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Applied AI Panel

Artificial intelligence implies that a machine mimics "cognitive" functions that are normally associated with the human mind. AI is a constellation of technologies that permits machines to sense, comprehend, act and learn and is transforming the relationship between people and technology. Panelists will include distinguished speakers from Zebra Technologies, IBM Research, the University of Louisiana, and Zeblok. 

Moderator

  • Arie Kaufman, PhD
    Arie
    Distinguished Professor & Chief Scientist, CEWIT Stony Brook University  Expertise & Interests Dr. Kaufman has been conducting research for 40 years in visualization, virtual-reality, medical imaging, machine learning and their applications, has published more than 350 refereed manuscripts, has delivered more than 20 invited keynote talks, has been awarded/filed more than 100 patents, and has been a principal/co-principal investigator on more than 130 researchgrants.
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Panelists

  • Henry Chu, PhD
    Henry
    Professor University of Louisiana Expertise & Interests  Dr. Chu's recent research has investigated problems related to collating and analyzing data from different sources to address such societal issues as improving health systems performance and disaster recovery planning.
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  • Mouli Narayanan
    Mouli
    Founder and Chief Executive Officer Zeblok Computational Expertise & Interests  Mr. Narayanan wishes to truly democratize AI and enable every business, small and large, to create AI inspired digital assets to deliver impactful products and services to their customers.
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  • Nicole Tricoukes
    Nicole
    Senior Maverick Zebra Technologies Expertise & Interests  Ms. Tricoukes is making the futuristic visions in science fiction a reality by expanding the human possibilities of enterprise wearable technologies with intuitive heads-up display systems and advanced augmented and virtual reality experiences, making the future of interactive work seamless.
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  • Shiqiang Wang, PhD
    Wang
    Research Staff Member IBM Research Expertise & Interests Dr. Wang's current research focuses on the interdisciplinary areas in distributed computing, machine learning, networking, optimization, and signal processing.
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Smart Infrastucture Panel

Smart  infrastructure technologies aim to enhance the way people live and work. This panel will explore a wide range of topics, such as  cyber physical systems, IoT, robotics, cyber security, artificial intelligence, data visualization, blockchain, etc.  Panelists will include distinguished speakers from AT&T, IBM, Twitter, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and Stony Brook University. 

Moderator

  • Rong Zhao, PhD
    Rong
    Director of Software Systems Division, CEWIT Stony Brook University Expertise & Interests  Dr. Zhao's areas of expertise include information retrieval, databases, data mining, machine learning, user interfaces, healthcare informatics, mobile computing, software engineering, agile development, and innovation management. 
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Panelists

  • Jennia Hizver, PhD
    Jennia
    Principal Architect  AT&T Cybersecurity Expertise & Interests Dr. Hizver is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Information Privacy Professional/US (CIPP/US)
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  • Jonathan Lenchner
    Jon
    Sr. Technical Staff Member and Master Inventor, Computer Science Foundations IBM T.J. Watson Research Center Expertise & Interests Mr. Lencher has developed robots to help with data center energy efficiency and for greeting visitors at the IBM lab
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  • Christopher Niezrecki, PhD
    Chris
    Professor and Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering University of Massachusetts Lowell Expertise & Interests  Dr. Christopher Niezrecki’s primary research includes renewable energy systems, wind turbine dynamics, monitoring, and inspection, structural dynamic and acoustic systems, smart structures, signal processing, structural health monitoring, and smart materials.
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  • Amir Rahmati, PhD
    Amir
    Assistant Professor Stony Brook University Expertise & Interests Dr. Rahmati's research focuses on the security of emerging technologies including Machine Learning and Internet of Things.
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  • Yedendra Shrinivasan, PhD
    Yedendra
    Software/ML Engineering Leader Twitter Cortex Expertise & Interests Dr. Shrinivasan is currently works at Twitter in New York. At Tralexho, his team is currently building technologies for enabling traceability and transparency in the supply chain.
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Drug Discovery Panel

The future of healing and overcoming disease rests in science and drug development. Industry-wide, more than $100 billion is spent on patients in clinical trials – accounting for 25% of budgets. In the post COVID-19 era, there is a movement to reform how drug development is conducted. The rapid development of CoVID vaccines shines a path for biopharma, regulatory agencies and health technology companies to accelerate innovation and ensure research is made accessible. These possibilities will require the consistent, widespread adoption of transformative research methods and innovative organizational approaches.

Moderator

  • Gil Bashe
    Gil
    Chair of Global Health FINN Partners Expertise & Interests Mr. Bashe is listed as a “Top Ten Digital Health Influencer” by Symplur and among “The Top Brains in the New World of Work” by Fast Company.
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Panelists

  • Kim Branson
    Kim
    SVP Global Head of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning GSK Expertise & Interests Dr. Branson brings a deep expertise in modeling and machine learning to drug and vaccine discovery, combining perspectives spanning academia to technology start-up.
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  • Craig Granowitz, MD, PhD
    Craig
    Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Expertise & Interests Dr. Granowitz served as senior vice president and head of global medical affairs, global human health of Merck & Co., Inc. and in a variety of medical and commercial management positions.
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  • Lya Khalil,  PhD
    Lya
    Head AI Innovation Novartis Corporation Expertise & Interests  Dr. Khalil has extensive experience in developing AI applications across the continuum of Pharmaceutical R&D to healthcare, including drug discovery, drug development, clinical trials, and real-world evidence and treatment algorithms for patients.
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Venture Capital Trends Panel

This distinguished panel is composed of lead investors from around the world . Discussion will focus on what is influencing the flow of venture capital now as to its directions and relative quantities. CEWIT Conference attendees will be invited to submit their questions during the discussion.

Moderator

  • Michael Lane
    Lane 
    Director Long Island Capital Alliance Expertise & Interests  Mr. Lane's experience and counsel are frequently sought to advise on the challenges relating to business start-ups, funding and capitalization, operations, sales and marketing, leadership, and other organizational opportunities.
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Panelists

  • Alexandra Choli
    Alexandra
    Partner Metavallon.vc Expertise & Interests  Ms. Choli is an experienced professional in the fields of operations, business development and strategy, an avid entrepreneur and founder of both impact and mainstream ventures, and an active angel and institutional investor in Greece and internationally.
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  • Neil Cohen
    Neil
    Founder and Chairman Emerald Development Managers Expertise & Interests  Neil Cohen is the Founder and Chairman of Emerald Development Managers LP, a Venture Capital firm founded in 1994, and Co-Founder and Co-CEO of American Rock Salt Company LLC, the largest salt mine in the US. Mr. Cohen serves as a Board Director of Babson Diagnostics, Inc., Proscia Inc., Sustained Nano Systems LLC, and TBT Pharma Inc. 
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  • Yoav Hochberg
    Yoav
    Managing Partner, Founder NextLeap Ventures  Expertise & Interests  Mr. Hochberg is a Board member and Strategic consultant to startups and multinational corporations, an executive coach, and adjunct senior lecturer in the Technion.
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  • Jeremy Krell, DMD, MBA
    Krell
    Managing Partner Revere Partners Expertise & Interests  Dr. Krell oversaw strategic provider innovation and development at Oscar Health, a health insurance company that had an IPO in 2021.
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  • Rajan Luthra
    Rajan
    Head of Special Projects Reliance Industries Ltd Expertise & Interest  Mr. Luthra has been among the earliest adopters of transformative fourth industrial revolution technologies including IoT, biometrics, drones, AI, and computer vision and has deep connects with global innovation ecosystems.
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