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AI is a powerful technology capability that will transform business, education, government; it will revolutionize healthcare transportation, manufacturing, agriculture, and virtually all important societal systems. In this Austin Forum event, we learn what AI is, why it's so powerful, and some of the ways is it being used now--and will change the world tomorrow. In this second part, we will focus on how AI and humanity intersect by exploring some big questions:
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Matt Sanchez is the Founder and CTO of CognitiveScale, leading the development of CognitiveScale’s core products and infrastructure. He serves as the principal architect and product visionary for the company’s cloud-based cognitive applications across various industries. Recently, Matt was the leader of IBM Watson Labs and was the first to apply IBM Watson to the financial services and healthcare industries. Before joining IBM, Matt was Chief Architect and employee number three at Webify, which was acquired by IBM in 2007. Matt earned his BS degree in Computer Science from The University of Texas at Austin in 2000, has been granted six US patents, and is the author of more than a dozen more.
Dave DeCaprio has over 20 years of experience transitioning advanced technology from academic research labs into successful businesses. His experience includes genome research, pharmaceutical development, health insurance, computer vision, sports analytics, speech recognition, transportation logistics, operations research, real time collaboration, robotics, and financial markets.
Dave has been involved in several successful startups as well as consulting and advising both small and large organizations on how to innovate using technology with maximum impact. As part of the Human Genome Project, he was responsible for mapping all known biology onto the newly developed genome sequences. At Bluefin Labs, acquired by Twitter in 2014, he helped the founders recruit a team and go from concept to a launch with the NFL in 13 weeks. At GNS Healthcare, he led the development of their first in class causal machine learning platform. Dave graduated from MIT with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and currently lives in Austin, TX.
Jean-Leah Njoroge Ph.D. is a Sr data scientist at Dell Technologies. She leads AI initiatives in global deployment and partner services (GDPS) in the services organization. Dr Njoroge, works across global functional teams to identify AI opportunities within the billion-dollar business, algorithm development and provides thought leadership to drive key data informed transformation that permeate everything the company does to create amazing customer experience
Before joining Dell, Dr Njoroge was Licensing &commercialization advisor with the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS), and has had various roles as an engineer with Caterpillar Inc, Huntsman Technology and Praxair Inc.
Dr. Njoroge holds a Ph.D., in Computational Material Science and Engineering from Texas A&M University, a B.Sc., degree in Chemical Engineering Prairie View A&M University.
Dr. Njoroge, combines her skills and passion for engineering and data science to educate mentor both students and transitioning professionals in the area on big data and AI. As a fierce advocate for Ethical AI and diversity in STEM fields, and recently, she was named one of the Top thirty Women advancing AI in Texas by Re-Work.