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Speakers subject to availability

 

Beena Ammanath

Beena Ammanath

 

Leveraging AI in Defense: Balancing Innovation and Trust

Beena leads Trustworthy AI & Technology Trust Ethics at Deloitte. She is the author of “Trustworthy AI”, a book that can help businesses navigate trust and ethics in AI.

Beena has extensive global experience in AI and digital transformation, spanning across e-commerce, finance, marketing, telecom, retail, software products, services and industrial domains with companies across a variety of industries. Beena is also the Founder of non-profit, Humans For AI, an organization dedicated to increasing diversity in AI.

Beena also serves on the Board of AnitaB.org and the Advisory Board at Cal Poly College of Engineering. Prior to her joining Deloitte, she was a Board Member and Advisor to several technology startups. Beena thrives on envisioning and architecting how data, artificial intelligence, and technology in general, can make our world a better, easier place to live for all humans.

 
Dr. Prasana Balaprakash

Dr. Prasana Balaprakash

Director of AI Programs and Distinguished R&D Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

How AI is Accelerating Scientific Discovery

Prasanna Balaprakash is the Director of AI Programs and Distinguished R&D Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he directs laboratory research, development and application of artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) to solve problems of national importance. His research interests span artificial intelligence, machine learning, optimization, and high-performance computing. He is a recipient of the U.S. Department of Energy's 2018 Early Career Award. Prior to joining Oak Ridge, He was a R&D lead and computer scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. He earned his Ph.D. from CoDE-IRIDIA at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Brussels, Belgium, where he was a recipient of the European Commission's Marie Curie and Belgian F.R.S-FNRS Aspirant fellowships.

 
Fox Bonilla

Fox Bonilla

Co-founder and CEO Harbinger

Convergence: Using AI and Spatial Computing Technologies to Create Photorealistic Personalized Immersive Experiences

Dennis “Fox” Bonilla is a results focused leader in technology development, strategy, and implementation with a proven track record of innovation and expertise in spatial computing and data visualization. Over 25 years, Fox has developed cutting edge VR educational platforms, space mission planning software for NASA, decision support systems for U.S. agencies, and has served in roles supporting committees advising U.S. President Barack Obama about options for future human space flight.

Mr. Bonilla is a company founder and technologist who thrives in rapid problem solving environments. In addition to his CEO duties at Harbinger, Mr. Bonilla serves as adjunct faculty in the School of Arts, Media, and Engineering at Arizona State University. Fox also provides insight and guidance regarding XR and spatial computing industry best practices as the co-chair of the Privacy and Safety Working Group at XRSI.

 
Dr Carlisle

Dr. Alex Carlisle

Founder, Chairman, and CEO of the National Alliance against Disparities in Patient Health (NADPH)

Maximizing the Promise of AI Innovation in Healthcare – Developing Ethical and Equitable AI to Address Health Disparities

Dr. Alex Carlisle holds a Doctorate in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Howard University and received his post-doctoral training at the NIH. His work has focused on developing and applying innovative data analytic approaches to understanding disease progression and how to prevent it. While at the NIH, he developed bioinformatic tools for analyzing gene expression data in prostate cancer and Parkinson’s Disease; later, while at Northrop Grumman Health, he helped develop a prototype for near real-time analysis of integrated genomic and electronic health record data in the cloud, and later led the development of a prototype Precision Oncology Analytics Platform for predicting tumor stage and health outcome in neuroblastoma patients. Dr. Carlisle is the CEO of NADPH, a NADPH, a National nonprofit that leverages advance computational and data science technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning in support of its mission to eliminate health disparities and improve health equity in marginalized and under resourced communities.

 
Keith Crowe

Keith Crowe

AI Business Solutions- Incubator Company IC2 UAH

Practical Applications of AI

Keith Crowe, a distinguished Senior Research Scientist with over 30 years at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, is renowned for his pivotal contributions in IT and automation software engineering. His expertise, particularly in projects for the Department of Defense, Army, and NASA, has been instrumental in driving technological advancement in these fields. His notable achievements include the prestigious NASA Silver Snoopy Award, recognizing his exceptional work on The Virtual Research Center, and his significant role in developing SAFE (Secure Access File Exchange) software, which continues to be an essential tool used by numerous government agencies.

Transitioning from an illustrious academic career to innovative entrepreneurship, Keith founded AI Business Solutions. His visionary approach has been central to democratizing AI technology for small businesses. Under his leadership, the company has emerged as a guiding light for small e-commerce enterprises, empowering them to effectively compete with larger industry players. AI Business Solutions excels in developing accessible AI tools, custom ChatGPT plugins, AI SaaS solutions, and provides bespoke consulting. Keith’s commitment to enhancing operational efficiency, decision-making, and profitability for small enterprises has significantly transformed the use of AI in the competitive digital era. His work exemplifies not only a profound theoretical understanding of AI but also a pragmatic, results-driven approach to applying AI in real-world business challenges."

 
Jeremy Davis

Dr. Jeremy Davis

Professor, University of Alabama in Huntsville

Evolution of AI Models

Jeremy previously worked for the United States Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center with research focused in computer vision applications on embedded systems. Jeremy also previously worked for Babel Street, INC where his research was focused on applying natural language processing (NLP) techniques to open source intelligence (OSIND mediums. Currently, Jeremy works as a Principal Research Engineer at the Center for Cybersecurity Research and Education at the University of Alabama Huntsville where his research is focused on applying machine learning techniques to bolster cybersecurity applications. Jeremy received his PhD in 2022 from Mississippi State University.

Jeremy's research focus is primarily on deep learning in the cybersecurity, computer vision, and natural language processing domains. Jeremy's research interests include: using Al to enhance cybersecurity applications, object detection in images/videos, Al on embedded systems,, bridging the gaps between visual and textual signals, scene understanding, applying Al to OSINT signals, adversarial Al, generative Al, and retrieval augmented generation.

 
Dr Mark Derriso

Dr. Mark Derriso

S&T Chief Engineer & Supervisor, AFRL / 711th Human Performance Wing

AI in Digital Engineering: A Use Case in Human Performance

Dr. Mark M. Derriso is currently serving as the Chief Engineer and Chief Data Officer for the 711th Human Performance Wing, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Paterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He is responsible for providing technical oversight of human performance technology development to ensure successful product transition to customers and end users. Dr. Derriso is spearheading the organization's digital engineering infrastructure development for implementing data analysis and management ecosystems for human performance research and operations. He is an accomplished researcher with 80+ technical publications in the areas of material/structural characterization, health monitoring systems, automatic controls, artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, and human performance. He is particularly experienced in creating innovative solutions using multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches requiring the integration of machines and human systems using advanced systems engineering principles and methodologies.

 
Gilles Fayad

Gilles Fayad

AI Ethics Advisor, IEEE Standards Association.

Trustworthy AI: From Principles To Practice

Gilles is an innovation addict with 20+ years in new products development and ecosystems management worldwide at companies such as Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, Rockwell, or Nortel. He first tackled AI in the context of his Master's of Electrical Engineering at McGill University in Montreal, Canada and never stopped focusing on emerging technologies since then. His deep fascination for the impact of technology on society lead him to contribute his industry experience in emerging technologies product development and ecosystem growth to various organizations including IEEE, where he advises on the AI Ethics program. IEEE SA Advisor, AI Ethics.

 
Vinay Gidwaney

Vinay Gidwaney

Chief Product Officer, OneDigital

AI Effect on WorkLife

As Chief Product Officer (CPO), Vinay Gidwaney is passionate about creating opportunities for employees and families to make better decisions around their finances through OneDigital’s integrated offerings. He leads a strong team of technology experts and developers who deliver the latest in innovative products and solutions to OneDigital’s customer base.

Vinay is a seasoned expert and entrepreneur with decades of experience in employee benefits, insurance and product innovation. Prior to joining OneDigital in September 2021 as CPO, Vinay founded Maxwell Health, later acquired by Sun Life Financial, a financial services organization offering a wide range of insurance and investment products. Most recently. Vinay was the Head of Technology at Boston-based CIC Health, working to scale up operations for COVID-19 testing and mass vaccination sites across Massachusetts. In addition to his role at OneDigital, Gidwaney is a Board Member at the education and social justice non-profit, Design for Change USA, and sits on the advisory boards of several startups in the insurtech, life sciences and healthcare industries.

 
Annie Hanlon

Annie Hanlon

Playbook Consulting & freelance executive and award-winning producer

AI and Entertainment

Annie Hanlon is an accomplished executive and award-winning producer with expertise spanning immersive and virtual production as well as traditional film and series, digital, commercials, and documentary production. A lifelong cinephile working at the intersection of media and technology, she has a track record of strategy, vision, and impact for leading companies in Hollywood and Silicon Valley including Netflix, Lytro, Cisco, and Here Be Dragons.​

She is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Emerging Media Programming & Commercial Peer Groups), the Visual Effects Society (VES) and a board member of the Infinity Festival. A recent graduate of the AI Global Leadership Program, Annie has mentored filmmakers at Facebook (VR for Good ) and USC School of Cinematic Arts, as well as serving as an instructor for graduate students at Boston University.

 
Ben Hansford

Ben Hansford

 

AI in Entertainment & Storytelling

Ben Hansford is an award-winning Director with an unrequited love for storytelling, action-comedy, and Artificial Intelligence. (Which he now teaches at USC.)​

Born in New Orleans LA and raised on a steady diet of movies, fine arts, rap and Dungeons & Dragons, Ben entered Hollywood as a VFX artist at shops like Digital Domain, The Mill, and Framestore. But his true level-up came when he attended USC’s Graduate School of Film & Television. Fly pelican, fly!

Ben has been fortunate enough to direct for clients such as Nike, Old Spice, Bethesda, Bungie, Activision, EA, Call of Duty, Playstation, Microsoft, Mountain Dew, Zynga, P&G, Target, Netfix, Marvel & more.

 
Chris Hill

Christopher M. Hill Ph.D.

Director Army Materiel Command Analysis Group U.S. Army Materiel Command

Leveraging AI in Defense: Balancing Innovation and Trust

Dr. Hill was appointed to a Senior Leader position in May 2017. He serves as Director, Army Materiel Command Analysis Group (AMCAG) and as Chief Data Analyst Officer (CDAO) for AMC. He is responsible to the Commanding General for analysis and studies. Dr Hill ensures credible, timely, and independent strategic-level analysis of the materiel lifecycle, logistics, systems modeling and simulation, and data to support equipping, sustaining, and warfighting decisions. In his role as the Command’s Chief of Data and Analytics, he is responsible for the execution of analytics across the Command.​

 
Carl Holden

Carl Holden

Creative Director, Zellus Marketing

The TRUST Framework: Ethically Integrating AI Into Your Organization

Carl Holden is a LinkedIn Top Voice in AI and has certifications in 150+ hours of AI courses/classes from Wharton School of Business, IBM, Microsoft, Google, and more. For the last decade, he has been an owner and creative director of Zellus Marketing, an agency well known for ranking clients in Google locally and nationally.

Carl is a world semifinalist of Toastmasters, speaking in networking events and other conferences on the topic of marketing or AI. He is an Amazon Top Author in Marketing and Web Analytics, AI contributor in the Huntsville Business Journal, and a writer for Forbes Business Council. Carl has extensive knowledge in AI fundamentals as well as hands-on knowledge in generative AI through his agency and other entrepreneurial endeavors.

 
Yvonne Ivey-Parker

Yvonne Ivey-Parker

 

Data is the Challenge; AI is the Opportunity: Turning the Flood of Space Data into Actionable Insights

Yvonne Ivey-Parker (she/her) wears many hats – she advises NASA senior leaders and diverse teams across the Earth and Space Sciences and Space Technology space providing strategy and data management expertise to deploy diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility roadmaps and toolkits as well as provides strategic advisement around the development and deployment of advanced analytics tools to help mine and manage big data. She is passionate about business operations, product design, and reigniting teams to reimagine their work through the lens of DEI principles and practices to make their data products more accessible and inclusive. Recently, Yvonne served as the Equity Lead for NASA’s Open Source Science Initiative, a $40 million, 5 year mission focused on creating a movement within the global science community towards opening up the scientific process for all – regardless of research, socio-economic background. Through this initiative, Yvonne worked across international science teams, industry and federal R&D agency partners, the White House, and science data users to develop a comprehensive plan on how to engage historically excluded communities to utilize NASA’s science data but more importantly ignite a discussion around the disparities and barriers into science for many minorities.

When Yvonne isn’t advising and providing data driven insights - you can find her leading strategy to create solutions with a focus on building and empowering diverse and equitable workplaces through her work at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy subcommittee, Compass Pro Bono, Junior League of Washington, and internal teams at Booz Allen Hamilton. She takes pride in being a connector, servant leader, and brainstorming partner. Prior to joining Booz Allen, Yvonne spent time at the National Archives as an archivist making the US Federal records findable and accessible to the public - working with special access, Pre-WWI, and US Presidential records. Yvonne holds a Master’s in Library and Information Sciences from the University of North Texas and received her Bachelor’s in English Literature from Spelman College. She enjoys volunteering at the DC Public Library, re-learning French, and drinking natural wines from all over the world. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, daughter (she’s almost 5 months!) and two dogs.

 
Michael Jung

Michael Jung

CFO and Head of Global Business at DeepBrain AI

AI in Entertainment & Storytelling

Michael Jung, currently serving as the CFO and Head of Global Business at DeepBrain AI, brings a wealth of experience in corporate strategy and AI technology to his role. With a background in economic and accounting studies from the University of California, San Diego, Michael has navigated through impactful positions at SK Group and LG Group, specializing in M&A, due diligence, and valuation. His transition to DeepBrain AI reflects a strategic pivot towards developing and implementing generative AI avatar solutions. Michael's conviction in this technology stems from his belief that it represents the future of engagement, where AI avatars seamlessly integrate into daily life, transforming interactions across diverse sectors, including finance, retail, hospitality, education, automotive, and healthcare. ​

 
Josh Kalin

Dr. Joshua Kalin

 

Balancing Safety and Security in the Generative AI era

Dr. Josh Kalin is a physicist and data scientist focused on the intersections of robotics, data science, and machine learning. Josh holds degrees in Physics, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science. He currently holds multiple patents in the area of robotics and machine learning and also is an author on a book on Generative Adversarial Networks.

 
Diana Kelley

Diana Kelley

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Protect AI

Security Blanket or Security Burrito: Hype vs. Reality of AI and Security

Diana Kelley is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Protect AI. She also serves on the boards of WiCyS, The Executive Women’s Forum (EWF), InfoSec World, CyberFuture Foundation, TechTarget Security Editorial, and DevNet AI/ML. Diana was Cybersecurity Field CTO for Microsoft, Global Executive Security Advisor at IBM Security, GM at Symantec, VP at Burton Group (now Gartner), a Manager at KPMG, CTO and co-founder of SecurityCurve, and Chief vCISO at SaltCybersecurity.

Her extensive volunteer work has included serving on the ACM Ethics & Plagiarism Committee, Cybersecurity Committee Advisor at CompTIA, CTO and Board Member at Sightline Security, Advisory Board Chair at WOPLLI Technologies, Advisory Council member Bartlett College of Science and Mathematics, Bridgewater State University, and RSAC US Program Committee.

She is a sought-after keynote speaker, the host of BrightTALK’s The (Security) Balancing Act, co-author of the books Practical Cybersecurity Architecture and Cryptographic Libraries for Developers, instructor for the LinkedIn Learning class on Security in AI and ML, has been a lecturer at Boston College's Masters program in cybersecurity, a 2023 Global Cyber Security Hall of Fame Inductee, the EWF 2020 Executive of the Year and EWF Conference Chair 2021-Present, an SCMedia Power Player, and one of Cybersecurity Ventures 100 Fascinating Females Fighting Cybercrime.

 
Nathan Klose

Nathan Klose

 

The AI-XR Connection: Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality as the interface for AI

Nathan Klose cares. He’s a creative director who cares. His award-winning work has touched brands like Disney, ESPN, Adult Swim, Marvel, Books-a-Million, Mercedes-Benz, and more. With over a decade’s experience in his field — from interactive game-based education, serious games, and XR experiences, to computational linguistics, user experience design, business strategy and marketing across industry and commerce — he’s trying to show, at every effort, that he cares. Welcome, everyone: this is not the bio of some creative casanova, gold-soaked and brilliant. Nathan Klose is just a guy who cares. Deep care. He cares about where we've come from, where we're going — and how we offer that to one another. Emerging technologies, such as AI and XR, are an avenue for this.

Her extensive volunteer work has included serving on the ACM Ethics & Plagiarism Committee, Cybersecurity Committee Advisor at CompTIA, CTO and Board Member at Sightline Security, Advisory Board Chair at WOPLLI Technologies, Advisory Council member Bartlett College of Science and Mathematics, Bridgewater State University, and RSAC US Program Committee.

After you’ve finished reading this bio, Nathan hopes you will care, alongside him and everyone else at this conference, about what’s next in AI – as well as how intuitively, practically, and persistently we can interface with it.

 
Robb Kulin

Robb Kulin

Chief Information Officer, Shift 4

 

Dr. Robb Kulin is the CIO at Shift4 Payments, an advisor to STOKE Space, and is on the Board of Directors for the Alaska Health Program South Sudan.

Dr. Kulin began his career at SpaceX as a mechanical design engineer, andconcluded as Launch Chief Engineer; a role he most notably held for F9-21 (the first successful Falcon 9 landing, and first “Full Thrust” vehicle), and during the onpad loss of AMOS-6 during the F9-29 anomaly. He left SpaceX to become a NASA Astronaut Candidate in August of 2017, and left NASA in August 2018 for personal reasons. He worked at Firefly Aerospace as Chief Engineer for the Alpha launch vehicle, and later COO, from the spring of 2019 until mid-2021 . Dr. Kulin has consulted internationally for national space strategies, and nationally for private space initiatives.

Before his aerospace career, Kulin earned a PhD in Materials Engineering at UC San Diego, and worked in Antarctica as an ice driller for climate research. He is a commercial pilot, and spends his free time exploring the backcountry of his home state of Alaska.

 
Lisa Lee

Lisa Lee

Chief Security Advisor & Global Lead – S2IR, Security Business Development Microsoft

Security Blanket or Security Burrito: Hype vs. Reality of AI and Security

Lisa leads the Strategy, Signal, Industry, and Research (S2IR) team for one of the largest technology companies in the world, contributing to decisions to build, buy, or partner. The S2IR team develops strategies around innovations, drives signal from external sources, manages across vertical industries, and supports research relevant to cybersecurity, compliance, identity, and privacy, as well as AI security and post-quantum security. The S2IR team also supports the offices of the CISO and Security CTO, the Microsoft Security Research team, and engagements with venture capital/private equity firms to discuss the threat landscape and portfolio companies of interest. Lisa also designed and is helping to deploy a corporate strategy for building a decentralized identity ecosystem.

Lisa supports Microsoft’s engagement with financial services regulators globally, advises CISOs and C-level executives, and serves as a global thought leader for cybersecurity. She also serves as the Executive Security Sponsor for a select group of globally significant financial institutions.

Lisa began her career as a federal bank regulator/IT examiner, directing domestic and international IT examinations of Fortune 50 companies. She also led the teams that developed the first guidelines for cloud computing and the first Cybersecurity Assessment Tool for the banking industry. She is a frequent keynote/speaker at conferences such as RSA, Sibos, FS-ISAC, the Executive Women’s Forum (EWF), and WiCys, as well as sharing the stage with luminaries such as Admiral Mike Mullen and Scott Kupor. She founded/co-founded mentoring (Lift), networking (Cheer), and student education programs for the EWF and currently serves on the EWF Board of Advisors. She was selected as a Woman of Influence by CSO Magazine/EWF and as one of 100 Empowering Women by Sigma Delta Tau. Lisa previously served on the board of directors at Wellspring Counseling and is a semi-professional photographer.

 
Larry Lowe

Dr. Larry Lowe

Chief Scientist, Rippleworx

Practicum- Prompt Engineering

Dr. Larry Lowe is Chief Scientist at RippleWorx, a commercial SaaS performance accelerator software company that optimizes employee readiness headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama. He leads the data science team responsible for data analysis, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data visualization. He is currently fine tuning open-source large language models to implement classification and summarization algorithms into the core RippleWorx product. He started part-time in October, 2021 and joined full-time in April, 2022.

Dr. Lowe graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelors (1997), Masters (1999), and Doctorate (2001) in Electrical Engineering. His dissertation combined a unique Bayesian classification algorithm with a pulse induction metal detector to detect and classify buried anti-personnel landmines in highly cluttered environments. He has been an adjunct professor at Auburn University, UAH, and Calhoun Community College teaching multiple courses in the Electrical Engineering and Mathematics departments.

 
Keith Martin

Keith Martin

Senior Solutions Architect, Aerospace and Satellite Solutions

AI on the ISS, Alexa in Space, and AWS AI in Space

As a Solutions Architect. Keith brings more than two decades of broad IT experience ranging from software engineering to enterprise strategy, with a focus on operational efficiency. Keith has been with AWS for three years, focusing on migrating complex workloads to AWS. Prior to joining AWS, Keith helped drive a culture of automation at a Fortune 100 Oil & Gas company and brings significant experience from his time at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, where he led the initial modernization effort to virtualize Mission Control for ISS. Keith has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, an M.S. in Software Engineering from the University of Houston - Clear Lake, as well as multiple AWS certifications.

 
Manil Maskey

Manil Maskey

Senior Research Scientist, NASA HQ Science Mission Directorate AI Lead. Project Manager, NASA MSFC

AI for Science: A NASA Perspective 

Dr. Manil Maskey holds the role of Senior Research Scientist and Project Manager at NASA MSFC, where he leads the advanced concepts team within the Inter-Agency Implementation and Advanced Concepts (IMPACT) project. His primary focus lies in innovating data-driven solutions for complex scientific challenges. In his capacity at NASA Headquarters as the Data Science and Innovation Lead for the Chief Science Data Office, Dr. Maskey oversees the development and execution of NASA Science Mission Directorate's artificial intelligence strategy. With a career that extends over two decades including academia, industry, and government, his expertise encompasses data systems, cloud computing, machine learning, computer vision, and visualization.

Dr. Maskey is an affiliated faculty member at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), serves as the chair of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) Earth Science Informatics Technical Committee, and is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).

 
Monica McEwen

Monica McEwen

Managing Director - AI & Data Operations Leader for Government & Public Services at Deloitte Consulting

Leveraging AI in Defense: Balancing Innovation and Trust

 
Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller

Clinical Lecturer in law, Clinical Fellow in private law, and an Associate Research Scholar in law at Yale Law School. Director of the Private Law Clinic

AI, Law and Ethics

Andrew Miller is a Clinical Lecturer in law, a Clinical Fellow in private law, and an Associate Research Scholar in law at Yale Law School. Miller is the director of the Private Law Clinic, which he co-founded in 2022. At the Clinic, students work on cutting-edge and theoretically challenging matters in consumer protection, contract, tort and property law. Miller also researches the theoretical and doctrinal implications of algorithmic decision-making in consumer markets.

After graduating from Yale Law School in 2018, Miller clerked for Judge Diane Wood on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and spent two years at Loevy & Loevy, a Chicago civil rights firm. At Loevy & Loevy, Miller focused on seeking redress for people harmed by the misuse of facial recognition, digital surveillance, and other artificial intelligence technologies.

While at Yale Law School, Miller was the founding editor of the Law and Political Economy blog, a board member of the American Constitution Society’s Yale Law School chapter and a student member of the Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic and the Advanced Appellate Litigation Project. Prior to law school, he worked on the legislative teams of U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), conducted research as a fellow at NYU’s Governance Lab (GovLab) and studied Chinese politics on a Marshall Scholarship in the UK.

 
Eric Moore

Eric Moore

Law Partner, Patterson + Sheridan specializing in Patents

Patents and AI

Eric Moore is a fierce advocate for his clients’ intellectual property, whether liaising with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) or advising on patent litigation. He prepares and prosecutes patent applications for communications technologies, complex software and information technology, and electronics and semiconductor technologies.​

Eric has worked within the computer science discipline for more than a decade, first entering the field as a developer of military software. As a result, he possesses a deep understanding of computer-related technologies and now leverages his insight to support software companies in their efforts to improve the lives of millions. He often assists clients in identifying patentable subject matter through invention mining sessions, helping them translate ideas into viable applications.​

At Patterson + Sheridan, Eric has drafted and prosecuted hundreds of patent applications related to complex computer technologies, including machine learning, virtual computing, user interfaces, and telecommunications. He has also extensively studied and devised effective strategies for avoiding and resolving “abstract idea” rejections under 35 U.S.C. § 101.​

In addition to preparing patent applications and helping clients overcome patentability issues and rejections from the USPTO through strategic prosecution, Eric applies his legal skills and technical background to assisting in dispute resolution, including patent litigation.​

Eric holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and a J.D. from the Ave Maria School of Law.

 
Grant Moyle

Grant Moyle

Chief Technology Officer and Master Trainer, ROI Training

GenAI for Business Leaders

Grant Moyle is the Chief Technology Officer and Master Trainer at ROI Training. Over the last 20+ years, Grant has worked with the world’s leading organizations to modernize their computing operations into the Cloud, and leverage AI and ML to solve business problems. His customers include NASA, NIH, Google, Goldman Sachs, Mayo Clinic, and HSBC.

A 2-time Google Cloud Trainer of the Year, Grant has trained thousands of business and technology professionals around the world. He has degrees from Johns Hopkins University in Biomedical, Electrical and Computing Engineering. He holds multiple certifications from Google Cloud, AWS, Microsoft and ISC2. Since a young age, Grant has had a passion for technology and is an avid space enthusiast. Grant enjoys annual visits to the US Space and Rocket Center for his space camper son Duncan.

Focused on helping organizations achieve digital transformation thru upskilling, ROI Training is the global leader in customized technology and management training solutions. ROI is an AWS Advanced Tier Training Partner and has been awarded Training Partner of the Year six times by Google Cloud. ROI has authored 10 Generative AI classes and trained over 500,000 people on Cloud and AI technologies.

 
Jay Naves

Jay Naves

Sr Solutions Architect, AWS, Aerospace and Satellite Solutions

AI on the ISS, Alexa in Space, and AWS AI in Space

Jay is a senior solutions architect supporting aerospace and satellite customers at Amazon Web Services (AWS) with edge computing in space. In this role, he led the technical deployment of an AWS Snowcone to the International Space Station (ISS) for use as an edge compute device and, at the time of writing, continues to manage its operation. He is an expert in Linux systems administration and, prior to joining AWS, spent 20 years creating and leading high-performance compute (HPC), systems, and security teams at General Dynamics IT.

 
Mirza Nizamuddin

Mirza Nizamuddin

Sr Solutions Architect, AWS, Aerospace and Satellite Solutions

AI on the ISS, Alexa in Space, and AWS AI in Space

Mirza Nizamuddin is a senior solutions architect supporting Amazon Web Services (AWS) aerospace and satellite customers. Mirza helps customers build secure and scalable solutions for earth observation, space exploration, satellite communication, and geospatial intelligence.

 
Edson Preston

Edson Prestes

Full Professor, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil

Trustworthy AI: From Principles To Practice

Edson Prestes is Full Professor at Institute of Informatics of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Throughout his career, Edson has worked on several initiatives related to Standardization, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Academia, Industry, International and Multilateral Organizations. For instance, Edson is Member of the Global Future Council on the Future of Artificial Intelligence and of the Cross-Global Future Council Working Group on the G20 Digital Agenda at World Economic Forum; South America Ambassador at IEEE TechEthics; Chair of the IEEE RAS/SA 7007 - Ontologies for Ethically Driven Robotics and Automation Systems Working Group; Vice-Chair of the IEEE RAS/SA Ontologies for Robotics and Automation Working Group; Former Member of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation; and Former Member of the UNESCO Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) for the Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence.

 
Venus Quates

Venus Quates

President & CEO, LaunchTech

FUD (fear, uncertainty, and Doubt) v FOMO (fear of missing out)

Venus Quates, a game-changing US Air Force Veteran and Entrepreneur, boasts a distinguished 26-year career as a technologist with a proven track record in spearheading large-scale technology transformation initiatives globally. In 2016, Venus founded LaunchTech, which has since gained international recognition for its exceptional growth and outstanding technological contributions. As President & CEO, she leads the award-winning company in delivering cutting-edge technology solutions with a focus on emerging technology, modernization, and support of critical infrastructure. Inc. has recognized LaunchTech among the top 50 fastest-growing companies and the top 10 woman-owned firms in the nation. LaunchTech’s expertise is sought by Fortune 500 corporations, military and defense, and large systems integrators. Beyond her professional success, Venus actively serves her community, contributing to the Girl Scouts of USA's national and regional boards and advising universities, nonprofits, STEM, and veteran-focused organizations. She has also served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence mentoring companies seeking VC and private equity funding. Committed to diversity in STEM, Venus launched the annual Launching Scholars initiative in 2022, providing scholarships for girls 12-18 to attend cost-based space, aviation, and cybersecurity programs across the US. A trailblazer in her field, Venus's remarkable achievements have been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, and Inc. publications, among others. She remains a source of inspiration to aspiring entrepreneurs and seasoned professionals alike as she continues to leave an indelible mark on the world of technology and beyond.​

 
Dr Rahul Ramanchandran

Dr Rahul Ramachandran

 

AI Foundation Models for Science

Dr. Rahul Ramachandran’s research focuses on Earth Science Informatics. This field looks at the application of computational methods and information technology to the acquisition, storage, processing, interchange, analysis and visualization of Earth Science data and information. His research has covered many aspects of this field including the application of data mining algorithms to extract information from large volumes of satellite data, designing metadata specifications to improve data use, the development of online platforms to support scientific collaboration via workflows, incorporating provenance standards to a current NASA data production system, the use of emerging semantic web technology to improve search in science, and the design and development of the next generation of Earth Science data systems. He has designed software tools that are being used by other several projects including GLIDER: a tool for visualizing and mining satellite imagery and the recipient of NASA ESDSWG Software Reuse Award; Talkoot: a reusable collaborative; Earth Science Markup Language: and XML based solution to address the data format heterogeneity problem; and Noses: an ontology driven meta-search engine with data, information and service aggregation capability. In addition, Dr. Ramachandran has over 10 years of project management experience. During this time, he led the development of large software projects including the Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework (ORNL/DoE). He has 42 peer-reviewed publications including two book chapters and over 100 other scientific publications including workshop reports. He has served as the Deputy Editor for the Earth Science Informatics Journal (Springer) and as a Guest Editor for Computer and Geosciences Journal (Elsevier).

 
Dr Jim Reilly

Dr. Jim Reilly

Executive Advisor Booz Allen

Data is the Challenge; AI is the Opportunity: Turning the Flood of Space Data into Actionable Insights

Dr. Jim Reilly is an executive advisor in Booz Allen’s aerospace business. As a space systems expert and former astronaut, Jim works to develop innovative solutions for space-related services, earth systems characterization, and applications for a variety of clients including the Department of Defense, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the intelligence community. In addition to the aerospace business, Jim serves on our climate intelligence team helping federal leaders tackle weather, climate, and scientific missions using climate technology, artificial intelligence, and other capabilities.

Jim has more than 25 years of multidisciplinary technical, engineering, and management experience in resource assessments; applications-focused earth systems characterization; space systems development, applications, and operations; and education.

Prior to joining Booz Allen, Jim Reilly was the director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) where he managed an annual $1.8 billion operating budget for the nation's largest water, earth resources, biological science, natural hazards, and civilian mapping agency.

Before USGS, Jim served U.S. and allied militaries as a subject matter expert on space operations, and as a technical advisor supporting the National Security Space Institute of the U.S. Air Force.  As an astronaut at NASA, he had a distinguished 13-year career where he flew on three space shuttle missions and conducted five spacewalks totaling more than 856 hours in space.

Jim has held management positions in academia, in addition to TAEUS Corporation and PhotoStencil Corporation in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He also served 17 years with the U.S. Navy as a reserve engineering duty officer and was designated a space systems expert in the Space Cadre.

Jim earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees in geosciences from the University of Texas at Dallas.

 
Rakia Reynolds

Rakia Reynolds

 

FUD (fear, uncertainty and Doubt) v FOMO (fear of missing out)

Rakia Reynolds is an accomplished thought leader and proven authority in branding, creative strategy and business development. She provides clients across multiple verticals with inspiration, information and strategic guidance on how to navigate increasingly complex cultural landscapes and heightened consumer expectations. Her role as founder and Executive Officer of Skai Blue Media necessitates business acumen with the ever changing frontiers companies find themselves facing, with no blueprint or roadmap to follow. Rakia routinely interacts with a diverse mix of creators, key opinion leaders, experts and others who are affecting the world and harnesses that insight to guide her clients as they navigate their ever-changing customer needs.

 
Marcus Sachs

Marcus Sachs

 

Cyber Threat Use of AI

Marcus (Marc) Sachs is the Deputy Director for Research at Auburn University's McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security. He is a retired US Army Officer and was a White House appointee in the George W. Bush administration. His private sector experience includes serving as the Deputy Director of SRI lnternational's Computer Science laboratory, as the Vice President for National Security Policy at Verizon Communications, as the Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, and as the Chief Security Officer of Pattern Computer.

 
Chris Sembroski

Chris Sembroski

Commercial Astronaut; Avionics Engineer; Automated Systems, Integration and Data Analytics Specialist

AI and Space Exploration

Chris "Hanks" Sembroski represented the pillar of Generosity as part of the crew of Inspiration4 by serving as Mission Specialist on a 3-day mission to orbit. He grew up with a natural curiosity about outer space. He could be found stargazing late at night from the roof of his high school and launching high-powered model rockets deep in the Florida swamps in college. As a U.S. Space Camp counselor, he conducted simulated space shuttle missions and supported STEM-based education designed to inspire young minds to explore these areas and find their passions. As a college student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Chris volunteered with ProSpace, a grassroots lobbying effort that promoted legislation in Washington, D.C., to help open up space travel and allow companies like SpaceX to exist. He then served in the U.S. Air Force, maintaining a fleet of Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles and deploying for service in Iraq before leaving active duty in 2007. In his civilian career, he has sought innovative, industry-disrupting methods to monitor and maintain mechanical equipment, reduce energy consumption, and use data to drive preemptive action making everything from data centers, to hospitals, to aerospace manufacturing facilities more efficient.

Chris now works as an Avionics Testing Engineer for Blue Origin's New Glenn program. This reusable rocket stands over 310 feet (95 meters) tall, making it nearly the size of the Apollo program's Saturn V vehicle. He resides outside Seattle, WA, with his wife, and two young daughters.

 
Nicholas Shepherd

Nicholas Shepherd

Founder, Kindred OS

Open Access to AI

Founder Nicholas Shepherd of Kindred OS is a veteran tech founder with experience in building partnerships across industries. He's a multiple time CEO and Serial Entrepreneur building a combined 250 Million dollars in equity for the last 18 years. As well as a Industry Mentor for the National Science Foundations, and a Technology reviewer for NASA.​

Kindred OS envisions the boundless potential of A.I. and eagerly anticipates its transformative impact on our society. Their primary product is a tablet that is enabled by an A.I. operating system called Zephie with a focus providing tools for education and upskilling, generative imagery and videos, and provide a platform for other software or “Apps” with a generative A.I. focus to integrate with, including mobility, logistics, healthcare, and communication. Unlike traditional software, our system does not rely on internet connectivity. Instead, we employ smaller local models, steering away from the sprawling language models in favor of a mission-focused A.I. system. While it may not possess the same breadth, it boasts unparalleled depth in achieving specific goals or tasks.

 
Kurt Steege

Kurt Steege

Chief Technology Officer, ThunderCat Technology

FUD (fear, uncertainty and Doubt) v FOMO (fear of missing out)

Kurt Steege is the Chief Technology Officer at Thundercat Technology, is a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business that delivers technology services and solutions to the Public and Private Sectors.  At Thundercat he is responsible for leading initiatives around Artificial Intelligence and High-Performance Computing as well as DevSecOps.  Kurt is also responsible for driving driving technology value for our clients through research and product selection on leading-edge and emerging technologies, participate in discussions with our clients and the public, and support our teams in tailoring solutions to our clients’ needs in support of their respective missions.

 

Prior to joining Thundercat, Kurt was the Chief Information Officer of MacAndrews and Forbes Inc., a diverse global holding company, based in New York City.  During his time there he led a complete IT transformation and brought the company a modern standardized infrastructure upon which the business can depend.  In the government space, Kurt served as the Chief Enterprise Architect at the FBI.   Under Kurt’s leadership at the FBI the EAPO created roadmaps for IT Transformation, strategic direction for Shared Services, Mobility, Storage, and User Experience.  Over the rest of his 30+ year career in Information Technology, Kurt has held roles within private industries for technology, financials, and education to help drive value and efficiency into small, medium and large organizations.

 
Christina Lee Storm

Christina Lee Storm

Playbook Consulting & freelance award-winning creative producer and executive

AI and Entertainment

Christina Lee Storm is an award-winning creative producer and executive recognized for her groundbreaking work at the intersection of storytelling and technology spanning television, film, animation, documentaries, virtual reality, augmented reality, XR. She has been instrumental in implementing advanced production technologies, spearheading real-time and virtual production initiatives, and driving innovation in content creation and creativity of IP and franchises for studios including Netflix and DreamWorks Animation.​

Beyond her creative achievements, Christina helps shape the future of the industry serving as Governor for the Television Academy’s Emerging Media Program peer group and co-leading the AI Working Group. She has served as National Board of Directors for the Producers Guild of America, Board of Governors for the Advanced Imaging Society, and is a Board Member of Wedgewood Circle. Supporting women in STEAM, Christina is a proud founding member of DreamWorks Animation TECHWomen, a member of the Visual Effects Society, Women in Animation, and is a recent graduate of the AI Global Leadership Program.

 
Dan Wald

Dan Wald

Principal/Director at Booz Allen

AI and Entertainment

Dan Wald is a Principal/Director at Booz Allen, where he focuses on the intersection of Space and Artificial Intelligence (AI). With over 20 years of experience in aerospace development, Dan has a proven track record of accelerating AI adoption across portfolios. His expertise is grounded in a robust background in data science, product management, and systems engineering.

Dan is passionate about the potential of AI and data to unlock new opportunities. He believes that the rapid pace of change in these fields will continue to accelerate, and that the possibilities for innovation are endless.

Dan earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and his master’s degree in Data Science from UC Berkeley. He also holds a certificate in Design Thinking from Stanford University and is a certified professional scrum master.

 
Mark Vasquez

Mark A. Vasquez

Sr. Program Manager, IEEE TechEthics.

Trustworthy AI: From Principles To Practice

Mark A. Vasquez is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) with over 30 years of experience in association management at IEEE. He currently serves as the senior program manager for IEEE TechEthics. In this capacity, he works to develop relationships with others in the technology ethics community, produces events, convenes thought leaders, and more. In previous roles, Mark led the team responsible for the acquisition and distribution of articles, recordings and other intellectual property (IP) from IEEE conferences, introduced new strategic conference programs, such as virtual events, and helped develop new policies related to IP, ethics, and other key governance matters. Mark is an engineering graduate of The Cooper Union.

 
Tom

Tom Whitmeyer

Booz Allen Executive Advisor

Data is the Challenge; AI is the Opportunity: Turning the Flood of Space Data into Actionable Insights

Tom Whitmeyer is a leader in Booz Allen’s global defense business. He develops mission-oriented space solutions to further the nation’s space domain authority and scale the future of space technology. Tom and his teams use open-architecture data platforms, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and data analytics, among other capabilities to help solve the space-related challenges that our military, civil, and commercial clients face.

With more than 35 years of aerospace experience, Tom spent the past 22 years of his career at NASA. Most recently, he was the deputy associate administrator for NASA’s Exploration System Development program where he led the historic Artemis I lunar mission. In earlier roles at NASA, he was a deputy for the Space Shuttle Program and the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance.

Tom has been honored with several awards for his NASA leadership, including the NASA Exceptional Service Award and the NASA Space Operations Distinguished Service Award.

He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Boston University and an M.S. in aerospace, aeronautical, and astronautical/space engineering from George Washington University. 

 

 

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