Pittsburgh Technical Council

Beyond Big Data: AI/Machine Learning Summit 2020

Beyond Big Data: AI/Machine Learning Summit 2020

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The Pittsburgh Technology Council and CGI Present
Beyond Big Data: AI/Machine Learning Summit 

Speakers | Panel Discussions | Technology ShowcaseAgenda & Location
Sponsors | Cost & Registration

Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning are empowering businesses, solving tough challenges, and have the potential to make life easier and more productive for us all. 

C-level executives in a variety of industries are using these technologies to make better business decisions and to serve their customers better and more efficiently.  However, navigating through the hype and the magnitude of data may be a challenge. 

Now in its 5th iteration, Beyond Big Data: AI/ML Summit is a unique opportunity for managers on every level to learn more about the opportunities of these technologies while connecting with others in the industry. With a focus on trends and best practices, the event aims to explore strategies, best practices and technologies surrounding data analysis, artificial intelligence and machine learning while keeping in mind the implications of regulations, privacy, data protection, and ethics that govern this field. 

The one-day event will feature keynote speakers and several panel discussions. This program is designed to enrich, enlighten and entertain.

Keynote Speakers:

Steve MillerSteve Miller, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Analytics, DICK'S Sporting Goods



Devashish SaxenaVice President and Chief Digital Officer, PPG



Manuela VelosaManuela Veloso, Ph.D., Managing Director, Head of AI Research, J.P. Morgan 




PANEL DISCUSSIONS: (Subject to Change & More Panelists TBD)

Big Data and Beyond: 101

Confused about big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning? Been reading the buzz, but don’t know where to get started? This panel of experts is here to help you navigate these complex concepts and start you on the path to help you to develop a strategy to implement solutions into your business.  


  • Jeff Chrabaszcz, Ph.D., Lead Data Scientist, Govini
  • Carl P. Evans III, FounderTercero Technologies
  • Robbie Sedgewick, Ph.D., Founder and Vice President of Engineering, BrdgAI
  • Grant Strimel, Senior Machine Learning Scientist, Amazon Alexa

Moderated by: Ramayyaa Krishnan, Dean, W.W. Cooper and Ruth F. Cooper Professor of Management Science and Information Systems,  The Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, CMU & President-Elect of INFORMS


Building Smart(er), Better, and Safer Transportation for Smart Cities

This panel will discuss the current state and future potential of autonomous vehicles and smart road systems. We’ll look at the role that artificial intelligence plays in the autonomous space, but how it will help drivers stay alert and safe on the roads and keep the flow of traffic moving to get us from point A to point B more quickly. Transportation is a key component in smart cities. Attend this session to learn how Pittsburgh is on the forefront in transporting us to become a smarter city. 


Moderated By: Cheryl Moon-Sirianni, P.E., District Executive, PA Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 11-0



The world faces a lot of big challenges. From public health to law enforcement, there are limits to what humans can achieve on our own. Using data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, we can now solve the previously unsolvable. But, are there unintended consequences? This session will explore the potential of big data, AI, and ML as it pertains to solving some of our greatest modern problems and the considerations that we need to keep top of mind as we start to implement these solutions. 


Moderated By: Kenny Chen, Executive Director, Partnership to Advance Responsible Technology


Beyond the Big Business Issues 

Businesses face challenges every day from employee safety, training, and productivity, to ever increasing customer demands and pressures of competition. Big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning are increasingly being used as a tool to help businesses become more efficient, save money, and to meet the needs of both customers and staff in a better and more meaningful way. This panel will delve into the possible. Learn about how your business may achieve more and learn how your organization may get to the next level.


  • Israel Alguindigue, Ph.D., Vice President of Analytics, Fortive 
  • Ed Bryner, Director of Engineering, Gecko Robotics
  • Paul Burke, Vice President of Digital Strategy, Highmark Health
  • Tony Efremenko, Executive Architect and Analytics, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, Product Owner, IBM

Moderated By: Susan Stranburg, Senior Manager, Data Scientist, AI Solutions Lab, PwC

Technology Showcase

Come check out the latest product and service offerings from our sponsors. There will be representatives on hand to answer all of your questions. You may find the solution to some of your company's biggest challenges here.


AGENDA: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM (Subject to Change)

  • 7:30 - 8:30 AM | Registration, Networking, Technology Showcase, and Light Breakfast - Sponsored by TeraSwitch
  • 8:30 - 8:45 | Introduction by Audrey Russo, President and CEO, Pittsburgh Technology Council & CGI
  • 8:45 - 9:30 | Keynote I: Steve Miller, Senior VP of Strategy & Analytics, DICK'S Sporting Goods - Sponsored by SDLC Partners
  • 9:30 - 10:15 | Panel I: Big Data and Beyond: 101
  • 10:15 - 10:45 | Networking Break and Technology Showcase - Sponsored by LANXESS
  • 10:45 - 11:15 | Keynote II: Manuela Veloso, Ph.D., Managing Director, Head of AI Research, J.P. Morgan
  • 11:15 - 12:00 PM | Panel II: Building Smart(er), Better, and Safer Transportation for Smart Cities
  • 12:00 - 1:30 | Lunch and Technology Showcase - Sponsored by Sprint Business
  • 1:30 - 2:15 | Panel III: Social IMPACT is Big IMPACT
  • 2:15 - 2:45 | Networking Break and Technology Showcase
  • 2:45 - 3:30 | Panel IV: Beyond the Big Business Issues – Sponsored by Cloudera
  • 3:30 - 4:15 | Keynote III: Devashish Saxena, Vice President and Chief Digital Officer, PPG
  • 4:30 - 5:30 | Networking, Adult Beverages and Technology Showcase - Sponsored by Sumo Logic

WHEN: Thursday, January 30, 2020

WHERE: Marriott City Center, 112 Washington Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Member: $175 by January 9, 2020 | $195 after January 9 | $215 Late
Non-Member: $299 by January 9, 2020 | $310 after January 9 | $320 Late

*Entrepreneur Rate: $115 Member 
Non-Member's pay the standard Non-Member rate. 
*Please contact Melissa Becker at mbecker@pghtech.org to see if you qualify for and to register for the entrepreneur rate.


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Happy Hour Sponsor:
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CIO Insights Sponsor:

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Supporting Sponsor:
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Sponsorship Opportunities are available for all budgets! Contact Ashley Steckel for more information.

Online Registration will close on January 24, 2020.

Pre-Registration is always requested, when possible, so that we may best plan for your arrival. Walk-in registrants, when accepted, must pay late/ onsite (additional fee required) with a credit card or check to obtain entry to the event, no exceptions. Refunds requested less than 2 business days prior to the event will not be granted. Substitutions are welcome. 

Not sure if your company's a Member, or have questions about How to Register?  Please contact Sandra Rose at srose@pghtech.org.

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