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Track 1: Innovative Methods with Data Science & AI (Taper Hall 101)

All times are US Pacific Time (PT)

8:30 AM PT

Welcome + Introduction

Prof Sha Yang (Vice Dean and Ernest Hahn Professor of Marketing at Marshall School of Business, USC) and RMDS Lab Team

9:15 AM PT

Topic: Tips for Lifelong Learning in Data Science

Abstract: Whether you're an established professional or just trying to break into the field, data science requires that you always be learning. But how do you keep up as technology changes and job requirements evolve? In this talk, you'll discover the best practices from the science of teaching and learning, with tips for implementing them in the data sciences. Topics will include self-regulated learning, connected note-taking, mentorship, and backwards design. It doesn't matter if you want to deploy a Kubeflow cluster or bone up on calculus fundamentals; you'll leave this talk with concrete steps reaching your learning goal.

Speaker: Nicholas Cifuentes-Goodbody, Chief Data Scientist, WorldQuant University

15 minute transition

10:15 AM PT

Topic: Neural search solutions for enterprises using modern data stack

Abstract:
1. Overview or Why neural search over a keyword search?
2. Data ingestion and metadata extraction
3. Choosing Data lake / Delta lake, Data mesh architectures
4. Headless BI (or Metrics Layer as a natural extension in the architecture after we have a Data lake)
5. Building neural search using dense vectors and ways to scale them efficiently"

Speakers: Sasi Kiran Malladi, Head - AI/ML & Web3 Practices, ValueLabs  & Vijay Shankar Ganesh K, SVP - Consulting, ValueLabs 

15 minute transition

11:15 AM PT

Topic: Data Analytics in Sports: Trends and Methods

Abstract: Sports analytics is the study of sports statistics, which includes aspects of athletics such as player performance, business operations, and recruitment. Sports associations benefit from the use of statistics in competitions. The study of sports through the lens of quantitative and statistical principles is known as sports analytics. On-field analytics are separated from off-field analytics. Using on-field analytics, players and coaches can improve their tactics and physical fitness. Off-field analytics makes use of statistics to assist sport enterprises' management in making decisions that lead to greater economic profitability and growth.

Speaker: Dr. Rajesh Kumar K V, Assistant Professor, Business Analytics, School of Business, Woxsen University 

15 minute transition

12:15 PM PT

Topic: TBD

Abstract: Coming soon.

Speaker: Scott McGrath, Master Financial Planner, Nexxess Financial

15 minute transition

1:15 PM PT

Topic: Training and calibration of uncertainty-aware machine learning models

Abstract: Deep neural networks and other complex machine learning models are widely applied in many areas of data science and their predictions influence important decisions in many applications, including business, autonomous driving, medical diagnostics, and security monitoring, to name a few examples. Inaccurate prediction in those contexts can be costly or even dangerous, which makes it essential to provide practitioners with reliable and explainable tools for uncertainty assessment. Unfortunately, many machine learning models are not designed to understand uncertainty and they often lead to overconfident predictions. This talk will provide a beginner-friendly introduction to state-of-the-art conformal inference techniques that can be utilized to estimate statistically principled and easily understandable measures of confidence for the individual predictions computed by any machine learning model. Then, we will discuss very recent work developing novel techniques that allow one to specifically train more uncertainty-aware deep neural networks that are less prone to overconfidence and more effective at producing accurate and dependable predictions.

Speaker: Matteo Sesia, Assistant Professor, USC

15 minute transition

2:15 PM PT

Topic: What are the building blocks for a modern data platform in a multi-hybrid cloud future?

Abstract: By 2025, according to Gartner, 90 percent of data platforms would fail as a result of a lack of support for hybrid-multi cloud architecture. The two essential parts of a modern data platform—a Data Fabric and a Data Mesh—will be covered in detail in this session, along with clear definitions, use cases, and value propositions. Find out how a modern data platform strategy allows for data transparency and automation of curated data products at Top 10 Life Science and Top 5 Health Insurance clients as key differentiators.

Speaker: Baz Khuti, President, Modak US

15 minute transition

3:15 PM PT

Topic: Revolutionizing Education with Artificial Intelligence and New Technologies

Abstract: We’ll discuss new educational experiences that can be created by using AI and other new technologies, such as VR and AR, to reimagine learning based on progressive educational methods. We will explore AI-driven educational experience and the role of learning analytics, examine success stories and the reasons for their success, and look ahead to the next generation of AI-driven education. We’ll also discuss potential concerns to be prepared for as AI-driven education evolves, along with the potential large-scale, positive impact that AI-driven education can have on society.

Speaker: Dr. David Guralnick, President and CEO, Kaleidoscope Learning

15 minute transition

4:15 PM PT (remote)

Topic: Identity in Web3 - Decentralized Identity

Abstract: What will our identities look like in Web3? Identity is the accessible attributes and characteristics about a distinct entity, and Web3 is the decentralized web that heralds self-sovereign digital ownership. Harrison Tang, the CEO of Spokeo and an expert in identity, will go in depth into the next evolution of identity in Web3, the emerging technologies, and impacts on different markets and our everyday lives.

Speaker: Harrison Tang, CEO, Spokeo

End of Day.



Track 2: AI and Web3 in industrial practice (Taper Hall 201)

All times are US Pacific Time (PT)

8:30 AM PT

Welcome + Introduction

Prof Sha Yang (Vice Dean and Ernest Hahn Professor of Marketing at Marshall School of Business, USC) and RMDS Lab Team

15 minute transition

9:15 AM PT

Topic: Data 4 Good:  Quantifying data value/results

Abstract: Our collective surge to go-digital is not advancing fast or well. One of the primary reasons is a general lack of organizational data literacy and how that prevents the articulation of data value/results. This program describes how the role of storytelling involves organizational knowledge workers more directly and how to assign value to the data derived results. Because of data's unique properties, many do not think of data holistically or as the literal foundation of digitization efforts. The effort begins with a solid understanding of basic data truths such as GIGO. Literally you cannot digitize if your data is a mess. Your team likely does not have the time or the knowledge how to eliminate your existing data debit. Raising knowledge worker data literacy directly benefits digitization efforts. Done through the prism of data storytelling is the proverbial win-win situation–producing fast results with less effort. A number of data stories are related illustrating how data has benefited society in direct and non-monetary ways–presenting a number of examples of how to qualify data results. Lack of this data knowledge has so far hindered society from fully realizing our collective potential benefits. More importantly, organizations adopting these data knowledge requirements can directly and immediately improve organizational knowledge worker productivity. Delegates will: Understand how the current, generally immature data practices present a relative green-field opportunity for many organizations Understand the critical role played by knowledge workers improving organizational data literacy levels Begin to estimate the value-ranges of actual measure resulting from data improvements Better understand h ow to incorporate value into data storytelling

Speaker: Peter Aiken, Associate Professor of Information Systems, Virginia Commonwealth University

15 minute transition

10:15 AM PT

Topic: Restaurant Education via Data Analytics? Is that true?

Abstract:
1) What is a "Digital Restaurant" ?
2) Why Restaurant May Transfer into an eCommerce Company?
3) What may be missing in the current restaurant education?

Speaker: Dr. Cervantes Lee, Assistant Professor, UNLV Hospitality College

15 minute transition

11:15 AM PT

Topic: How to Build Data for Web3

Abstract: What does building a data team in Web3 look like? What are the challenges and opportunities, and what should you expect to be different from Web2? Lessons from what to consider when setting up a blockchain data warehouse to tips for leveraging it to drive product strategy.

Speaker: Darren Lin, Staff Data Scientist, Circle

15 minute transition

12:15 PM PT

Panel Topic: How Celebrities are Using Web3 and Data Science to Connect with Fans (and make more money)

Abstract: Web3 is providing top celebrity talent with the data to grow their influence. Learn from executives investing in this emerging space and the founders paving the way to help celebrities reach new markets, grow their fan followings, and turn that into profit – and why that’s important for data scientists as a macro trend.

Speakers: Jackie Fast, Managing Partner, Sandbox Studios & Josh Wolters, CEO, Legaci & Max Brabant, Entertainment at Meta

15 minute transition

1:15 PM PT

Topic: Embracing AI for Healthcare Transformation

Abstract: Unlock the pearls of wisdom hiding in your organization’s ocean of data. AI is a tool to be used, not an entire solution. Learn how to drive innovation and organization agility by focusing machines on what they do well, so that your payers, providers, and patients can have a more frictionless medical experience and better patient outcomes

Speaker: Lisa Thee, Data for Good Sector Lead, Launch Consulting

15 minute transition

2:15 PM PT

Panel topic: Supply Chain Optimization with Web3 Technologies

Abstract: Supply chain is crucial to business success and also affect everyone’s daily life. In this panel, the experts will discuss how data science and web3 technologies have already been utilized to optimize supply chains, with some successful use cases, and especially how web3 technologies including blockchain technologies will be utilized to optimize supply chains in the future

Speaker: Dr. John Jiang, Supply Chain Consultant, Walmart & Bill Gilroy, COO, Toolots & Lauria Lou, eMBA

15 minute transition

3:15 PM PT

Topic Topic: Panel Discussion on Web3 Global Adoption

Abstract: Web3 has become increasingly more popular in the last year as the world has begun its shift toward digital assets. See how people are utilizing Web3 to redistribute ownership and power of the internet back to the people. Learn from leaders in the space and how the global adoption of Web3 can change the world around us.

Speaker: Wesley Xia, Head of BD, Huobi Exchange & June Zhu, CEO, ChargerGoGo & Rajat Kamboj, Sales & BD Manager, RMDS Lab

15 minute transition

4:15 PM PT (remote)

Topic: Moving to a "share-first" mindset: why and what that means

Abstract: Organizations are moving from a risk-averse approach of data sharing to share-first approach. We will discuss the causes for this change, and whether this change is good for security and data teams. Finally, we’ll discuss data security platforms and best practices for data democratization.

Speaker: Ben Herzberg, Chief Scientist, Satori

End of Day.

 

 



Track 3: NFT and the future of cryptocurrency (Taper Hall 301)

All times are US Pacific Time (PT)

8:30 AM PT

Welcome + Introduction

Prof Sha Yang (Vice Dean and Ernest Hahn Professor of Marketing at Marshall School of Business, USC) and RMDS Lab Team

15 minute transition

9:15 AM PT

Topic: How the Metaverse will transform our future

Abstract: The metaverse will provide accessibility to resources, knowledge, technology, opportunity in a borderless world where individuals will be able to take control over their own life eco system. The Metaverse will radically increase the affordability of a wide range of experiences, products, services, opportunities by giving poor and middle-class people access to luxuries previously only available to the wealthy. It will provide businesses a new revenue stream by morphing the past and present to create a new form of Web 3 E-commerce. The Metaverse will also allow a new economy to open up where there is an additional avenue to create, trade, and enhance wealth. Using a currency distinct from the real world will provide more opportunities for many.

Speaker: May Mahboob, President, MBD Financials

15 minute transition

10:15 AM PT

Topic: Safely onboarding the next billion users into NFTs

Abstract: Although the industry has seen an all-time low, it's safe to say that NFTs have reached a certain maturation threshold. The initial hype is dying, therefore, allowing projects and platforms with substantial use-cases and utilities to be more visible amidst the noise. More and more companies are carefully embracing this technology and integrating NFTs into their business from retail to human resource. NFTs are not just digital profile pictures anymore, they're dynamic, evolving and becoming an integral part of the global economy.

Speaker: Matt Cross, Investment Associate, Blockchain Founders Fund

15 minute transition

11:15 AM PT

Topic: Virtual Real Estate

Abstract: Web 3 virtual real estate is the new real estate. Owning your virtual home and physical home will be the new normal.

Speaker: Hahz Terry, Founder, LUV NFT

15 minute transition

12:15 PM PT

Panel Topic: Global Youth NFT Marketplace - Guiding Your Creative Genius

Abstract: This is a unique project of using NFTs to serve high school students, and by high school students, which aims to aid high school student creativity realization and help minimizing digital divide. Comprised of college and high school students from Stanford, UC Berkeley M.E.T., Georgetown, amongst others, supported by an advisory board including current and former leaders of RMDS Lab, IBM, and The Commonweal. Link essentially integrates the operations of digital fundraising platforms, such as GoFundMe, and the infrastructure of NFT marketplaces, such as OpenSea, to create a mutually stimulating community of creators and donors. The Link platform will provide all parties involved in the fundraising SOLUTION process incentives to develop, operate, and monetize their own creations, expanding their outreach to maximize their impact. The Link platform also introduces and inspires a new era of digital monetization in youth across the world.


Speaker: Link Team: Susan Zhang & Adam Yang & Kyle Wong

15 minute transition

1:15 PM PT

Panel Topic: Using NFTs & Data Science to Make a Big Impact

Abstract: NFTs are a powerful vessel for data empowerment. We'll discuss various use cases in different industries for giving businesses and their audiences control over their data as well as how converging technologies offer additional utility. We'll cover both the benefits and challenges.

Speaker: Josh Kriger, Co-Host and Co-Founder, Edge of NFT Podcast & Stanley Bishop, Head of Data Science, LabDAO & Jevan Fox, CRO, Agency Enterprise Studio & Gordon Gould, Investor

15 minute transition

2:15 PM PT

Topic: NFTs: The Salesforce of Web3? How NFTs Will Disrupt Ticketing & The Music Industry

Abstract: NFTs: The Salesforce of Web3? What are some of the most innovative NFT applications for creators that will likely emerge over the next few years but are not getting much traction yet? This talk explores unorthodox / under-the-radar ways that NFTs will captivate new audiences, maximize creator revenue, improve data collection, and take fandom to the next level. Learn about monetizing the secondary market in event ticketing, identity verification, and CRM-style engagement tracking that will blow the current browser cookie approach completely out of the water.

Speaker: Bear Matthews, COO, Vylto & Dalton Letorney, Strategic Growth Coordinator, Hulu

15 minute transition

3:15 PM PT

Topic: Tokenization: What is the opportunity?

Abstract: The last few years have brought about a number of reasons to evaluate and re-evaluate how we do things – things that could be done differently, faster, better. Does this include the Tokenization of real-world assets and capital markets? How do the fintech innovations happening today and decentralized finance apply to more traditional investments and markets? Technology plays a factor, but so does adoption of that technology. There are gaps in the industry that need to be addressed before regulatory environments can truly be democratized and opened up for change. Join Vince Kadar, CEO, Polymath, as he discusses the opportunities for change and the elements that need to be addressed to create opportunities for all classes of investors.

Speaker: Vince Kadar, CEO, Polymath

15 minute transition

4:15 PM PT (remote)

Topic: Digital asset management with blockchain and NFTs

Abstract: Our identity can persist with our avatars and AR/VR representations and be certain, deterministic and applied with non-repudiation. The things we value are represented in the form of tokenized assets with valuation vehicles that not only prevent double-spending but also leverage blockchain as a transaction system, which brings the fundamental tenets of blockchain (trade, trust and ownership) to the Metaverse. This session will explore the intertwined nature of Digital assets, crypto, NFTs and Web3.0 which collectively represent Metaverse.  While NFTs emerge as an asset class, they also begin to surface as a symbol and community belief instrument — values by a sect or a sub sect of the community.

Speaker: Nitin Gaur, Global Head of Digital Asset & Technology Design, State Street and Former Director of IBM Financial Services and Digital Asset

End of Day.

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