AI Congress Vienna

  4-5 December ’18

  Hofburg Vienna




About the AI Congress

WeAreDevelopers AI Congress Vienna will focus on human-machine interactions and will bring together two sides: The academy and the industry. We will try to answer questions such as: Can we trust computer decisions? How to deal with decisions bias? How can we improve the user experience for machine learning software? And many, many more.

The Artificial Intelligence Congress revolves around the interaction between wo/man and machines. From trusting and rationalizing the black box, to improving the interface through which we communicate with the models.

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Meet AI Congress Speakers

Adam Cheyer

Co-Founder and VP of Engineering, Viv Lab

Adam Cheyer is Co-Founder and VP of Engineering at Viv Labs, an intelligent assistant startup acquired by Samsung in 2016. Prior to starting Viv Labs, Adam was Co-Founder and VP Engineering at Siri, Inc, which was purchased by Apple in 2010. Adam is also a Founding Member and Advisor to Change.org, the premier social network for positive social change, and a Co-founder of Sentient Technologies. He has also authored more than 60 publications and 27 issued patents.

Pavithra Vijay

Software Engineer, Google

Pavithra is a software engineer working on TensorFlow at Google. She contributes primarily to the Keras module in TensorFlow. Keras is high-level Machine Learning API written in Python focusing on user friendliness and fast experimentation. She started exploring the field of Machine Learning less than a year ago by experimenting with models for text classification applications. She authored a text classification guide that covers important best practices and rules of thumb for picking the right model and processing pipelines. In her first role at Google, Pavithra contributed to the data visualization and reporting platform called DataStudio. Before that, Pavithra worked with Microsoft on their ERP software suite, Dynamics AX. Pavithra received a Masters in Computer Science from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Ching Wei Chen

Engineering Lead, Home Personalization, Spotify

Ching-Wei is the Engineering Lead for Home Personalization at Spotify, where Content, UX, and Machine Learning are combined to give users the best of what Spotify has to offer them, right when they open the app. He's also passionate about building communities around Open APIs, Open Datasets, and Open Research: he started the developer program at Gracenote, and more recently organized the RecSys Challenge 2018. Previously, he's been a Manager, Researcher, and Engineer at SoundCloud, Gracenote, and Dolby, and has published several papers and patents in the areas of Music Recommendation, Music Information Retrieval, Computer Vision, and Sound Spatialization.

Moshe Y. Vardi

Professor, Rice University

Moshe Y. Vardi is the George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering and Director of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology at Rice University. He is the author and co-author of over 600 papers, as well as two books. He is the recipient of several scientific awards, is a fellow of several societies and a member of several honorary academies, and he holds multiple honorary doctorates. He is a Senior Editor of Communications of the ACM, the premier publication in computing, focusing on societal impact of information technology.

Haris Pozidis

Manager of Cloud Storage & Analytics, IBM Research

Haris Pozidis manages the Cloud Storage and Analytics group at IBM Research in Zurich, Switzerland. He was with Philips Research, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, before joining IBM. He has worked on read channel design for DVD and Blu-ray Disc with technology transfers to optical drive products at Philips, and played a key role in developing the first scanning probe-based data storage system, the “Millipede”, at IBM. His current focus is on the development of Flash memory controllers for all-flash arrays, on phase change memory technology and system solutions, and on optimized software libraries for machine learning. Haris holds over 100 US patents, has co-authored more than 100 publications, is an IBM Principal Research Scientist, an IBM Master Inventor, and a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Lukas Kölbl

Applied Intelligence expert, Accenture Austria

Lukas Kölbl is part of Applied Intelligence at Accenture. He is expert on E2E implementation of AI and Machine Learning algorithms as well as Predictive Analytics in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Lukas joined Accenture 2016. He holds a PhD in Technical Mathematics of the Vienna University of Technology and is (co-)author of several scientific publications (in collaboration with TU Vienna) in the area of time series analysis.

Sabria Lagoun

Co-Founder, The Brainstorms

After finishing her Neuroscience M.Sc. in Marseille, Sabria moved to Vienna to complete a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neurobiology. Alongside her studies, she is committed to scientific communication and mental illness awareness initiatives. Sabria organizes The Brainstorms, a series of events around brain topics. She is also involved in hands-on workshops, conceptualized Art x Science projects and is regularly speaking to promote neuroscience knowledge.

Reinhard Burgmann

Head of Advanced Analytics & AI, A1 Telekom Austria AG

Reinhard was working in various roles in Business Intelligence for A1 in the last years! Beginning of 2017 he took over the task to setup a Data Lake for A1 and to start experiments with Big Data (technologies). Mid of 2018 he took the lead of the new created group Advanced Analytics and AI (Triple A) in A1 Austria. This group is dedicated to research and operationalize analytical solutions in A1.

Tim O’Brien

General Manager AI Programs, Microsoft Corp.

Tim leads Ethical AI Advocacy at Microsoft and is responsible for programs to drive and promote responsible development and use of technology, inclusive of public policy and the ethics of artificial intelligence. As part of this role, Tim conducts research focused on ethical use of AI across geographies and cultures. Prior to this role, Tim led the Global Communications group for Microsoft, managing communications strategy and operations in over 90 countries around the world, and the Platform Strategy team, where he was responsible for technical evangelism to drive developer adoption of Microsoft platforms and services. Before joining Microsoft in 2003, Tim worked as an engineer, a marketer and a consultant at both startups and Fortune 500 companies.  He has over 25 years of experience in the tech industry. Tim has a BS in engineering from Purdue University and an MBA in marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School.

Òscar Celma

Head of Research, Pandora

Dr. Òscar Celma is the Head of Research at Pandora, where he leads a team of 80 (40 scientists and 40 musicologists) to provide the best personalized radio and on-demand music experience. Òscar has published a book named “Music Recommendation and Discovery” (Springer, 2010). Òscar holds a few patents from his work on music discovery as well as on Vocaloid, a singing voice-synthesizer bought by Yamaha in 2004. From 2011 till 2014 Òscar was Senior Research Scientist at Gracenote. His work focused on music and video recommendation and discovery. Before that he was co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Barcelona Music and Audio Technologies (BMAT). He’s also an avid speaker at conferences such as Strata + Hadoop, QCon, MLConf, SXSW, and Midem.

Rina Ahmed

Systems Analyst, IAEA

Rina Ahmed has been a Software Engineer at Microsoft where she worked together with customers and partners on building solutions in the area of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. In addition, she has experience working with various developer audiences as a Technical Evangelist focused on cloud and mobile technologies. Currently, she is a Systems Analyst at the IAEA.

Ramshanker Krishnan

EMEA Leader AI, Microsoft

Roberto Andreoli

Director Data, Artificial Intelligence and IoT, Microsoft

Roberto Andreoli is passionate in improving people’s live and supporting organizations from Western Europe in digital transformation through Data and AI. He empowers European organizations in evangelizing and guiding them through all the different AI technologies, supporting in their AI maturity journey and helps to make the implementation of Data and AI a success by applying a 360° approach. Andreoli held several national and international positions at Microsoft across audiences and products. He has been focusing on Public Sector, Small and Medium Business, Technical Evangelism, Dynamics and Microsoft Services organization. Previously he worked at SAP and Cedati, now part of the Altran group.

Lubomir Karlik

RBI AI Tranformation, Raffeisen Bank International AG

Lubomir Karlik is a senior business analyst at AI Transformation Team in Raiffeisen Bank International. Throughout the career he has been participating in a bank’s international projects in the fields of BI, data warehousing, controlling, risk and regulatory. He is currently helping to build up AI capabilities in the banking group combining the banking experience with his passion – conversational artificial intelligence.

Georg Köldorfer

Head of Advanced Analytics Consulting, Raffeisen Bank International AG

Georg Köldorfer studied business administration and business informatics and worked for several years in consulting for banks. In 2017 he took over the leadership of the newly formed Advanced Analytics team, with the goal of reusing data to improve the customer experience and new business opportunities.

Kirk Koenigsbauer

Corporate Vice President, Microsoft

Kirk Koenigsbauer had the privilege of enjoying a diverse and multi-disciplinary career working for two of the world’s most impactful technology companies – Microsoft and Amazon.com. Currently, he is directly responsible for Microsoft 365, a new cloud service that integrates Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security to empower people and businesses to be creative and work together. Over the last 25 years, he has been fortunate to partner with some amazing technology and business professionals and to lead teams across product management, engineering, marketing, and data science disciplines.

Guenda Sciancalepore

Technical Evangelist, Microsoft

Guenda is a Technical Evangelist who works for Microsoft Western Europe helping partners in developing innovative and AI infused software and solutions on Azure. She joined Microsoft two years ago, after graduating in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Trento.

Teemu Kinnunen

Data scientist, Futurice

Teemu Kinnunen works as a data scientist at Futurice. He studied unsupervised methods for image categorisation, graduating with a PhD from Lappeenranta University of Technology in 2011, after which he worked as a postdoc researcher at Aalto University for three years. Since joining Futurice in 2015, he has worked on projects for automotive, media and gaming companies, as well as the public sector. Teemu has worked on developing computer vision, text classification and other predictive systems, ranging from prototypes to services used by hundreds of millions of people every day. As a consultant, he has helped companies use their data to solve business problems and run training sessions where corporate executives and managers learn about AI and machine learning.

Tomislav Krizan

CEO & AI Evangelist, Atomic Intelligence

Tomislav spends large part of his working day for mentoring others and sharing knowledge across the globe and trying to show people how data can help them in their everyday life. Also, he's leading a team of Data Science enthusiasts with whom he started Data Science Croatia group and he's proud to work because they are not shy on sharing knowledge to others as well. Besides that, he's participating on different research projects (self-funded, customer-project funded or EU funded through different funding programs which end as Open Source solutions) which are focusing on data itself and processing of data either in motion or data at rest. Tomislav emerged in different computer related areas from 1984 when he started to experiment with building HW components and first SW interactions. Major shift into data driven environment happened mid ’90 when he started with implementation of Stream analytics and Data Warehouse/BI systems which gradually started to embrace DM/ML in everyday life. His focus for the last decade was on Big Data spectrum where he engaged in many custom implementations utilizing simplification and optimization of data ingestion and processing systems, and enriching those with DM/ML/AI algorithms and frameworks/platforms to support custom/customer product or project needs over vast amount of internal and external data (public and private as well). He also tries to incorporate all research into implementation projects so that those are not just words-on-paper.

Martina Grom

CEO, atwork

Martina is a Principal at atwork currently living in Vienna, Austria. Her expertise is related to online technologies, and her specialty is in Microsoft Online Services and Office 365. She helps architecture planning companies with cloud solutions, and provides strategy, consulting and architectural planning of cloud projects. In addition, she is one of the organizational heads of cloudusergroup for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. She has authored numerous books, articles and blogs. Martina has a Master’s of International Business Administration from the University of Vienna, Austria.

Marcus Jones

Lead Data Scientist at Ocean Protocol, Ocean Protocol

Marcus Jones is the lead Data Scientist at Ocean Protocol, a blockchain decentralized marketplace for data and models supporting the AI ecosystem. Marcus has been hacking in Python development and and open source projects for over 10 years, starting at the national research agency in Vienna Austria, moving to international project management and consulting, and landing now in Berlin at Ocean Protocol. Marcus is focused on the intersection of Artificial Intelligence, the new decentralized Web 3.0 ecosystem, and how it can empower Data Engineers and Data Scientists.

Toni Pohl

Founder & CTO of atwork, Cloud Consultant, Microsoft

Toni is co-founder and CTO at atwork, a software development company in Vienna, Austria. Toni loves playing with new technologies and developing cloud solutions and works as a consultant. Toni is author, blogger, speaker at community events and conferences and is Microsoft MVP for Azure and Office Development.

Gerwald Oberleitner

Technology Solutions - Azure, Microsoft

With 15+ years of experience in the software industry Gerwald is a Certified SCRUM master, strong advocate of the new and open Microsoft and loves to work with agile organizations regardless of platform or language used. He is specializing on Azure DevOps, Visual Studio App Center (mobile DevOps) and topics like API Management, Containers and Serverless with the Azure cloud.

Ahmad Haj Mosa

Manager , PwC

Dr Ahmad is a researcher and AI developer in the team of Tax Technology and Digital Services at PwC Austria. He is a postdoctoral researcher and a lecturer at the Institute for Smart System Technology (IST) in the University of Klagenfurt, Austria. His research area focuses on Neuroscience based AI, NLP, and Human Emotion Recognition. At PWC, Ahmad works on employing the recent AI breakthroughs to the field of Tax and Legal services including, legal documents analysis, fraud/anomaly detection, and advanced data analytics. His main research goal is to build trust in AI by focusing on explainable and accountable AI

Robert Hoffmann

Solution Architect and Data Scientist, Microsoft

Dr. Robert Hoffmann is an experienced Solution Architect and Data Scientist with a history of working in computer software industry and applied research, most recently at the MSKCC in New York and the MIT in Boston. He currently works at Microsoft with leading enterprises in Austria helping them with their challenges around Advanced Analytics & AI, Big Data and IoT – a.k.a. Digital Transformation.

Martin Pirker

Senior Researcher, Josef Ressel Center TARGET

Martin Pirker is a senior researcher in the field of IT security. He currently works at the Josef Ressel Center for Unified Threat Intelligence on Targeted Attacks (TARGET) at St.Pölten University of Applied Sciences. TARGET researches novel ways of intrusion detection and mitigation via analysis of system events streams in a joint research cooperation with industry partner CyberTrap GmbH.

Matthias Lichtenthaler

Head of Digital Transformation, Austrian Federal Computing Centre

Matthias' topic is: "The Contradiction Bot - retrieving new insights from a vast amount of information"

Vered Shwartz

PhD Student, Natural Language Processing Lab, Bar-Ilan University

Vered Shwartz is a final year PhD student at the Natural Language Processing lab at Bar-Ilan University. Her research focuses on recognizing lexical semantic relations between words and phrases. She is also the author of Probably Approximately a Scientific Blog, where she discusses NLP topics for a general audience.

Navid Rekabsaz

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Idiap Research Institute

Navid Rekabsaz is a post-doctoral researcher at the Natural Language Understanding lab of the Idiap Research Institute. He explores the pioneering data-driven methods for natural language processing, and information retrieval, especially the ones based on deep/representation learning. He is curious about deeply understanding such methods and applying them to real-world problems.

Rodolphe Gelin

Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, SoftBank Robotics Europe

Rodolphe Gelin is Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer at SoftBank Robotics Europe. Prior to SoftBank Robotics, Rodolphe was at CEA (French Atomic Energy Commission) for over 20 years as the head of robotics, virtual reality and cognitics program. He joined SoftBank Robotics in 2008 to lead the Romeo project. This French collaborative project (2009-2017), united over 12 partners, and aimed at developing a tall humanoid robot to assist elderly people. Rodolphe Gelin has been invited to talk and present at numerous scientific, general public and industrial events. He is the author of five books about Virtual Reality and Robotics.

Katharina Holzinger

Cyber Security Unit, Austrian Armed Forces

Katharinas broader field of interest is causality. This fundamental subject is universally applicable in various application domains, ranging from Archaeology to Zoology – from Cyber Defence to Paleontology — whenever we are confronted with questions of explainability, truth, belief and justification. Consequently, her goal is to help the international research community with contributions towards explainable AI – where DARPA recently launched a program.

Gerhard Ebinger

Cloud Solution Architect for Partners, Microsoft

Gerhard has been working in data analytics for more than 20 years. Most of the time he's building large scalable enterprise DWHs in the telecommunications and financial services industries. Gerhard joined Microsoft two years ago and has extensive expertise in advanced distributed data analysis architecture (RDBMS and NoSQL) based on open source and large MPP database technologies. At Microsoft, he focuses on IoT, where his Data & AI background adds value to the different use case scenarios.

Fabian Schneider

Software Developer, PwC

PoC-Engineer, Software Developer and researcher in the team of Tax Technology at PwC Austria.  His main fields of interest include functional programming, formal software verification and searching usecases for emerging technologies in the field of Tax and Legal services. As public speaker he focuses on Posthumanism, the future of Artificial Intelligence and Human Enhancement. Fabians' top priority is to dismantle traditional structures and reimagine how they could look like.

Andreas Aschauer

Technology Solution Specialist - Cloud Business Applications , Microsoft

Andreas Aschauer studied Software Engineering at Vienna Technical University with a focus on AI, which back then meant deep diving into theory without many practical applications around. To understand what his clients are talking about he decided to add an Economics degree. Working on numerous large scale development projects, he dedicated his dev life to the then rising Microsoft .NET framework. Ever since he strives to build a bridge between technology and business. To build on that he is a regular published author of DotNetPro Magazine and conference speaker. Currently Andreas is a Technology Solution Specialist at Microsoft, with a special focus on “democratizing” AI and software development by combining AI tools, custom development and low-code platforms, to value driving platforms.

Alexandros Karatzoglou

Scientific Director, Telefonica Research

Lorenzo Barbieri

Cloud Solutions Architect, Microsoft

Lorenzo is specialized in Cloud Application Development, both Azure and Office 365, Windows and cross-platform applications, Visual Studio and DevOps, and he likes to talk to people and communities about technology (and food). He is also a speaker, a trainer and a public speaking coach. He works for Microsoft Western Europe, in the One Commercial Partner Technical Organization, helping partners (mainly Systems Integrators and ISVs), supporting software development on Microsoft and OSS technologies. Previously he was a Technical Evangelist and a Microsoft MVP.

Johanna Ullrich

Senior Researcher, SBA Research

Johanna is a senior researcher at SBA Research, an Austrian research center for Information Security. Her research interests include network security and security and privacy in traditional engineering. At the moment, she works primarily on aspects of IPv6 networking. Being an electrical engineer by training, she is also working on power grid security and how cryptocurrencies affect reliable power grid operation. Johanna received a Bachelor and Master, both in electrical engineering, as well as a PhD in computer science sub auspiciis praesidentis (with highest honors and awarded by the Austrian president), all from TU Wien.

Christian Heilmann

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft

Chris Heilmann dedicated the last 20 years of his life to make the web work and thrive. As a lead developer on some of the largest web products he learned that knowledge is not enough without teamwork and good handover. He dedicated most of his time since on educating, writing and sharing, presenting on average at 30 conferences a year. He strives to make code and coders work efficiently and get more done quickly without losing the understanding of what we do. He is the author of several JavaScript books and the Developer Evangelism handbook (http://developer-evangelism.com). He is currently a Senior Program Manager in Microsoft and spends a lot of time pondering how machine learning and AI can aid humans and replace jobs we're too important to do.

Eyal Felstaine

CTO, Amdocs

Eyal Felstaine has co-founded several startups, including SANDARD and Traffix which were acquired by multinational companies, so he’s pretty passionate about entrepreneurship and incubation, both inside and outside of the corporate environment. (And that includes having brainstorming discussions while walking along Tel-Aviv beach.) As a governing board member of Linux Foundation’s networking group, Eyal’s very involved with creating an open-source telecom universe, and in parallel, he’s responsible for planning and developing Amdocs’ technology vision, architecture and roadmap for some rather cool new products. And if he’s got any spare time left after that, you’ll find him on the ski slopes or mountain biking (but obviously not at the same time).

Liad Magen

Data Scientist & Deep-Learning Expert, WeAreDevelopers

Liad Magen, Msc., a published machine learning Megamind who is the AI & Tech Lead at WeAreDevelopers! When he isn't working on NLP based recommendation systems, he's organizing the Keep-Current Meetups in Vienna, which are focused on applied data science.

Milan Todorovic

Swift/iOS Trainer and Software Engineer, Crossover

Milan is an Apple Certified Trainer, Consultant and Software Engineer, with long experience in software development and especially in training of developers of all levels of knowledge. He is deeply focused on Swift since the very beginning of life of this programming language. He works for Apple Authorized Training Centre - Crossover in Belgrade, Serbia. Passionately helping beginners, intermediate and experienced developers to improve their knowledge, in areas of general development, machine learning, augmented reality and other. Milan is also a sailboat skipper, combining development training with sailing with its goal to maximize motivation and knowledge adoption for attendees.

Shai Hertz

Algorithms Team Leader, Refinitiv

Shai Hertz leads the NLP Algorithms team in Refinitiv’s Text Metadata Services. He holds an M.Sc. In computer science from Tel Aviv University.

Simon Stiebellehner

Data Scientist, Craftworks

Simon is a Data Scientist at Craftworks and lecturer in statistics and digital marketing at WU Wien and FH Wien. After having completed his Bachelor in Information Systems, he gained diverse industry experience, ranging from Microsoft to global players of the consulting industry. Subsequently, Simon obtained his Masters degree from University College London (UCL), specializing in Machine Learning and Data Science. Afterwards, he was a doctoral candidate and research associate, conducting research at the intersection of Neural Probabilistic Language Models and Recommendation Systems in a Real-Time Bidding context.

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