Accelerate AI Keynote 1; Creating an AI Powered Organization
Accelerate AI Keynote 1; Creating an AI Powered Organization


Enterprise leaders across every industry are seeking better ways to understand their business. They need new ways to model the data that flows through their systems - the life blood of their information architecture. Currently, the models are taken and used by human decision makers, or rigid algorithms are developed to make use of the models in an attempt to optimize one or more outcomes. But, what how can we get AI to drive the decision making? How do we AI-enable a fast paced business operating in an ever changing environment? How do we create smart, responsive businesses able to predict the organization's need in real-time? We try to answer these questions, and provide real world examples of how to apply AI to businesses to create end-to-end intelligence across a variety of industries.


Babak Hodjat ( is VP of Evolutionary AI at Cognizant, and former co-founder and CEO of Sentient, responsible for the core technology behind the world’s largest distributed artificial intelligence system. Babak was also the founder of the world's first AI-driven hedge-fund, Sentient Investment Management. Babak is a serial entrepreneur, having started a number of Silicon Valley companies as main inventor and technologist. Prior to co-founding Sentient, Babak was senior director of engineering at Sybase iAnywhere, where he led mobile solutions engineering. Prior to Sybase, Babak was co-founder, CTO and board member of Dejima Inc. Babak is the primary inventor of Dejima’s patented, agent-oriented technology applied to intelligent interfaces for mobile and enterprise computing – the technology behind Apple’s Siri. Babak is a published scholar in the fields of Artificial Life, Agent-Oriented Software Engineering, and Distributed Artificial Intelligence, and has 31 granted or pending patents to his name. He is an expert in numerous fields of AI, including natural language processing, machine learning, genetic algorithms, distributed AI, and has founded multiple companies in these areas. Babak holds a PhD in Machine Intelligence from Kyushu University, in Fukuoka, Japan.

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