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2018 MIT Information and Communication Technologies Conference

April 11-12, 2018

Day 1: Wednesday, April 11, 2018


Registration and Breakfast


Welcome and Introduction


MIT Intelligence Quest
The MIT Intelligence Quest - MIT IQ - will advance the science and engineering of both human and machine intelligence. It seeks to discover the foundations of human intelligence and drive the development of technological tools that can positively influence virtually every aspect of society.

The Institute’s culture of collaboration will encourage life scientists, computer scientists, social scientists, and engineers to join forces to investigate the societal implications of their work as they pursue hard problems lying beyond the current horizon of intelligence research. By uniting diverse fields and capitalizing on what they can teach each other, we seek to answer the deepest questions about intelligence.
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Session 1: Enabling Platforms


The Challenge of Medical Artificial Intelligence
Medicine presents a particular problem for creating artificial intelligence (AI) because the issues and tasks involved are often neither clearly defined nor black and white. In harsher terms, it is particularly difficult to create ‘artificial’ intelligence when there are still disagreements about concept definitions, what processes are important, and at times, even what outcomes are desirable. Medicine is a surprisingly subjective endeavor whereas valid and useful AI requires not only reliable, unbiased, and extensive data, but also objective (and similarly, unbiased) definitions and objectives. It makes sense that the early successes in AI applications in healthcare are in the field of image recognition. But image recognition in medicine is a low-hanging fruit. Where we need assistance is in the day-to-day complex decision-making that requires data synthesis and integration, tasks we now approach with what is referred to as clinical intuition. This process is notoriously riddled with cognitive biases and typically based on large information gaps, but is nonetheless generally accepted as representing the ‘art’ of medicine. Resolving the subjectivity of medicine with the objectivity required for digitization—and the secondary creation of AI—first involves resolution of a number of questions: What do we want to do? What do we need to do? What can we do?
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Build AI products faster, cheaper


Networking Break


MIT Pitch - Solve


MIT Cheetah: Next Generation Mobile Platform for Disaster Response


MIT Startup Exchange: Introduction and Lightning Talks

MIT Startup Exchange actively promotes collaboration and partnerships between MIT-connected startups and industry. Qualified startups are those founded and/or led by MIT faculty, staff, or alumni, or are based on MIT-licensed technology. Industry participants are principally members of MIT’s Industrial Liaison Program (ILP).

MIT Startup Exchange maintains a propriety database of over 1,500 MIT-connected startups with roots across MIT departments, labs and centers; it hosts a robust schedule of startup workshops and showcases, and facilitates networking and introductions between startups and corporate executives.

STEX25 is a startup accelerator within MIT Startup Exchange, featuring 25 “industry ready” startups that have proven to be exceptional with early use cases, clients, demos, or partnerships, and are poised for significant growth. STEX25 startups receive promotion, travel, and advisory support, and are prioritized for meetings with ILP’s 230 member companies.

MIT Startup Exchange and ILP are integrated programs of MIT Corporate Relations.

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Lunch and Startup Exhibit
Catalia Health, Cory D. Kidd, Cofounder & CEO
TVision Insights, Dan Schiffman, Cofounder & CRO
Catalant Technologies, Patrick Petitti, Cofounder and CEO
Near Field Magnetics, David McManus, Cofounder and CEO
Legit Patents, Matt Osman, Cofounder and CEO
serviceMob, Anuj Bhalla, Founder and CEO
IQ3Connect, Ali Merchant, Founder
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Session 2: New Experiences


Future will be Measured in nanometers
The Nano Age is upon us … With nano-scale advancements we are reimagining Health and Life Sciences, Energy, Computing, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Quantum Science, … That is because nano is not a specific technology. It does not belong to a particular industry or discipline. It is, rather, a revolutionary way of understanding and working with matter, and it is the key to launching the next Innovation Age, the Nano Age.


Redefining Small Business Lending through ML and Social Physics


Networking Break


MIT Professional Education


Transforming Nanotechnologies into Applications
While trillions of sensors that will soon connected to the “Internet of Everything” (IoE) promise to transform our lives, they simultaneously pose major obstacles, which we are already encountering today. Max Shulaker presents a path towards realizing these future systems in the near-term, and show how based on the progress of several emerging nanotechnologies (carbon nanotubes for logic, non-volatile memories for data storage, and new materials for sensing), we can begin realizing these systems today.


Designed for Digital: How established companies will compete in the digital economy
Technologies like analytics, cloud computing, and the internet of things are creating new industries and driving new ways of doing business. But ironically, the digital business success is not about technology. It’s about rethinking your value proposition. More importantly, it’s about delivering a new value proposition to your customers—one that is inspired by the capabilities of technology. Companies born in the pre-digital economy are not designed to deliver digital value propositions. They must re-architect their business—structures, roles, systems, data, and processes—to enable rapid innovation and business integration. For big companies especially, such a redesign is a long and arduous journey. This session describes the journey and offers insights from MIT CISR research into how companies can successfully navigate it.
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Networking Reception