TransAI 2021, ai4i 2021


Joint Keynotes

(in alphabetical order)

Tucker Balch

Managing Director, J.P.Morgan AI Research


​Bio: Dr. Balch is a Research Managing Director at J.P. Morgan AI Research and a Professor of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech (on leave). He is interested in problems concerning multi-agent social behavior in domains ranging from financial markets to tracking and modeling the behavior of ants, honey bees, and monkeys. He co-founded Lucena Research, an investment software firm that applies Machine Learning and Big Data approach to investment problems. Balch has published 120 peer-reviewed articles. His work has been covered by the Wall Street Journal, CNN, New Scientist, Institutional Investor, and the New York Times. His graduated students work at NASA/JPL, Boston Dynamics, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Citadel, AQR, and BlackRock. Before his career in computing, Tucker was an F-15 pilot in the US Air Force.

 Abhijit Bose

Head AI/ML, Capitol One

Bio: Abhijit Bose is the Managing Vice President for Capital One's The Center for Machine Learning (C4ML). Prior to joining Capital One, Abhijit served as Facebook's Head of Engineering (Montreal, NYC, Pittsburg) for Facebook AI Research. With over 20+ years of data science expertise, Abhijit encompasses an impressive technical and academic career history. He obtained a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, received his dual-Masters in Mechanical Engineering as well as Computer Science, and received his dual-Ph.D in Computer Science and Engineering Mechanics. Before joining Facebook, Abhihit was the Managing Director of Data Science for JP Morgan's Digital Organization. He's also worked for IBM, Google, and American Express. Abhijit and his wife live in New Jersey with their 6-year-old twins and their family pet Eskie. When he's not working, Abhijit enjoys spending time volunteering with his family at their local animal shelter, as well as hiking and touring state parks.

Chung-Sheng Li

Managing Director, PwC Lab, USA

Bio: Chung-Sheng Li is currently a Managing Director at PwC Lab with the focus on driving AI augmented assurance..  Prior to joining PwC, he was with Accenture Operations as the Global Research Managing Director of AI, with the focus on driving the development of new AI-enabled business process service offerings for Accenture Business Process Services from 2016 to 2019. Previously, he has been with IBM Research between 1990 and 2016 with various technical leadership responsibilities.

His career includes driving research and development initiatives spanning cognitive computing, cloud computing, smarter planet, cybersecurity, and cognitive regulatory compliance. He has authored or coauthored more than 130 patents and 170 journal and conference papers (and received the best paper award from IEEE Transactions on Multimedia in 2003). He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

He received BSEE from National Taiwan University, Taiwan, R.O.C., in 1984, and the MS and Ph.D.degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1989 and 1991,respectively. 

Michael Pyrcz

Professor, The University of Texas at Austin, USA

Bio: Michael Pyrcz is an associate professor in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, and the Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin, where he researches and teaches on the topics of subsurface, spatial data analytics, geostatistics and machine learning. Michael is also the principal investigator of the freshmen research initiative and a core faculty in the Machine Learn Laboratory in the College of Natural Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin, an associate editor for Computers and Geosciences and a board member for Mathematical Geosciences, the International Association for Mathematical Geosciences, and the program chair for the Petroleum Data Driven Analytics Technical Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Michael has written over 60 peer-reviewed publications, a Python package for spatial, subsurface data analytics, and coauthored a textbook on spatial data analytics, 'Geostatistical Reservoir Modeling'. All of Michael's university lectures are available on his YouTube channel, to support his students and working professionals with evergreen educational content. To find out more about Michael's work and shared educational resources visit his website at