LDV Vision Summit 2017: Agenda

 

Visual Technologies leveraging computer vision, machine learning and artificial intelligence are revolutionizing how humans communicate and do business.  

New innovations are emerging every month and our visual technology market is poised for exponential growth. As a result, companies are struggling to leverage the right solutions to help them adapt and thrive in the new world.

Join us for an interactive two-day summit to discuss trends and technologies. Meet the world’s brightest technology innovators – and learn firsthand how their visions will transform visual communication and boost or disrupt your businesses.

Who should attend?

» Technology executives evaluating imaging and video companies for partnerships & acquisitions
» Media and brand executives interested in boosting revenue by leveraging new imaging and video products and technologies
» Investors: Visual technologies & businesses deliver tremendous upside - don't miss the next Instagram, Youtube, Oculus, Snapchat...  
» Imaging and video startups interested in meeting investors, customers, recruiting and potential partners
» Creatives: Photographers, Videographers and anyone creating content
» Computer Vision & Artificial Intelligence experts and professionals

* Program being updated often and session times will be added end of closer to our Summit.

Day 1:  May 24, 2017

Location: SVA Theatre, NYC

Technology Deep Dive


8:00 - 8:45am: Registration and Coffee


8:45am:
Opening: Trends and Investment Opportunities In Visual Technologies
Evan Nisselson, LDV Capital, General Partner


Keynote: [coming soon]


Keynote: Building Facebook’s Visual Cortex. Facebook users upload billions of media content every day. In the Applied Machine Learning organization, their goal is to understand this media to improve people’s experiences on Facebook and connect them to the right content. To do this they need to push on all three fronts: (i) Build scalable image and video understanding platforms and services, (ii) push state of the art on image and video understanding algorithms and (iii) build new experiences that would not be possible without understanding the media. Manohar will share how they club these efforts into one umbrella namely building Facebook’s visual cortex.
- Manohar Paluri, Facebook, Manager, Computer Vision Group


Keynote: How and Why Did University of Washington Professor Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman Build Dreambit and Sell to Facebook.  Every day tons of research is submitted as papers for review but only a few people evolve their work into commercial businesses. How and why did Ira evolve her research into a company called Dreambit which she then sold to Facebook. Dreambit allowed you to upload a selfie and try on new looks without spending a fortune at the salon, or hours in photoshop. You could see how you would look a with different a hairstyle or color, or in a different time period, age, country or anything else that can be queried in an image search engine. Was Ira’s goal to build a commercial business, organize the intellectual property into a commercial entity, raise capital or bring it to people by building an online prototype of their research? Ira will share the challenges and adventures through the process of how Dreambit evolved, sold to Facebook and her advice on figuring out what is best for you."
Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman, Facebook, Research Scientist University Washington, Assist. Professor


Keynote: Professor X Aims To Disrupt Autonomous Driving By Leveraging Cheap Cameras, Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence.  AutoX is striving to democratize autonomy and make autonomous driving universally accessible to everyone. Leaving his role as founding director of Princeton's Computer Vision and Robotics Lab, Professor X working to lower the price of entry into the autonomous driving field with an innovative camera-first solution -- using cameras as primary sensors. By doing so, he posits, the safety
and convenience benefits of autonomy will be delivered to more people, faster. He will share how he decided to found a company with the mission of democratizing autonomy, gather an expert team, raise funding and commercialize his passion.
Jianxiong Xiao "Professor X", AutoX, CEO & Founder


Keynote: Computer Vision and Machine Learning will Transform the Way We Move. Uber ATG is developing autonomous vehicle technologies and now gives rides in its self-driving cars in two cities. Jeff has been a research professor at Carnegie Mellon University for 18 years and is currently on leave as the Engineering Lead for Machine Learning at Uber ATG. He will describe how machine learning and active optimization on lidar, radar and camera data will drive their advances over the coming years.
- Jeff Schneider, Uber ATG, Engineering Lead, Machine Learning


Keynote: Delivering Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence to the Edge. In 5 years, Clement went from NYU Research Scientist to co-founder & CTO of MadBits [Twitter Acquired, 2014], to tech lead for Twitter Cortex and now VP of AI Infrastructure at NVIDIA. NVIDIA is pushing the envelope of computer vision and artificial intelligence to the edge of graphics, autonomous vehicles, medical imaging, games, virtual reality, augmented reality and more. Clement will share some of his entrepreneurial adventures, advice for other researchers who wish to be entrepreneurs, exciting challenges he is working on at NVIDIA and his views for the future of analyzing visual data.
- Clement Farabet, NVIDIA, VP Artificial Intelligence  Infrastructure


Panel: Will LiDAR, Radar or Commoditized Cameras Power the Future of Autonomous Vehicles?
Moderator: Evan Nisselson, LDV Capital, General Partner
Panelists: 
- Allan Steinhardt, AEye, Chief Engineer  
- Gregory Charvat, Humatics Corporation, CTO



Break: Networking & Coffee



Lunch [this time slot might change] 



Fireside Chat: Josh Kopelman of First Round Capital and Evan Nisselson of LDV Capital. Josh and Evan will discuss future investment trends and early stage opportunities in businesses leveraging visual technologies.
- Josh Kopelman, First Round Capital, Managing Partner
- Evan Nisselson, LDV Capital, General Partner


Break: Networking and the bar is open


Keynote: General Artificial Intelligence Will Not be Achieved by Deep Learning but Needs a New Approach. Who will win AI: Computer or Brain? Working in neuroscience and computer science at top global institutions for over forty years while also co-founding several companies and successfully selling two of them, Dr. von der Malsburg has a unique perspective on who will win the race to AI - computer or brain, the algorithmic or the statistical learning approach. He believes that neither will achieve the flexibility of humans & animals in coping with unexpected situations. According to Dr. von der Malsburg there is a missing element: The field is wide open and presents tremendous opportunities for a next wave of researchers ready for a fresh and disruptive approach.
- Christoph von der Malsburg, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, Senior Fellow


Keynote:[more details soon]
- Tali Dekel, Google, Research Scientist



Keynote: Will Apple, Google, Facebook or a New Startup Manage Your Identity and Power Authentication via Biometrics?  Biometrics pioneer Vance Bjorn co-founded Digital Persona in 1996 and sold to CrossMatch in 2014. He studied at MIT and California Institute of Technology [BS, MS, Eng & App Sci (BS), CNS (MS)]. Many aspects of biometrics have been commoditized over the years but why haven’t these technologies infiltrated all of our lives to replace keys, passports and drivers licenses yet? Biometrics can analyze your eyes, face, hand, behavior, voice and one day your thoughts. Aspects of these technologies are focused on identity and authentication. Vance will share his wisdom about the past, present and future technical challenges and opportunities in biometrics.
- Vance Bjorn, CertifID, CEO & Co-founder


Keynote: How Is Pinterest Leveraging Computer Vision on 100 Billion Ideas to Improve Visual Discovery for 175+ Million People.  Pinterest leverages computer vision, deep learning, and machine learning to empower visual discovery (search and recommendation) across it’s community. Pinterest is a central point for visual exploration where hundreds of millions of users organize images into boards based on topic. In 2016, Pinterest built Flashlight to enable users to select an object within an image for a visual search query. Recently, they launched a new feature called Lens, a mobile camera based visual discovery product, to connect real world images to the Pinterest ecosystem of 100+ billion ideas. Andrew will shed light on how these unique systems are creating brand new experiences in visual exploration for Pinterest users.
Andrew Zhai, Pinterest, Software Engineer, Tech Lead Visual Search/Lens


Panel: Who will win the race to power the automotive supercomputer on wheels?
- Moderator: Charles Janac, Arteris, CEO
Panelists: TBD


Keynote: Building an MRI Scanner 60 Times Cheaper, Small Enough to Fit in an Ambulance Will Hopefully Improve Healthcare & Humanity. Matthew Rosen is a Harvard Professor, he and his colleagues at the MGH/A.A Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging in Boston are working on applications of advanced biomedical imaging technologies. He wants to liberate the MRI and democratize health care for the world. One of several projects is hacking a new kind of scanner that’s fast, small, and cheap. Using algorithms, they can use a weak magnetic field to get good images of our brains and other organs. Someday, people may not have to go to hospital for an MRI. The scanners may show up in sports arenas, battlefields, and even the backs of ambulances. Dr. Rosen will share his vision how biomedical imaging has evolved past, present and his views on where disruptive opportunities will be in 5, 10 and 20 years.
- Matt Rosen, MGH/Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Director, Low-field MRI Lab


Keynote: How Can You Inspire Every Developer in the World to Use Your Algorithms.  As the story point eclipses the dollar as the scarcest resource for the enterprise in the post-information economy, how can hard technology companies find success by going straight to the world's 23 million developers? Rob Spectre shares wins and fails from a career as a servant leader building developer go-to-market strategies from the ground up for companies like Twilio ($TWLO) and Boxee. Learn about critical components and common pitfalls when turning difficult technology problems like computer vision, machine learning and communications into successful developer platform businesses.
Rob Spectre, Brooklyn Hacker, Former Twilio VP, Developer Network


Closing: Congratulate Entrepreneur Computer Vision Competition winner & thanks

Drinks & Networking

 

Day 2: May 25, 2017

Location: SVA Theatre, NYC

Business and Products


8:00 - 8:45am: Registration and Coffee


8:45am: 
Opening: How Will Visual Technologies Disrupt & Empower Businesses & Society
Evan Nisselson, LDV Capital, General Partner



Keynote: Autonomous Vehicles with Human Perception Will Make Our Cities Smarter and Better to Live in. We are on the verge of a new era in which robotics and artificial intelligence will play a very important and very personal role in our lives. Autonomous vehicles, robot helpers and opinionated computer programs are poised to make transportation, health care and even fashion choices effortless and efficient. But before we can safely introduce robots into our everyday lives, we need to teach them about our world. Raquel has developed algorithms that allow vehicles to perceive and understand the environment in three dimensions and in real time. She is a recipient of NVIDIA Pioneers of AI Award, three Google Faculty Research Awards and several more.
- Raquel Urtasun, University of Toronto, Associate Professor in Computer Science, Canada Research Chair in Machine Learning & Computer Vision


Panel: How Will The Most Disruptive Innovation of a Generation Impact Society - Autonomous Vehicles
Moderator: Joshua Brustein, Bloomberg Businessweek
Correspondent

Panelists:
- Taggart Matthiesen, Lyft, Director Product



Keynote: [coming soon]


Break: Networking & Coffee


Keynote: [coming soon]


Keynote: [coming soon]


Keynote: Affordable Robotic Arms with Vision Will Transform Industries. Carbon.ai is building a Kick Ass Trainable Intelligent Arm (KATIA) that costs ten times less to deploy than any other arm on the market. In doing so, they have joined what Inc. magazine dubs “the vanguard of new American manufacturing” and the top 50 Robotics Business Review companies in robotics. Rosanna will share her wisdom on which sectors and use cases are the largest opportunities for affordable robotic arms today and in the future. [Winner LDV Vision Summit Startup Competition 2016.]
- Rosanna Myers, Carbon Robotics, CEO & Co-Founder


Keynote: [coming soon]


Keynote: Augmented Reality Delivers Real Business Success Stories With Boeing & GE.  The 4th industrial revolution is well underway and the competitive landscape for manufacturers is dramatically changing. For Upskill’s customers - Boeing, GE and others - access to critical information closer to the point of decision making, unlocks game changing opportunity. While access to information has become ubiquitous and omnipresent, handsfree access on the job with wearable augmented reality software is delivering clear ROI. Brian will share his insights on how augmented reality is successfully impacting business verticals today and what are the real opportunities in 5, 10 and 20 years.
- Brian Ballard, Upskill, CEO & Co-Founder


Lunch [this time slot might change] 


Fireside Chat: Albert Wenger Of Union Square Ventures And Evan Nisselson Of LDV Capital. Albert and Evan will discuss future investment trends and early stage opportunities in businesses leveraging visual technologies.
- Albert Wenger, Union Square Ventures, Partner
- Evan Nisselson, LDV Capital, General Partner



Panel: Trends and Investment Opportunities in Visual Technologies
Moderator: Erin Griffith, Fortune, Senior Writer
Panelists:

Hadley Harris, ENIAC, Founding General Partner


Break: Networking and the bar is open


Keynote: Dreams Thinks the Future of TV is Mobile, Swipeable, and Vertical.  What would TV look like if it was invented in 2017? Dreams co-founders Tom Bender and Greg Hochmuth are former Google and Instagram product managers who recently launched the first mobile-only TV network. Dreams delivers vertical video channels for live news, music, comedy, relaxation, and more. “We ignored legacy devices and designed a TV experience that’s native to the phone,” says Tom. They work with over 100 partners to adapt their content to a mobile-friendly vertical video format, and produce original vertical videos. Tom will share his views on the future of mobile video and the evolution of channel surfing.
- Tom Bender, Dreams Media, Co-Founder


Panel: What’s On Now? We are all creators. We are all sharing video stories with abandon across social platforms determined by friends, artistic prowess, favorite device (and sometimes age). Innovation rules the social sphere with new hangouts surfacing constantly. What do the next two years look like on Instagram, House Party and Musical.ly? What’s in store for Goliaths like YouTube and Facebook? Is there a strategy for social video success? Make money, make friends, make content, measure… how?
Moderator: Rebecca Paoletti, Cake Works, CEO
Panelists:
- Brian Rifkin, JW Player, Co-Founder, SVP Strategic Partnerships
- Michael Downing, Tout, Founder & CEO
- [more coming soon]


Keynote: [coming soon]


Panel: Snap, Stream, Share: The age of social video. From YouTube Red to Facebook TV, to hundreds of new OTT channels, with streaming apps and digital celebrity hosts, traditional TV broadcasters are scrambling to be digital. Digital platforms, meanwhile, including Snapchat, are investing big dollars in traditional television models and programming. Is everything old new again?
Moderator: Rebecca Paoletti, Cake Works, CEO
Panelists: 
- Nicholas Pavach, VidMob, VP of Sales
- Joe Alicata, Vox Media, Chief Product Officer
- [more coming soon]


Closing: Congratulate Startup Competition winner & thanks

Drinks & Networking