Gayle Sheppard

Vice President and General Manager
Saffron AI Group, Intel Corporation

Gayle Sheppard is Vice President and General Manager of Intel® Saffron™ AI Group. She leads overall market vision, strategy and growth of reasoning systems based on memory based representation and reasoning technology. Gayle’s team focuses on growing the Intel AI Saffron business by creating and delivering new artificial intelligence products focused on operational decision support for leading global companies across financial services, manufacturing, government, energy, health care and life sciences. Prior to Saffron, she built a career in the enterprise software industry, as Vice President at Peoplesoft, CEO and President of MarketMile, an American Express funded start-up providing on-line procurement services to its customers, and at J.D. Edwards as VP Worldwide Sales, President and General Manager of J. D. Edwards Japan KK, and Vice President, J.D. Edwards AsiaPacific, Ltd.

Martin Fleming

Chief Analytics Officer and Chief Economist

As the Chief Analytics Officer, Martin leads IBM’s initiative to become the world’s premier Cognitive Enterprise. A Cognitive Enterprise is a business model transformation that employs machine learning, artificial intelligence and cognitive systems to improve decision making and, as a result, financial performance. The Chief Analytics Office is a data science center of competency focused on improving IBM’s business performance and achieving IBM’s financial goals. As IBM’s Chief Economist, Martin provides regular macroeconomic insight and analysis to IBM’s senior leaders and engages with select IBM clients to provide a view of the global economic outlook. Martin also leads IBM’s data science profession with the mission to drive the growth and expertise of IBM’s skilled data science professionals whose expertise will ensure success in the cognitive era. Previously, within IBM Corporate Strategy, Martin led IBM’s Smarter Planet strategy development and execution with a focus on energy, climate change, transportation, water and Smarter Cities. Prior to joining IBM, Martin was a Principal Consultant with Abt Associates, Cambridge Massachusetts. He was also Vice President, Strategy for Reed-Elsevier, Inc., the Anglo-Dutch information company. Martin began his professional career at the System Dynamics Group, Alfred P. Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Brian Bergstein

Science & Technology Journalist
NEO.LIFE, MIT Technology Review

Brian Bergstein is a science and technology journalist in Boston. He is a contributing editor and former executive editor of MIT Technology Review, where he helped lead an editorial team that was nominated twice for the National Magazine Award in general excellence. He was the founding editor of NEO.LIFE, a publication begun by one of the founders of Wired to chronicle the ways technology is changing biology. Brian has covered Silicon Valley and the telecom industry for The Associated Press and served as the news agency’s technology and media editor from 2008-2010. He is a former Knight Fellow in Science Journalism at MIT and is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Sam Adams

RTI, International

Sam Adams recently joined RTI International as a fellow.  Previously, Sam was elected to the IBM Academy of Technology in 1995, and in 1996 appointed as one of IBM’s first Distinguished Engineers. After helping to found the first Object Technology Practice in the IBM Consulting Group, he led a study on Self Configuring Systems that foreshadowed IBM’s Autonomic Computing initiative. Sam co-authored IBM’s XML Technical Strategy, focusing on machine-to-machine communication which became the core of IBM’s Web Services strategy, coining the term “Service Oriented Architecture” and defining the Publish-Find-Bind triangle model for SOA in 1998. In 2000, Sam led the Joshua Blue project, resulting in a number of breakthroughs in the field of Artificial General Intelligence, including the Superstition and Forgetfulness model for autonomous learning. Later, Sam developed the first internet mash-up technologies at IBM and led IBM’s Research’s Enterprise 2.0 Initiative. In 2013 he served as CTO for Contextual Computing in IBM Research, leading the exploration of peta-scale graph-based analytics and programming systems across IBM Research’s global labs. Over the last 5 years he has helped drive a number of Global Technology Outlook topics in IBM Research, each of which has had a profound impact on IBM’s strategic direction.

Jay Marciano

Director, Machine Translation
Lionbridge Technologies

Jay Marciano, Director of Machine Translation at Lionbridge Technologies since 2010, is responsible for the company-wide MT strategy and implementation at the world’s leading language service provider. He is a board member of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas (AMTA). Previously, he worked at SDL (2001-2010), where he was responsible for the ongoing development of machine translation. He also worked as a product manager and software development manager at Transparent Language, where he was responsible for the technology behind, was a lecturer at the English Seminar of the University of Bonn, and a lexicographer on the staff of The American Heritage Dictionary, published by of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.