Honored Guest Speaker: Professor Yann LeCun, Director of AI Research at Facebook and Silver Professor at New York University

Yann LeCun is Director of AI Research at Facebook and Silver Professor at New York University, affiliated with the Courant Institute, the Center for Neural Science and the Center for Data Science, for which he served as founding director until 2014. He received an EE Diploma from ESIEE (Paris) in 1983, a PhD in Computer Science from Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris) in 1987. After a postdoc at the University of Toronto, he joined AT&T Bell Laboratories. He became head of the Image Processing Research Department at AT&T Labs-Research in 1996, and joined NYU in 2003 after a short tenure at the NEC Research Institute. In late 2013, LeCun became Director of AI Research at Facebook, while remaining on the NYU Faculty part-time. He was visiting professor at Collège de France in 2016. His research interests include machine learning and artificial intelligence, with applications to computer vision, natural language understanding, robotics, and computational neuroscience. He is best known for his work in deep learning and the invention of the convolutional network method which is widely used for image, video and speech recognition. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, the recipient of the 2014 IEEE Neural Network Pioneer Award, the 2015 IEEE Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence Distinguished Researcher Award, the 2016 Lovie Award for Lifetime Achievement, and a honorary doctorate from IPN, Mexico.http://yann.lecun.com

Honored Guest Speaker:  Jennifer Tour Chayes, Technical Fellow and Managing Director of Microsoft Research New England, Microsoft Research New York City, and Microsoft Research Montreal

Jennifer Tour Chayes is Technical Fellow and Managing Director of Microsoft Research New England, Microsoft Research New York City, and Microsoft Research Montreal. Before joining Microsoft in 1997, Chayes was for many years Professor of Mathematics at UCLA.  Chayes is author of over 140 academic papers and inventor of over 30 patents. Her research areas include phase transitions in discrete mathematics and computer science, structural and dynamical properties of self-engineered networks, graph theory, graph algorithms, algorithmic game theory, and computational biology. Chayes is one of the inventors of the field of graphons, which are now widely used in the machine learning of massive networks.

Chayes holds a BA in biology and physics from Wesleyan, where she graduated first in her class, and a PhD in mathematical physics from Princeton. She did postdoctoral work in the Mathematics and Physics Departments at Harvard and Cornell. She is the recipient of the NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Sloan Fellowship, the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, and the ABI Women of Leadership Vision Award. She has twice been a member of the IAS in Princeton. Chayes is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Fields Institute, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the American Mathematical Society, and an Elected Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  She is the winner of the 2015 John von Neumann Lecture Award, the highest honor of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics.  In 2016, Chayes received an Honorary Doctorate from Leiden University.


Masters of Ceremonies: Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux & Richard Garriott de Cayeux

Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux is the Managing Partner of Global Space Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on building and growing a portfolio of breakthrough space ventures  to unleash the potential of space for all. In addition to being an early investor in the commercial space sector, she has played a key role in the growth of the industry as co-founder of space technology company Escape Dynamics which successfully completed in 2015 a multi-year R&D program that significantly advanced beamed energy propulsion for space launch and was recognized by Fast Company in 2016 as the #3 Most Innovative Space Company behind SpaceX and Blue Origin. She began her career in the Investment Banking division of Goldman Sachs and held senior investment roles at TPG-Axon and Renaissance Technologies before founding her investment firm. Laetitia earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and has received numerous industry accolades and honors including being named a “Rising Star” by Institutional Investor in 2010 and a “Top 15 Most Influential Entrepreneur” by Vanity Fair France in 2016. She serves on the board of the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath), as a Truman National Security Fellow, and as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club of New-York. She is also an advisor to Space for Humanity.

Richard Garriott de Cayeux is the founder and CEO of gaming company Portalarium, where he is building “Shroud of the Avatar”, the successor to his previous works. He is best known as a founding father of the video game industry, as an astronaut, and for his pivotal role in the birth of the commercial spaceflight industry. He is the originator of the massively-multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) genre, coined the term “avatar”, has built 2 leading gaming companies (Origin Systems sold to Electronic and Destination Games sold to NCsoft), and his pioneering Ultima series of games has sold tens of millions of copies worldwide. He also cofounded the X-Prize and Space Adventures, the only company to date to have arranged space flights for private citizens, and in 2008, he became the first 2nd generation American astronaut when he completed a 12 day mission to the International Space Station. Richard serves on the boards of The Explorers Club and The Challenger Center for Science Education. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Queen Mary University of London, has been inducted into the computer gaming hall of fame and has received the industry lifetime achievement award.http://richardgarriott.com