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Notable Speakers Added to VM’s Final Lineup for Artificial Intelligence Summit

By Staff
Friday, March 3, 2017 12:24 AM

(L to R) Newly announced speakers for VM’s Global Leadership Summit are Hilary Mason, John Gelles, OD, Paul Karpecki, OD, Peter Morgan and Chandra Narayanaswami, PhD.

NEW YORK—Several notable speakers have joined the select group of experts in artificial intelligence, data science, marketing, telemedicine and vision care who will speak at Vision Monday’s Global Leadership Summit. The day-long conference, titled “A-Eye - Artificial Intelligence: Supercharging Knowledge and Decision Making” will examine the many ways in which artificial intelligence (AI), is rapidly transforming both business-to-business and business-to-consumer interactions.

The lead-off speaker, Hilary Mason, is founder and CEO of Fast Forward Labs, a machine intelligence research company, and data scientist in residence at Accel Partners. Previously, Mason was chief scientist at bitly. She co-hosts DataGotham, a conference for New York's homegrown data community, and co-founded HackNY, a non-profit that helps engineering students find opportunities in New York's creative technical economy.

She’s on the board of the Anita Borg Institute and is an advisor to several companies including Sparkfun Electronics, Wildcard and Wonder. Mason served on Mayor Bloomberg’s Technology Advisory Board, and is a member of Brooklyn hacker collective NYC Resistor.

Chandra Narayanaswami, PhD, is currently the chief scientist for IBM Blockchain and Supply Chain at IBM Research. He is actively involved in core science and technology for several areas of cognitive commerce including IBM Watson, covering real-time personalized customer engagement solutions, alternative and dynamic points of commerce, next generation supply chains, omnichannel inventory and order fulfillment optimization, and retail/mobile payments.

His past work includes the Linux Watch, SoulPad and Personal Mobile Hub that included medical monitoring applications, Inverted Browsers, a navigation system that was the first to provide photographs along with route information and OpenGL graphics standards.

John Gelles, OD, is the director of the specialty contact lens division at the Cornea and Laser Eye Institute-Hersh Vision Group and the CLEI Center for Keratoconus in Teaneck, New Jersey. Dr. Gelles is also the chief emerging technology officer at CoolDoctors, where his work involves identifying technologies which could be incorporated into the companies eyecare specific telemedicine platform, EyeCareLive, which is designed by eyecare professionals to enhance the range and quality of care and service ECPs provide, strengthen the doctor-patient relationship, and improve clinical outcomes.

He is currently involved in development of the platform’s real time analytics of patient generated data and in researching the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning to analyze ocular conditions to further complement care.

Paul M. Karpecki, OD, FAAO, received his doctor of optometry degree from Indiana University and completed a fellowship in medical cornea and refractive surgery in Kansas City in affiliation with the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He currently works in corneal services, heads the ocular surface disease clinic and is director of clinical research at the Koffler Vision Group in Lexington, Kentucky.

A noted educator and author, Dr. Karpecki has provided over 1,000 invited lectures at various meetings domestically and covering four continents. He currently serves as the chief clinical editor for Review of Optometry.

Peter Morgan is a published author and computer science industry veteran with 20 years’ experience working within the tech industry. He is currently chief data officer at Ivy Data Science where he oversees AI technology strategy and platform and training development in the latest deep learning frameworks and applications.

Ivy Data Science offer an immersive AI bootcamp as well as consulting and AI startup incubator. As an entrepreneur, Morgan has founded companies in the AI, social media and music industries. He also serves on the advisory board of technology startups.

The previously announced Summit speakers are Kovin Naidoo, OD, MPH, of the Brien Holden Vision Institute; Mark Platshon, managing director and co-founder of Icebreaker Ventures’ Autonomous World Fund; Victor Morrison, chief strategy officer and senior vice president of sales for Next IT’s health care division; Alex John London, professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Ethics and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University; violinist and composer Mari Kimura; Pearse A. Keane, MD, FRCOphth, consultant ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital; Alberto Jimenez, OMS and payments leader, IBM Watson Commerce, and Or Shani, CEO and founder, Adgorithms.

A limited number of tickets are still available for the VM Summit. For more information, go to the VM Summit registration site.
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