Artificial Intelligence
The Next Decade
San Jose, CA   ·   Sept 23, 2019
Floating brain

Video recordings of presentations will be available
Thursday, Oct. 10th.

Chirantan Desai
Morning Keynote: C.J. Desai
Chirantan Desai is Chief Product Officer at ServiceNow – The Enterprise Cloud Company. C.J.’s specialties are: Products (Development, Management, and Strategy) and Guest lecturer at University of Illinois and others. C.J. has previously held positions at Zebra Technologies, EMC, Symantec and Pivotal.
Afternoon Keynote: John Markoff

John Markoff is a fellow at the Stanford Human Centered Artificial Institute. He is also a research affiliate at the Center for Advance Study in the Behavioral Sciences participating in projects focusing on the future of work and artificial intelligence.​

Session Speakers

Chirantan Desai
Chirantan "CJ" Desai
Chief Product Officer,


Chirantan "CJ" Desai serves as Chief Product Officer at ServiceNow. In this role, Mr. Desai oversees product strategy, product design and engineering. In addition, Mr. Desai’s responsibilities include customer support and running the operations of ServiceNow’s cloud.

From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Desai served as President of the Emerging Technologies Division at EMC. In this role, Mr. Desai oversaw product strategy and engineering for a portfolio of emerging businesses all with a focus on launching and growing new businesses.

Prior to at EMC, Mr. Desai was Executive Vice President at Symantec, where he led the firm’s Information Management Group and prior to this role, Mr. Desai was responsible for the Endpoint Security and Mobility group.

Prior to Symantec, Mr. Desai built and ran offshore businesses in Bangalore, India for Oracle and for Pivotal. Mr. Desai began his career with Oracle and was a key member of the team that launched Oracle’s first cloud services.

Mr. Desai has a master’s degree in Computer Science and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Mr. Desai is on the Board of Directors at Zebra Technologies.

Christopher Manning
Director of Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (SAIL)

Christopher Manning is the inaugural Thomas M. Siebel Professor in Machine Learning in the Departments of Computer Science and Linguistics at Stanford University and Director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (SAIL). His research goal is computers that can intelligently process, understand, and generate human language material. Manning is a leader in applying Deep Learning to Natural Language Processing, with well-known research on Tree Recursive Neural Networks, the GloVe model of word vectors, sentiment analysis, neural network dependency parsing, neural machine translation, question answering, and deep language understanding.

He also focuses on computational linguistic approaches to parsing, robust textual inference and multilingual language processing, including being a principal developer of Stanford Dependencies and Universal Dependencies. Manning has coauthored leading textbooks on statistical approaches to Natural Language Processing (NLP) (Manning and Schütze 1999) and information retrieval (Manning, Raghavan, and Schütze, 2008), as well as linguistic monographs on ergativity and complex predicates.

Christopher is an ACM Fellow, a AAAI Fellow, and an ACL Fellow, and a Past President of the ACL (2015). His research has won ACL, Coling, EMNLP, and CHI Best Paper Awards.

He has a B.A. (Hons) from The Australian National University and a Ph.D. from Stanford in 1994, and he held faculty positions at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Sydney before returning to Stanford. He is the founder of the Stanford NLP group (@stanfordnlp) and manages development of the Stanford CoreNLP software.

John Markoff
Fellow at Center For Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Inc.

John Markoff is a fellow at the Stanford Human Centered Artificial Institute. He is also a research affiliate at the Center for Advance Study in the Behavioral Sciences participating in projects focusing on the future of work and artificial intelligence. He is currently researching a biography of Stewart Brand, the creator of the Whole Earth Catalog.

In 2017-18 he was a Berggruen Fellow at CASBS.  In 2017 he joined the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., as a staff historian. Previously he was a reporter at the The New York Times, beginning in March 1988 as the paper’s national computer writer.  He moved to Silicon Valley to write about technology in 1992. Prior to joining the Times, he worked for The San Francisco Examiner from 1985 to 1988. He reported for the New York Times Science Section from 2010 through 2015. He returned to the Business Section to cover Silicon Valley in 2016 and retired from the paper in December of 2016. 

Markoff has written about technology and science since 1977.  He reported on technology and the defense industry for The Pacific News Service in San Francisco from 1977 to 1981; he was a reporter at Infoworld from 1981 to 1983; he was the West Coast editor for Byte Magazine from 1984 to 1985 and wrote a column on personal computers for The San Jose Mercury from 1983 to 1985.

He has also been a lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley School of Journalism and an adjunct faculty member of the Stanford Graduate Program on Journalism.

The Times nominated him for a Pulitzer Prize in 1995, 1998 and 2000. The San Francisco Examiner nominated him for a Pulitzer in 1987. In 2005, with a group of Times reporters, he received the Loeb Award for business journalism. In 2007 he shared the Society of American Business Editors and Writers Breaking News award. In 2013 he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting as part of a New York Times project on labor and automation.

In 2007 he became a member of the International Media Council at the World Economic Forum. Also in 2007, he was named a fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists, the organization’s highest honor.

In June of 2010 the New York Times presented him with the Nathaniel Nash Award, which is given annually for foreign and business reporting.

Born in Oakland, California on October 29, 1949, Markoff grew up in Palo Alto, California and graduated from Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington, in 1971.  He attended graduate school at the University of Oregon and received a masters degree in sociology in 1976.

Markoff is the co-author of  The High Cost of High Tech, published in 1985 by Harper & Row.  He wrote Cyberpunk: Outlaws and Hackers on the Computer Frontier with Katie Hafner, which was published in 1991 by Simon & Schuster.  In January of 1996 Hyperion published Takedown: The Pursuit and Capture of America's Most Wanted Computer Outlaw, which he co-authored with Tsutomu Shimomura.  What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture shaped the Personal Computer Industry, was published in 2005 by Viking Books. Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots, was published in August of 2015 by HarperCollins Ecco.

He is married to Leslie Terzian Markoff and they live in San Francisco, Calif.

Alexander Schwing
Alexander Schwing
Assistant Professor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Alexander Schwing is an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign working with talented students on computer vision and machine learning topics.

He received his B.S. and diploma in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from Technical University of Munich in 2006 and 2008 respectively, and obtained a PhD in Computer Science from ETH Zurich in 2014. Afterwards he joined University of Toronto as a postdoctoral fellow until 2016.

His research interests are in the area of computer vision and machine learning, where he has co-authored numerous papers on topics in scene understanding, inference and learning algorithms, deep learning, image and language processing and generative modeling. His PhD thesis was awarded an ETH medal.

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Joseph Wei
Venture Partner,
SkyChee Ventures

Wenting Sun
Principal data scientist at Ericsson,
cutting edge AI/ML applications


Wenting Sun Wenting is the principal data scientist in Ericsson. She leads a team to develop cutting edge AI/ML applications in telecommunication domain. She also drives the activities of Ericsson’s active contribution in AI/ML open source platform Acumos (under Linux Foundation).

Meena Arunachalam
Principal Engineer at Intel,
End-to-End AI SW Architect


Meena Arunachalam Meena Arunachalam is a Principal Engineer and works as End-to-End AI SW Architect in the Intel Architecture and Graphics Software Group at Intel Corp to create one AI & Analytics optimized stack for CPUS and accelerators running data center workloads. She has authored more than 20 peer-reviewed publications in IEEE and ACM conferences and journals including two book chapters in the High Performance Computing Pearls – Vol II and has four patents. She is active in WIN (Women in Intel) Technical Leadership and is the Mentorship Committee Chair of the Women in Big Data (WiBD) West Coast Region and the Director of the WiBD Pacific Northwest Chapter.

Erik Melander
Erik Melander
Co-Founder and CEO,


Erik Melander is co-founder and CEO of Astellent, a consulting company that improves how software is designed, developed, and delivered to help organizations achieve more. Astellent collaborates with ambitious people who use cloud services and machine intelligence to make things that matter. Previously, Erik has held a wide range of leadership positions across a broad array of computer technology disciplines, including systems architecture, data science, and software development.

Panel Speakers

Ben Irving
Director of Infrastructure
Architecture, Cisco

Paul Sinai

Darrin Johnson
Global Director of Technical
Marketing, NVIDIA

Trevor Mottl
Managing Director,

Zongjie Diao
Director of Product Management
and Strategy, Cisco



We have a great lineup of speakers and topics!

Monday, September 23, 2019

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM:  Breakfast & Registration

9:00 AM – 9.10 AM:  Welcome by Jocelyn Tan (IEEE Young Professionals)

9:10 AM – 9:55 AM:  Morning Keynote: C.J. Desai (ServiceNow)

9:55 AM – 10:40 AM:  Joseph Wei (SkyChee Ventures)

10:40 AM – 11:25 AM:  Alexander Schwing (Univ. of Illinois at Urbane-Champaign)

11:25 AM – 12:10 PM:  Erik Melander (Astellent)

12:10 PM –  1:25 PM:  Lunch & Networking

1:30 PM –  2:15 PM:  Afternoon Keynote: John Markoff (Center For Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Inc.)

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM:  Wenting Sun (Ericsson)

3:00 PM –  3:45 PM:  Christopher Manning (Stanford – SAIL)

3:45 PM –  4:30 PM:  Meena Arunachalam (Intel)

4:30 PM –  5:30 PM:  Panel by Cisco: (Participants TBD)

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM:  Dinner & Networking

Register the cost-effectiveness and precision of autonomous systems with the “consequences of approaching the line where humans are no longer in control in decisions on life and death.”
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John Markoff
Fellow at Center For Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences

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