Industrial Sessions

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Industrial session 1: IBM

Cognitive Intelligence –
The new Big Thing for the Big Data

Abstract : Cognitive Intelligence refers to data processing methods that are neither linear nor deterministic, but learn and interact with people in order to extend natural human functions and capabilities while understanding natural language, reasoning, forming hypotheses and constantly learning.

Commonly referred to as artificial intelligence, this new generation of technology and the cognitive systems are dramatically touching every facet of work and life – with the high potential to radically transform them. They can ingest and understand all forms of data (including dark data), being produced at an exponentially accelerated rate, creating a new approach of the cognitive assisted work.

There are three main capabilities of cognitive systems to be touched in the talk :

  • Evidence-based reasoning with extended data capturing and analytic;
  • New insights and connections from within vast amounts of various information;
  • Change of the way humans and systems interact;

trying to answer possible important questions: How can cognitive computing drive innovation and make measurable gains in business performance? How can these methods be integrated into current business-related IT operations? How will we decide when cognitive approaches make more sense than traditional analytics one?

It will also be explained, with an example of IBM Watson Cognitive System, how it operates and interacts with humans on business facets in practice of selected areas.

About the speaker

Grzegorz Dobranowski is a Business Transformation Leader of IBM Poland and has been holding, throughout his 25 years in IBM, several managerial and executive positions in both Enterprises and Technologies units and divisions – locally and internationally – with know-how and experience in deployment of IT solutions in the management systems of business and society.

Before joining IBM, he was running his own systems and software development company, active on the European market, designing and implementing data-driven solutions in distributed IT environments for selected industries – mostly Media, Publishing and Distribution. He was also a co-designer of applicable, distributed data processing models in mixed LANs and Hosts environments in the early stages of those technology deployments, demonstrated in the mid 80’s on the BIFOA at the University of Cologne, Germany, and followed by Industry implementations.

His field of specialization includes methods of data management and dissemination, computational linguistics and expert systems that he was studying at the Faculty of Computer Science and Management on the Wroclaw Technical University.

Current focus of his applied knowledge and expertise is featuring Cognitive Intelligence and Internet of Things, Predictive Analytics as well as the Ethics of Autonomous Decision AI – all aimed at the digital business transformation aspects within industries.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Industrial session 2: Ernst&Young

When things are increasingly connected, how do you plug in business value?

Abstract. Internet of Things (IoT) is not any longer a buzzword. Companies are looking for business cases how to grow their businesses or make their businesses more efficient.  IoT sounds like a perfect enabler to achieve this goal. Aleksander Poniewierski will elaborate what is important to remember to build a successful IoT implementations. This analysis will be performed from three angles: People, Economy and Technology.

About the speaker

Aleksander Poniewierski is the Global IoT Leader at EY, being responsible for leading the Advisory Practice focused on the development of Strategy, Design, Implementation, Process Optimization, Business Model Innovation, Security and Protection for global Clients in both Consumer and Industrial IoT. He is a globally recognized expert in the field of Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection.

Previously, Aleksander led the IoT/OT Advisory Practice for the EMEIA region. Throughout his career, he built the IT Advisory practice in Poland and CSE, where he led numerous IT and OT projects for some of the largest companies in the region. Before joining EY, Aleksander was responsible for managing IT Security at telecommunication companies. He is an Advisory Council Member of the Center for Global Business at the University of Texas at Dallas (UDT).

He is the author of many publications as well as a recognized keynote speaker at numerous conferences related to Cyber Security and IoT/OT. Aleksander graduated from Upper Silesian University in 1997 with a Master’s degree in Information Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Poznan University of Economics. Additionally, he has participated in many Executive Programs provided by Harvard Business School, Carnegie Mellon University and LMD University.

Professional Photographer, his work has been published in International photo magazines. He is the Laureate of a prestigious photography competition organized by National Geographic.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Industrial session 3: Microsoft

People and computers – what is going on in Microsoft technology?

Abstract. Last four years bring many changes in IT and the way people interact with computers. In this presentation, we will focus on changes in the world from the Microsoft perspective. We will be discussing:

  • Microsoft and Open Source;
  • Advances in Cloud Computing;
  • What happened in analytics, big data, warehouses, “advanced” analytics and AI?
  • What is happening in the user interfaces and how we interact with “computers”?

About the speaker

Tomasz Kopacz is working with IT architects and developers and discuss with them, how to build a good applications and what to choose from among many software artifacts to address a specific problem. Expert in cloud computing and .NET Enterprise programming. Helping also in team & project organization (correct tools, methodology, etc.). Deals also with “technology and the user” in software projects, with strong focus on UI organization and correct communication with backend services.

Frequent speaker on many conferences – from architectural to highly technical topics. Judge in ImagineCup contest (since th esecond edition of this competition). Graduated from Warsaw University of Technology (FTiMS). Currently, he is working for Microsoft as Principal Technical Architect (Evangelist). Prior to joining Microsoft, Tomasz Kopacz conducted a number of projects based on different technologies as an independent consultant.