Applied Data Science Invited Speakers

The Applied Data Science Invited Talks will provide a venue for leading experts in the world of applied data mining and knowledge discovery. These invited talks will feature highly influential speakers who have directly contributed to successful data mining applications in their respective fields. The talks and discussions will focus on innovative and leading-edge, large-scale industry or government applications of data mining in areas such as finance, health-care, bio-informatics, public policy, infrastructure, telecommunications, social media and computational advertising.

Keynote: Ashwin Ram

Ashwin Ram


Innovating with Language AI

Understanding human language in real world scenarios involves not just natural language processing but also speech, vision, knowledge graphs, user modeling, and other AI techniques. Doing this at Google scale involves planetary-scale cloud computing as well as tiny-scale edge computing. I’ll share a behind-the-scenes look at how Google uses Language AI to power its billion-user products, and discuss some of the newer approaches we are developing to make sense of human language. I’ll end with our vision to democratize AI and how you can use Google AI in your own work.

"Dr. Ashwin Ram is Technical Director of AI in the Office of the CTO for Google Cloud. He focuses on bringing Google AI to the world through deep personalized engagement with the leadership of top companies to reimagine their businesses by leveraging the power of AI. He also works with Google’s AI teams to drive new technologies and capabilities that address customer needs. Ashwin is a distinguished AI researcher, technologist, and entrepreneur. Prior to Google, Ashwin was Senior Manager of AI Science for Amazon Alexa. He led cross-functional R&D initiatives to create advanced Conversational AI technologies for intelligent agents, including the university-facing Alexa Prize competition. Before that, Ashwin managed the Interactive Intelligence research area at Xerox PARC, creating PARC’s Digital Health program and leading a team to invent new behavior change technologies to help people adopt healthier lifestyles. He was a professor in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech and director of the Cognitive Computing Lab, and is now an adjunct professor there. He has co-founded multiple startups, including OpenStudy (acquired by Brainly), an online social learning network, and Enkia (acquired by Sentiment360), which developed AI software for social media applications."