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2019 Expert Speakers

CEWIT2019 features a strong program of speakers who are experts in their field, and who will share their cutting-edge research and ideas with attendees.


  • Ambassador Ido Aharoni
    Global Distringuished Professor, Principal NYU,  Emerson Rigby Ltd. Expertise & Interests Ambassador Ido Aharon is a Global Distinguished Professor at NYU, a Member of International Advisory Council, APCO Worldwide, a 25-year veteran of Israel’s Foreign service, a public diplomacy specialist, and is a co-founder and Principal at Emerson Rigby.
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  • Ali Asmari, PhD
    Program Manager- Robotics Roadworks and Excavation Systems ULC Robotics  Expertise & Interests  Dr. Asmari focus is on A.I., machine learning, Computer vision and robotics. 
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  • Peter Beling, PhD
    Distringuished Professor University of Virginia (UVA) Expertise & Interests Dr. Beling’s research interests are in the area of decision-making in complex systems, with emphasis on adaptive decision support systems and on model-based approaches to system-of-systems design and assessment.
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  • Voramon Deeradhada, PhD
    Senior Materials Scientist GE Global Research Expertise & Interests Her areas of expertise include high temperature structural materials for aerospace and power generation, additive manufacturing,  thermodynamic, metallic coatings, characterization, and machine learning.
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  • Xiaojiang Du, PhD
    Professor & Director of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences Temple University Expertise & Interests Dr. Xiaojiang Du's research interests are security, wireless networks, and systems. He won the best paper award at IEEE GLOBECOM 2014 and the best poster runner-up award at the ACM MobiHoc 2014.
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  • Scott Dulchavsky,  MD, PhD
    Chief of Surgery and CEO of the Innovation Institute Henry Ford Health System Expertise & Interests Dr. Dulchavsky  has served as research mentor to over 20 post-doctoral fellows and is a principal investigator for NASA and for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute in Houston, Texas.
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  • Achille Fokoue
    Principal Research Staff Member and Master Inventor IBM Expertise & Interests Mr. Fokoue has lead various research efforts on applying machine learning and knowledge representation and reasoning in many domains.

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  • Moncef Gabbouj, MS, PhD
    Professor & Director Tampere University Expertise & Interests Dr. Gabbouj's research interests include Big Data analytics, multimedia content-based analysis, artificial intelligence, machine learning, pattern recognition, nonlinear signal and image processing and analysis, and video processing and coding.
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  • Raju Gottumukkala
    Professor University of Louisiana Lafayette Expertise & Interests  
  • Dan Holewienko
    Executive Director, Big Data and Business Intelligence Henry Schein Expertise & Interests Mr. Holewienko has 20+ year experienced Technology Executive in the Healthcare, Financial Services, Media, Education, and Retail industries.
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  • Florence D. Hudson 
    Founder, CEO FD Hint, LLC  Expertise & Interests Ms. Hudson's areas of expertise include artificial intelligence, big data & analytics, blockchain, connected healthcare, cybersecurity, Internet of Things (IoT), and Smart Cities.
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  • Shantenu Jha
    Chair, Center for Data Driven Discovery Brookhaven National Laboratory Expertise & Interests Mr. Jha's research interests are at the intersection of high-performance distributed computing and computational & data science.
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  • Shinichiro Murakami
    President & CEO DOCOMO Healthcare, Inc. Expertise & Interests  Mr. Murakami interests include the healthcare industry, smartphone policies and engineering. 
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  • Pat Narendra, PhD
      Pat Narendra
     Product & Solution Strategy and Innovation Zebra Technologies Expertise & Interests Mr. Narendra has a PhD in EE/CS from Purdue University (his thesis on Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning resulted in over a dozen refereed journal articles with over 4000 citations) and spent his early career in computer vision and signal processing research in Honeywell.
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  • Steve Rogers
    Vice President Blockchain Initiatives for Supply Chain Platform Services  IBM  Expertise & Interests Mr. Rogers has been working at IBM for more than 30 years. He become VP of Supply Chain Transformation and shortly after the VP of Blockchain Insitatives for Supply Chain Platform Services.
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  • Steve Skiena, PhD
    Professor,  Director of the Institute for AI-Driven Discovery and Innovation Stony Brook University Expertise & Interests Professor Skiena's research interests include the design of graph, string, and geometric algorithms, and their applications (particularly to biology).
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  • Tomi Teikko
     Founder & Advisor Tieto Corporation Expertise & Interests Mr. Teikko's interests include empathic reality, IoT, human behavior vs. digitalization and music.
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  • Dan Wang
    Associate Professor The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Expertise & Interests Mr. Wang is an expert in computer networking, and he is recently working in the inter-discipline domains of smart energy systems, industry 4.0.
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Panel Moderated by The New York Academy of Sciences

A.I. and Climate Change: Improving Prediction, Measuring Impact, and Driving Adaptation 

 Dr. Jennifer Costley- The New York Academy of Sciences

Alan Blumberg, PhD- Jupiter Intelligence

Bonnie Lei- Microsoft, AI For Earth

Heather Lynch, PhD- Stony Brook University

Minghua Zhang, PhD- Stony Brook University, SoMAS