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Lisa Wood, co-founder and CEO, is a big business media veteran leading COGNITIVE WORLD. Throughout the mid and late 90’s, Lisa produced many of the largest and most successful IT-focused custom content productions ever to appear in FORTUNE, and a decade later, BusinessWeek. Simultaneously, Lisa supported the R&D and application of a novel self-organizing connectionless network platform applied to molecular engineering and drug discovery for over a decade. More recently, in addition to the founding of COGNITIVE WORLD, Lisa's interest in AI involves supporting the development and patenting of a novel ANN (artificial neural network) technology with the ability to express human-like emotions, called Affective Neuron (currently in stealth mode). Her deep interest in AI over the past two decades is what spawned the inception of COGNITIVE WORLD, well aligned with her media expertise.
Peter Fingar, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, is an author of 26 best-selling books, most recently Cognitive Computing, a Brief Guide for Game Changers. Peter has delivered keynotes globally, written numerous articles and papers, and remains an internationally recognized expert on business strategy, globalization and business process management (BPM). He's a practitioner with over 40 years of hands-on experience at the intersection of business and technology.
Kiran Garimella, PhD, co-founder and columnist, is a former CIO and Chief Architect at GE, with an extensive background in software engineering, a Ph.D. in AI (Machine Learning), and a strong foundation in data analytics, statistics, and operations research. Dr. Garimella is a global speaker and management consultant, and understands how to align and integrate the business, analytics, and IT functions.
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Chuck Brooks, columnist and advisor, is a thought leader and technology evangelist. Chuck leads the Federal, State & Local government relations for Sutherland Government Solutions. He's the 2016 Cybersecurity Marketer of the Year, and was named # 2 Person To Follow in Tech by LinkedIn. Received Presidential Appointments by two Presidents of the U.S.; helped to "stand up" Office of Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and is a featured writer/speaker. Expertise includes homeland security, cyber security, defense, CBRNE, IT, R & D, science & technology, public/private partnerships, IoT and AI. Published in FORBES, InformationWeek, MIT Sloan Blog, Computerworld, Huffington Post, Federal Times, etc.
Vint Cerf, Ph,D., columnist, is the co-inventor of the Internet and VP and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. His awards include the National Medal of Technology, the Turing Award, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Dan Conway, Ph.D., columnist, is an author and founding MBA Director and Associate Professor of Business Analytics at Loras College. Dr. Conway has served as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University and the University of Iowa focusing on finance and economics, big data analytics, web and text analytics and business analytics. He has also served as faculty at Indiana University, Augustana College and Notre Dame.
Sanjit Singh Dang, Ph.D., columnist, is Investment Director at Intel Capital, and is a speaker, blogger, and board member. Dr. Dang is a venture capitalist based in Silicon Valley that invests in both the consumer and enterprise sectors across several areas such as artificial intelligence, deep learning, security, big data, IoT, virtual reality, eCommerce, etc.
Tom Davenport, columnist, is a world-renowned thought leader and author, the President’s Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management at Babson College, a Fellow of the MIT Center for Digital Business, and an independent senior advisor to Deloitte Analytics. An author and co-author of 15 books and more than 100 articles, Tom helps organizations revitalize their management practices in areas such as analytics, information and knowledge management, process management, and enterprise systems.
Ahmed El Adl, Ph.D., a columnist and advisor, is a technology thought leader and change agent with a proven track record of achievements in envisioning and creating new technologies and applying them to accelerate the cognitive digital transformation of business, solutions, machines and services. Dr. El Adl has a Ph.D. in Robotics & AI and post-Doc research in biologically inspired machine learning architecture frameworks & algorithms for mobile Robotics systems. Formerly at CSC, SAP and PwC. Paul Harmon, columnist, is currently a Senior Consultant with Cutter Consortium, specializing in Cognitive Technologies, and also the Executive Editor of BPTrends. He is the author of both Business Process Change and Expert Systems: AI for Business. Paul has provided management advice and has spoken at leading AI conferences around the world.
Setrag Khoshafian, Ph.D., columnist, has been a senior executive in the software industry for the past 25 years, and has invented, architected, and led the production of several enterprise software products and solutions. Currently, Dr. Khoshafian is Pegasystems' Chief Evangelist, IoT strategist, and strategic BPM (digital processes) technology leader involved in numerous innovation, technology, marketing, alliance, and customer initiatives.
Doug Lenat, Ph.D., columnist, is a pioneer in artificial intelligence. Dr. Lenat is founder of the long-standing Cyc project and CEO of Cycorp, a provider of semantic technologies for unprecedented common sense reasoning. He has been a Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie-Mellon and Stanford and has received numerous honors, including the bi-annual IJCAI Computers and Thought Award (the highest honor in Artificial Intelligence). Dr. Lenat is a founder and Advisory Board member of TTI Vanguard, where he continues to co-run four conferences each year. Doug also holds the distinction of being the only individual to have served on the Scientific Advisory Board of both Microsoft and Apple.
N.D. Ludlow, Ph.D., columnist, is an entrepreneur, research scientist, professor, CEO, and inventor. Dr Ludlow has a broad range of experience from academia, to technical leadership of research companies, to being CEO of three companies, one of which he took public on the NYSE. Following an honorable retirement from the US Air Force after 16 years as a pilot and researcher, and being decorated for his involvement in the Gulf War and Operation Restore Hope Somalia, Dr. Ludlow received the Top Entrepreneur Award in the Pacific NW and led one of the fastest growing companies in the US.
Mike Olson, columnist, co-founded Cloudera in 2008 and served as its CEO until 2013 when he took on his current role of chief strategy officer (CSO.) As CSO, Mike is responsible for Cloudera’s product strategy, open source leadership, engineering alignment and direct engagement with customers.
Paul Roma, columnist, is Chief Analytics Officer, Deloitte Consulting, LLP. Paul leads Deloitte Analytics, which offers powerful outcomes, not just insights, for some of the toughest challenges facing businesses today. Paul specializes in developing growth and innovation strategies, and in applying disruptive technologies that help give the world’s leading companies an insight-driven advantage.
Jim Stikeleather, columnist, has designed, developed and implemented award winning information and communications technologies over the past 30 years. Most recently serving as Chief Innovation Officer at Dell Services, Jim speaks and consults internationally on digital infrastructures and evaluation of emerging technologies, providing strategic guidance, and participating in international technology standards bodies.
Richard Welke, Ph.D., columnist, has held many roles over 25 years to bootstrap dormant units to create a series of new units within the prevailing university structure. Not replicating. New visions for going forward. Dr. Welke is director of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute, and professor and previous chair of the Center for Process Innovation, e-Commerce Institute, GeM (Global e-Management program) EMBA, and the CIS department at Georgia State University. He was a co-founder of several of the information systems disciplines that are now-major academic organizations, (ICIS/AIS, TIMS College on IS, IFIP WG 8.2).
Jessica Taylor, CIO Evangelist, is developing a CIO community on CogWorld. Her expertise involves the development of innovative strategies for CIO’s to harness sustainable success in this exciting time of the evolving intelligent enterprise. Jess recognized the need for a critical shift in the way CIO’s must engage in their role today, both internally and externally, to create mutual value. She has worked with such luminaries and thought leaders as as Steve Forbes, chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media; Gary Hamel, world-renowned author, speaker, and thought leader; MaryFran Johnson, Editor-in-Chief and conference moderator for IDG’s CIO Events; and Jim Stikeleather, former Chief Innovation Officer, Dell Services to name a few. Jess spent time in this capacity at Dell, Nortel, Dell Services, and Rackspace.
Michael Krieger, custom content expert, is a proven leader with a long track record of successful technology product creation and launches. Michael is a gifted communicator whose written, verbal, and presentation skills are in strong demand for by-lined articles, custom content and media including whitepapers, advertorials, webinars and face to face event moderation. His 30+ years in technology industry roles include developer, entrepreneur, product marketer, start-up executive, tech media analyst, blogger and editor.
Steve Ardire, advisor, is a software startup advisor and speaker at conferences in the machine intelligence and cognitive computing space. Steve's successful history involves 40 startups over the past 20 years. Steve's advisory work centers on business strategy, market innovation by interrogating reality to connect and illuminate the dots that matter, funding, go-to-market strategy, and customer and partner engagement.
Geoff Dodge, advisor, is Head of Sales Productivity at AOL, is a former SVP at Salesforce.com, and publisher of BusinessWeek and Money. Geoff is a seasoned executive with sales strategy and leadership experience across a unique combination of industries: offline and online media, SaaS based CRM, data driven, digital advertising and analytics technology. He was named 2005 Most Innovative Consumer Magazine Publisher by B-to-B Magazine. With a solid understanding of how to leverage salesforce.com across multiple parts of an organization, Geoff drives operational efficiency and effectiveness.
Sandra Ponce de Leon, CogWorld's corporate podcaster, is co-host of Popping the Bubbl. Sandra is a long time Silicon Valley tech veteran, marketer, cofounder and lover of scintillating conversation. Popping the Bubbl offers a team of professional marketers and podcasters who collectively have recorded over 150 podcasts over the last 3 years, and 15 years of high tech and startup marketing experience. Sandra's partner, Pete A. Turner, is an Iraq war veteran and former army intelligence officer who helps corporations gain insights into cultural issues and solutions to improve their businesses.
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Aragon Research is a leading Research and Advisory Services firm focused on Work and People. Aragon's experience and understanding of the intersection of technology and business is unparalleled. Gain access to a valuable breadth and depth of research options such as their user-based subscription service for Provisor Plus Service. All Provisor seat holders receive access to the Aragon Insight Network (AIN), their online research community hosted in Yammer that holds all research. Each research coverage area has a detailed agenda that is fulfilled each month, and every research note has the right amount of what they call Aragon Trusted Advisory – the key actions you need to take based on the topic being discussed.
Jim LundyisFounder, CEO and Lead Analyst at Aragon, focused on collaboration, mobile, social, content management, learning and also sales and marketing. Jim is a 12 year Gartner veteran where he formed and led the Collaboration and Social Software Research Team and also served as lead analyst for Enterprise Content Management and Corporate Learning. Jim has over 29 years of technology and management experience as a vendor, user and analyst. Jim has extensive experience in product strategy, development and go-to-market plans.
Jim Sinur, VP and Research Fellow at Aragon. As a distinguished Thought Leader, Jim covers Digital Transformation, the Digital Business Platform (DBP), the Internet of Things(IoT), Cognitive Delivery, and the Intelligent Workplace. Prior to joining Aragon, Jim spent 20 years at Gartner, where he was critical in creating the first Hype Cycle and Maturity Model, which have become a hallmark of Gartner analysis, along with the Magic Quadrant.