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2023 Beyond Big Data: AI/Machine Learning Summit

Event Date: February 15, 2023

Event Location: Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh at Station Square

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2023 Beyond Big Data: AI/Machine Learning Summit
Presented by Pittsburgh Technology Council and CGI

February 15, 2023
Location: Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square

Thanks to everyone who attended!

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Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning are empowering businesses, solving tough challenges, and have the potential to make life easier and more productive for us all. 

C-level executives in a variety of industries are using these technologies to make better business decisions and to serve their customers better and more efficiently.  However, navigating through the hype and the magnitude of data may be a challenge. 

Beyond Big Data is a unique opportunity for managers on every level to learn more about the opportunities of these technologies while connecting with others in the industry. With a focus on trends and best practices, the event aims to explore strategies, best practices and technologies surrounding data analysis, artificial intelligence and machine learning while keeping in mind the implications of regulations, privacy, data protection, and ethics that govern this field. 

Morning Keynote Speaker

Richard Clarke HeadshotRichard Clarke, Ph.D., Chief Analytics Officer, Highmark Health

As the Chief Analytics Officer at Highmark Health, Richard focuses on delivering innovative data and advanced analytic solutions that fulfill Highmark Health’s mission of creating a remarkable health experience, freeing people to be their best.

Richard initially trained as a Neuroscientist and Biophysicist. Since moving out of academia, his experience includes large-scale data/ analytic transformations, building and scaling advanced analytic products, and building and managing Data Science teams. Richard is passionate about delivering business impact through advanced analytics, growing leaders that connect analytics to the business, and building diverse teams.



Afternoon Keynote Speaker

Badel L. MbangaBadel L. Mbanga, Head of Data Science Innovation, PNC

Dr. Badel Mbanga leads the Data Science & AI group in Treasury Management at PNC. His responsibilities include innovation, opportunity mining, and talent development.

Prior to joining PNC, Badel spent several years as a theoretical and computational physics researcher, studying soft materials such as Liquid Crystals, Elastomers, and Emulsions. He has held positions at various academic institutions, including the University of Pittsburgh, Tufts University, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Kent State University, the Swedish LCD Center, and the International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy.

Badel also serves as an adjunct faculty in the Material Science Doctoral Program at Kent State University. His research focuses on tackling inverse problems with Machine Learning.

A community-minded leader and strong supporter of the arts, Badel serves on the boards of two impactful non-profit organizations in Pittsburgh. Badel holds a PhD in Chemical Physics, a Masters in Display Technology, and a Bachelor in Physics and Computer Science.

Agenda Highlights

Conference Time: 7:30am - 5:30 pm

  • Panel Discussions
  • Morning and Afternoon Breakout Session Tech Talks
  • Technology Showcase
  • Continental Breakfast and Lunch
  • Happy Hour

View the 2023 Beyond Big Data: AI/ML Summit schedule & directory.

Featured Companies

At Beyond Big Data, you'll hear from experts and technology leaders from the following companies. 

  • Allvision
  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • Aspirant
  • Blue Ocean Strategic Partners
  • BNY Mellon
  • Bosch
  • CGI
  • CNX Resources Corporation
  • CVS Health
  • Castle Biosciences
  • CivicScience
  • Cognistx
  • D'Angelo Technologies
  • FDIC
  • Google
  • Highmark and Allegheny Health Network
  • Leidos
  • Lucas Systems
  • Orrick
  • Palantir
  • Pittsburgh AI Works
  • Reddit
  • Resilient Cognitive Solutions
  • SAE International
  • SDLC Partners | A CitiusTech Company
  • Simwell
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Visimo
  • More to be announced!

Panel Discussions

Panel 1: Big Data Growing Pains: Overcoming the Difficult Challenges

Let’s get down to basics. If you don’t have good data and the infrastructure to support it, your big data and AI projects are not going to give you useful insights. This panel will discuss topics including data and analytics infrastructure, intelligent automation, IoT and data governance. Learn from these experts about how they are overcoming data challenges and which challenges broadly remain. 


  • Bob Cook, Ph.D, SVP of R&D, Castle Biosciences
  • Aarthi Prasad Rathinasami, Director of Engineering, American Eagle Outfitters
  • Joe Galarneau, Chief Product Officer, CivicScience
  • Aparna Ranganathan, Lead Director- Enterprise Service Optimization Platform Delivery, CVS Health

Moderated by: Reno Fiedler, SDLC Partners - A CitiusTech Company

Panel 2: Automation for Business: Using Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Enhance the Workplace and Serve Customers 

Through industry 4.0, robotics, smart buildings, and even customer service, automation is a solution that may help businesses to be competitive and serve their customers more efficiently. This panel will delve into real world applications that exist today and the possibilities of how AI will transform the workplace of tomorrow.  You’ll learn how some of Pittsburgh’s leading companies are using AI and data science and what support they need from the technology ecosystem to take their vision to the next level.

  • Bharath Bangalore, Founder and #1 Robot, Blue Ocean Strategic Partners
  • Ralph Comulada, Global Head of Compliance Technology & Enterprise Financial Messaging, BNY Mellon
  • Maurissa D'Angelo, CEO, D'Angelo Technologies
  • Rajesh Saini, Director of Retail Lending Data & Analytics, PNC
  • Drew Zachary, Deputy Chief Data Officer for Innovation, U.S. Department of Commerce

Moderated by: Mark McCleary, Chief Technology Officer, Lucas Systems

Panel 3: Democratization of AI

Is AI just for enterprise organizations? Is it a misconception that you need a PhD to work in this field? This panel with discuss how companies of all sizes may take advantage of the power of AI and enable their teams the power to act on data-driven insights. As AI empowers employees to do their jobs in a more meaningful way while keeping them safe by avoiding situations that are dangerous to humans, this panel will discuss the possibility of how tools, applications, and devices have the potential to push intelligent insights into the hands of everybody to allow employees at all levels to do their jobs more effectively and efficiently. 

Confirmed Panelists: 

  • Bosun Anifowoshe, Manager, Optimization & Data Analytics, CNX Resources Corporation
  • Joseph Yun, Ph.d, Artificial Intelligence Architect, Office of the CIO Strategy and Innovation Group, University of Pittsburgh
  • Jeremiah Weasenforth, Head of Data & Discovery Strategy, Orrick
  • KarenTrader, Strategy and Analytics Consultant, Simwell

Moderated by: Scot MacTaggart, Chief Innovation Officer, Pittsburgh AI Works

Tech Talk Speakers

  • Cathy Chen, Lead Progam Manager Core Production SRE, Google - Integrating Machine Learning into your Organization
  • William Elm, President/Cognitive Systems Engineering Fellow, Resilient Cognitive Solutions LLC - Developing Mission Effective AI Tools
  • Brady Fowler, Data Scientist, Palantir - What-If? Scenario Driven Decision Making in Foundry
  • Harris Heit, Vice President of Product, Research, and Operations, VISIMO, LLC - The Reproducibility Crisis in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Shalabh Jain, Senior Research Scientist, Robert Bosch LLC, Data Protection – The Necessary Element for Collaborative Analytics
  • Joe Kossler, Director of Digital Discovery and Kevin Beckett, Data Platform Architect, Aspirant - Improve Recruiting Outcomes with AI & Design Thinking
  • Bryan Lane, Chief, Business Intelligence Services, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, 5 Years of Federal Government AI 
  • Leslie McKay, Senior Product Manager, SAE International & Sanjay Chopra, CEO, Cognistx - Accelerating Product Development with Digital Standards
  • Rob Mitchell, Data Scientist, Lucas Systems - Dartboard: Hitting the Bullseye on Time-to-Completion Predictions
  • Sree Ramya Surya P Malladi, Senior Software Engineer - Computer Vision  Allvision IO, Inc. - Flexible AI for Imperfect Data
  • Paul Raff, Staff Data Scientist, Reddit - Experimenting in Rich Online Environments: False Discovery Versus Transparency
  • Todd Underwood, Senior Director of Engineering, Founder of ML SRE, Google, ML in Real Life
  • Joe Veranese, Vice President & CIO, NCDMM, Manufacturing Process Data as a Contract Deliverable
  • Chung Yan Shih, Senior Strategic Data Scientist, Leidos, Science-based artificial intelligence (AI)/ machine learning (ML) to Accelerate Applied Energy R&D and deployment 

View the 2023 Beyond Big Data: AI/ML Summit schedule & directory.

PTC Member | $190/$210 after February 1, 2023 | $220 Late/On-site
Non-Member | $315/$335 after February 1, 2023 | $345 late/On-site

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor:


Panel Sponsors:


Lucas Systems


International Partner

Consulate General of Canada

Tech Talk Sponsors

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Supporting Sponsors

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Robert Morris University

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Contact Information:
For content or logistics questions - Program Director: Monica Takacs, Sr. Director for Industry Networks, mtakacs@pghtech.orgFor registration questions - Megan Colf, Director of Event Management,
For sponsorship questions - Ashley Steckel, VP of Business Development,
For membership questions - Shelby Mastovich, Director of Membership Services,