InterSystems Global Summit 2017

Guest Speakers

This year’s Global Summit features three marquee names in Artificial Intelligence. Through their research, hands-on work, and shared knowledge, they have become pioneers in their fields and can envision a future of smart systems, learning computers, and breakthroughs ranging from human health to financial trading. Read on to learn more about our esteemed guest speakers at Global Summit 2018:

The AI Revolution is Not About Big Data; It’s about Good Data

Monday Evening Keynote, October 1, 2018
Presented by Babak Hodjat

Babak Hodjat is a Co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Sentient. A serial entrepreneur, Hodjat has started numerous Silicon Valley companies as main inventor and technologist. Prior to co-founding Sentient, he was senior director of engineering at Sybase iAnywhere, where he led mobile solutions engineering. Babak was also a co-founder, CTO and board member of Dejima Inc., which was acquired by Sybase in April 2004. He is the primary inventor of Dejima’s patented, agent-oriented technology applied to intelligent interfaces for mobile and enterprise computing – the technology behind Apple’s Siri.

In his talk, Hodjat will show how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is not just about modeling the world using big data, it’s actually about using data in a smarter way and being adaptive to a changing world. Hodjat will explain how evolutionary algorithms, implemented at scale, together with deep learning are already exceeding the state-of-the-art, to create solutions for use cases such as autonomous trading, online shopping, digital marketing, cyber agriculture and healthcare.

Hodjat is a published scholar in various fields, including Artificial Life, Agent-Oriented Software Engineering, and Distributed Artificial Intelligence. He has 31 granted or pending patents to his name and holds a PhD in Machine Intelligence from Kyushu University, in Fukuoka, Japan.


Disruption in Healthcare: How Affective Computing is Changing Patient Care

Tuesday Morning Keynote, October 2, 2018
Presented by Rosalind Picard

Professor Rosalind W. Picard, Sc.D. is founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, and faculty chair of MIT’s Mind+Hand+Heart Initiative. She co-founded Empatica, Inc. which created the first FDA-approved smartwatch being used today in neurology, and Affectiva, Inc. delivering technology to help measure and communicate emotion.

She is known internationally for her pioneering work in the field of Affective Computing, which seeks to create emotionally smart AI technologies in service of better human health and wellbeing. Professor Picard is an active inventor with over a dozen patents, and she has consulted for some of the largest tech companies in the world, including Apple and Samsung.  Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The London Independent, National Public Radio, New Scientist, ABC’s World News Tonight, Vogue, Wired, and Time.

In her talk, Picard will explore the topic of Affective Computing, giving examples of how AI and machine learning are becoming embedded in our wearables and smartphones, and the promise these technologies hold for improving lives for patients with conditions including Autism, Epilepsy, and Depression – the latter which is on track to become the #1 disease burden.  Could wearable AI technology change that future?

Driving High Performance: What Can a Developer Learn from a Robot to Unlock Creativity?

Wednesday Morning Keynote, October 3, 2018
Presented by Gil Weinberg

Gil Weinberg, Ph.D. is a professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Music and the founding director of the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, where he leads the Robotic Musicianship group. His research focuses on developing artificial creativity and musical expression for robots and augmented humans. Among his projects are a marimba-playing robotic musician called Shimon that uses machine learning for jazz improvisation, and a prosthetic robotic arm for amputees that restores and enhances human drumming abilities.

Weinberg will discuss this and other robotics projects as an allegory to unlocking our own creative potential. If we can teach a robot to be creative – to improvise, to think on its feet, to draw cues from others for where to head next – surely we can unlock that same potential within ourselves.

Weinberg has presented his work worldwide in venues such as The Kennedy Center, The World Economic Forum, Ars Electronica, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Museum, SIGGRAPH, TED-Ed, DLD and others. His music has been performed with orchestras such as Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the National Irish Symphony Orchestra, and the Scottish BBC Symphony while his research has been disseminated through numerous journal articles and patents. Weinberg received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT and his B.A. from the interdisciplinary program for fostering excellence in Tel Aviv University.