Big Data & AI Conference

A Big Data and Artificial Intelligence conference for technical and business folks. Join us and learn how far disruptive technologies like AI, ML, driverless vehicles, facial analysis, quantum computing and 5G have come – from those building them – what their future trajectories are and how your company can benefit from them.

June 27 - 29, 2019 | Dallas, TX

About Big Data & AI Conference

Big Data & AI Conference is an inaugural event intended to draw all players big and small in the Big Data and AI communities to a 3-day event running from June 27 – 29, 2019, in Dallas, Texas. Day 1 of the 3-day event will be devoted to training sessions and workshops, while the last two days will feature presentations and discussion panels spanning technical, business and legal aspects of Big Data, AI and AI-related fields.

Broadly, the goal of the plenary conference sessions is to provide a forum where company and institutional representatives share the current state of adoption of Big Data and AI technologies in their organizations, what their future trajectories are and the consequences to humans and human activities.

Theme: Big Data & AI for the common good

June 27, 2019: Workshops

June 27, 2019 – 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.: VIP Reception

June 28 – 29, 2019: Conference

conference sessions will include

these Topics

AI & Affective AI

Machine Learning

Facial Recognition

Neuromorphic Computing

Big Data & Analytics


IoT & Smart Cities


Driverless Cars

Robots & Automation

5 reasons to attend

Big Data & AI Conference


Excellent training

Receive first-class training on Machine Learning from Google’s Cloud AI Advocacy team and on Robotic Process Automation from Dr. Edward Peters on Day 1 of the conference.



It’s an opportunity to rub shoulders and exchange ideas face-to-face with hundreds of professionals like you that share the same interests in Big Data, AI and AI-related technologies.


Awesome speakers

A conference like this is an opportunity to listen to experts from companies operating at the cutting edge of Big Data, AI and AI-related technologies, and perhaps get to speak with them face-to-face.


Free book

Attendees will receive a free copy of Eyes in the Sky by Author Holland Michel, co-director of the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College. You may even get to chat with him and get your copy signed.


Meet investors

A conference like this is a good place to showcase your company’s products and services to potential investors and customers in the red-hot AI arena.

Featured Speakers

Arthur Holland Michel

Authur Holland Michel

Co-Director, The CSD, Bard College

Arthur Holland Michel is the Founder and Co-director of the Center for the Study of the Drone, an interdisciplinary research and art collective at Bard College. He’s also a journalist, researcher and has written for a wide variety of media establishments.

He is a co-author of The Drone Primer: A Compendium of Key Issues, and Drone Sightings and Close Encounters in the National Airspace. Most recently, he’s the author of a new book titled Eyes in the Sky: The Secret Rise of The Gorgon Stare and How It Will Watch Us All.

Gorgon Stare is the name of an aerial surveillance system built by the Pentagon that has been used successfully in combat zones and, secretly, over some American cities. Michel will give a presentation and participate in the Ethics in AI/Facial Recognition discussion panel.

Eyes in the Sky will be published on June 18, 2019. Attendees who register for the conference will receive a free copy during check-in.

Presentation’s Title: Intelligent Eyes in the Sky: The Past, Promise, and Perils of Automated Surveillance.

Presentation’s Summary: This presentation will examine some of the remarkable and startling things that happen when a powerful camera is paired with computer vision and flown thousands of feet in the air over your average city. Revealing the many ongoing efforts to automate the age old art of airborne spycraft, Arthur will describe the potential risks of pairing vast surveillant power with an intelligent brain, and offer a few thoughts on how we can unlock this technology’s formidable potential while avoiding its urgent perils.

Riccardo Biasini

Riccardo Biasini

Chief System Architect,

Riccardo is the CEO of He received a BS and an MS in Automotive Engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy. He joined Tesla in 2011, where he worked on simulation and controls, leading the development of the Tesla’s Traffic Aware Cruise Control.

In 2016, he joined where he was among the main contributors of the in-house self driving technology. The project then became open source in 2017, with the name of openpilot. Currently, openpilot has thousands of users around the world.

Presentation’s Title: Data Collection, Use And Cost For Self-Driving Cars.

Presentation’s Summary: Self driving cars make extensive use of machine learning models to perceive their surroundings and take driving actions that are both safe and human-like. Large data sets are required to train models, but data isn’t free. Collection capability and storage cost aren’t trivial problems for companies that develop self driving technology. In my presentation, I’ll lay out comma‘s approach to data collection, use and cost for self driving cars.

Corey Clark

Corey Clark, PhD

CTO, Balanced Media | Technology

Dr. Clark serves as CTO of BALANCED Media | Technology as well as the Deputy Director of Research at SMU Guildhall and Assistant Professor of Computer Science at SMU. He has led multiple Advanced DoD R&D projects from concept to commercialization and most recently led a team to a $2.5MM XPRIZE Grand Prize win. Dr. Clark’s innovations in human-in-the-loop machine learning techniques have led to numerous publications, patents.

Presentation’s Title: Constructivist Augmented Machine Learning (CAML): Using video games and human-in-the-loop techniques to directly transfer human knowledge into ML models

Presentation’s Summary: Constructivism is a broader learning theory which incorporates the addition of knowledge gained from past experiences as well as social interaction and collaboration with an expert. This allows for students to learn from an instructor’s past experience and knowledge as a supplement to the experimentation process.

Adding CAML to an existing ML pipeline can improve model accuracy, compress model size, or allow model improvement in absence of large data sets. This talk will show examples of CAML being used to guide ML model when analyzing medical and satellite imagery as well as knowledge transfer directly into the Leela Zero deep learning model (Open Source version AlphaGo Zero).

meet other Speakers

Dr. Edward Peters

Edward Peters, PhD

Founder, Data Discovery Sciences

Randall Hunt

Randall Hunt

Software Engineer & Tech Evangelist, AWS

Gabriel Bianconi

Gabriel Bianconi

Founder, Scalar Research

Saurabh Shah

Saurabh Shah

Partner, IBM Cognitive & Analytics

Anna Sidorova

Anna, Sidorova, PhD

Associate Professor, University of North Texas

Karl Weinmeister

Karl Weinmeister

Cloud AI Advocacy Manager, Google

KC Tung

K. C. Tung, PhD

AI Architect, Microsoft

Bob Dutcher

Bob Dutcher

VP, Product Marketing, Oracle

Jon Bratseth

Jon Bratseth

Distinguished Architect, Verizon

Veena Somareddy

Veena Somareddy

Co-Founder & CTO, NeuroRehabVR

Fatih Nar

Fatih Nar

Customer Engineer, Google

Tiffany Ricks

Tiffany Ricks

Founder & Chief Hacker, Hacware

Tom Edwards

Tom Edwards

Chief Digital Officer - Agency, Epsilon

Babar Bhatti

Babar Bhatti

Co-Founder, Dallas AI

Ramin Keene

Ramin Keene


Chintan Shah

Chintan Shah

Vice President, HYLA Mobile

Dan Darnell

Dan Darnell

VP of Product, ParallelM

Anais Dotis-Georgiou

Anais Dotis-Georgiou

Developer Advocate, InfluxData

Robert M. Atkins

Robert M. Atkins

CEO, Balanced Media | Technology

Steve Ardire

Steve Ardire

AI Start-up Advisor 'Force Multiplier'

Ron Dagdag

Ron Dagdag

Sr Software Engineer, Crestron Electronics

Ashlesha Nesarikar

Ashlesha Nesarikar

Founder & President, Plano Intelligence, Inc.

Troy Mann

Troy Mann

Data Engineer, Toyota Fin. Services Securities USA Corp.

Daniel Vollmer

Daniel Vollmer

Computational Linguist, Lymba


Two workshops have been scheduled for Day 1 of the conference, that is, on June 27, 2019.

Robotic Process Automation for Professionals: This workshop is intended for C-level executives, other managers and professionals who are responsible for operational improvement and digital transformations in their companies. Click the button for detailed info about the workshop.

End-to-end Machine Learning with TensorFlow on Google Cloud Platform is intended for Data Scientists, Developers and Machine Learning Engineers. The lead instructor will be Karl Weinmeister, the Cloud AI Advocacy Manager for Google. Click the button for detailed info about the workshop.

Free book to all attendees

Eyes in the Sky

Eyes in the Sky: The Secret Rise of Gorgon Stare and How It Will Watch Us All is an authoritative account of a surveillance system built by the Pentagon that can track 1,000 moving targets simultaneously. Using a technology called WAMI (Wide Area Motion imagery) and powerful Big Data analytics, Gorgon Stare has been used in combat zones and, secretly, over some American cities.

Drawing on sources within the Pentagon and companies that developed WAMI, the author narrates how this Orwellian-scale surveillance system was created and what businesses and police forces that have seen it in action are rushing to get their hands on it. Your elected officials don’t even know anything about it. It’s a must read.

Eyes in the Sky will be published on June 18, 2019, and as an attendee, you’ll receive a free copy during registration on June 27 or June 28. You might even be able to chat with the author in person and get your copy signed.

now it's your turn to Register

First step in the registration process is to scan the following ticket types for the right one to purchase.

Gold Ticket

Full conference access. June 28-29
$ 764 That's a 15% discount
  • Access to all conf. sessions
  • Access to conf. videos
  • Access to conf slides
  • Access to exhibit area
  • Invitation to VIP party
  • Refreshments

Silver Ticket

Full conference access - June 28-29
$ 594 That's a 15% discount
  • Access to all conf. sessions
  • Access to exhibit area
  • Access to conf. videos
  • Access to conf slides
  • Refreshments

Workshop Tickets

Valid for workshops only
$ 159-
  • Access to workshops only
  • Refreshments

To get the 15% discount shown for your preferred ticket type, use the Super-15 promo code when you register.

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Ethics in AI/Facial recognition

Most American adults are in a face-recognition database accessible to law enforcement. Our panel of experts will tackle this and other issues related to this technology.

Driverless cars

Hype or ready for prime time? You won't want to miss this discussion panel featuring a few of the best minds working on driverless vehicles technology.

Robots & automation

Are robots and process automation going to cost us our jobs? Our panel of experts will examine that and other issues related to robots and automation.


  • June 27, 2019
  • June 28, 2019
  • June 29, 2019

This will be a day of workshops, with two (2) workshops already scheduled. You may register for one or both.

8 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.: Robotic Process Automation for Professionals

Instructor: Dr. Edward Peters, Founder, Data Discovery Sciences

This 3.5-hour workshop is intended for C-level execs, other managers and professionals. Read more about it here.

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.: End-to-end Machine Learning with TensorFlow on Google Cloud Platform

Instructors: Karl Weinmeister, Manager, Cloud AI Advocacy Team, Google. Fatir Nar, Customer Engineer, Google.

This 3-hour workshop is intended for developers. Read more about it here.

8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.: Breakfast and Registration

Registration and check-in for Gold and Silver ticket holders. Light breakfast and coffee available.

8:50 a.m. - 9 a.m.: Welcome address

Opening remarks by event organizer

9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.: Keynote - Arthur Holland Michel (The CSD, Bard College)

Intelligent Eyes in the Sky: The Past, Promise, and Perils of Automated Surveillance

9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.: Presentation - Gabriel Bianconi (Scalar Research)

Introduction to Face Processing with Computer Vision

9:55 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.: Presentation - Chintan Shah (HYLA Mobile)

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Mobile Device Reverse Logistics and InsurTech

10:20 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.: Presentation - Dr. K. C. Tung (Microsoft)

AI/ML Model Characterization for Performance, Interpretability, Fairness and Reliability

10:45 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.: Break

10:55 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.: Presentation - Babar Bhatti (Dallas AI)

Mitigating Bias and Fairness in AI

11:20 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.: Presentation - Steve Ardire

Augmented Intelligence Will Become The Future of Work

11:50 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.: Presentation - Bob Dutcher (Oracle)

Adopt AI Across The Business

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.: Lunch

Grab something to eat, folks!

1:20 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.: Discussion Panel - Ethics in AI/Privacy implications of Facial Recognition Technology

Should you be worried or excited, or worried and excited? Listen to a panel of experts as they discuss how the technologies are being deployed and their privacy implication.

Moderator: Steve Ardire

Panelists: Arthur Holland Michel, Babar Bhatti, Ashlesha Nesarikar

2:15 p.m. - 2:35 p.m.: Presentation - Karl Weinmeister (Google)

Real-World Machine Learning with TensorFlow and Cloud ML

2:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Presentation - Ashlesha Nesarikar (Plano Intelligence)

iNotify: AI to Prevent Gun Violence

3:05 - 3:15: Break

3:20 p.m. - 3: 40 p.m.: Presentation - Ramin Keene (Fuzzbox)

Fast, Reliable, Yet Catastrophically Failing!?! Safely Avoiding Incidents When Putting Machine Learning Into Production

3:45 p.m. - 4:05 p.m.: Presentation - Dr. Corey Clark (Balanced Media | Technology)

Constructivist Augmented Machine Learning: Using Video Games and Human-in-the-Loop Techniques to Directly Transfer Human Knowledge into ML Models

4:10 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Presentation - Anais Dotis-Georgiou (InfluxData)

When Holt-Winters is better than Machine Learning

4:35 p.m. - 4:55 p.m.: Daniel Vollmer (Lymba)

Applying NLP: Use Cases of Natural Language Processing in Commercial Applications

5 p.m.: Closing Remarks

8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.: Breakfast and Check-in

Registration Check-in and Breakfast

8:45 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.: Opening Remarks

8:50 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.: Keynote - Riccardo Biasini (

Data Collection, Use And Cost For Self-Driving Cars

9:25 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.: Presentation - Veena Somareaddy (NeuroRehabVR)

Dynamic Virtual Environments and AI-driven Avatars for Enhanced Patient Experience During Rehabilitation

9:50 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.: Presentation - Dr. Anna Sidorova (University of North Texas)

Enabling AI Governance Through AI Business Description Standard

10:15 - 10:30: Break

10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.: Presentation - Saurabh Shah (IBM)

Improve Customer Care and Increase Your Bottom Line with AI Customer-Driven Digitization Strategy

10:55 a.m. - 11: 45 a.m.: Fireside Chat - Driverless Vehicles: Hype and Reality

Hype or ready for prime time? Hear what some of the brightest minds working on driverless vehicles technology have to say about the readiness of truly autonomous vehicles technology for mass, or even personal, transportation.

Hayley Horn (SMU - MSDS Candidate) and Riccardo Biasini (

11:50 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.: Presentation - Randall Hunt (Amazon Web Services)

Building WhereML an AI-Powered Twitter Bot for Guessing Locations of Pictures with MXNet

12:15 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.: Lunch

Grab something to eat, folks!

1:10 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Presentation - Jon Bratseth (Verizon)

Big Data Serving: The Last Frontier. Processing and Inference at Scale in Real Time

1:35 p.m. - 1:55 p.m.: Presentation - Dr. Edward Peters (Data Discovery Sciences)

Intelligent Automation for fun and profit!

2:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.: Presentation - Ron Dagdag (Creston Electronics) & Troy Mann (Toyota Fin. Services Securities USA Corp)

Engineering + Analytics = Product

2:25 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.: Discussion Panel - Robots and Automation

Are robots and process automation going to cost us our jobs? Our panel of experts will examine that and other issues related to robots and (process) automation.

Moderator: Steve Ardire

Panelists: Tiffany Ricks, Edward Peters

3:20 p.m.: Closing Remarks

ethics in Artificial Intelligence

Humans, like all living creatures, discriminate. It’s a built-in feature of natural and supranatural laws. Problems arise when discrimination, or bias, as they say in algorithmic terms, goes too far. Like when it becomes the law of the land or is sanctioned by a dominant group.

In an ethical and civilized society, where regulations and laws devised by higher minds are in play and properly enforced, the impulse to discriminate, to show bias, can be kept in check. But in a technologically advanced and civilized society, where ethical barely exist or is subject to loose interpretations, the effects of discrimination can take a heavy toll on society and on the side holding the wrong end of the bargain.

So how do we design AI systems so that we don’t imbue them with our own biases? That and many others will be the focus of the Ethics in AI/Facial Recognition discussion panel at this Big Data & AI Conference. Get your ticket if you want to be in the audience during this discussion. You won’t be disappointed.

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they said it!

Deloitte Insights: State of AI in the Enterprise

These are some of the results of Deloitte’s second annual survey of U.S. business leaders involved in the decision making process around the deployment of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions and initiatives in the enterprise.

Percentage that view lack of AI skills as a top 3 concern
Percentage that used Deep Learning to make predictions
Percentage that claim a positive return on their AI investments

is your country ready for Driverless Cars?

The Autonomous Vehicle Readiness Index (AVRI) is a KPMG effort to rank the preparedness of countries for driverless vehicles. Twenty countries were included in the study. The total AVRI score shows which countries are more accepting and prepared for autonomous vehicles (the higher the score, the better). Did your country make the study? How did it fare? Click the button to find out.

Big Data & AI Conference will feature several presentations on driverless car technology, and it will also be the topic of a discussion panel featuring some of the best minds building out the technology. Click here to register now. Apply the Super-15 promo code when you register to get 15% off the Super Early Bird ticket. The code expires in:


Total AVRI score

frequently asked questions

Answers to questions we are sure some of you will ask – eventually.

Very soon. We’re still hammering out the logistics with the prospective instructors. The annoncement will be made via our social media channels and by email to all registered attendees.

If you only registered for the conference part, that is, for sessions starting June 28 and ending June 29, 2019, let the following be your guide:

If you bought a 2-day pass (more expensive ticket), your event starts in the morning of June 28, 2019. So expect to be at the venue by 8 a.m. of that day to register and check in.

Yes, we do. To receive it, send us an email from your school-issued .edu email address. We’ll respond with the discount code promptly.

No! The cost of your conference ticket, whether it’s the 1-day pass or the full, 2-day conference pass, grants you access to Day 2 and/or Day 3 of the conference, that is, from June 28 – 29, 2019.

To attend any of the  workshops, you’ll have to buy a separate ticket for it.

Yes. A link that registered attendees can use to book a room at a special discounted rate will be emailed to all registered attendees weekly.

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venue and official hotel

15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001

Addison Conference Centre

Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Addison

15160 Quorum Dr, Addison, TX, 75001

Less than a 10-minute walk from the conference venue,  the Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Addison offers attendees not only an ideal location but also superb service and spacious rooms at a reasonable rate.

Like the conference venue, it is within walking distance of Addison Circle Park. The world-famous Restaurant Row is just across the street. A link to book a room at a special discounted rate will be emailed to all registered attendees weekly.

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Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualised images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualised clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualised environment.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. Conference staff can be identified as they'll be wearing branded clothing and/or badges.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

We expect participants to follow these rules at conference and workshop venues and conference-related social events.

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