson

    Director, Institute for Business & Social Impact, Berkeley Haas School of Business

    AI’s Economic Impact

    Laura Tyson is director of the Institute for Business and Social Impact at the Berkeley Haas School of Business. She served as dean of the London Business School from 2002 to 2006 and as dean of Haas from 1998 to 2001. She was a member of the U.S. Department of State Foreign Affairs Policy Board and a member of President Obama’s Council of Jobs and Competitiveness and the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. In the Clinton administration, she served as chair of the Council of Economic Advisers and as director of the National Economic Council. She serves on the boards of Morgan Stanley, AT&T, CBRE Group, and Silver Spring Networks. She is an economic advisory board member of the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation.
  • Matt
    Wood

    Director, AWS Deep Learning, Amazon Web Services

    Cloud AI

    Dr. Matt Wood is part of the technical leadership team at Amazon Web Services, pulling from over a decade of expertise in distributed systems, architecture, Web-scale analytics, big data, machine learning, and high-performance computing to help customers bring their ideas to life through technology. After medical school, Dr. Wood completed his PhD in machine learning and bioinformatics, joined Cornell as a research fellow, and contributed to the next-generation DNA-sequencing platform at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. Since joining Amazon Web Services in early 2010, he has played a role in introducing many significant new features and services to customers on the AWS Cloud, including AWS Lambda, Amazon Kinesis, and Amazon Machine Learning.
  • Hua
    Wu

    Chief Scientist, Natural Language Processing, Baidu

    Technology Spotlight: Breaking Barriers with Machine Translation

    Hua Wu is the chief scientist of Baidu’s natural-language processing department and the president of the Baidu Technical Committee. Her research fields include machine translation, natural-language processing (NLP), machine learning, dialogue systems, and the knowledge graph.

    Over her seven years at Baidu, she and her team have achieved multiple technology breakthroughs in NLP and machine translation, many of which have been successfully deployed in a range of Baidu products used by hundreds of millions of users. Hua Wu also cofounded the Baidu Translate project, which provides instant, free multilingual text translation, and built the core technology for Baidu’s personal assistant.

    Before joining Baidu, she was with Microsoft Research Asia and Toshiba Research Center, where she worked on NLP and machine translation. She holds a PhD from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in NLP and machine translation.
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EmTech Digital 2018 Schedule

It’s not another lecture … it’s an invitation to join the conversation.

Monday, March 26, 2018

  • 8:00
    Registration & Breakfast
  • 9:00
    Opening Remarks

    A welcome from MIT Technology Review’s editor in chief, our EmTech Digital emcee.

    Gideon Lichfield Editor in Chief, MIT Technology Review
  • 9:15
    The State of AI

    What can we learn from recent advances in deep learning? What are the limitations of the technologies in use today?

    Hosted by Will Knight and Gideon Lichfield

    Oren Etzioni Chief Executive Officer, Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence
    Demystifying Artificial Intelligence
    Brenden Lake Assistant Professor of Psychology and Data Science, NYU
    Ingredients of Intelligence
    Timnit Gebru Postdoctoral Researcher, Microsoft Research
    Understanding the Limits of AI: When Algorithms Fail
  • 10:30
    Break & Networking
  • 11:00
    The State of AI: Robots in the Workplace

    State of the art robotics technology is poised to deliver robots that are more more useful in the workplace.

    Hosted by Will Knight

    Ken Goldberg Professor, UC Berkeley
    Robots at Work: What Precision Grasping Will Mean for Industry
  • 11:40
    Technology Spotlight: AI and Service Robots

    As we explore the future of intelligent systems and robots in the workplace, EmTech Digital attendees will experience autonomous delivery robots, service robots for the global retail industry, and more.

    Hosted by Rachel Metz and Gideon Lichfield

    Martin Hitch Chief Business Officer, Bossa Nova
    Roaming Walmart: Robots in the Retail Industry
    Rui Li Cofounder and CEO, Robby Technologies
    Self-driving Delivery Robots Take on the Last Mile
  • 12:30
    Networking Lunch & Fireside Chat, hosted by Qualcomm

    Special Session
    Making On-Device AI Ubiquitous

    A fireside chat between Matt Grob and Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau explores the impact of intelligence moving to edge devices. Find out how on-device AI processing coupled with 5G and cloud computing will offer enhanced and unprecedented experiences across virtually every product and industry.

    Matt Grob Executive Vice President of Technology, Qualcomm Technologies
    Making On-Device AI Ubiquitous - Presented by Qualcomm
    Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau CEO and Publisher, MIT Technology Review
  • 2:00
    AI in Asia

    China’s artificial-intelligence revolution holds important lessons for companies around the world.

    Hosted by Will Knight

    Dahua Lin Assistant Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Director, CUHK/SenseTime Joint Lab
    China's AI Awakening
    Wei-Ying Ma Vice President and Head of AI Labs, Bytedance
    AI for Content Curation
    Shipeng Li Technical Advisor, iFLYTEK
    AI for a Better World
  • 3:10
    Technology Spotlight: Machine Translation

    The nuances of human language are particularly difficult for machines to learn. Baidu’s latest research makes great strides in enabling real-time translation to facilitate international dialogue.

    Hosted by Will Knight

    Hua Wu Chief Scientist, Natural Language Processing, Baidu
    Technology Spotlight: Breaking Barriers with Machine Translation
  • 3:30
    Break & Networking
  • 4:00
    Technology Spotlight: Breakthrough Technologies of 2018

    Understanding the promise of quantum computing and dueling neural networks, both featured on MIT Technology Review's 2018 10 Breakthrough Technologies list.

    Hosted by Martin Giles and Will Knight

    Dario Gil Vice President, AI and IBM Q, IBM Research
    Future Focus: Quantum Computing in Next Generation AI Research
    Ian Goodfellow Staff Research Scientist, Google Brain
    Adversarial Machine Learning
  • 5:00
    Creativity and AI

    Creative expression is evolving with AI technologies, providing useful insights into the future of human-machine collaboration.

    Hosted by Gideon Lichfield

    Gavin Miller Head of Adobe Research, Adobe
    Creativity in the Age of Machines
  • 5:30
    EmTech Digital Reception

    Hosted by Qualcomm

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

  • 8:00
    Registration & Breakfast
  • 9:00
    Opening Remarks

    Day Two opens with a preview of the day from MIT Technology Review’s editor in chief, our EmTech emcee.

    Gideon Lichfield Editor in Chief, MIT Technology Review
  • 9:10
    Working with Intelligent Systems

    The potential for collaboration between humans and machines is being reimagined in the age of AI.

    Hosted by Martin Giles and Will Knight

    Astro Teller Captain of Moonshots, X
    Moonshot Thinking in Machine Learning: Applied AI Takes Flight
    Rachel Thomas Founder, Fast.ai; Assistant Professor, University of San Francisco
    Accessible AI: Expanding the Reach of Intelligent Solutions
  • 10:15
    Break & Networking
  • 10:45
    AI in the Enterprise: Cloud AI

    Many businesses and industries have struggled to take advantage of advances in artificial intelligence. With increasingly accessible AI cloud services, many stand to reap significant gains.

    Hosted by Gideon Lichfield

    Jia Li Head of R&D, Google Cloud AI
    The AI Journey: From Research to the Real World
  • 11:20
    Technology Spotlight: Intelligent Assistants

    In pursuit of creating more natural interactions with machines, intelligent assistants need to expand beyond basic interactions to become conversational. However, chat risks offensive content, requiring user cooperation and fast-correcting AI.

    Hosted by Gideon Lichfield

    Misha Bilenko Head of Machine Intelligence and Research Division, Yandex
    Fighting Offensive Content: Making Intelligent Assistants Fun to Use and Fast to Correct
  • 11:40
    Security in the Age of AI

    How will security be addressed in intelligent systems?

    Hosted by Martin Giles

    Nicole Eagan CEO, Darktrace
    Self-Defending Networks: AI and the Future of Cyber Defense
  • 12:00
    Networking Lunch & Special Session, hosted by the Italian Trade Agency

    Special Session
    The World of AI: Actually, Italian

    The Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence (AI*IA) and the Italian Trade Agency will provide crucial insights into the ecosystem of AI in Italy. Attend this panel discussion for an insider’s point-of-view on policies, opportunities, and challenges currently under way in the Italian market and implications for their global partners.

    Hosted by Antoinette Matthews

    Marco Saladini Trade Commissioner, Italian Trade Agency
    The World of AI: Actually, Italian - Presented by the Italian Trade Agency
    Luca Ascari Director of Biomedical Research, CAMLIN Italy s.r.l.
    The World of AI: Actually, Italian - Presented by the Italian Trade Agency
    Amedeo Cesta Research Director, Italian National Research Council, ISTC
    The World of AI: Actually, Italian - Presented by the Italian Trade Agency
  • 1:30
    AI in the Enterprise

    As the use of intelligent solutions expands around the world, every global industry will experience disruption. What can we learn from the companies large and small that are deploying AI today?

    Hosted by Martin Giles and Gideon Lichfield

    Sean Gourley Founder and CEO, Primer
    Automating Business Intelligence
    Matt Wood Director, AWS Deep Learning, Amazon Web Services
    Cloud AI
    Li Deng Chief AI Officer, Citadel
    AI in Finance
  • 3:00
    Break & Networking
  • 3:30
    Expanding the Reach of AI’s Benefits

    The field of AI is at a critical juncture. How can technologists, business leaders, educators, and regulators act now to address bias in intelligent systems and expand the reach of these powerful new tools to benefit society more broadly?

    Hosted by Gideon Lichfield

    Terah Lyons Founding Executive Director, Partnership on AI
    The Future of AI is Multistakeholder
    Tess Posner Executive Director, AI4ALL
    Addressing Bias in AI
  • 4:30
    A Look Ahead: Rethinking Jobs in the Age of AI

    Hosted by Gideon Lichfield

    Laura Tyson Director, Institute for Business & Social Impact, Berkeley Haas School of Business
    AI’s Economic Impact
  • 5:00
    Closing Toast
Speaker Nominations

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News + Views

Computing

Exclusive: This is the most dexterous robot ever created

The most nimble-fingered machine yet shows how machine learning can teach robots to recognize and pick up different types of objects, a skill that could transform many factories and warehouses.

Computing

How the AI cloud could produce the richest companies ever

Amazon, Google, and Microsoft all want to dominate the business of providing artificial-intelligence services through cloud computing. The winner may have the OS of the future.

Computing

AI could alleviate China’s doctor shortage

Chinese doctors and tech companies are developing tools to automate routine medical tasks.

Computing

What Uber’s fatal accident could mean for the autonomous-car industry

The first pedestrian death leads some to ask whether the industry is moving too fast to deploy the technology.

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Watch video from last year's conference to meet the leaders, understand the tech, and gain a business advantage.

Venue + Travel

March 26-27, 2018
St. Regis Hotel
San Francisco

St. Regis Hotel

The 5-star St. Regis San Francisco hotel embodies extraordinary hospitality with modern-day sophistication. This luxury hotel features 306 guest rooms and suites, all equipped with rainforest showers, minibars, and several flat-screen TVs (including one in the bathroom). You’ll find yourself in the heart of one of the city's most vibrant neighborhoods with the most exciting galleries, San Francisco attractions, events, restaurants, and shopping. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the new Jewish Contemporary Museum, the financial district, and Union Square's select stores are all minutes away. A brief stroll takes you to the hill-climbing delights of the city's legendary cable cars, and the Golden Gate Bridge leads you to the bucolic charms of wine country.

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St. Regis

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125 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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The group rate is available until March 3, 2018.

Directions

The St. Regis San Francisco enjoys an artful address, just steps from the top things to do in San Francisco. The Museum of the African Diaspora, featuring the rich history of African art and culture, is conveniently located within the hotel. In addition, the renowned San Francisco Museum of Modern Art showcases noteworthy talent directly next door, and the vibrant new Jewish Contemporary Museum stands less than one block from the hotel. The financial district and Union Square's select stores are minutes away, offering a plethora of things to do in San Francisco. A brief stroll takes you to the hill-climbing delights of the city's legendary cable cars, and the Golden Gate Bridge leads you to the bucolic charms of wine country.

Driving from the North Bay

Sausalito, Tiburon, Muir Woods, Sonoma

• Take Highway 101 South over the Golden Gate Bridge.
• Follow signs towards Downtown San Francisco/Lombard Street.
• Continue on Lombard Street approximately 1.5 miles.
• Turn right onto Van Ness Avenue.
• Continue on Van Ness Avenue for 14 blocks, then turn left onto Bush Street.
• Continue on Bush Street for 12 blocks.
• Then turn right onto Montgomery Street.
• Continue on Montgomery Street and cross Market Street.
• Continue 2 more blocks to Howard Street. Turn right onto Howard Street.
• Proceed 1 block to Third Street and turn right.
• The St. Regis Hotel is located on the right side, 0.5 blocks after Howard Street. Immediately after the Museum of Modern Art, turn right onto Minna Street.

Driving from the South Bay

San Francisco International Airport, Santa Clara, San Jose, Monterey, Carmel

• Take Highway 101 North into San Francisco.
• Follow signs towards Bay Bridge onto Interstate 80 East.
• Take the last San Francisco Exit, which is Fourth Street.
• Continue through the light and turn left onto Third Street.
• Proceed along Third Street and continue for 3.5 blocks.
• The St. Regis Hotel is located on the right side, 0.5 blocks after Howard Street. Immediately after the Museum of Modern Art, turn right onto Minna Street.

Driving from Highway 280

• Take Interstate 280 North into San Francisco.
• Stay on the freeway until it ends onto King Street.
• Proceed several blocks to Third Street.
• Turn left onto Third Street
• Continue along Third Street for 6.5 blocks.
• The St. Regis Hotel is located on the right side, 0.5 blocks after Howard Street. Immediately after the Museum of Modern Art, turn right onto Minna Street.

Driving from East Bay

Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville, Sacramento

• Take Interstate 80 West over the Bay Bridge into San Francisco.
• Take the first right exit, which is Fremont Street.
• Turn left onto Fremont Street. Proceed 0.5 blocks to Howard Street and turn left.
• Continue on Howard Street for 4 long blocks, and turn right onto Third Street.
• The St. Regis Hotel is located on the right side, 0.5 blocks after Howard Street. Immediately after the Museum of Modern Art, turn right onto Minna Street.

Driving from Oakland Airport

• Follow the signs for Interstate 880 North, towards downtown Oakland.
• Follow the signs towards San Francisco, Interstate 80 West.
• Proceed on I-80 West over the Bay Bridge, and follow the "Driving from East Bay" directions.

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