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More Artificial Intelligence Experts Join VM Summit Speaker Roster

By Staff
Friday, February 17, 2017 12:30 AM

Summit speakers include (clockwise from top left) Mari Kimura, Alex John London, Victor Morrison and Mark Platshon.

NEW YORK—The growing impact of Artificial Intelligence on nearly every aspect of business is prompting retailers, health care providers, suppliers and marketers to look for ways to leverage the power of human-machine learning within their organizations.

To meet that need, Vision Monday has added new speakers to its upcoming Global Leadership Summit that reflect the diverse applications of AI in business. Titled “A-Eye - Artificial Intelligence: Supercharging Knowledge and Decision Making” the 11th annual Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit, to be held on March 29 in New York, will offer a full day of presentations from leading thinkers from fields as varied as transportation, marketing, health care and music.

The following four speakers, all experts in their respective fields, have joined the roster of Summit speakers:

Mark Platshon is managing director and co-founder of Icebreaker Ventures’ Autonomous World Fund. This new multicorporate venture fund invests in the technologies required to create electric, connected, autonomous and shared mobility and all the new businesses and business models that will be enabled by this “Autonomous World.”

Platshon serves on SAFE’s (Secure America’s Future Energy) Autonomous Driving Task Force. He is a mentor at Lawrence Berkeley Lab’s Cyclotron Road energy incubator, and a member of the Phillips 66 technology advisory board. He has been senior investment advisor to BMW for the past five years, where he played a lead role in establishing i-Ventures and leading investments in Silicon Valley.

He is also a venture partner with Birchmere Ventures. Previously, Platshon was a serial Silicon Valley CEO for 20 years and a partner with Trident Capital and with VantagePoint Capital Partners.

With over 27 years of health care experience, Victor Morrison leads Next IT’s health care division as their chief strategy officer and senior vice president of sales. For the last five years, he has been a driving force behind the emergence of the health care focused cognitive technology industry and market, building a foundation for Next IT Healthcare’s Digital Health Coach platform which is uniquely poised to disrupt and transform patient engagement.

Prior to Next IT, Morrison worked at Teva Pharmaceuticals where he most notably crafted and led their initial specialty pharmacy and federal sales strategy and held various other leadership roles on their payer access teams.

Alex John London is professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Ethics and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. Professor London is an elected Fellow of the Hastings Center whose work focuses on ethical and policy issues surrounding the development and deployment of novel technologies in medicine, biotechnology and artificial intelligence, methodological issues in theoretical and practical ethics, and cross-national issues of justice and fairness.

His papers have appeared in Mind, Science, The Lancet, PLoS Medicine, Statistics In Medicine, The Hastings Center Report, and numerous other journals and collections. He is co-editor of Ethical Issues in Modern Medicine, one of the most widely used textbooks in medical ethics.

Mari Kimura is at the forefront of violinists who are extending the technical and expressive capabilities of the instrument. She is widely admired as the inventor of “Subharmonics,” and also premiered many works, including John Adams’s Violin Concerto, appearing as a soloist with the Hamburg Symphony, Tokyo Symphony and Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

As a composer, Kimura is renowned for interactive works, receiving a Guggenheim Fellowship, Fromm Award, and a residency at IRCAM in Paris and at Rockefeller Brother’s Fund at Pocantico Center. She has been recognized by the Carnegie Corporation’s “Immigrants: Pride of America” program.

Recent CDs include Harmonic Constellations (New World Records, American electronic works, 2016) and Voyage Apollonian (Innova Records, own works for motion sensor and Brazilian jazz, 2017). Kimura will perform at the Summit using a prototype WIFI sensor to extract musical expressions. Kimura directs “Future Music Lab” at the Atlantic Music Festival in Maine, and teaches Interactive Computer Music Performance at The Juilliard School.

Previously announced Summit speakers include:

•Professor Kovin Naidoo, OD, MPH, PhD, FAAO and CEO of the Brien Holden Vision Institute, who will speak about vision care’s involvement in AI via plans for the newly-formed Microsoft Intelligent Network for Eyecare (MINE).

•Discussing how a new collaboration between Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and Google’s DeepMind is advancing vision care will be Pearse A. Keane, MD, FRCOphth, a consultant ophthalmologist at Moorfields and an NIHR Clinician Scientist, based at the Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London (UCL). Keane will appear at the Summit via a taped interview.

•Reviewing perspectives about how AI is being used by businesses in the arena of commerce and mobile payments will be Alberto Jimenez, IBM Watson Commerce. A frequent speaker and author, Jimenez is responsible for IBM’s global product strategy and the execution of order management and payments.

•Sharing solutions and ideas about AI in the realm of marketing and advertising will be Or Shani, CEO and founder, Adgorithms. Adgorithms is the creator of Albert, the world’s first and only self-driven marketing and advertising platform, used by such top brands as Harley-Davidson, EVISU, Made.com and others.

The 2017 VM Summit Premier Sponsors are Essilor, Europa Eyewear and VSP Global; Signature Sponsors are Alcon and Luxottica; Supporting Sponsors are ABS Smart Mirror, CareCredit and The Vision Council.

Additional Summit speakers will be announced soon. A limited number of tickets are still available. For more information, go to the VM Summit registration site.
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