Presentation Schedule

EVOLVE 2021

August 12th - 13th
8:30 AM – 5 PM CDT

Join industry leaders from the world’s largest and most innovative companies for this 2-day hybrid event featuring both technical and business presentations focused on the real-world value of Artificial Intelligence. Evolve will provide a unique, interactive experience where you will learn from and engage with thought leaders from across North America on a variety of AI-related topics expanding across multiple industries.

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Conference Schedule

*All times listed are Central Standard Time

DAY 1

TIME

SPEAKER(S)

PRESENTATION

SPEAKING SESSIONS

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Anthony Ambler

Dean of the College of Technology 
University of Houston

Konrad Konarski

Chairman
AI Innovation Consortium

Opening Remarks
Introduction to the event, its content, and speakers

8:45 AM - 9:15 AM

Marc Spieler

Transformation Leader
NVIDIA

Keynote: Transforming Industry at the Edge
Leading GPU manufacturer NVIDIA shares with the audience about how edge computing is transforming the application possibilities of AI in various industries.

9:15 AM - 9:45 AM

Kris Skrinak

Global Segment Leader ML
Amazon Web Services 

Artificial Intelligence, AWS, and the Cloud
Amazon Web Services (AWS) shares its latest advancements in AI cloud service capabilties and their use in specific industries and use-cases.

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Kristen Meehan

Managing Partner
Verizon Wireless

5G and how it is transforming AI
Verizon Wireless shares how 5G ultrawide band technology is empowering a new frontier in application cases and possiblities of Artificial Intelligence.

BREAK 

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Adam Singer

Senior Principal Architect
ExxonMobil

The Future of AI in the Energy Industry
Exploring the realm of possibility of AI and how to get there.

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Annie Wang

Enterprise Sales Enablement Leader
W.L. Gore

Using AI for a better customer understanding
Join the multi-national manufacturer, WL Gore,  as they share about how AI is being used to improve customer understanding and streamline operations.

LUNCH & LEARN

11:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Osama Qazi

Solutions Architect & Innovation
NVIDIA

Hemanshu Rukadikar

Product Manager
Automation Edge


Lunch & Learn: Getting started with Image Segementation
(invite only)

Lunch & Learn: Getting started with RPA
(open to all)

PANEL DISCUSSIONS

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Konrad Konarski (moderator)

Chairman 
AI Innovation Consortium 

Guillermo Romero

Supervisor
Vallourec

Adam Berg

Director of Learning Solutions
TechnipFMC

Xiao-Hui Wu

Senior Principal Computational Scientist
ExxonMobil

Jeremy Blevens

SCADA Supervisor
Whiting Petroleum

Shashank Tomar

Director of Technology
Tex-Isle Supply

Panel: Oil & Gas
Diverse Oil & Gas experts discuss their successes and challenge of implementing Artificial Intelligence in Oil & Gas


WORKSHOPS

1:45 PM - 5:00pm

Kris Skrinak

Global Segment Leader ML
Amazon Web Services 

Workshop: Bring your own data 
(invite only)

Using AWS Cloud services and their own data set, attendees will transform, feature engineer and then use AI to predict. 

1:45 PM - 5:00pm

TBD

Solution Architect
Microsoft 

Workshop: AI in Azure
(invite only)

1:45 PM - 5:00pm

David Crawley

Professor of Practice
University of Houston

Workshop: Innovation & Mind Mapping
(open to all)

DAY 2

SPEAKING SESSIONS

8:30 AM - 8:45AM

David Crawley

Professor of Practice
University of Houston

Amaury Lendasse

Department Chair
University of Houston

Opening Remarks
University of Houston thought leaders welcome our audience and share about the upcoming days events.

8:45 AM - 9:15 AM

Jay Gorajia

Director of Global Services
Siemens

Keynote: Transforming Industry with AI powered Digital Solutions
Thought leader at Siemens Digital shares about the transformational benefits of Artificial Intelligence with Digital Twins, Electronic Design Automation (EDA), and Product Life Cycle Management (PLM)

9:15 AM - 9:45 AM

TBD

Regional CTO
Microsoft

Augmented Reality, Aritifical Intelligence and the future of work
Microsft shares about how products like the Microsoft Hololens are using AI to help solve industry problems in various organizations

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

TBD

Watson Team
IBM

Transforming Industry with Watson
TBD

BREAK

PANEL DISCUSSIONS

10:30 AM - 11:15AM

David Crawley (Moderator)

Professor of Practice
University of Houston

Lila Carden

Assistant Professor
University of Houston

Jeff Guan

Associate Dean 
University of Louisville

Jungwoo Ryoo

Division Head
Penn-State University

Bruce Muller

Professor
Penn-State University

Hichem Frigui

Professor & Director of Digital Lab
University of Louisville

Andrew Karem

Associate Professor
University of Louisville

Panel: Academia
Keeping up with Artificial Intelligenc in Academia.
A diverse panel of professors and researchers.

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Manoj Iragavarapu

Director of Labs
Automation Consortium

Dan Whitsell

VP of Technology
Schneider Electric

TBD

Professor
LSU

Siva Juturi

Executive VP 
Automation Edge

Panel: Robotic & Intelligent Process Automation
(RPA/IPA)

Join a cross-functional group of experts from industry, academia and technology providers for a discussion on process automation, its application, and how to get started.

LUNCH & LEARN

12:00 PM - 1 :00 PM

Bill Aiken

AI Computer Vision Architect
V-Soft Consulting

Lunch & Learn: Building AI computer vision models for Manufacturing

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Konrad Konarski (Moderator)

Chairman
AI Innovation Consortium

Nikhil Shinde

Tooling Supervisor
Goodman Manufacturing

Chris Martin

Professor Mechanical Engineering
Penn-State University

Jerry Chen

Global Manufacturing Leader
NVIDIA

Panel: AI in Manufacturing

Lead manufacturers, technology providers, and academics come together to discuss the current and future applications of AI. Including physics-based AI,  augemented reality technologies, , the future of work and industry 5.0.

WORKSHOPS

1:45 PM - 5:00 PM

TBD

Solution Architect
Siemens Digital

Workshop: Building a Digital Twin
(invite only)

1:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Osama Qazi

Solution Architect
NVIDIA

Workshop: AI workflows for Intelligent Video Analytics with DeepStream
(invite only)

1:45 PM - 5:00 PM

TBD

Solution Architect
IBM

Workshop: AI for Smart Manufacturing
(open to all)