Afsheen Afshar (Chief AI Officer and Senior Managing Director, Cerberus)

Event Date: 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 3:30pm

Event Location: 

  • Campbell Hall
  • Distinguished Lecture Series in Data Sciences

Statistics and Applied Probability Department and GRAPHIQ present 

Title: Real-world Challenges of using AI in the Enterprise

Abstract: Recent advances in the field of AI has been exciting, and the resultant hype has been great. However, most enterprises have yet to substantively harness their data to positively affect their bottom lines. In this talk, we discuss some of the underlying technological and cultural reasons as well as approaches for success.  From a technological perspective, there is a multitude of legacy systems with different formats and data models that must be merged. We discuss some approaches for managing this landscape using ad-hoc query methods. In addition, while technological and analytical challenges abound, having a high degree of cultural sensitivity, empathy for the end-user, and design-orientation are key to success. We discuss a few high profile examples of technologically advanced AI products that have failed to gain traction.
Speaker Bio: Afsheen Afshar received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, the Chief Data Science Officer and Managing Director at J. P. Morgan, Corporate and Investment Bank before becoming the Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer and Senior Managing Director of Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company, LLC. Afsheen Afshar also serves as an advisory board member for M.S. program in computational finance at Carnegie Mellon University.