GSMA Applied AI Forum

Start: Monday 25 February 2019 13:00

End: Monday 25 February 2019 19:00

Venue: Fira Gran Via, Conference Centre 3

Location: Barcelona, Spain

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Please note this event commences at 13:00 CET (local time in Barcelona, Spain). 

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

Laxmi Akkaraju

Chief Strategy Officer, GSMA

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

Chris Wigley

Solution Partner, QuantumBlack

Massimo Mascaro

Technical Director, Applied AI, Google

Matei Zaharia

Chief Technologist and Co-Founder, Databricks

Xiao Gang Wang

Co-Founder and Managing Director, SenseTime

Utpal Mangla

Vice President & Partner, Global Leader, Watson AI & Blockchain

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 Wan Li Min

Chief Machine Intelligence Scientist, Alibaba Cloud

Naveed Sultan

Global Head of Treasury and Trade Solutions , Citi

Dr. Tadas Jucikas

Founder and CEO , Genus AI

David Gonzalez Martínez

Head of Big Data Analytics & AI (CDO), Vodafone Group

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

Sumit Sanyal

Founder and CEO ,

Brian Rexroad

VP Security Platforms , AT&T

David del Val Latorre

Director of Core Innovation and CEO of Research and Development, Telefonica

Wesley Cheng

Head of Huawei SoftCOM Solution Planning Department, Huawei

Miro Salem


Farjola Peco

Director, Technology Strategist, Group Function Technology, Ericsson

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

Paul Tilghman

Program Manager, DARPA

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. Ieva Martinkenaite

VP AI and IoT, Telenor Research, Telenor Group

Einaras von Gravrock

CEO and Co-Founder , CUJO AI

Dr. Holger Kenn

Technical Expert for AI, Business Development , Microsoft

Glenn Lurie

President and CEO , Synchronoss

17:20 – 17:30  Closing remarks        

17:30 – 19:00  Networking drinks

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