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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

With Artificial Intelligence dominating the recent tech landscape, you may have a few questions. Like, “What is AI? How do I use it? Can I use my WIFI password or will one be given to me?” These are great questions. All of which we’ll answer at our Round Table event.
From self-driving cars to cat facial recognition (yep, this is real), swathes of human endeavor are being taken over by machines working faster, harder and more efficiently than us mere mortals. This steely superpower has everyone clamoring to take a ride on the AI bandwagon.
With Artificial Intelligence, you’ll provide a more meaningful and customized experience for consumers. One that helps bring brands From Now to Next®.
But, like most things, integrating AI may be easier said than done. We suggest taking a deep breath, counting to three, and signing up for this Round Table.


Thursday, June 29, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Complimentary refreshments and lunch will be provided.


Conference Chicago at University Center
525 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60605
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Registration Deadline:

Registration closes on June 22, 2017.


Call 414.270.7235 or email Nicole Stone at


9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Registration + Refreshments

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Welcome + Opening Remarks

10:00 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

The Future Of Your Industry: Leveraging AI

Neil Sahota – IBM Master Inventor, IBM Watson Group at IBM

With the advent of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions (e.g. IBM Watson, DeepMind AlphaGo), organizations are the precipice of a major change. Much like the iPhone (released just 10 years ago), we are at a pivotal time where AI will be incorporated into so many aspects of our professional and personal lives. Organizations that have suffered through pain points they could not resolve or opportunities they could not achieve may now have a solution through cognitive computing. To bring the next generation of products and solutions to the forefront, organizations will need fresh ideas and new techniques and practices to best leverage AI capabilities. In turn, this means developing people who understand cognitive computing and how to use it for future product development. This presentation will illustrate the path ahead of you and how to begin your journey with AI.
Neil Sahota
Neil Sahota
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Neil Sahota is an IBM Master Inventor and World Wide Business Development Leader in the IBM Watson Group. His work experience spans multiple industries including healthcare, life sciences, retail, travel and transportation, energy and utilities, automotive, telecommunications, media/communication and government. Neil is also one of the few individuals selected for IBM’s Corporate Service Corps leadership program that pairs leaders with NGOs to perform community-driven economic development projects. For his assignment, Neil lived and worked in Ningbo, China where he partnered with Chinese corporate CEOs to create a leadership development program.
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Data-Driven Fashion

Ranjitha Kumar – Assistant Professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Data-driven fashion systems of the future will revolutionize the way consumers shop for clothing and choose outfits: imagine an automated personal stylist that ships clothes straight to your door based on their compatibility with your existing wardrobe, the upcoming events on your calendar, and style trends learned from the web. To build such systems, we must identify the fashion activities that are the largest consumer pain points, the interventions necessary to alleviate those pains, and the computational models that enable those interventions. To guide the design of these next-generation tools, we propose an experimentation engine for fashion interfaces: leveraging social media platforms to run multivariate design tests with thousands to millions of users. In this talk, I will sketch the design space of fashion experiments, and present preliminary results from deploying our “fashion bots.”

Ranjitha Kumar
Ranjitha Kumar
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Ranjitha Kumar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research has received best paper awards and nominations at premiere conferences in HCI, and been recognized by the machine learning community through invited papers at IJCAI and ICML.
11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.


12:20 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Actionable AI – How To Get Stuff Done When Everything Is In Flux

Sam Saha – VP Engineering at Laughlin Constable

Sean Barry – Senior VP Digital at Laughlin Constable

Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, and Deep Learning all seem to be buzz words, as well as real movements that are defining where business, engineering and society is heading. Not wanting to be left behind and yet not knowing how to start can be paralyzing. In short, how do we make AI actionable for our business?

This talk is about real experiences at Laughlin Constable building out solutions in this space. Our experiences and insights can help answer some of your more nagging questions like:

  • We are not Google or Amazon or Microsoft or IBM…we can’t do this, right?
  • We are not a software company; do we need to get in on this?
  • Do we need to spend millions?
  • Will we make gazillions?
  • Will it take years and years?
  • Is the hot dog app a real thing?
  • How do we start?
  • When do we start?
Take away some concrete answers and let’s discuss some new, interesting questions as well.
Sam Saha
Sam Saha
Laughlin Constable
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Sam Saha helps clients migrate workloads onto cloud platforms like Microsoft Azure and AWS, researching/implementing processing pipelines to deliver scalable solutions (like using message queues, Azure functions/AWS Lambdas) and integrating hardware to create an ecosystem of platforms and devices to create a frictionless experience for end-users.
Sean Barry
Sean Barry
Laughlin Constable
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Sean approaches digital marketing, technology and client business needs with an open mind and the drive to lead any initiative that will increase productivity. His 12+ years of experience within the space is essential to guiding LC’s digital strategy and vision. Sean views the ever-changing aspects of digital marketing as an exciting chance to innovate and blaze new trails on a regular basis.
1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Panel Discussion

Moderated by George Slefo – Technology Reporter at Ad Age

Moderated by George Slefo
Moderated by George Slefo
Ad Age
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George Slefo is an Ad Age tech reporter, where he has explored the new innovations influencing marketers for the past two years. Prior to that, he was a reporter for the Chicago-Sun Times 24-hour breaking news desk and spent time as a reporter in Amman, Jordan covering the Middle East. Slefo attended Columbia College Chicago after serving in the Army and being honorably discharged in 2008.
1:50 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks


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