Thursday April 26th
AI and the future of the Web and the Internet

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its recent progresses is both benefiting from and contributing new evolutions of networks and their applications and in particular of the Internet and the Web.

  • Sir Tim Berners-Lee (MIT, W3C)
    Sir Tim Berners-Lee

    Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a graduate of Oxford University, invented the Web while at CERN in 1989. In 2001 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society. In 2004 he was knighted by H.M. Queen Elizabeth and in 2007 he was awarded the Order of Merit.
    He is the Founder and Director of the World Wide Consortium (W3C) the standards forum for technical development of the Web. He is the founder and Director of the Web Foundation whose mission is that the World Wide Web serves Humanity. He co-founded and is President of the Open Data Institute in London. He is a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Computer Science and AI Lab (“CSAIL”) and is a Professor at Oxford University.
    In April 2017, Sir Tim was awarded the ACM A.M. Turing Prize for inventing the World Wide Web, the first web browser, and the fundamental protocols and algorithms allowing the Web to scale. The Turing Prize, called the “Nobel Prize of Computing” is considered one of the most prestigious awards in Computer Science. Sir Tim is a long time defender of Net Neutrality and the openness of the Web.

  • Antoine Bordes (Facebook, FAIR Paris)
    Antoine Bordes

    Antoine Bordes leads the lab of Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research in Paris since early 2017. Antoine joined the NYC lab of Facebook AI Research in 2014. Prior to joining Facebook, he was a CNRS researcher in Compiegne in France and a postdoctoral fellow in Yoshua Bengio’s lab of University of Montreal. He received his PhD in machine learning from Pierre & Marie Curie University in Paris in 2010 with two awards for best PhD from the French Association for Artificial Intelligence and from the French Armament Agency. Antoine’s current interests are centered around natural language understanding using neural networks, with a focus on question answering and dialogue systems. He published more than 50 papers cumulating more than 6,000 citations.

  • Vinton Cerf (Google)
    Vint Cerf

    Vinton G. Cerf is vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He contributes to global policy development and continued spread of the Internet. Widely known as one of the “Fathers of the Internet,” Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. He has served in executive positions at MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and on the faculty of Stanford University.
    Vint Cerf served as chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from 2000-2007 and has been a Visiting Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1998. Cerf served as founding president of the Internet Society (ISOC) from 1992-1995. Cerf is a Foreign Member of the British Royal Society and Swedish Academy of Engineering, and Fellow of IEEE, ACM, and American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Engineering Consortium, the Computer History Museum, the British Computer Society, the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, the Worshipful Company of Stationers and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He currently serves as Past President of the Association for Computing Machinery, chairman of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) and completed a term as Chairman of the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology for the US National Institute of Standards and Technology. President Obama appointed him to the National Science Board in 2012.
    Cerf is a recipient of numerous awards and commendations in connection with his work on the Internet, including the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, US National Medal of Technology, the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, the Prince of Asturias Award, the Tunisian National Medal of Science, the Japan Prize, the Charles Stark Draper award, the ACM Turing Award, Officer of the Legion d’Honneur and 29 honorary degrees. In December 1994, People magazine identified Cerf as one of that year’s “25 Most Intriguing People.”
    His personal interests include fine wine, gourmet cooking and science fiction. Cerf and his wife, Sigrid, were married in 1966 and have two sons, David and Bennett.

  • Ruhi Sarikaya (Amazon)
    Ruhi Sarikaya

    Ruhi Sarikaya joined Amazon Alexa team as the Director of Applied Science in September 2016. With the Alexa Brain team that he has largely built from the ground up, he has been building core capabilities around ranking, relevance, natural language understanding, dialog management, contextual understanding, personalization and end-to-end metrics.
    Prior to that, he was a principal science manager and the founder of the language understanding and dialog systems group at Microsoft, Redmond, WA between 2011 and 2016. His group has built language understanding and dialog management capabilities of Cortana, Xbox One, and the underlying platform supporting both 1st and 3rd party.
    Before Microsoft, he was a research staff member and team lead in the Human Language Technologies Group at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY for ten years.
    Before IBM, he worked as a researcher at the Center for Spoken Language Research (CSLR) at the University of Colorado at Boulder for two years.
    He received his BS (1995) degree from Bilkent University, MS (1997) degree from Clemson University and Ph.D. (2001) degree from Duke University all in electrical and computer engineering.
    He has published 120 technical papers in refereed journal and conference proceedings and, is inventor of over 70 issued/pending patents.

  • Cédric Villani (Institut Henri Poincaré & Université de Lyon)
    Cédric Villani

    Cédric Villani is a French mathematician, who was awarded the Fields Medal in 2010 and is the winner of the 2014 Doob Award. Professor at the University of Lyon, he was a visiting professor at the University of Berkeley, Princeton and GeorgiaTech and then the director of the Institut Henri Poincaré from 2009 to 2017, from which he resigned when elected as deputy of Essonne. At the National Assembly, he sits on the Law Commission and is the president of the French Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Choices.
    Indeed, Cédric Villani has always been involved in the relationship between Science and Society. He is a member of the French Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. He has lectured in over 70 countries, published several books including the bestseller “Birth of a Theorem: A Mathematical Adventure” translated into 12 languages. He has participated in numerous scientific councils with public institutions – including the European Commission – or private institutions (Scientific Council of Orange, EDF, Atos and BCG).
    Cédric Villani is a graduate of ENS Ulm, a doctor of mathematics and has the accreditation to supervise research. He is an honorary doctor of several universities including HEC Paris. He is Knight of the Legion of Honor and Vice-President of the EuropaNova think-tank.

  • Prof. Dame Wendy Hall (Southampton University) – Chair
    Prof. Dame Wendy Hall

    Dame Wendy Hall, DBE, FRS, FREng is Regius Professor of Computer Science, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International Engagement) at the University of Southampton, and is the Executive Director of the Web Science Institute.
    With Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt she co-founded the Web Science Research Initiative in 2006 and is the Managing Director of the Web Science Trust, which has a global mission to support the development of research, education and thought leadership in Web Science.
    She became a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the 2009 UK New Year’s Honours list, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society.
    She has previously been President of the ACM, Senior Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a member of the UK Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, was a founding member of the European Research Council and Chair of the European Commission’s ISTAG 2010-2012, and was a member of the Global Commission on Internet Governance. She is currently a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on the Digital Economy, and is co-Chair of the UK government’s AI Review, which was published in October 2017.

Friday April 27th
Privacy and Security, remaining challenges for the Web

What is the state of privacy on the web, and how is that impacting each of us at work and at play; as members of a family, a community, a nation, and the human race? What are our responsibilities as technologists, researchers, and policy makers? Is a fully connected cyber world, with shifting and opaque technologies, antithetical to privacy? Or are there rights and norms that we can rely on? Come to this panel with your questions, and your challenges!

  • Lorrie Faith Cranor (Carnegie Mellon University)
    Lorrie Faith Cranor

    Lorrie Faith Cranor is a Professor of Computer Science and of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University where she is director of the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory (CUPS). She is associate department head of the Engineering and Public Policy Department and co-director of the MSIT-Privacy Engineering masters program. In 2016 she served as Chief Technologist at the US Federal Trade Commission. She is also a co-founder of Wombat Security Technologies, Inc, a security awareness training company. She is a fellow of the ACM and IEEE and a member of the ACM CHI Academy. She has authored over 150 research papers on online privacy, usable security, and other topics.

  • Eric Leandri (co-founder and CEO of Qwant)
    Eric Leandri

    Eric Léandri is a specialist in web, IT and network security with 20 years experience as a technology entrepreneur. Prior to Qwant, he held positions such as Head of Special Projects for a number of global firms such as UB, deputy-CEO of Trustmission, and majority shareholder and managing director of Mobilegov SaaS.
    In 2010, he clarified his vision of an ambitious European search engine, which would decompartmentalize the Web and respect both the freedoms of users and the stability of the digital ecosystem. Qwant was launched in 2013. Eric Léandri is Co-Founder and Chairman of Qwant.

  • Mary Ellen Zurko (MIT Lincoln Laboratory) – Chair
    Mary Ellen Zurko

    Mary Ellen Zurko is a cybersecurity researcher at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Mez has worked extensively in security; in product development, early product prototyping, and in research, and has over 20 patents. She was security architect of one of IBM’s earliest clouds; SaaS for business collaboration, and was a Principal Engineer working on Cisco’s Next Generation Firewall and in the Office of the CTO of the Security Business Group. She defined the field of User-Centered Security in 1996.
    As a senior research fellow at the Open Group Research Institute, she led several innovative security initiatives in authorization policies, languages, and mechanisms that incorporate user-centered design elements. She started her security career at DEC working on an A1 VMM, on which she coauthored a retrospective with a fellow member of the Forum on Cyber Resilience. She has written on active content security, public key infrastructures, distributed authorization, user-centered security, and security and the web. She is on the steering committee of New Security Paradigms Workshop, and is General Chair of the Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security. Mez received S.B and S.M. degrees in computer science from MIT.