IoT Day Slam 2020 Keynote: AI and ML Provide Powerful Insights in Calibrating Virus Response


With healthcare and policy decisions on COVID-19 impacting the lives of hundreds of millions, AI and ML are playing and ever increasing role in formulating the real-time impact of those decisions. It’s not just on immediate health outcomes, but also repercussive impacts such as job losses, delays in non-emergency healthcare, impact of economics on an individual’s decision making and the protection of the very people providing the healthcare. Systems built using IOT-based surveillance can also help monitor & track medical & biological encroachments as they happen. With more than 10,000 employees worldwide, Persistent Systems is a global solutions company working with organization in both the private and publics sector as well as research institutions to bring together diverse technology, IoT data and systems, helping accelerate actionable digital insights. In this keynote, Persistent CEO Chris O’Conner will provide insight into the expertise Persistent delivers to an array of organizations including the Biocomplexity Institute at UVA, Johns Hopkins, Children’s Hospital, Louisiana Public Health Initiative as well as partnerships it has with leading technologies providers such as Salesforce. Persistent is a technology partner in the recently announced COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition, a collaboration of private sector organizations to enable rapid deployment of secure, ethical, innovative and open source solutions for the benefit of all.

Speaker Biography:

Christopher (Chris) O’Connor is the Chief Executive Officer at Persistent Systems and is responsible for the strategic direction of the Company. Until recently, Chris led the Internet of Things business unit at IBM including roles as its General Manager, Head of Sales and Head of all software R&D. He has been the founding strategist, leader and industry wide innovator of IBM IoT. His prior roles in IBM have centered around building new businesses for IBM such as Systems Management, IBM Commerce and Financial Software, and founding the IBM Smart Cities software and services business. He also has led network hardware R&D in the start-up community both exiting and returning to IBM in that tenure. An alumnus of the Rutgers University, Chris holds a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He has remained academically active, achieving a management certificate from the University of North Carolina and advanced management training from Harvard University. He is a regular guest lecturer at Duke University, Harvard University and a member of the board of Computer Information Technology at Appalachian State University. Chris is a father to two daughters and is an outdoor sports enthusiast.

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