Registration and Networking
Welcome Remarks from NVTC President and CEO Jennifer Taylor
Teresa Carlson, Chairman, KnightSwan Acquisition Corporation
Brad Antle, Executive Chairman, Oceus Networks
9:05 a.m. – 10:05 a.m
Responsible AI by Design: The High Road of Mission AI at Scale
Responsible AI is a clarion call to design, develop and deploy AI technology ethically and transparently. The purpose of this panel is to highlight challenges of the times. AI at scale is mission-value driven – at all levels of connectivity including global, societal and personal endeavors. AI’s power and hidden autonomy calls for incredible personal and societal responsibility. The direct impact on individual lives and societies has raised considerable questions of AI ethics, data governance, trust, intentionality, legality and propriety.AI is at a critical “fulcrum” point, as teams aggressively collaborate and compete, to reap AI benefits, while considering the daunting challenges ahead to protect the societies and freedoms we cherish. We invite you to interact with our panel of 5 diverse RAI leaders, authors, advocates and practitioners. We welcome your questions, look forward to meeting personally during networking, and to providing an e-packet link to references for further thought.
Brett Berlin, Data Analytics Engineering, Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University
Cortnie Abercrombie, CEO & Founder, AI Truth Foundation
Peter Bruce, Chief Learning Officer at Elder Research Corporation & Founder, Statistics.com
Dr. Wendy Martinez, Senior Director, Mathematical Statistics Research Center, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Ian McCulloh, Chief Data Scientist, Accenture Federal Services
Dr. Amarda Shehu, Associate Vice Provost of Research for the Institute of Digital InnovAtion & Professor of Computer Science, College of Engineering and Computing, George Mason University
10:05 a.m – 10:25 a.m.
10:25 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.
Your AI: Only as Smart as Its Data
Ever been in the situation where you didn’t have the data needed to make an informed decision in the face of uncertainty? How does one deal with this problem when developing an AI? In this panel, we will discuss how the quality of the data used to train an AI affects how well it may perform. We will explore such questions as: suitability of data to the purpose of the AI; synthetic data, what it is and how it’s used; how bias creeps in; and using AI to improve data quality.
Dr. Tom Woteki, Data Analytics and Applied Statistics Master’s Program and Director, Academy of Data Science, Virginia Tech
Dr. Laura Freeman, Deputy Director, Virginia Tech National Security Institute Assistant Dean for Research, College of Science
Zachary Hanif, VP, Machine Learning, Capital One
David Keever, Vice President, Data Science Strategist, Leidos
John Larson, Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton
11:25 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Dr. William Streilein, CTO, Chief Digital and AI Office, Department of Defense
12:10 p.m. – 12:25 p.m.
12:25 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
Lunch and Workforce Session – AI in Recruiting & Hiring: A New Self-Regulatory Strategy
The use of AI in various employment processes, especially diversity-focused recruiting and hiring, is advancing rapidly with new products and services entering the market at an explosive pace. These new technologies promise dramatic efficiencies and added value. In the recruiting and hiring process, AI assists human decision-making and managing a deluge of data. The challenge for rapid innovation in any industry is the ability for regulatory requirements to keep pace. There is a need to combine important technological innovation with a proactive approach to employment law regulations and compliance requirements. For a solution, BBB National Programs’ Center for Industry Self-Regulation, in conjunction with the law firm Epstein, Becker & Green, launched an initiative to develop a new self-regulatory regime for AI in recruiting and hiring. You will learn about the latest innovation in self-regulation for AI in the recruiting and hiring space that will be finalized in summer 2022.
Andrea Shandell, Vice President, Privacy Initiatives, Operations, BBB National Programs
Workforce Session Moderator:
Kurt Hall, Talent Acquisition Leader, Booz Allen Hamilton
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Accelerating Your AI Business
Panel will discuss the resources available to growing companies in Northern Virginia from the entrepreneur and innovation ecosystem fostered by Marymount University, George Mason University and Virginia Tech, as well as grant and incentive programs for companies in Northern Virginia and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Information will be shared on specific services available to companies located in Northern Virginia, including identifying office space, getting support for tech talent recruiting and how to publicize their latest innovations. There is a vibrant VC community in Northern Virginia with Fairfax County companies raising nearly $1.25 billion last year. We will cover what VCs are looking for when they are making investments in AI companies.
John Gustavo Blair, Assistant Director, National Business Investment, FCEDA
Jonathan Aberman, Partner Ruxton Ventures and Dean and Professor of Practice, Marymount University College of Business, Innovation, Leadership and Technology
Brandy Salmon, Associate Vice President of Innovation & Partnerships, Virginia Tech
Paula Sorrell, Associate Vice President of Innovation and Economic Development, George Mason University
Ryan Thompson, COO, Unusual Ventures
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks and Networking Reception
Brad Antle, Executive Chairman, Oceus Networks
David Gagliano, Vice President Digital Global Defense Group, Booz Allen Hamilton
Charles Onstott, III, Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, CALIBRE Systems, Inc.