Insights on Innovation in Technology
Harper Reed – Head of Commerce at Braintree, a PayPal Company
If there isn’t a metric it doesn’t exist.
Harper Reed is a US-based technology engineer, innovator and entrepreneur. he has been called a “tech pioneer,” “digital wizard” and “hard to miss in a room.” He is fascinated by how technology continues to shape, transform and empower human behavior. In 2012 Harper was responsible for delivering Barack Obama’s online campaign and get-out-the-vote program. As Chief Technology Officer at Obama’s campaign headquarters, Harper was responsible for engineering perhaps the most sophisticated political campaign of all time.
The Vacation Rental Industry and its effect on Hospitality
Justin, M. Rao – Head Economist & VP of Data Science at HomeAway
The VR industry is innovating and disrupting at a rapid pace.
Justin leads the data science and economics divisions at HomeAway, the world leader in vacation rentals. As the company’s vice president of data science, Rao and his team use big data, machine learning and the latest behavioral, cognitive and sensory techniques to continually improve the HomeAway experience for its customers. Justin is an expert in decision-making and consumer behavior, having published over 20 peer-reviewed articles on topics including identity, engagement, and e-commerce.
Artificial Intelligence and Travel in 2030
Dr. Peter Stone – David Bruton, Jr. Centennial Professor, University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Computer Science, The University of Texas at Austin
The measure of success for AI applications is the value they create for human lives.
Professor Stone’s research interests in Artificial Intelligence include machine learning, multiagent systems, robotics and e-commerce. His application domains have included robot soccer, autonomous bidding agents, autonomous vehicles, autonomic computers and social agents. Peter Stone is the founder and director of the Learning Agents Research Group (LARG) with the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in the Department of Computer Science at The University of Texas at Austin, and the President, COO and co-founder of Cogitai, Inc.