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2019 MIT Citi Conference in NYC

with Keynotes from MIT Faculty
October 31, 2019
Day 01 All


Registration and Breakfast


Citi Welcome


MIT Welcome


Forces Shaping the Future of the Internet
In the early days of the Internet, technical innovation shaped its future. Today, issues of economics, market dynamics, incentives, and some fundamental aspects of networked systems shape the future. This talk will summarize eleven forces that are shaping the future of the Internet, and make an argument that we are at a point of inflection in the character of the Internet, as profound as the change in the 1990’s when the Internet was commercialized.


Top Ten "Big Data" Blunders
This talk (with apologies to David Letterman) will present the top ten big data mistakes witnessed in the last decade or so. These range from “not planning to move everything to the cloud” to “believing that a data lake will solve all your problems.” Also included is an eleventh blunder, which effectively means “working for a company that is not focused on avoiding these blunders.”


Networking Break


Interpretable AI and its Applications in Financial Services
This talk introduces a new generation of machine learning methods that provide state of the art performance and are very interpretable. Optimal classification (OCT) and regression (ORT) trees are introduced for prediction and prescription with and without hyperplanes. It will be shown that (a) Trees are very interpretable, (b) They can be calculated in large scale in practical times, and (c) In a large collection of real world data sets, they give comparable or better performance than random forests or boosted trees. Their prescriptive counterparts have a significant edge on interpretability and comparable or better performance than causal forests. These optimal trees with hyperplanes have at least as much modeling power as (feedforward, convolutional and recurrent) neural networks and comparable performance in a variety of real world data sets. Finally, a variety of optimal trees applications in financial services will be discussed.
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Startup Lightning Talks Part I
Data & AI
- Elisify: Financial data on demand
- Forge.AI: Unstructured text to data for machine learning
- Nara Logics: AI for product recommendation and decision support
- Posh: Conversation AI for customer service & helpdesk
- Profit Isle: Data analytics to accelerate profit

Startup Lightning Talks Part II
Security & Platform Tech
- Duality: Homomorphic encryption of data
- Canopy: Personalization without losing data privacy
- Silverthread: Improving software health and economics
- CATALOG: DNA for data storage & computation
- Tamr: Data unification powered by human-guided machine learning


Lunch with Startup Exhibit


More From Less: How We Innovated Our Way Into a Healthier Relationship with Our Planet
Want some good news about the environment? In America, we have finally learned to grow our economy while taking less from the Earth year after year: less water, timber, and metal; fewer minerals and resources; even less energy. This talk is a show and tell about this profound change. Andy McAfee will show the evidence that we've started getting more from less and tell how it happened. The unlikely heroes of the tale are the cost pressures that come from intense competition and powerful digital tools that reduce the need for resources. In short, prices and processors are now letting us tread more lightly on the Earth. The story is full of surprises and also insights. In particular, it gives us a playbook for dealing with the major challenges still ahead of us: global warming, pollution, and species loss.
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Gordon Gekko and the Cult and Culture of Finance
Culture is a potent force in shaping individual and group behavior, yet it has received relatively little attention in the context of financial risk management and the recent financial crisis. In this talk, Professor Lo will present a brief overview of the role of culture and ethics according to psychologists, sociologists, and economists, and then propose a specific framework for analyzing culture in the context of financial practices and institutions in which three questions are addressed: (1) What is culture?; (2) Does it matter?; and (3) Can it be changed?


Networking Break


The Future of China’s Growth Model
This presentation will discuss both the achievements and challenges of China’s growth model and argue that the current model is running into substantial headwinds.


Closing Remarks



* All schedule and speakers are subject to change without notice.