About our past conferences

“I want you to think about data as the next natural resource.” GINNI ROMETTY - CEO of IBM, 2013 


Big Data is revolutionizing how intelligence is stored and informative analysis can be drawn. The advent of the hyper connected digital economy is creating a new economy where data is the new commodity. The increase in computing power, especially in processing and storing capabilities, has made data widely available and accessible to companies for analysis. Generating value from data is enabling organizations to develop better products and services, market those offerings more effectively to their customer base and implement new efficiencies which lower costs. Leveraging big data analytics is no longer considered a novel approach for decision-making, but an important strategy for organizations to raise their competitiveness and survive in today’s interconnected global markets. 


The big data revolution is occurring at a time of hyper connectivity, where millions of network sensors are being integrated into the physical world, allowing the collection of trillions of information bytes. The Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem, which describes the extension of the internet to the physical world through rooted embedded technology, feeds directly into big data by enabling the collection of even more information. Consumers benefit immensely from this in the area of e-commerce, retailing, telecommunication, utilities, financial services, healthcare or manufacturing. 


Nonetheless, this also opens up new doors to many more ways how to misuse the generated information which is derived through big data. Increasingly sophisticated cyber threats from cyber criminals, insiders, hacktivists, terrorists and nation states for financial gains, competitive advantages or political purposes are becoming more frequent. This poses serious challenges for the private-, public- and non-profit sector. Prevention and detection methods have largely proven to be ineffective against increasingly sophisticated assaults. Numerous organizations do not possess the knowledge or do not have the resources to combat highly skilled and aggressive cybercriminals. 


The recent developments in Big Data & Cybersecurity offer a great occasion to discuss between Canadian and German experts how to take advantage of the arising opportunities and how threats are effectively encountered. 

Big Data & Cybersecurity conference in Ottawa, 2018

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Please join us at our conference in Ottawa, where experts from Germany and Canada will discuss the newest developments in Big Data & Cybersecurity. 


  • Date: February 22, 2018 
  • Where:  Bayview Yards at 7 Bayview Rd, Ottawa, ON K1Y 2C5, Canada 
  • Time: 8:30 AM till 5:00 PM


Conference Program 

  • 08:30 AM - Registration 
  • 09:15 AM -  Welcoming Speech by Yvonne Denz, Senior Vice President of the Canadian German Chamber of Industry & Commerce and H.E. Sabine Sparwasser, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Canada 
  • 09:40 AM - Industry overview 
  • 10:10 AM - Coffee Break 
  • 10:30 AM - Workshop 1: Facing the big data revolution - Are Canada and Germany ready?
  • 12:00 PM - Lunch break
  • 12:45 PM - Workshop 2: Cyber hacking and its threat to successfully progressing towards fully autonomously driving vehicles 
  • 2:15 PM - Coffee Break 
  • 2:30 PM - Workshop 3: Bridging the skill gap - How can the education system satisfy big data & cybersecurity industry demand? 
  • 4:00 PM - Summary of key discussion points
  • 4:15 PM - Networking Event
  • 5:00 PM - End of event

Note: please be aware that there might be minor changes to some parts of the conference program

Panel Discussion 1: 10.30 AM - 12.00 PM

Facing the big data revolution - Are Canada and Germany ready?

  • How ready are Canada and Germany for the big data revolution? 
  • Do we need a new global framework to face the disruptive changes big data will bring with it? 
  • How could this look like? How will this impact society and industry? 

 Confirmed Speakers:

  • Dr. Rami Abielmona, VP of Research and Engineering at Larus Technologies
  • Craig Burkett, Data Scientist at Lixar I.T. Inc.
  • Paul Mundt, Founder & Managing Director at Adaptant Solutions AG 
  • Dr. Mike Sips, Scientific Leader of Big-Data Analytics at the German Research Centre for Geosciences 
  • Moderator: Stefanie Dreyer, TV-Presenter, Journalist and Economist 

Panel Discussion 2: 12.45 PM - 2.15 PM

Cyber hacking and its threat to successfully progressing towards fully autonomously driving vehicles 

  • What are the newest trends when it comes to autonomous driving and cybersecurity? 
  • What risks remain and what is safe enough? 
  • Will autonomous vehicles ever be safe enough from being hacked?
  • What solutions do developers have so far?

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Stacy Janes,  Chief Security Architect – Automotive at Irdeto      
  • Fabian Koark, Principal Consultant and Manager at INVENSITY Inc., Detroit 
  • Daniel Weissland, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group Canada Inc.
  • Tamara Tomomitsu,  Lawyer at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP        
  • Moderator: Barrie Kirk, Executive Director of the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence

Panel Discussion 3: 2.30 PM - 4.00 PM

Bridging the skill gap - How can the education system satisfy big data & cybersecurity industry demand? 

  • What can we do in order to ensure that the education system keeps up with the high industry demand for data scientists and cybersecurity specialists? 
  • What has been done so far and is it enough?  
  • Do Germany and Canada approach this challenge in the same way or differently? 
  • Could they collaborate in facing the current skill gap and how could a potential cooperation look like? 
  • What will be the consequence if we cannot fill the skill gap?

Confirmed Speakers: 

  • Dr. Melike Erol-Kantarci, Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa 
  • Dr. Matthias Hagen, Head of Big Data Analytics Lab at Bauhaus University of Weimar
  • Bhavani Krishnan, VP of Program and Product Management at the Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks
  • Florian Schild, Founder of boot.AI 
  • Daniel Craigen, Director of Carleton University’s Global Cyber Resource Centre
  • Moderator: Jeremy Depow, VP of Research and Policy at the Information and Communications Technology Council

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Artificial Intelligence Conference in Montreal, 2018

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

  • Date: April 19, 2018 
  • Where: SAP Labs Canada, 111 boul. Robert-Bourassa, Suite 9000, Montreal, QC, H3C 2M1 
  • Time: 8:30 AM till 2:30 PM


SCHEDULE

08:30 AM - Registration 

09:00 AM - Welcoming speech

09:15 AM - Industry overview 

10:00 AM - Workshop 1: AI applications in online marketing – How will AI impact and shape consumer behavior?

11:10 AM - Coffee break

11:20 AM - Workshop 2: Image recognition technology and AI – What are future possibilities, opportunities and challenges? 

12:30 PM - Lunch Break & Networking Event 

1:10 PM - Workshop 3: AI automation and employee replacement – What precautions can be taken to avoid sector specific unemployment?

2:20 PM - Key Takeaways

2:30 PM - Networking Opportunity

3:00 PM - End of Event





Industry Overview: How does the AI ecosystem look like in Canada and Germany?


Confirmed Speakers:

  • Mark Maclean, Director of Business Development for the West Coast of the Americas at Montreal International
  • Felix Georg Müller, Group Manager for Autonomous Production Optimization at Fraunhofer IPA 


PANEL 1: AI applications in online marketing – How will AI impact and shape consumer behavior?   

  • What kind of new AI technologies are being developed for online marketing?
  • How will consumers experience virtual shopping in the future and what is already possible now? 
  • How will AI improve sales revenue for companies and improve customer targeting?   


Confirmed Speakers:

  • Pierre Guillemain, CEO & Founder of Aivy
  • Ari Himmel, Founder of Faimdata
  • Thomas Jelonek, Founder of envision.ai
  • Stefan Siprell, Head of Business Development at Codecentric AG
  • Moderator: Stefanie Dreyer, TV-Presenter, Journalist and Economist 


PANEL 2: Image recognition technology and AI – What are future possibilities, opportunities and challenges?

  • What are the newest developments and trends when it comes to image recognition technologies? 
  • How will image recognition make our lives easier? 
  • What future applications will use smart image recognition software? 
  • What are the challenges and current boundaries for applying this technology? 
  • What are the legal implications for personal privacy? 


Confirmed Speakers:

  • Craig Buntin, Co-founder/CEO of SPORTLOGiQ
  • Sheldon Fernandez, CEO of DarwinAI
  • Sebastian Kielmann, Managing Director at picalike GmbH
  • Roland Memisevic, Co-founder at Twenty Billion Neurons GmbH
  • Moderator:  Vaughn DiMarco, CEO of Montreal AI Consultancy  


PANEL 3:  AI automation and employee replacement – What precautions can be taken to avoid sector specific unemployment?  

  • Which jobs will be affected by AI automation and to what extent? 
  • Will we see the disappearance of some industries? 
  • What new jobs will emerge? 
  • How can the government and education system help with this transition? 


Confirmed Speakers:

  • Felix Georg Müller, Group Manager for Autonomous Production Optimization at Fraunhofer IPA
  • Eirini Psallida, Co-founder of KEWAZO
  • Wen-Fang Xie, Professor for Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering at Concordia University
  • Nathan Zylbersztejn, Founder of Mr. Bot 
  • Moderator: Abhishek Gupta, AI Ethics Researcher at McGill University

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Artificial Intelligence conference in Karlsruhe, 2018

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

  • Date: June 21, 2018 
  • Where: Schlosshotel Karlsruhe, Bahnhofsplatz 2, 76137 Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Time: 8:00 AM till 1:00 PM


08:00 AM - Registration 

08:20 AM - Official Start and Welcome Remarks 

08:25 AM - Industry overview 

Speakers: 

  • Dr. Azadeh Ghahghaie (International Communications Manager at DFKI) on the topic "Germany’s Digital Technology and the different Government Efforts and Support Programs
  • Justin Smith (Senior Venture Manager at Creative Destruction Lab) on the topic "The Canadian AI Ecosystem
  • Dr. Niklas Kühl (Team Lead Advanced Analytics at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) on the topic "Dangers & projected growth of AI"


9:10 AM - Panel Discussion 1: Human-Machine Interaction

Speakers:

  • Karim Osmane (Doctorate Research Candidate at University of Sherbrooke and Founder of Mastremind)
  • Jean-François Poulin (UX Consultant at Ergoweb Canada Inc.)
  • Mo Moubarak  (Head of Business Development at Moberries) 
  • Alfred Ermer (CEO at arago da vinci GmbH) 
  • Moderator: Stefanie Dreyer (TV-Presenter, Journalist and Economist and owner of Stefanie Dreyer Communications) 


10:00 AM - Coffee break 1


10:10 AM - Panel Discussion 2: AI & Ethics

Speakers:

  • Nicolai Pogadl (Project Manager at the Montreal Institute for Global Stability (MIGS) at Concordia University) 
  • Prof. Dott. Ing. Roberto Zicari (Professor of database and information systems at the Goethe University of Frankfurt)
  • Dr. Claudio Huyskens (Founder & CEO of fedger.io) 
  • Dirk Hommrich (Senior Researcher at ITAS of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
  • Moderator: Erick Sabelskjöld (Mentor at Startupbootcamp) 


11:00 AM - Coffee break 2


11:10 AM - Panel Discussion 3: Improving Energy Efficiency through AI

Speakers:

  • Davis Sawyer (Co-founder of Deeplite)
  • Prof. Dr. Ralf Mikut (Head of Research Area Automated Image and Data Analysis at Institute for Automation and Applied Informatics at KIT) 
  • Gaurav Tripathi (Co-Founder and CTO of Innoplexus)
  • Moderator: Dr. Rüdiger Rentsch (Senior Scientist at the University of Bremen)


12:00 PM - Key Takeaways

12:10 PM - Networking Lunch

1:00 PM - End of Event

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