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AI Congress Vienna

  4-5 December ’18

  Hofburg Vienna

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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 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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AI Congress Topics

Machine vs Human

Trusting Computers’ Decisions

GDPR and Privacy

In the Era of Big Data


Decentralized Artificial Intelligence

The Future of AI

for Personal Usage

Ethical Challenges

of AI

Deep Learning

Demystifying the Black Box

Security and Safety

in AI

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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,

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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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Get a sneak peek at some of the talks

How We Democratized Artificial Intelligence with Acumos AI

Eyal Felstaine, CTO, Amdocs
Many Artificial Intelligence tools today are difficult to implement and require significant domain expertise which is why Acumos AI is going to have such a large impact. As the first tool to give users a visual workflow for designing AI and machine-learning applications, as well as a marketplace for freely sharing AI solutions and data models, the Acumos framework is user-centric and simple to explore. In this session, Dr. Eyal Felstaine takes you through the Acumos AI distributed platform, explaining its benefits, including how it will free up data scientists, developers and model trainers across different industries and fields, (from network and video analytics, to content curation and threat prediction) so they can focus on their core competencies and accelerate innovation.

An Ethical Crisis in Computing?

Prof. Moshe Vardi, Professor in Computational Engineering, Rice University
Computer scientists think often of “Ender’s Game” these days. In this award-winning 1985 science-fiction novel by Orson Scott Card, Ender is being trained at Battle School, an institution designed to make young children into military commanders against an unspecified enemy. Ender’s team engages in a series of computer-simulated battles, eventually destroying the enemy’s planet, only to learn then that the battles were very real and a real planet has been destroyed. Many of us got involved in computing because programming was fun. The benefits of computing seemed intuitive to us. We truly believe that computing yields tremendous societal benefits; for example, the life-saving potential of driverless cars is enormous! Like Ender, however, we realized recently that computing is not a game–it is real–and it brings with it not only societal benefits, but also significant societal costs, such as labor polarization, disinformation, and smart-phone addiction. The common reaction to this crisis is to label it as an “ethical crisis” and the proposed response is to add courses in ethics to the academic computing curriculum. I will argue that the ethical lense is too narrow. The real issue is how to deal with technology’s impact on society. Technology is driving the future, but who is doing the steering?

Bixby: A New Take on the Intelligent Assistant

Adam Cheyer, Co-Founder and VP of Engineering,Viv Labs
Bixby is a new assistant created by Samsung with the goal of providing a unified conversational interface soon accessible across an ecosystem of hundreds of millions of devices. Designed from the ground up with developers in mind, Bixby offers the most sophisticated platform and tools available today, featuring technologies such as: Dynamic Program Generation, where artificial intelligence works with developers to create on-the-fly responses to every unique user request; preference learning and selection learning to help a specific user more efficiently accomplish complex tasks; and advanced natural language, dialog, and conversational contextual support to enable powerful multi-modal interfaces. In this talk, we will discuss why Bixby is a compelling proposition for developers looking to gain additional reach for their services, and through live coding sessions, demonstrate the power of this new approach to building intelligent interfaces.

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