Announcing the 4th Annual VentureBeat Awards for Innovation in Transform 2022

As AI adoption reaches new heights across the enterprise, VentureBeat returns on July 19 with its annual flagship event, the event focused on AI. Transformation Today’s leading event on applied artificial intelligence for business and technology decision makers.

during conversionwhich begins with personalized all-day programming on July 19 and continues with six days of virtual programming over two weeks, industry experts will come together to provide comprehensive coverage across the scope and depth of the world of applied AI, also as industry-focused vertical pathways in healthcare, finance, retail, manufacturing and security .

At the in-person event taking place July 19 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, VentureBeat will honor and award noteworthy, remarkable, innovative and successful AI initiatives with its 4th annual VB AI Innovation Awards.

Drawn from our daily editorial coverage and from the expertise, knowledge and experience of the Nominating Committee members, these awards give us an opportunity to shine a light on the people and companies making an impact on AI.

Nominating Committee for the 2022 Artificial Intelligence Awards for Innovation

Tonya Kostis, Director of Artificial Intelligence Research, Autodesk

Tonya Kostis has 15 years of experience conducting AI research and leading AI research teams and projects.

She holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics, MA in Computer Science, MA in Linguistics, BA in Music. Her research interests include natural language processing and understanding, information retrieval, and machine learning.

Prior to joining Autodesk in 2019, Tonya held research positions in artificial intelligence at Thomson Reuters, Honeywell, and eBay.

Seth Dobrin, Global CEO of AI, IBM

Dr. Seth Dobrin is IBM’s first global head of AI and leads the AI ​​strategy for the entire company. In his role, Seth is responsible for linking AI development and governance across IBM divisions to the systematic creation of business outcomes. Prior to his appointment as CEO of Artificial Intelligence, Seth led the digital transformation of IBM’s software business as Director of Data.

Andrea Howells, Head of AI, Lenovo North America

As Head of Lenovo Enterprise AI Business in North America, Andrea Huels helps Fortune 500 companies enhance resilience and reinvent their operations with AI.

Prior to Lenovo, Andrea was Business Development Director at Dematic, where she played an instrumental role in building the technology ecosystem necessary to deploy intelligent supply chain transformation for retailers, wholesalers, and manufacturers. Her background includes two decades of global leadership roles in strategy, growth and innovation with GE, ExxonMobil, Crane, Imerys, Omron and General Mills.

De Maes, Global Head of Data and Artificial Intelligence, WPP

Di Mayze has more than 20 years of experience in technology and data across media, FMCG, finance and retail, advising for companies such as Hearst UK and dunnhumby & Walgreens Boots Alliance.

She joined WPP in 2014 as MD at Acceleration (part of Wunderman Thompson) and left in 2017 to become an independent data strategy consultant at Wavemaker, VML, Geometry, Wunderman Thompson and MediaCom. In January 2020, Di joined the OPEN team and became the Global Head of Data and Artificial Intelligence for WPP.

Stephanie Muirman, Director of Risk and Trust Science, eBay

As Senior Director of Risk Science and Trust at eBay, Stephanie Moerman works with a team of scientists and engineers to ensure a secure e-commerce platform.

Prior to joining eBay, Stephanie was the Senior Science Director of Customer Trust and Partner Support at Amazon and a Principal Engineer and Director of the Sports and Wearable Sensor divisions at Intel. Stephanie has a PhD. in Physics – Experimental Cosmology and an MSc in Computational Science, Mathematics, and Engineering from the University of California, San Diego.

Shawn Wang, Head of AI, Anthem

Shawn Wang has led enterprise-wide digital transformations through artificial intelligence and data science, both at Sears and Anthem. At Anthem, Shawn leveraged his consumer-first approach to transform Anthem into the first platform-based digital healthcare company. By applying artificial intelligence to improve business processes and personalize healthcare experiences, Shawn Anthem has helped instill a data-driven culture, leveraging insights into actions and outcomes.

AI Innovation Awards Categories

Conversational AI

Based on natural language processing (NLP), natural language understanding, and other machine learning (ML) technologies, applications of conversational AI currently go far beyond chatbots. This award will highlight the sophistication, scale, and effectiveness of conversational AI, which shapes the customer experience.

AI app

The field of artificial intelligence is brimming with new ideas and engaging research, at an increasingly rapid pace, but practical applications of artificial intelligence are important to businesses today, whether it is to reduce human drudgery, streamlined processes, smarter software and services, or other solutions to work and real-life problems. .

Artificial intelligence on the edge

Today’s AI applications and workflows are going far beyond the cloud, moving to high-end devices that are closer to human activity – even further than users’ mobile devices. This award is given to a company that takes artificial intelligence in distributed computing to the next level.

AI for Good

This award is dedicated to artificial intelligence technology, application of artificial intelligence, advocacy or activism in the field of artificial intelligence that protects or improves human lives or works to combat injustice and prejudice, improve equality, and better serve humanity.

Artificial Intelligence Innovators

Focusing on companies that have raised $30 million or less in funding and have been operating for two years or less, this award highlights a startup that holds great promise to make an impact through its innovations in artificial intelligence.

Countdown to the AI ​​Innovation Awards

We look forward to sharing the list of finalists for the AI ​​Innovation Award at the end of June, as well as editorial and social media coverage of the nominees and winners. Prizes will be presented at Transform’s in-person VentureBeat event on July 19 in San Francisco. Stay tuned!

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