keynote


How Your Organization is Killing your Software

Location: Salon A
April 12th, 2016
8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

When asked "What's your architecture?" most people immediately respond with how their software is laid out and what their plans are for improving parts of it. Rarely does anybody really think through their team and organizational architecture, and even more rarely do people understand how that may fundamentally impact how the software gets written and the product that comes out at the end. How do you prevent your organization from killing your product, and how can each person contribute to make things better? Slides from Raffi's talk are now available on the Chariot Solutions site.

Raffi Krikorian

Engineering Lead, Uber Advanced Technologies Center

AI: A Return to Meaning

Location: Salon A
April 11th, 2016
8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

Artificial Intelligence started with small data and rich semantic theories. The goal was to build systems that could reason over logical models of how the world worked; systems that could answer questions and provide intuitive, cognitively accessible explanations for their results. There was a tremendous focus on domain theory construction, formal deductive logics and efficient theorem proving. The problem, of course, was the knowledge acquisition bottleneck; it was too difficult, slow and costly to render all common sense knowledge into an integrated, formal representation that automated reasoning engines could digest. In the meantime, huge volumes of unstructured data became available,
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David Ferrucci

Computer Scientist and Watson Co-Creator