Presentation Schedule

EVOLVE 2021

August 12th - 13th
8:30 AM – 5 PM CDT

Thank you for attending Evolve 2021!

Conference Schedule

*All times listed are Central Standard Time

Join us early at 7:45am for a sponsored breakfast-and-learn

DAY 1

TIME

SPEAKER(S)

PRESENTATION

SPEAKING SESSIONS

8:15 AM - 8:30 AM

Francklin Rivas

Chief Production Officer
Kauel

Welcome Introduction
Challenges and opportunities of using AI in Asset Management

8:30 AM - 9:00 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.

9:00 AM - 9:30 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.

9:30 AM - 10:00 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 capabilities and their use in specific industries and use cases.

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Dr. Lov Khur

Managing Principal & Fellow-Solutions Architect
Verizon Wireless

5G and How it’s Transforming AI
Verizon Wireless shares how 5G ultrawide band technology is empowering a new frontier in application cases and possibilities of Artificial Intelligence.

BREAK - 15 MINS

10:45 AM - 11:15 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.

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM


Annie Wang

Director of Pricing & Analytics
PPG

Using AI for a Better Customer Understanding
Learn how AI is used to improve customer understanding and streamline operations


11:45 AM - 12:30 PM



William Aiken

AI Team Lead
V-Soft Consulting

Miniworkshop: How AI is transforming quality control
A hands-on demonstration on the use of computer vision for quality inspection.


12:30 PM - 1:15pm

Osama Qazi

Solutions Architect & Innovation
NVIDIA

Miniworkshop: Getting started with Image segmentation


LUNCH & LEARN

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Hemanshu Rukadikar

Product Manager
Automation Edge


Lunch & Learn: Getting started with RPA

PANEL DISCUSSIONS

2:45 PM - 3:30 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

Francklin Rivas

Chief Production Office
Kauel

Shashank Tomar

Director of Technology
Tex-Isle Supply

Jovita Nsoh

Principal Program Manager 
Microsoft

John Nixon

Senior Director Energy & Utilities
Siemens

Francklin Rivas

Chief Production Officer
Kauel

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


WORKSHOPS

3:30 PM - 5:30pm

Kris Skrinak

Global Segment Leader ML
Amazon Web Services 

Workshop: Bring your own data 

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

3:30 PM - 5:30pm

Rajdeep Biswas

Solution Architect Leader
Data & AI Microsoft 

Workshop: AI in Azure

3:30 PM - 5:30pm

David Crawley

Professor of Practice
University of Houston

Workshop: Innovation & Mind Mapping

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 audience and preview the day’s 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 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

Muge Wood

Director, Houston Technology Center
Microsoft

Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of Work.
Microsoft shares how products like the Microsoft HoloLens are using AI to solve problems in various organizations.

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Marco Benavides

Enterprise Architect AI
IBM

Cecilia Stark

Solutions Engineer
IBM

Transforming Industry with Watson
IBM shares how Watson been a catalyst in the transformation of the enterprise - making AI accessible to business users, removing the hurdles to AI-adoption.

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

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

Siva Juturi  (Moderator)

Executive VP 
Automation Edge

Manoj Iragavarapu

VP Digital Strategy, Consulting and Security
V-Soft Consulting

Khushwant Shah

Director Software Delivery
Schenider Electric

Amin Kargarian Marvasti

Professor
LSU

Chetan Raval

SVP and CIO
JW Logistics

Panel: Robotic & Intelligence 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

John Kalfayan

Vice-President 
HiveCell



Get your head out of the cloud - Empower your data at the edge.

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Konrad Konarski (Moderator)

Chairman
AI Innovation Consortium

Annie Wang

Director of Pricing & Analytics
PPG

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,  Augmented reality technologies, the future of work and industry 5.0.

WORKSHOPS

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

John Nixon

Sr. Director Industries, Energy & Utilities
Siemens Digital Industries Software

Chris Piela

Portfolio Development Executive
Siemen’s

Josh Green

Manager, Enablement and Partnerships
Siemen’s

John Tappan

Director of Marketing
Citrine Informatics

Presentation: How Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning Can Be Leveraged To Optimize Drilling Fluid Formulations

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

John Nixon

Sr. Director Industries, Energy & Utilities
Siemens Digital Industries Software

Panel: 
Discussion and Open Feedback on presentation: How Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning Can Be Leveraged To Optimize Drilling Fluid Formulations

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Baris Erol

Research scientist in sustainability & automation
Siemens Sustainable Automation Solutions group

Presentation: Bringing Edge and AI to the shopfloor in Automotive factories’

1:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Osama Qazi

Solution Architect
NVIDIA

Brian Barran

Data Scientist, NVIDIA

Workshop: AI workflows for Intelligent Video Analytics with DeepStream

1:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Cecilia J Stark 

Solutions Engineer
IBM

Workshop: AI for Smart Manufacturing
Experience how business users with no previous coding experience can take advantage of Point-and-Click AI model building to perform visual inspections from their personal mobile devices.