Time Main Conference Agenda
With Industry 4.0 and the arrival of Artificial Intelligence (AI) disrupting the landscape of businesses around the world, organizations should ride on the latest trends to enable them to boost their top and bottom lines. Asian organizations are still lagging behind in terms of the pace and scale in adopting AI; this could potentially cause them to miss out on the biggest economic opportunities and business growth, going forward.

Through the first day session, you will gain insights on new waves of opportunities that AI and Deep Learning (DL) will bring to your organization in Asia by exploring local, regional and global trends. You will also be presented with some of the best strategies to invest in AI in your organization as well as challenges organizations face in terms of selecting, integrating, scaling and establishing measurable returns when applying AI. We will also be exploring the potential of combining AI and Robotic Process Automation as strategic tools to differentiate your organization from your competitors.

9:00 am Opening Address by Conference Chairman
9:10 am

Keynote Address: Look East – AI in Asia

  • The current situation and prospects of the global Artificial Intelligence industry
  • AI in China, Japan, Korea, India and Singapore – opportunity for enterprises
  • Explore the current business landscape of applications and impact of AI and DL in Asia
09:50 am Accelerate the Adoption of Enterprise-Wide AI Using Big Data
  • How big data processes with the scale of Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities to accelerate the delivery of business value
  • How should organizations make use of underutilized data in generating more efficient ways of using current insights
  • Challenges in choosing the right problem and having enough existing data to produce meaningful results
Allan Phua
Director of the Data Innovation Programme Office
Infocommunications Media Development Authority (IMDA)
10:30 am Morning Refreshments & Networking Session
10:45 am What Organizations Can Do to Strategically Prepare for AI and Gain Competitive Edge?
  • What are the major management hurdles and riskspresented by AI in your organization?
  • Discover examples of the practical applications of artificial intelligence
  • Identifying the role and impact of AI and DL within the different business disciplines
Quy-Doan Do 
CIO Global Markets and Treasury Technology APAC 
BNP Paribas
11:20 am Artificial Intelligence and Its Impact on How We Work and the Places We Work
  • How AI will reshape the work that people do, how corporations are structured and how they operate
  • How AI will change current jobs and create new ones
  • What will be the core skills that the employee and the contingent ‘gig’ workforce will need in the future
  • Why co-working is such an important workplace trendsetter
  • Understand the next generation of high diversity, high performance workplaces that support better concentration and collaboration; more agile processes; and rapidly changing organizations
Peter Andrew
Senior Director, Workplace Strategies Asia Pacific
11:50 pm International Case Study 1: Hong Kong Innovation Hub – Cyberport
Dr. Toa Charm
Chief Public Mission Officer
Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited
12:30 pm Networking Lunch
1:30 pm “Uberising” RPA and AI as a Platform
In this session we will share how a platform based approach will drive adoption and enable our business team to innovate.  The challenges & enablers to make the RPA / AI platforms scale to enterprise grade will be detailed.
Saravanan Kumar
Global Head of Automation
2:10 pm AI and the Future of Business: How integrating AI and Robotic Process Automation With Your Existing Workforce Can Be a Strategic Tool to Scale Up Your Enterprise Business
  • Defining the framework for integrating AI into the current workforce
  • Examples on how human-assisted training AI models are required before being deployed in fully automated systems
  • How new businesses are created with the adoption of AI
Viji Varghese
Head of Business Excellence & Automation CoE
2:45 pm Troubleshooting AI Adoption – Concurrent Round Tables (Presentation Sponsorship Opportunities still available)
A.    How to Create the Conditions for Success in Adopting AI 
B.    How to Bridge the Gap Between Data and Insights with Business Transformation and Outcomes
C.    Developing a Production ready AI Sandbox: Requirements, Gaps today and Priorities
 Jeffrey Ng
Head of FAST IT, Digital & Innovation Office, IT Architecture and Digital APAC
BNP Paribas
D.     The  Impact & Roles of 5g, Clouds, Data Centres, DevOps in Driving AI & Robotics Deployment
E.    Driving Functional Transformations Using AI
 How enterprises can drive functional transformations using AI. For instance, if a fortune 500 company wants to digitize their sales function for better visibility and efficiency – how would AI help. How would the transformation happen from the current state to the end state
Gaurav Dixit
Associate Director
Fractal Analytics
F. How to Use AI and Analytics for Small and Medium Enterprise Businesses
4:05 pm Afternoon Refreshment & Networking Session
4:20 pm Round-Up Panel Discussion
Irene Boey
Consulting Director
Integral Solutions (Asia) Pte Ltd
5:00 pm Champagne Networking Session


Time Main Conference Agenda
Applications of AI, Deep Learning and Machine Learning

Showcasing diverse business benefits of AI and DL in different industries and how they can go on to be the game changer in enhancing organization excellence. Case studies of different industries that have successfully implemented AI and DL. Detailed discussions to understand how AI and DL can be used to achieve operational efficiency, top and bottom line growth and better user experience.

The conference will examine the potential pitfalls in deploying AI owing to hype-driven, ill-informed investments which lead to loss or reputation and bottom line. The last session will also allow you to glean insights into preparing your organization for the next stage of advancement of artificial intelligence in looking into super intelligence and possibly, quantum computing.

9:00 am Opening Address by Conference Chairman
9:15 am

Accelerating the AI landscape in Singapore

  • Overview of Singapore’s AI industry, landscape and trends
  • AI Singapore’s 3 strategic initiatives
  • How Industry can tap on the various programmes in AI Singapore to accelerate their organization’s AI and data science initiatives
  • Grow our own timber, groom our local talents for the future workforce
Laurence Liew
Director, Industry Innovation
AI Singapore
9:55 am Why AI Would Be Nothing Without Big Data – Latest Breakthrough
Dr. Danfeng Li
Alibaba Group
10:45 am Morning Refreshments
 How AI and Machine Learning is Transforming Different Industry Vertical | Fast Sprint Case Study – 10 mins each
AI in Financial Services

  • AI in Insurance
Harphajan Singh
Chief Data Officer
AXA Malaysia
AI in Healthcare

  • AI Disruption in Life Science
Ishita Dhamani
Director, Asia-Pacific Advisory Center
Ernst & Young
AI in Retail & E-commerce

  • AI in Retailing – traditional retailing to smart retailing
Binoo Joseph
Head of Information Technology
Tesco PLC
AI in Organization

  • How Moody’s leverage on two different technologies to resolve inefficiencies and create capacity for higher valued-added work
 Wendy Cheong
Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Management – Asia Pacific
Moody’s Investors Service (MIS)
AI in City Management

  • Future Mobility in Asia: car sharing to driverless
  • AI in Securing Smart Cities: how AI can predict the probability of crime at a location by detecting anomalies and faces
  • AI in Defence & Security – using AI with cognition & space imagery for defence, security and intelligence
AI in  Creativity
Eric Thain
Managing Director & Head of Digital China
12:35 pm Networking Lunch
1:45 pm How to: Change Organizational Mindsets and Manage Change Resistance from Enterprises – Wide Adoption of AI
  • How AI is changing the Organization Status Quo : employee, processes and efficiency
  • The future of work in a AI-driven world
Dr. Dirk F. de Korne
Deputy Director, Medical Innovation & Care Transformation (MICT)
KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital, Singapore
2:30 pm Panel Discussion: What Works, What Doesn’t  – When AI + Machine Learning Goes Wrong
  • AI turning competent, with goals misaligned with ours
  • Myth, hype and reality around the AI centric world
  • Emotional AI for real?
  • AI : towards singularity
3:15 pm Afternoon Refreshment & Networking Session
3:30 pm How Robotics and AR/VR Are Intersecting and Integrating with AI for Greater Impact
4:15 pm Towards Super intelligence: Preparing for AI Advancement with Quantum Computing
  • What is The Commercial Viability For Quantum Computing – “quantum supremacy”
  • Case Studies: how the security/intelligence sector, financial services, oil & gas and other industries begin to prepare their enterprises & operations for the era of Quantum Computing
  • Updates on breakthroughs in general AI
5:00 pm End of Day 2


Faculty Director:

Bootcamp_Faculty Director_James Ward

James Ward
Managing Director, Epistemology

James Ward is a leading thinker and practitioner in the art of applying Artificial Intelligence to the challenges of business strategy, with a particular focus on marketing and distribution in Financial Services. He is the CEO of Epistemology, which is an AI consulting and products business.


A unique highlight of this year’s event is that this conference will be hosted together with Machine Learning and Deep Learning Bootcamp. A unique program that will give you a comprehensive roadmap to using machine learning to automate data analysis and uncover operational efficiencies. You will also learn how to use deep learning to train neural networks and solve problems with minimal supervision. By the end of the conference and bootcamp, you will be able to demonstrate your knowledge in AI and develop unique applications that will immediately deliver benefits to your organization.

Key Takeaways:

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Get up to speed on how AI, Machine Learning and Deep Learning will impact global business
  • Gain deep insight in the application of machine learning and deep learning algorithm that will drive new business opportunity
  • Review key enabling technologies including big data and computing processing
  • Explore the fundamentals of deep learning to train neural networks and use results to improve performance and capabilities
  • Look at the landscape of how Artificial Intelligence stands today, why it is gravitating towards Deep Learning and how that fits in to your organization’s future
  • Embed Deep Learning in your organization’s existing technology development life-cycle
  • Understand why unsupervised learning will become far more important in the future

Introducing Participants

  • Getting the most from the workshop
  • Discovering participant objectives

Introducing Artificial Intelligence

  • the power of AI
  • exploring definitions

Principles of AI

  • Minimax
  • Logical v’s Probabilistic Reasoning
  • Pancakes
  • Binomial Distribution
  • Pascal’s Triangle


The Deep Learning Algorithms:

  • concepts
  • overview
  • platforms
  • feed forward
  • back propagation
  • gradient descent

Limitations of Deep Learning

  • deep learning alternatives
  • causal inference
  • ensemble methods

The Impact and Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

Creating Artificial Intelligence Strategy

  • grandfather’s axe
  • hypothesis based improvement
  • matching AI capabilities

Responses to Survey Questions


Developing YOUR AI Strategy

  • Presentation of Ideas
  • Peer Critique and Discussion
  • Building a Roadmap for Success
  • Making it Real, Making it Personal