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December 3–5, 2018
San Francisco, CA


Monday, December 3
6:00 PM
First-Timers Reception
6:30 PM
Welcome Reception
7:00 PM
Welcome Dinner

Tuesday, December 4
7:30 AM


8:30 AM
Len Kleinrock, TTI/Vanguard Advisory Board
Conference Welcome
8:50 AM

TTI/Vanguard Announcements

9:00 AM

Noah Johnson, Chief Privacy Officer and Co-founder, Oasis Labs
Privacy-Preserving Smart Contracts at Scale
As the growth in large-scale data collection continues, much of this valuable data remains restricted and siloed due to security and privacy concerns. This results in underutilization of data, hindering advancements in many fields. New work combines secure computing with blockchain technology to provide transparency and privacy assurances to users. The technology could transform many industries by allowing organizations to prove that data is used only in specific privacy-preserving ways, enabling broader sharing of valuable data such as medical and genomics data while providing strong privacy guarantees to users.

9:45 AM

Prem Kumar, Professor of Information Technology, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Northwestern University
Quantum Communications: Current Status and Future Challenges
Machines that process quantum information are likely to be commercially available in the near future. Networking them via quantum communication to achieve a higher level of performance is a topic of current interest.

10:30 AM
Coffee Break
11:00 AM

Steve Jurvetson, Founder, Future Ventures
Disruptive Investment: The Next Five Years

11:50 AM

Paul Daugherty, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, Accenture
Reimagining Work in the Age of AI
Artificial intelligence has the power to reshape business, industry, and the way we work and live unlike anything seen since the Industrial Revolution.  Businesses that understand how to harness AI can surge ahead. Those that neglect it will fall behind. As seen in research gathered from 1,500 organizations, enterprises are using AI to leap ahead of competitors using new forms of relationships between humans and smart machines. With humans and machines collaborating at an increasing rate, organizations will need to plan for fluid and adaptive work processes that may need to be completely reimagined. The key to becoming an intelligent enterprise in this new era is the ability to redefine new roles and adopt new approaches to leadership.

12:35 PM
Members’ Working Lunch
1:50 PM

Tim Kraska, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
AI and Index Structures
Indexes are models: The key idea is that a model can learn the sort order or structure of lookup keys and use this signal to effectively predict the position or existence of records. Initial results show that by using neural nets we are able to outperform cache-optimized B-Trees by up to 70% in speed while saving an order-of-magnitude in memory over several real-world data sets. More importantly though, the idea of replacing core components of a data management system through learned models has far reaching implications for future systems designs.

2:30 PM

Topical Breakout Groups
At peer-moderated tables of 10-12 participants, attendees can share their experiences, opinions, and questions, and compare notes on important issues identified by Advisory Board members and other participants as worthy of discussion. Attendees will be asked to contribute to the overall discussion with the intention of sharing information and learning from others’ experiences.

3:10 PM
Coffee Break
3:40 PM

Alex Reben, Artist and Roboticist
AI Fortune Cookies: Artificial Philosophy or Synthetic Psychology
Nothing is more human and natural than innovation, except perhaps art. And yet both art and technology are held up as paradigms of the artificial. Artist-technologists are now using such tools as robotics, artificial philosophy, synthetic psychology, and perceptual manipulation to bring to light our inseparable evolutionary entanglement to invention. Whether through a TED talk written by an AI, or a bot that draws out people’s innermost thoughts and feelings, we can advance our understanding of both robotics and ourselves.

4:20 PM

Henning Ravn, Berlin Partner for Business and Technology
Part 1: The Berlin Startup Scene
After the fall of the wall Berlin had to start from scratch. The German capital went from “poor but sexy” to being a playground for experimentation and a laboratory for ideas. Today the growth in economic output and employment in Berlin is faster than in Germany as a whole, with new companies emerging at a rapid pace. A similar growth tendency can be seen in the tech sector. There are several identifiable success factors that show up both as existing strengths and latent potential. They are exemplified by a curated group from the active Berlin startup scene, providing insight into what has become a driving force for German innovation.

Part 2: Panel of Berlin-Based Startups
  • Fernanda Heber, Business Development at Ada Health (AI-based personalized health)
  • Holger G. Weiss, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, German Autolabs (digital assistant for drivers)
  • Fang Gong, Founding Team Member, Ocean Protocol (decentralized data exchange protocol)
  • Harald Zapp, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Next Big Thing (IoT and blockchain company builder)
  • Marian Gläser, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Brighter AI Technologies (visual reconstruction as a service)
5:00 PM

Reception with Berlin-Based Startups

5:45 PM

End of First Conference Day

6:30 PM
7:00 PM

Wednesday, December 5
7:30 AM


8:30 AM

Sampriti Bhattacharyya, Founder, Hydroswarm
Using Networked AI to Make Our Oceans and Borders Safe and Secure
Seventy percent of the world is ocean and we know less about it than we do the surface of the moon. Large-scale ocean monitoring has numerous application areas: offshore infrastructure, shipping, climate and weather forecasting, fisheries, port security, coastal water quality, and more. We could help prevent oil spills and perhaps have more quickly found the AF 447 black box with a widespread deployment of swarms of small, autonomous underwater drones that could live almost constantly underwater, roaming the oceans—an undersea AI-powered Internet of Things.

9:15 AM

Anthony Goldbloom, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Kaggle
What Makes a Great Data Scientist in the Age of Machine Learning
Kaggle still runs the machine learning competitions that made it famous, but now also supports the Kagglekernel—a hosted version of Jupiter notebooks that ameliorates the problem of bursty workloads that are endemic to machine learning environments—and a public data platform that provides one-stop shopping for data sets (11,000 currently). Over the years, Kaggle has learned a lot about what excites and motivates top data scientists and machine learners, and what organizations should look for when hiring or contracting with them.

10:00 AM

Denny Vrandečić, Researcher, Google Knowledge Graph
Collaborative Knowledge Bases
Semantic Web languages allow us to express ontologies and knowledge bases in a way meant to be particularly amenable to the Web. Ontologies formalize the shared understanding of a domain. But the most expressive and widespread languages that we know of are human natural languages, and the largest knowledge base we have is the wealth of text written in human languages. Is there a path to bridge the gap between knowledge representation languages such as OWL and human natural languages such as English?

10:40 AM
Coffee Break
11:10 AM

Chad Jones, Professor, Stanford University Graduate School of Business
The Future of Economic Growth
Economic growth is driven by the discovery of new ideas. A wealth of evidence from various industries, products, and firms shows that research effort is rising substantially while research productivity is declining sharply. A good example is Moore's Law. The number of researchers required today to achieve the famous doubling every two years of the density of computer chips is more than 18 times larger than the number required in the early 1970s. This pattern repeats itself in many other industries and products. Ideas—and the exponential growth they imply—are getting harder to find. Exponential growth results from the large increases in research effort that offset its declining productivity. This raises interesting questions about the future of economic growth.

11:50 AM

Bradley Rothenberg, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, nTopology
3-D Printing, Functional Modeling, and Generative Design
Engineering is—and always has—encompassed a generative component, defined as “relating to, or capable of production.” Today, representing production processes digitally is key to being agile and maintaining the advantage in Industry 4.0. With the transition to digital manufacturing, a connected workflow enables complex parts to be modelled and produced quickly, from geometric representation, to analysis, out to the factory floor, and directly to the machine—a digital thread links process to realized part. New data structures and a functional modeling environment enable this agile workflow, with digital manufacturing driving the production of real parts. 3-D printing is one technology leading the transition to a fully digital manufacturing workflow.

12:35 PM
Members’ Working Lunch
1:50 PM

Andrew Maynard, Director, Risk Innovation Lab; Chair, Master of Science and Technology Policy; and Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University
Can Science Fiction Movies Really Teach Us Anything About Technology Innovation?
Science fiction movies are notoriously bad guides to real-world science and technology. They readily flout the laws of physics in favor of creating narrative tension, and rarely let reality stand in the way of a good story. Yet viewed in the right light, they can provide novel and compelling perspectives on emerging trends in technology innovation, and the social and ethical opportunities and challenges that their use would engender.  Based on the book Films from the Future: The Technology and Morality of Sci-Fi Movies and drawing on films that range from Jurassic Park and Minority Report to Ex Machina and the 1995 anime Ghost in the Shell, this talk will explore the sometimes-startling insights science fiction movies can reveal into emerging technologies ranging from gene editing and human augmentation to AI and predictive crime prevention.

2:30 PM

Connie Huffa, President, Fabdesigns, Inc
Giving People What They Want: Apparel Mass Customized, For You
Textiles constructed from the ground up can have whatever performance characteristics you want, where you want it. Take for example a thirteen-layer fabric for first responders that has a wicking fabric, bullet- proof Kevlar, a laceration-proof layer, antimicrobial silver, non-drip Pyron, and Taser-proof stainless steel—all topped by a polyester scrim that can take a sublimation dyed camouflage. The technique is suited for a wide variety of applications, including automotive seat covers and furnishings, medical devices, tubing in aerospace applications, a one-piece lacrosse head that never needs re-stringing, and Nike's Flyknit shoe.

3:10 PM

Jerimiah Hamon, Chief Executive Officer, Silver Logic Labs
Sentiment Analysis and Media Performance

3:50 PM

TTI/Vanguard Announcements

4:00 PM
Meeting Closes

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