2020 Keynote Speaker

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Ben Amaba, PhD, PE, CPIM®, LEED® AP

Chief Technology Officer for the Industrial Sector
IBM Data Sciences and Artificial Intelligence Team Elite

The Rapid Democratization and Integration of Data with Simulation, Optimization and Artificial Intelligence

Many CEOs, CTOs, senior executives, and other decision-makers are seeing an advantage from the rise of big data and faster computing power.  Data is now a board responsibility. The question arises: How can all this data drive innovation?  Being able to harness the power of data through simulation, optimization, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can help to improve financial, sales, manufacturing and supply-chain operations; enable a better, more intimate customer experience; or reduce downtime if done correctly. Waiting for the perfect environment is no longer a strategy, but an agile learning culture is the priority.

With open source, hybrid clouds, high speed networks, increased computing power, and responsive platforms; simulation, optimization, AI and ML are being democratized and intertwined at a rapid pace. McKinsey estimates that AI could potentially deliver additional economic output of around $13 trillion by 2030, boosting global GDP by about 1.2 percent a year. Advancements in computing power and open source technologies have become a competitive advantage of day-to-day business by fundamentally improving the way the industry operates. Recent progress seeks to radically change our operations and workflows.  To enable and maximize the creation of value, the integration and utilization of these data science technologies coupled with a rigorous approach is required. The overhead of data preparation, model governance, bias, trust, and deployment continue to inhibit democratization. The shortage of talent to promote and apply the interdisciplinary computer, mathematical and domain knowledge places many projects in pilot purgatory.  The session will explore the future of the Digital Transformation and the use of advanced analytics to create an integrated business model where data becomes more than just a single source of truth, but a strategic asset.

Lunch Speaker

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Stephen E. Chick

Professor of Technology and Operations Management
INSEAD – Europe Campus

Health Resource Allocation: Lessons for Today from Past Outbreaks

Recent events have brought mathematical modelling of infectious disease transmission and control to the forefront. An appropriate choice of mathematical model depends of course on the decision problem to be informed, yet there can be uncertainties about technical, social, and operational parameters of a model. And each model necessarily makes assumptions, for better or for worse. In this talk, we discuss different types of models for supporting decisions for cost-effective disease management decisions, touching on stochastic models, Bayesian methods, and simulation optimization. We then illustrate some obvious and some not-so-obvious ways that the choice of model is important, by drawing upon examples from the presenter’s experience with projects to address influenza, vaccination, waterborne infections, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease and clinical trial design. We highlight the importance of problem selection and collaboration.

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MASM Keynote

Chen-Fu Chien, Ph.D.

Tsinghua Chair Professor & Micron Chair Professor
Department of Industrial Engineering & Engineering Management
National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 30013, Taiwan

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