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.

David Baltaxe

Chief Intelligence Officer
Unanimous A.I.

David Baltaxe is the Chief Intelligence Officer at Unanimous A.I. In this capacity, he leads the application of the company’s Swarm AI® technologies to address issues facing clients and society at large. Before joining Unanimous, David directed market intelligence and executive advisory for firms focused on the IT, Telecommunications, and Sustainability markets. David led AccessISG, a subscription knowledge service at the international sourcing consultancy ISG, where he oversaw the firm’s on-demand inquiry service as well as development and management of AccessISG’s online assets. David also served as Vice President, Research Operations at Current Analysis, a boutique competitive intelligence firm in Washington DC, where he managed the development and implementation of research methodologies and built the company’s Customer Intelligence service. Earlier, David managed the Multiclient Study Practice at META Group (acquired by Gartner) and led strategy initiatives at pioneering managed services firms. He has advised a wide range of companies, from tech start-ups attempting to shatter traditional business models to well-established corporations seeking to harness the power of new technology to survive or grow in the face of rapid change.

Richard Boyd

Chief Executive Officer
Tanjo Inc.

Ultisim Inc.

Over the last twenty-five years Richard has led or helped create some of the most innovative game technology companies in the industry. He has served as a game technology consultant for a wide variety of industries including energy, healthcare, education and motion pictures. He is co-founder and CEO of a machine learning company called Tanjo Inc. and co-founder of a simulation learning company called Ultisim Inc. At Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin he created and led a group of innovative engineers and designers across all mission areas called Virtual World Labs. Richard joined Lockheed Martin in 2007 when Lockheed acquired 3Dsolve, a North Carolina based computer game technology firm where he was founder and CEO.

Dr. Iria Giufrida

Associate Director for Research
Center for Legal & Court Technology
College of William & Mary

Iria is a Visiting Assistant Professor at William & Mary Law School and has been appointed Associate Director for Research at the Center for Legal & Court Technology. Over the last two academic years, she has been working on a grant-funded research project focusing on legal issues arising from the increasing use of artificial intelligence, the rapid growth of the internet of things and related emerging technologies. She also co-teaches an innovative law course on the same subject. In her previous professional life, she was a commercial litigator with Dechert LLP (in the London and Brussels offices) and for Enyo Law, a big-ticket specialist litigation firm in London. She gained substantial experience in alternative dispute resolution having been involved in a number of ICC and LCIA arbitrations as well as mediations, and she acted on complex, multijurisdictional financial services disputes. Prior to practicing law, Iria taught law in the U.S. and in the U.K., and worked for the European Ombudsman in Brussels. She is admitted to practice in the State of New York, is a Solicitor in England and Wales and has also qualified as a Solicitor in the Republic of Ireland.

Robbie Allen

Chief Executive Officer
Infinia ML

Robbie Allen is the CEO of Infinia ML, a team of advanced machine learning experts helping enterprise clients reduce costs, increase efficiency, and achieve breakthroughs. Previously, Robbie founded and led Automated Insights, whose natural language generation software helped automate content production for The Associated Press, Yahoo!, and many others. Automated Insights was successfully acquired by Vista Equity Partners in 2015. Robbie has authored or coauthored 8 software books; his ninth, Machine Learning in Practice, is due out in early 2019. He has spoken at a variety of conferences including the O’Reilly AI Conference, Strata, SXSW, and the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium. He holds two Master’s degrees from MIT and is completing his Ph.D. in computer science at UNC-Chapel Hill. He teaches Machine Learning: Strategy and Execution at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Dr. Robert Seamans

Associate Professor
Stern School of Business
New York University

Robert Seamans, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He recently completed a one year appointment as a Senior Economist on President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors where he worked on a wide range of policies relating to technology, innovation and competition policy. Professor Seamans’ research focuses on how technology affects strategic interactions between firms, affects incentives to innovate, and ultimately shapes market outcomes. His research has been published in leading academic journals and has been cited in multiple outlets including The Atlantic, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and others.