GSMA Applied AI Forum
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The GSMA Applied AI Forum is an invite-only event that brings together telecoms leaders, AI specialists, academia and start-ups. The aim is to stimulate an exciting debate, discuss new breakthroughs in AI, share lessons learnt, and discuss how AI can be applied across the digital economy.
If you are a telco executive or an AI specialist join us on the 25 February 2019, at Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain.
Agenda and Speakers
13:00 – 13:10 Welcome and Introduction
Chief Strategy Officer, GSMA
As Chief Strategy Officer, Laxmi Akkaraju works with the GSMA’s membership in defining global strategies and initiatives that will offer collective benefit for mobile operators and the wider mobile industry.
Laxmi brings more than 20 years of experience in the international IT industry. Most recently she was Senior Vice President, Global Delivery at EVRY, a leading IT company providing business-critical solutions to enterprises and public sector organisations. Before this, Laxmi was Director of Operations and Professional Services for Mu Dynamics, a network security solutions provider for Fortune 500 clients. She also held positions in consulting and management training at HolteConsulting.
13:10 – 14:10 Applied AI: new trends and strategies
Overview of new breakthroughs and trends for 2019; how AI is shaping the future enterprise landscape and transforming products and processes across industries.
Intro presentation, panel of experts and Q&A
Solution Partner, QuantumBlack
Chris is Solution Partner at QuantumBlack, the AI boutique of McKinsey & Company. He focuses on driving QuantumBlack’s international growth, helping clients unlock their performance potential through machine learning and AI. Chris enjoys collaborating with teams with incredible depth of knowledge in their specialist fields to solve the world’s most challenging problems. He loves the breakthroughs that come from expanding possibilities with alternative approaches and powerful new technologies. Chris is also a Partner at McKinsey & Company, a trustee of the New Entrepreneurs Foundation, sits on the Advisory Board of deep-tech VC Entrepreneur First and contributes to the global Partnership on AI. He has played a leading role in scaling QuantumBlack from 35 to over 300 people in the last two years.His recent client experience includes helping a leading European retailer to refresh its customer value proposition and channel strategy. This work culminated in an industry-shaping merger and delivery of a best-in-class multichannel shopping experience. He has supported the turnaround and transformation of a European leisure retailer, assisting the client in restructuring one of its business units and transforming its channel infrastructure.In his spare time, Chris has served as a board member for Magic Breakfast, a charity providing healthy breakfasts at school for more than 16,000 children, and as a governor of a challenged primary school.
Before joining McKinsey, he served as a diplomat for the United Kingdom in a range of Asian, Middle Eastern, and European countries and worked at the New Media Strategy Unit at the BBC. Chris lives with his family in London.
Technical Director, Applied AI, Google
Massimo is part of the Office of the CTO for Google Cloud and, in this role, he helps Google Cloud customers reimagine their businesses by leveraging the power of AI and the products from Google that enable it.
Prior to Google he worked at Intuit where he founded and led the data science group as chief data scientist and director of data engineering for the consumer group. Before Intuit, Massimo worked as lead of the R&D group of Intellisis, a San Diego startup that builds advanced speech processing software for various US government and defense entities. Prior to that he was at Microsoft where he worked in Core Ranking at Bing and in Technical and Distributed computing. Massimo started in theoretical physics and has a PhD in Neuroscience. In his research work he studied the dynamics of large recurrent neural networks, their connections with attention and the ability of networks to mesh signals from different modalities.
Chief Technologist and Co-Founder, Databricks
Matei Zaharia is the Chief Technologist and co-founder of Databricks, as well as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University.
Matei started the Apache Spark project at UC Berkeley in 2009, and contributed to other widely used computing infrastructure projects, including Apache Mesos and Apache Hadoop. He currently leads the MLflow project at Databricks, a new open source system to simplify AI application development. Matei’s research was recognized through the 2014 ACM Doctoral Dissertation award for best PhD dissertation in Computer Science, an NSF CAREER Award, and multiple Best Paper awards. Matei holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley and a B.Math from the University of Waterloo.
Xiao Gang Wang
Co-Founder and Managing Director, SenseTime
Xiao Gang Wang
Xiao Gang Wang is co-founder of SenseTime and the Managing Director of SenseTime Research. He is also associate professor in the Department of Electronic Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The SenseTime-CUHK team led by him won multiple championships in ImageNet Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge (ILSVRC) in 2016 and 2017.
Prof. Wang’s research area covers computer vision and deep learning. He has published over 200 papers on top conferences and journals. His publications received over 17,000 citations on Google Scholar. Prof. Wang received PAMI Young Research Award Honorable Mention in 2016, and Hong Kong RGC Early Career Award in 2012. He was the area chair of CVPR 2017, ICCV 2017, ICCV 2015, ICCV 2011, ECCV 2016, ECCV 2014, ACCV 2015, and ACCV 2014.
Prof. Wang received his Bachelor degree in Electronic Engineering and Information Science from the Special Class of Gifted Young at the University of Science and Technology of China in 2001, M. Phil. degree in Information Engineering from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2004, and PhD degree in Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009.
Vice President & Partner, Global Leader, Watson AI & Blockchain
Utpal Mangla is a Global executive and leads Watson AI, IoT and Blockchain Innovation competency in our Global Telecommunications, Media and Entertainment (TME) Industry at IBM
Utpal leads a team of global practitioners in providing thought leadership and developing leading edge digital cognitive transformative solutions focused on improving customer experience by using IBM’s AI, Blockchain, IoT technologies as an enabler. Utpal and his team are at the forefront in building, piloting and deploying these solutions for our Telecommunication and Media clients globally
With over 20 years of consulting, system integration, program delivery and industry experience, Utpal brings a depth of expertise and knowledge on building next generation of client interactions providing seamless customer experience across multiple platforms for telecommunications industry. Utpal has deep experience across all pillars of TME industry including next-gen BSS, OSS, Analytics, Content Enrichment and Network customer analytics
Utpal holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and master in business administration jointly from Schulich and Kellogg School of Business. He has also completed studies in the Wharton School and Harvard University’s executive curriculum programs. Utpal holds several designations in areas of project management, engineering, consulting and industry design thinking.
14:10 – 15:10 AI and the Enterprise: becoming “AI ready”
AI is disrupting every single industry. We learn lessons from companies that are successfully applying AI to transform their business, drive cultural change and deliver process transformation.
Intro presentation, panel of experts and Q&A
Dr. Athina Kanioura
Chief Analytics Officer and Global Lead, Accenture Applied Intelligence
Dr. Athina Kanioura
Athina is the Chief Analytics officer for Accenture Applied Intelligence. Athina specializes in data science, applied statistic and machine learning. Athina has 12+ years of practical experience in advanced statistical and econometric analysis, with both structured and unstructured data. During her career she has focused her expertise on a wide range of areas, including personalization; customer analytics; pricing; omnichannel optimization; enhancing marketing and communication effectiveness and content optimization.
Prior to moving into her current role, Athina Kanioura was the Lead for Accenture Interactive in Greece and the IGEM-Marketing Analytics Lead for Accenture. In those roles, she focused on trade merchandising, improving marketing / communication effectiveness and optimizing marketing mix budgets and customer analytics.
Athina holds a B.Sc in Maritime Economics from the University of Piraeus (Greece), a M.A in Economics and Finance from the University of Sheffield (UK), and a PhD in Macroeconomics and Econometrics from the University of Sheffield).
Dr Wan Li Min
Chief Machine Intelligence Scientist, Alibaba Cloud
Dr Wan Li Min
Dr. Wanli MIN joined Alibaba Group in 2013 where he started to lead the project to develop “AI”.
Prior to Alibaba, he had taken research role at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center and senior statistician role at Google.
He graduated from his bachelor and started to pursue master in Physics at the age of 19 and then received his Ph.D in Statistics from The University of Chicago in 2004.
Dr. Min holds a number of patents in his research interests including probability theory, stochastic process, time series analysis and network flow dynamics. His research on traffic flow estimate in 2011 had been widely cited. He also made contribution to smart cities development in New York, Singapore and Sweden.
Global Head of Treasury and Trade Solutions , Citi
Naveed Sultan is Global Head of Treasury and Trade Solutions in Citi’s Institutional Clients Group and is responsible for managing Treasury and Trade Solutions globally. This multi billion dollar business is one of the largest global businesses within Citi’s Institutional Clients Group encompassing integrated working capital solutions serving public sector clients, corporates and financial institutions and has a client base that includes 81% of the Fortune 500 global companies, 700 public sector clients and 600 banks, asset managers and insurance companies in over 120 countries.
Mr. Sultan is a member of the Operating Committee of the Institutional Clients Group. He is a member of Citi’s Innovation Council and chairs the Global Innovation Council for Treasury and Trade Solutions.
Mr. Sultan is currently serving as the elected chair on the Transaction Banking Global Leaders Group of BAFT. He has previously served on the boards of Citibank Europe plc, Citibank A.S.,Turkey, LCH.Clearnet and Smart London Board; an advisory board to the Mayor of London.Mr Sultan has a broad and diverse experience in corporate banking, transaction banking, operations and technology.
Mr. Sultan holds an M.S. in Management from M.I.T’s Sloan School of Management as well as anM.B.A. from the Institute of Business Administration, Lahore.
Dr. Tadas Jucikas
Founder and CEO , Genus AI
Dr. Tadas Jucikas
Tadas Jucikas is a Founder and CEO of Genus AI, a next generation artificial intelligence platform rooted in neuroscience and behavioural psychology. Genus AI is an off-the-shelf Enterprise AI platform for deep customer understanding to reduce churn, increase LTV and understand customers in an emotionally intelligent way. Genus AI works with companies in telecommunications, consumer, automotive and financial services space bringing out-of-the-box cognitive capabilities for leveraging customer data and creating superior customer experience.
Tadas has completed his PhD in Computational Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge in 2013. He has worked as a Lead Data Scientist at the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Education in the United Kingdom. He has also built and managed data science teams in the private sector and has pioneered applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning algorithms for deep customer understanding.
David Gonzalez Martínez
Head of Big Data Analytics & AI (CDO), Vodafone Group
David Gonzalez Martínez
David is the CDO – Head of Big Data and AI for Vodafone Business. In this role, he has developed a strategy to turn Vodafone’s data into assets and insights that can be used internally to make better informed decisions and to help our customers succeed in the digital world with data driven digital solutions.
David is a tech entrepreneur and data scientist with rich experience at international corporations. Before joining Vodafone, he was Co-Founder, COO and CTO of Touchvie (Dive.tv), which created cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning and Computer Vision solutions for media content. Previously, he was Analytics Senior Manager and Big Data Scientist at Accenture Digital North America.
15:10 – 15:20 Coffee break
15:20 – 16:10 AI in the Network: from proof of concept to real world deployment
Operators are experimenting with AI and Machine Learning in different areas, with recent efforts increasingly focusing on one of the core assets: the network. Although many pilots are emerging, key challenges need to be addressed to take AI to scale in the network.
Panel of experts and Q&A
Founder and CEO , minds.ai
Sumit Sanyal is the founder/CRO of minds.ai Inc., an Enterprise AI consultancy. Based in Silicon Valley with offices in Amsterdam and Bangalore, minds.ai has a proven track record in migrating advanced Deep Learning algorithms in the pharma and automotive industries from research to successful products.
Sumit has a varied and extensive engineering background spanning silicon, software and systems aspects in wireless, audio systems and ASIC companies.
VP Security Platforms , AT&T
Brian is responsible for the implementation of new security platforms at AT&T. Projects include the next generation Identity and Access Management platform, Security Orchestration and Micro-perimeter, Threat Analytics, and DDoS mitigation. These platforms help protect AT&T infrastructure and AT&T customers from cyber-threats. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are integral to the solutions used in these projects.
Brian is a contributing author to Chapter 10 on security in the recently book “Artificial Intelligence for Autonomous Networks” edited by Mazin Gilbert. Brian also helped create AT&T ThreatTraq, which is a publically accessible weekly video program that presents observed activities on the Internet and discusses cyber-threat topics.
Mr. Rexroad’s professional work experience spans over 30 years in many disciplines of information security and network security.
David del Val Latorre
Director of Core Innovation and CEO of Research and Development, Telefonica
David del Val Latorre
David del Val Latorre is Director of Core Innovation at Telefonica and CEO of Telefonica Research and Development. He is responsible for the creation of new internal products and services for the group. In this role, he has pioneered the introduction in Telefonica of new paradigms such as Artificial Intelligence, Edge Computing, IoT, and Big Data.
He spent 6 years in the United States where he co-founded VXtreme, a technology company based in Silicon Valley, which he later sold to Microsoft. After forming part of Microsoft for some time, he returned to Spain and founded Tech Foundries, where he served as vicepresident until 2008.
David is a Telecommunications Engineer from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Stanford University and Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership from M.I.T.
One of the early inventors of streaming media, he has participated in the founding of 11 start-ups and holds 16 international patents. He is also the president of 5TONIC, a 5G research association in Spain. He has taught Entrepreneurship at IE Business School.
Head of Huawei SoftCOM Solution Planning Department, Huawei
Since joined Huawei in 2003, Wesley has worked in core network marketing, strategy planning , solution marketing departments, currently he is responsible for Huawei SoftCOM solution planning and SoftCOM AI solution planning.
Miro Salem is the founder and CEO of 3TEN8, where his mission is to automate 100% of network operations with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Prior to founding 3TEN8, Miro launched the worlds first LTE networks, was a subject matter expert at Ericsson and technical advisor to the telecom industry’s top executives. Miro has done almost every job in network operations; from drive-testing to operating and optimizing the world’s largest mobile networks. Having single-handedly reconfigured every site in the US for Verizon and AT&T, Miro personally suffered the pains of day-to-day network operations and founded 3TEN8 to transform how we manage networks.
Director, Technology Strategist, Group Function Technology, Ericsson
Farjola Peco has 14 years of experience in software development, research in service layer technologies, Media, IoT, analytics and strategy development in the ICT Industry. She read for a Master’s degree in Computer Science at Uppsala University after obtaining a B.Sc with Honours in Information Technology and Communications Systems Engineering from the University of Malta. Farjola has co-authored 30+ patents.
In her current role as a Director, Technology Strategist in Group Function Technology, she is accountable for driving Ericsson’s 3-5 years technology strategy for AI and Automation.
Farjola joined Ericsson as a researcher after having spent two and a half years in the start-up community as a software developer. She has since then held several positions in Research before joining the Chief Technology Office as a technology strategist for media-focused products, technology, and services across all Ericsson business units.
16:10 – 16:40 Spectrum Scarcity: DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge
Key insights from DARPA’s current Grand Challenge culminating this year at MWC LA, which focuses on using AI to tackle spectrum scarcity.
Presentation and Q&A
Program Manager, DARPA
Mr. Paul Tilghman joined DARPA in December 2014 as a Program Manager in the Microsystems Technology Office. His research interests include intelligent and adaptive RF systems, digital signal processing, machine learning, and wireless communications. His research projects include the Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2) an open competition to develop AI-enabled radios which autonomously and collaboratively learn how to share the spectrum in real-time, and Radio Frequency Machine Learning Systems (RFMLS) which is adapting modern deep-learning to the field of RF signal processing.
Prior to joining DARPA, Mr. Tilghman was a senior research engineer at Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Laboratories. He is a recipient of Lockheed Martin’s highest award, the NOVA award.
Mr. Tilghman received a bachelor of science in computer engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a master of science in electrical engineering from Drexel University.
16:40 – 17:20 A global challenge: collaboration, partnership and co-creation
How partners from government, academia and the private sector are collaborating to drive value from Artificial Intelligence.
Panel of experts and Q&A
Dr. Cathy Mulligan
Researcher at Imperial College and Co-Director of the ICL Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering
Dr. Cathy Mulligan
Cathy Mulligan is an expert in digitalisation covering technical, economic and policy applications of digital technologies. She is a Researcher at Imperial College and Co-Director of the ICL Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering. She also holds an Honorary Research position at University College London, where she is Chief Technology Officer of the GovTech Lab and DataNet, which focuses on the potential and application of blockchain, AI and advanced communications technologies as a foundational part of the world’s governments and economy.
Cathy is an expert and fellow of the World Economic Forum’s Blockchain council and a member of the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Digital Co-Operation. Prior to her academic career she spent 15 years in various technical roles in the telecommunications industry. She holds a PhD and MPhil from the University of Cambridge and is the author of seven books on telecommunications including EPC and IoT.
Dr. Ieva Martinkenaite
VP AI and IoT, Telenor Research, Telenor Group
Dr. Ieva Martinkenaite
Ieva Martinkenaite is among the key figures at Telenor Group contributing to building the AI research and innovation ecosystem in Norway. She holds several high profile regional and national appointments in AI.Ieva is a Vice President at Telenor Research, responsible for AI and IoT Business Development projects, and Member of the Steering Committee of Telenor-NTNU AI-Lab, the Centre of Excellence for AI and ML in Norway that recently expanded to transform Norway into an AI powerhouse. She also spearheads Telenor’s Start IoT initiative, aimed at stimulating research and innovation in the Internet of Things (IoT) in Norway. Her work involves research and advisory to Telenor executives and business leaders on AI, IoT, innovation strategy and digital partnerships.
Ieva is a Member of the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence, advising EU on AI ethics framework and policy and investment strategy of AI. Concurrently, she heads the AI task force at the largest European Telecommunication Network Operator’s Association in Europe, ETNO. Representing Telenor, Ieva is also the national contact point (NCP) for Norway in Horizon 2020 AI4EU consortium project responsible for building an AI-on-demand platform with European industry, research and social partners.
Previously, Ieva served as a senior research scientist and advisor in Telenor. She also worked as a research fellow at BI Norwegian Business School (Oslo, Norway) and Fox School of Business (Philadelphia, USA), and was Vice-Dean at the first business university in Lithuania, ISM University of Management and Economics. Ieva holds a PhD in Strategy from BI Norwegian Business School and has more than 15 years of experience in business research, advisory and academia under her belt across developed and emerging economies. Her passion lies in building collaborative communities for the digital age and promoting women and young girls in tech.
Einaras von Gravrock
CEO and Co-Founder , CUJO AI
Einaras von Gravrock
Einaras is the co-founder and CEO of CUJO AI, an AI platform offering SaaS solutions to network operators and gateway manufacturers. Einaras brings a decade of experience as a CEO and entrepreneur.
Gravrock was named one of the “100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs” by Goldman Sachs. He was nominated for the Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Awards by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Einaras was also nominated for the GLL Award by the President of Lithuania.
Gravrock is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization, which connects 22,000 business leaders in more than 125 countries. He holds an undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business.
Einaras represents CUJO AI as a Technology Pioneer at World Economic Forum’s events. During WEF annual meeting in Davos this January, he has been discussing AI, 5G and cybersecurity with other technology innovators and leaders, including Timothy D.Cook (Apple CEO), Angela Merkel,Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook COO), Dara Khosrowshahi (Uber CEO), Ginni Rometty (IBM) and others.
Dr. Holger Kenn
Technical Expert for AI, Business Development , Microsoft
Dr. Holger Kenn
Dr. Holger Kenn holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Vrije Universiteit Brussel. After more than ten years of academic research on mobile intelligent robots and autonomous systems as well as ambient intelligence, he joined the Microsoft Research in 2007 where he worked on embedded systems, scientific cloud computing and artificial intelligence. From 2013 to 2018, he held different positions at Microsoft as technical expert for cloud- and edge-based IoT and AI solutions. In 2019, he joined Microsoft’s Business Development organization as a technical expert for AI.
President and CEO , Synchronoss
Glenn Lurie serves as President, CEO and member of the Board of Directors of Synchronoss Technologies. Glenn joined Synchronoss in 2017 with nearly 30 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry.
Prior to Synchronoss, Glenn was at AT&T for 27 years and last served as President and CEO of AT&T’s Mobility and Consumer Operations. While at AT&T he built three groundbreaking businesses: IoT, Digital Life and Aio Wireless – now Cricket Wireless. Glenn helped usher in the smartphone era by leading negotiations for AT&T with Apple for the first iPhone and then for the first iPad. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Avis Budget Group, Inc., Pivotal Commware, Inc., GSMA and the Consumer Technology Industry Association, where he previously served as chairman in 2016. He also serves on the Aptiv Technology Advisory Council.
17:20 – 17:30 Closing remarks
17:30 – 19:00 Networking drinks
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