AI: Lessons from Google

3:30 - 4:00 | Thursday, May 23

We look at how Google’s business has changed into an AI-first approach across diverse products from search and ads to smart assistants, videos and language translation. We look at changes to the business climate and how companies can respond and build capability with AI built on Data, Cloud, and Machine Learning. We look at applications, processes and tools for scaling AI at Google and industry and what are keys to successful adoption.

Ron Bodkin
Technical Director, Applied AI, Google

Ron is Technical Director for Applied Artificial Intelligence in Google’s Cloud CTO office. Ron leads AI experiments and works with Google Product Management and Engineering to develop AI products, collaborating with early adopter customers. Previously, Ron was the founding CEO of Think Big Analytics. Think Big provides end to end support for enterprise Big Data including data science, data engineering, advisory and managed services and frameworks such as Kylo for enterprise data lakes. Think Big was acquired by Teradata in 2014 and was the leading pure play big data services firm. At Teradata, Ron led Think Big to grow globally, to develop the Kylo open source data lake framework, and to expand to architecture consulting. In 2017 Ron led the creation of an Artificial Intelligence incubator at Teradata. Previously, Ron was VP Engineering at Quantcast where he led the data science and engineer teams that pioneered the use of Hadoop and NoSQL for batch and real-time decision making including lookalike models. Prior to that, Ron was Founder of New Aspects, which provided enterprise consulting for Aspect-Oriented Programming. Ron was also Co-Founder and CTO of B2B applications provider C-Bridge, which he led to team of 900 people and a successful IPO.

Ron graduated with honors from McGill University with a B.S. in Math and Computer Science. Ron also has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from MIT, leaving the PhD program after presenting the idea for C-bridge and placing in the finals of the $100k Entrepreneurship Contest.