The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business
The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business

Machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms hold great promise for many business applications. As these systems become more widely adopted, business and technical leaders require trusted ML/AI systems to exhibit increased transparency, fairness, and interpretability.

The implications for organizations are sweeping, including for: risk management, ethics, compliance, reliability, and customer relationship management.

This conference will explore best practices and current research on effective, interpretable, and explainable AI.

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Senior Principal Data Scientist, McKinsey & Co.

November 11 – 12, 2021
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Agenda

Thursday | November 11, 2021

12:45 PM

Welcoming Remarks Day 1

1:00 PM

Morning Keynote Presentation/Talk

“Explainability and More: What is Needed to Get a Model Into Production”

Charles Elkan
Professor of Computer Science, University of California San Diego
Former Managing Director, Goldman Sachs & Co.

Introduced by:
Joydeep Ghosh
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Moderator:  
Michael Sury
Managing Director, Center for Analytics; and Faculty, Dept. of Finance, UT Austin

Speakers:
Alex London
Professor of Ethics and Philosophy, Carnegie Mellon University
Director of the Center for Ethics and Policy

Hima Lakkaraju
Asst. Professor, Harvard Business School and Dept. of CS, Harvard University

Polo Chau
Assoc. Professor, School of Computational Science & Engineering, Georgia Tech

Alice Xiang
Sr. Research Scientist and Head of AI Ethics Office, Sony Group

  • Is one a subset of the other?
  • Does an ethical system need to be explainable?
  • Does transparency increase the perception of ethical integrity?
  • Is explainability just a “red herring”?

Panel – Explainable vs. Ethical AI: Just Semantics?

1:50 PM

“Responsible AI in Industry”

Krishnaram Kenthapadi
Principal Scientist, Amazon AWS AI

Presentation/Talk

3:00 PM

Break

2:50 PM

Panel – Adopting AI: Industry Challenges and the Role of XAI

  • How to deliver XAI in multi-layered corporate organizations
  • Mismatch of industrial expectations with statistical reality
  • Is attaining explanations realistic for complex systems?
  • Navigating corporate reporting systems

3:50 PM

Moderator:  
Junfeng Jiao

Director, Urban Information Lab in UT’s School of Architecture; Chairman, Good Systems

Speakers:
Michael Shepherd
Distinguished Engineer, AI Research, Dell Technologies

Anand Rao
Principal and Global AI Lead, Pricewaterhouse Coopers

James Guszcza
Research Affiliate, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University
Chief Data Scientist, Deloitte LLP

Break

4:50 PM

Presentation/Talk

5:00 PM

The Role of Explainable AI when “Data is the New Programming Language”

Mark Johnson
Chief AI Scientist, Oracle Corp.

Friday | November 12, 2021

Welcoming Remarks Day 2

8:45 AM

9:00 AM

Morning Keynote Presentation/Talk

“Scoring Systems: At the Extreme of Interpretable Machine Learning”

Cynthia Rudin
Professor of Computer Science, 
Duke University
Principal Investigator, 
Interpretable Machine Lab

9:50 AM

Panel – XAI Solutions: Different Approaches to Explainability

  • Different ways to explain models: Rules? Prototypes? Counterfactuals? SHAP values? etc.
  • Are there clearly superior explanations that resonate with human audiences?
  • What happens when explanations contradict domain knowledge?

Moderator:  
Maria De-Arteaga

Assistant Professor, Information, Risk, and Operations Management
McCombs School of Business

Speakers:
Scott Lundberg
Senior Researcher, Microsoft Corp.

Jette Henderson
Senior Machine Learning Scientist, CognitiveScale, Inc.

Zachary Lipton
Asst. Prof., Dept. of Operations Research & Machine Learning, Carnegie Mellon University

Presentation/Talk

"Explainable AI for Intelligent Financial Services: Examples and Challenges"

Daniele Magazzeni
AI Research Director and Head of the Explainable AI Center of Excellence, JP Morgan

11:00 AM

Break

10:50 AM

11:50 AM

  • Crafting XAI for different stakeholders with different agendas
  • Multiple Explanations vs “One Size Fits All”
  • Methods of delivery

Panel – Explanations, But for Whom?

Moderator:
Raymond Mooney
Professor of Computer Science and Director, UT AI Lab

Speakers:
Christoforos Anagnostopoulos
Senior Principal Data Scientist, McKinsey & Co.

Nazneen Rajani
Research Scientist, Salesforce Research

Sanmi Koyejo
Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Closing Remarks

12:50 PM

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Polo Chau
Associate Professor, School of Computational Science and Engineering, Georgia Tech
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Maria De-Arteaga
Assistant Professor, Information, Risk, and Operations Management
McCombs School of Business, 

The University of Texas at Austin
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Charles Elkan

Professor of Computer Science, University of California, San Diego
Former Managing Director, Goldman Sachs & Co.

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Sanmi Koyejo
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Krishnaram Kenthapadi
Principal Scientist, Amazon.com Inc., AWS AI
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Mark Johnson
Chief AI Scientist, Oracle Corp.
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Jette Henderson
Senior Machine Learning Scientist, CognitiveScale Inc.
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James Guszcza

Chief Data Scientist, Deloitte LLP    
Research Affiliate, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

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Susan Broniarczyk

Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Marketing, UT Austin

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Daniele Magazzeni
AI Research Director and Head of the Explainable AI Center for Excellence, JP Morgan
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Scott Lundberg
Senior Researcher, Microsoft Corp.
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Zachary Lipton
Assistant Professor of Operations Research and Machine Learning, Carnegie Mellon University
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Hima Lakkaraju
Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School and Department of Computer Science, Harvard University
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CATT 2021 Global Analytics Summit on

EXPLAINABLE AI

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Michael Sury
Managing Director, Center for Analytics and Transformative Technologies, University of Texas at Austin
Michael Shepherd
Distinguished Engineer, AI Research, Dell Technologies
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Cynthia Rudin Headshot
Cynthia Rudin
Professor of Computer Science, Duke University
Principal Investigator, Interpretable Machine Lab
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Nazneen Rajani
Research Scientist, Salesforce Research
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Kumar Muthuraman Headshot
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Alice Xiang
Senior Research Scientist, Head of AI Ethics Office, Sony Group
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Hosts

Susan M. Broniarczyk is Associate Dean for Research, Susie and John L. Adams Endowed Chair in Business, and a Professor in the Marketing Department.

Her research examines consumer behavior and decision making with a focus on brand and product management, product recommendations and advice, and gift-giving.

The Society for Consumer Psychology awarded her its first Early Career Contribution Award and the American Marketing Association awarded her dissertation on branding the John A. Howard award. Her research on product assortment won the O’Dell Award for its long-term significance to marketing theory and practice in the Journal of Marketing Research.

Her research has appeared in leading academic journals including the Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, Journal of Retailing, Journal of Academy of Marketing Science and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

Her research has also been featured in the media including Time Magazine, Business Week, and U.S. News and World Report. She is former President of the Society for Consumer Psychology and has been active in the Association for Consumer Research serving on its advisory board, as Treasurer, and ACR conference co-chair.

Michael Sury is the managing director of the Center for Analytics and Transformative Technology, and he is an award-winning professor who has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels for over 15 years. Previously, Sury began his career working in technology in 1986, designing intelligent systems architectures in the AI Group at MCC, the noted R&D consortium formed by tech heavyweights including Intel, GE, and Microsoft. Sury later worked for Lockheed Missiles & Space Co. on classified projects for the Department of Defense’s Strategic Defense Initiative; and IBM, where he taught and implemented statistical process control and real-time analytics for manufacturing engineering across the IBM PC production line. After graduate school at the University of Chicago, Sury was recruited by Goldman Sachs & Co., and he served as a vice president in the firm’s equities and investment management divisions. He later led one of the nation’s top-ranked wealth management and institutional broker-dealer trading firms before selling his stake and entering academia. He has taught at the University of California and Santa Clara University, and he is now on the faculty of the Department of Finance at The University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business. At UT, he serves as the program director of the financial analytics track within the Master of Science in Business Analytics program, and as a member of the McCombs School of Business Analytics Task Force. He has delivered more than 80 conference speeches in the U.S. and internationally and has appeared on major broadcast networks and in a variety of news publications for his insights and commentary on financial analytics and the capital markets.

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Kumar Muthuraman

Faculty Director, Center for Analytics and Transformative Technologies; Professor of Information, Risk, and Operations Management McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin

Kumar Muthuraman is the H. Timothy (Tim) Harkins Centennial Professor in the Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management and the Department of Finance. He received a Ph.D. from Stanford University. Muthuraman’s research focuses on decision making under uncertainty. Application areas of interest to him are quantitative finance, operations management, and health care.

Joydeep Ghosh is the Schlumberger Centennial Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.He joined the UTAustin faculty in 1988 after being educated at IITKanpur (B. Tech '83) and the University of Southern California (Ph.D. ’88). He is the founder-director of IDEAL (Intelligent Data Exploration and Analysis Lab) and a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Ghosh has taught graduate courses on data mining and web analytics to UT students and members of industry for more than a decade. He was voted Best Professor in the Software Engineering Executive Education Program at UT. Ghosh's research interests lie primarily in data mining and web mining, predictive modeling/predictive analytics, machine learning approaches such as adaptive multi-learner systems, and their applications to a wide variety of complex real-world problems.

Joydeep Ghosh

Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Keynotes

Speakers/Panelists

Charles Elkan served as the managing director and the global head of machine learning at Goldman Sachs in New York and is a professor of computer science at the University of California, San Diego. Previously, he was the first Amazon fellow and the leader of Amazon's central machine learning team in the U.S. He had previously been a visiting associate professor at Harvard University. Elkan's research has been mainly in machine learning, data science, and computational biology. In particular, the MEME algorithm that he developed with doctoral students has been used in more than 4,000 published research projects in biology. He is fortunate to have had inspiring undergraduate and graduate students who have become faculty members at institutions including Columbia University, Stanford University, and the University of Washington, or who have become leaders at Google and other major companies.

Cynthia Rudin is a professor of computer science, electrical and computer engineering, statistical science, and biostatistics and bioinformatics at Duke University, and she directs the Interpretable Machine Learning Lab. Previously, Rudin held positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University, and New York University. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University at Buffalo and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. She is a three-time winner of the INFORMS Innovative Applications in Analytics Award, was named as one of the "Top 40 Under 40" by Poets and Quants in 2015, and she was named by Businessinsider.com as one of the 12 most impressive professors at MIT in 2015. She is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.

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Raymond J. Mooney
Professor, Department of Computer Science,University of Texas at Austin
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Sponsors

Susan Broniarczyk
Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Marketing, UT Austin

Kumar Muthuraman
Faculty Director, Center for Analytics & Transformative Technologies
Professor, Department of Information, Risk & Operations Management, UT Austin

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Junfeng Jiao
Director, Urban Information Lab in UT’s School of Architecture; Chairman, Good Systems
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MICHAEL SURY
Managing Director
Center for Analytics and Transformative Technologies

Alex London
Professor of Ethics and Philosophy, Carnegie Mellon University
Director of the Center or Ethics 
and Policy
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Anand Rao
Principal with PwC’s U.S. Advisory practice
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