Sessions on demand
This keynote will reveal why AI is not enough for solving problems at scale, and what is needed beyond AI to do it. Learn the new recipe for problem – solving.
Srikanth Velamakanni, Co-founder, Group Chief Executive & Executive Vice-Chairman, Fractal Analytics
Learn how AI can automate mundane tasks to free our cognitive capacity and time to think the audacious.
Dipita Chakraborty, Client Partner, Fractal Analytics
It is critical to build a strong engineering capability that can mine big data in real-time, operationalize the solution and implement it at scale. This session will focus on how to build and deliver the essential capabilities (both technical and otherwise) to enable AI and scale algorithms to power decisioning in the enterprise.
David Yeo, Client Partner, Fractal Analytics
A deeper understanding of human behavior – “why” people behave the way they do, is required to design solutions for non-conscious behavioral change. Learn how to design a solution with the user in mind by incorporating human behavior (this doesn’t mean just UI/UX).
Biju Dominic, CEO and Co-founder, FinalMile Consulting
AI is not enough!
Organizations today are banking on AI for their toughest business challenges. Be it big or small, every problem has become an AI problem. It is becoming more and more relevant and ubiquitous. Although AI has become an indispensable component of all solutions and problem solving, it is not a self-sufficient component.
The larger the business, the larger are their problems and that too at worldwide complexity and a scale of millions of consumers. AI comes to rescue while solving these problems and delivering higher value, but that alone is not enough. Building pipelines to drive decisions in real-time and solving these problems by making humans behave the way we want to behave have become extremely crucial elements in problem solving.
At ai.nyc, we will discuss the new recipe to solve business problems and exploit new opportunities at scale.
Biju DominicChairman, FinalMile Consulting & Chief EvangelistFractal
Biju co-founded FinalMile Consulting 12 years back and pioneered the development of Behavior Architecture practice by combining learning from Cognitive Neuroscience, Behavioral Economics and Design. He brings 18 years of brand building experience with ad agencies like JWT, Lowe Lintas, DDB.
Biju believes that to power every human decision, we need to understand and influence every human decision. The combined power of AI and Behavioral Science can be used to unravel the complexities of why humans do what they do. These insights, combined with the power of Design will help develop interventions to influence a targeted human decision.
Cathy O’NeilMathematician and author of The New York Times bestseller “Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy"
Cathy O’Neil is the author of The New York Times bestselling Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, which was also a semifinalist for the National Book Award. She is a columnist for Bloomberg View and founded the company ORCAA, an algorithmic auditing company.
She earned a Ph.D. in math from Harvard, was a postdoctoral fellow in the MIT math department, and a professor at Barnard College where she published a number of research papers in arithmetic algebraic geometry. She then switched over to the private sector, working as a quantitative analyst for the hedge fund D.E. Shaw in the middle of the credit crisis, and then for RiskMetrics, a risk software company that assesses risk for the holdings of hedge funds and banks. She left finance in 2011 and started working as a data scientist in the New York start-up scene, building models that predicted people’s purchases and clicks.
Cathy wrote Doing Data Science in 2013 and launched the Lede Program in Data Journalism at Columbia in 2014.
Chris JasenskyArea IT Director and Vice President – North AmericaRB Health
Chris is the North America IT director for RB’s Healthcare business. He has worked in both developing and developed markets in the Middle East, South East Asia, and the United States. Chris believes that AI will accelerate the rate of change and organizations need to prepare for rapid process iteration as AI and machine learning evolve. The power of AI and machine are giving valuable time back to colleagues to pursue new growth opportunities, uncovering new ways for AI and machine learning to further complement and supplement what they do.
Joe KeatingConsumer Insight DirectorHill’s Pet Nutrition
US CMI Director at Hill’s Pet Nutrition
Current: Leading the US CMI team to support Hill’s commercial teams in areas of Consumer insights including consumer and shopper segmentation, digital insights platforms and social listening. Business Analysis & advanced analytics across retail channels utilizing cloud based automated reporting tools.
Past: Consumer Insights and Analytics Manager at Hill’s Europe leading market share and research for marketing and customer development teams. Research Manager at Procter & Gamble leading research and analytics for shave care category.
Bachelors in Economics and Social Policy, London School of Economics
Understand category drivers to map the consumer and customer journey – online vs offline and connect the dots leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Mike GualtieriVP & Principal AnalystForrester Research
Mike's research focuses on software technologies, platforms, and practices that enable technology professionals to deliver digital transformations that lead to prescient digital experiences and breakthrough operational efficiency. His key technology coverage areas are AI, machine learning, deep learning, AI chips and systems, digital decisions, streaming analytics, prescriptive analytics, big data analytical platforms and tools optimization, and emerging technologies that make software faster and smarter.
Mike is also a leading expert on the intersection of business strategy, artificial intelligence, and innovation. Mike provides technology vendors with actionable, fine-tuned advisory sessions on strategy, messaging, competitive analysis, buyer-persona analysis, market trends, and product road maps for the areas he directly covers and adjacent areas that wish to launch into new markets or use new technologies.
Mike is a recipient of the Forrester Courage Award for making bold calls that inspire leaders and guide great business and technology decisions.
Previous Work Experience
Mike has more than 25 years of experience in the industry helping design and develop mission-critical applications in eCommerce, insurance, banking, travel/hospitality, manufacturing, healthcare, and technology for organizations including NASA, eBay, Bank of America, Liberty Mutual, Nielsen, EMC, and many others. His background is that of a practitioner, having written thousands of lines of code, managed development teams, and architected complex systems of applications.
He is a frequent and highly sought-after speaker at industry, corporate, educational, and technology events for his audience-designed, insightful, and energetic speeches.
Mike earned a B.S. in computer science and management from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. While a student, Mike was awarded three US patents for inventing an expert system used to train air traffic controllers around the world.
Rambabu VallabhajosulaSVP, PricingPriceline.com
Rambabu Vallabhajosula is Senior Vice President, Pricing at Priceline.com. He is a business, technology and finance leader with experience spanning Pricing, Revenue Management, Analytics, Data Science, Finance, Accounting, Operations, Product development, Software development and performance management. He uses his background of technology and finance to focus on optimizing business results by leveraging technology and data for the advantage of the enterprise.
David YeoClient Partner, InsuranceFractal Analytics
Leads Fractal’s Global Insurance Consulting practice.
David has over 20 years of experience in consulting to insurance and financial services companies and has also worked at a global top 20 P&C insurer. He has project experience across insurance distribution, underwriting, and claims. His previous roles have included working as Head of Strategy and Transformation for QBE Insurance Group where his responsibilities included developing and executing on a multi-year business strategy and ran the annual business planning cycle. In addition, David worked as a Principal at Booz & Company, where he worked with Fortune 100 companies on their business transformation, operations, and IT strategies.
MBA, Harvard Business School
BA in Economics, Yale University
Delivering business value via data engineering, data science, and adoption of analytical output and insights
Dipita ChakrabortyClient PartnerFractal Analytics
Lead Analytical Engagements with clients, driving solution design, consulting and activation. Drive continued development and deployment of Marketing Effectiveness & Trade Promotions Effectiveness Solutions at Fractal.
- 20+ years of experience in Marketing Effectiveness & Other Advanced Analytics. Extensive CPG experience including BMS, P&G, PepsiCo, Kraft Heinz / Mondelez, Unilever, J&J, Hershey, The Coca Cola Company, ConAgra, Reckitt Benckiser, Kellogg’s
- Global experience in Americas, EU and Asia – Modern Trade / Traditional Trade
- Prior to Fractal, led Global Marketing Mix Practice at Nielsen (2007-2010), part of Nielsen Executive Team in India during relaunch (2011-2013) overseeing Retail, Analytics, Shopper; Global Analytics Partner for Key Accounts (2014-2016).
- During 2002-2006, Managing Partner and co-founder of The Modeling Group (TMG), a Marketing Effectiveness consultancy, working with large global CPG clients. TMG was acquired by Nielsen in 2006.
- Expertise Areas: Marketing Mix Analysis, Media Optimization across Linear & Digital Media, Media Effectiveness, Pricing/Promotions/Trade Effectiveness, Portfolio Planning, Global Brands Growth & Resource Allocation, CPG Innovation & Growth
- Univ of Stony Brook: Masters in Mgmt & Policy
- Indian Institute of Technology: Bachelor’s in Technology / Engg.
Passionate about driving action from analytics
Lana KleinManaging Partner, GAIT,Fractal Analytics
Lana leads Growth Consulting and Analytics practice at Fractal. A team of 30+ data scientists and consulting professionals, Growth Analytics Practice provides clients with analytical tools to find and forecast future demand, understand performance and growth drivers, identify most attractive growth and innovation opportunities
A consulting executive with 20+ years of experience, Lana has joined Fractal in 2017, when analytics firm she co-founded - 4i Inc - was acquired by Fractal.
At 4i, Lana was a Managing Partner, growing the company to a team of 50+ professionals.
Working with leading global CPG firms, Lana pioneered Foresight Analytics – a forward-looking approach that uses Data Science and AI to predict future growth opportunities, identify emerging market and consumer trends, find attractive innovation areas to inform their growth strategy.
Lana also has expensive experience in Forecasting Analytics, working with clients to clients to help develop and implement state-of-the-art forecasting tool and practices.
Prior to co-founding 4i, Lana was a strategy consultant with A. T. Kearney.
MBA, IMD Business School, Lausanne, Switzerland
B.S. Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Minnesota
Growth and Foresight Analytics, Future trends and performance drivers, Innovation Analytics, Demand Forecasting and Planning
Pranay AgrawalCo-founder and Chief Executive OfficerFractal Analytics
Lead Fractal in powering every human decision in the enterprise through data and analytics.
Pranay has led Fractal to be one of the most respected analytics company in the world. Fractal is working with over 50 Fortune 500 companies helping them drive better business outcomes by embedding analytics in their decisions and processes. Fractal is well recognized for its client-centricity with a Net Promoter Score of over 60%.
Fractal has been featured as a leader in the Customer Analytics Service Providers Wave™ 2017 by Forrester Research, a Great Place to Work by The Economic Times in partnership with the Great Place to Work® Institute, and recognized as a ‘Cool Vendor’ and a ‘Vendor to Watch’ by Gartner.
Pranay has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad, a Bachelors in Accounting from Bangalore University, and is a Certified Financial Risk Manager from the Global Association of Risk Professionals.
He derives his passion for analytics from his belief that data and analytics are making the world a better place.
Srikanth VelamakanniCo-founder, Group Chief Executive & Vice-ChairmanFractal
Srikanth Velamakanni is the Co-Founder, Group Chief Executive & Vice-Chairman of Fractal Analytics. He is tasked with driving the overall growth of the Fractal businesses, including the core business of providing analytics services to Fortune 100 companies, along with Fractal’s AI-based product businesses: Qure.ai, Cuddle.ai, Theremin.ai, and Eugenie.ai.
He explores how AI together with the power of behavioral sciences and design, helps make better decisions and engines of scale for Fortune 100 companies. He is recognized as a leading expert and thought leader in the AI space and is a member of NASSCOM’s Executive Council & head of AI & Data Sciences Council. He has also served on the Government of India appointed AI initiatives.
Srikanth has the natural ability to make his ideas relevant, understandable, and entertaining. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, events and, seminars around the world. He considers himself a lifelong student of mathematics, behavioral economics, neuroscience, and consumer behavior.
A former investment banker, he co-founded Fractal 20 years ago.
ai.now - Looking back on 2018
Last year, we hosted our first artificial intelligence conference, ai.now, at One WTC New York.
This collaborative event inspired great insights from Fortune 500 attendees and featured speakers from companies including Mars, Visa, RB and P&G. We explored how businesses can better leverage AI and shared practical techniques to maximize the value of AI investments, technology and implementations. Martin Ford, New York Times bestselling author, spoke about how AI is outpacing humans and shared a realistic view on the future of work. The event was covered by The Wall Street Journal and also featured in an IDC report by analyst Allison Close.
One World Trade Center, 64th Floor | New York, NY | 10007