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ITA Announces AI & Machine Learning Council

Monday, April 22, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Chicago, IL – April 22, 2019 – The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) announced today the formation of a new advisory council focused on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. The AI Council will work to build connections, share expertise and establish a unified voice for artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies within the Chicago technology community. AI Council Advisory Board members are thought leaders in the space and provide mentorship, resources and big-picture thinking that drives programming, investment and policy for AI technology.

Co-chaired by Kris Hammond, Chief Scientist at Narrative Science and professor of Computer Science at Northwestern and Ryan Maguire, VP of Emerging Capabilities & AI at Solstice, the AI Council will provide the ITA and its members with a forum and environment conducive for education, networking and mutual exchange of information relative to AI and machine learning technologies.

“Several years ago, the ITA launched our first Council, focused on Internet of Things (IoT) technologies,” said Julia Kanouse, CEO, ITA. “It was so successful in bringing together the key players in the space and driving forward Chicago’s position as a leader in IoT, that we wanted to replicate that in another emerging space. Based on the work being done by many of our member companies and the reach that AI will have into mainline businesses, it made sense to start to solidify Chicago’s position in AI and machine learning, as well.”

The AI Council Advisory Board will be responsible for guiding ITA’s policy and advocacy positions related to AI and machine learning technologies, supporting programs and initiatives to help promote AI technologies and advancing education in the field.

Members of the AI Council Advisory Board include:

  • Sulabh Agarwal, CTO, Civis Analytics
  • Patrick Emmons, President, DragonSpears
  • Anu George, Chief Quality & Transformation Officer , Morningstar
  • Kris Hammond, Chief Scientist, Narrative Science
  • Tari Haro, EVP, Edelman
  • Parker Holcomb, CEO, Fraight AI
  • Bob Holzer, Sr. Director Technology Exploration, HCSC / BCBS
  • Briana Kearney, VP & General Manager, XSELL Technologies
  • Jason Kolb, Founder & CEO, Dias Technology
  • Adam McElhinney, Chief of Machine Learning & AI Strategy, Uptake
  • Ryan Mcguire, VP of Emerging Capabilities & AI, Solstice
  • Khan Siddiqui, CTO & Chief Medical Officer, Higi
  • Marshall Sied, Co-Founder, Ashling Partners
  • Sanjay Sood, VP Highly Automated Driving, HERE Technologies
  • Matt Tran, Director Innovation Strategic Services, BlueCross BlueShield Association

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