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2018 Boston AI, Data Science & Blockchain Conference

Technology. Innovation. Career.


Aiming to catch the latest trends in technology innovation, NECINA has successfully hosted the AI Conference for many years, and this year, we take it to the next level. More influential speakers, both from industry and academia; broader topics, covering Data Science Application, Open-source Software, Machine Learning, Predictive Analytics and Artificial Intelligence and connect to the West Coast, as we work together with the IDEAS International Data Engineering and Science Association from LA and Harvard CSSA.

We hope that through participating the conference, you will gain the exposure to cutting-edge technology, identify the real business needs, discover the growth and scale of opportunities and build your effective talent pools.

Date & Time: Saturday, April 14th, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: 52 Oxford St (Harvard Northwest Science Building B103), Cambridge, MA

Registration: http://18aiconference.eventdove.com/


The venue entrance is on the other side of the main entrance (52 Oxford St), closest GPS address to our venue entrance should be 32 Oxford st, meter parking is on the side of 32 Oxford st. After you enter the building, turn right to the lower level. In case you find it difficult to locate the entrance like me, here is the picture of the building.

If you prefer to park in the garage, we recommend our attendees to park at 52 Oxford St. Garage, the weekend permit is $8.00 per day. If you park in the garage, remember to print out the ticket.

Parking Instruction

Visitor’s parking on Harvard campus is available through purchasing a temporary and daily parking permit at Smith Campus Center (8th Floor, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge. Formerly known as Holyoke Center), or as highly encouraged by BTBA committee, at the online purchase system:


Please note that parking permit can only be purchased from two weeks to one day in advance, but NOT on the day of the event.

To use the online purchase system, please have your vehicle license plate number ready at hand and then follow the instructions below:

  1. The first-time user needs to register. To complete the registration (as “visitor”), use “Visitor to Campus” as your department and department code 7700.

  2. You will receive a confirmation e-mail from Harvard University Daily Visitor Parking Permits Online Purchase System. Click the provided link to confirm registration.

  3. You can now log in as a visitor with username and password you just created.

  4. You will be asked to provide department information and department code again, which will be

    the same as in 1. This information has to be provided every time after you log in.

  5. After entering into the system, select a parking lot to begin at the bottom of the webpage. We recommend our attendee to park at 52 Oxford St. Garage (see the map below for its location.)

  6. Weekend parking hours are 7am – 11:30pm. Please state yourself as “Event Participant” as your affiliation and specify yourself as “HTSA event participant” in “Adding Parking Permits” form.

  7. Choose the intended date(s) to park on campus.

  8. Provide your vehicle’s plate number and issued state.

  9. Hit “Add Parking Permit” button when completed.

  10. Confirm/Modify your purchase and then hit “Checkout”

  11. Agree with the disclaimer before proceed.

  12. After you hit “complete order,” you will be re-directed to PayPal.com to pay for the permit.

    Please note that if errors occur during re-directing, try to use a different browser (different browsers may work on different computers.) After logging into the system with a different browser, you should be able to find your unfinished order in “My basket” tab.

  13. Use either PayPal account or debit/credit card to finish purchase.

  14. Remember to print the permit and bring it with you on the day coming to the symposium. Put

    the permit on your dashboard before you leave.

  15. Enjoy the event!


9:00 - 10:00 Registration
10:00 - 10:10



10:10 - 10:40Session 1

Six Points to a Winning Supply Chain Automation Strategy

- By Daniel Theobald

  Co-Founder of Vecna, MassRobotics

10:45 - 11:15Session 2

Watson Studio - Deep Learning as a Service

- By Andrew Zhang

  Watson and Cloud Architect of IBM

11:20 - 11:50Session 3

Blockchain, Tech Start-Ups & Evolving Business Models

- By Shahid Azim

  President & COO of Zemcar

11:55 - 12:25

Panel 1

- Blockchain

How Blockchain Has Facilitated Firms In the Industry   

- By Ty McGuire, CFO, OCA

- By Frank Wang, Oversea Lead and Research Analyst of Xtoken

- By Hong Wan, Director of Purdue Blockchain Lab, Association Professor of Purdue University

12:30 - 13:30Lunch BreakSandwiches and Refreshments Will Be Provided
13:30 - 14:00Session 4

Digging AI for Precision Medicine

- By Ron Ribitzky, MD

  Founder & CEO, R&D of Ribitzky

14:05 - 14:35Session 5

To Bid or Not To Bid: Machine Learning in Ad Tech

- By Justin Fortier, Principal Data Scientist of Viralgains

- By Michael Lubavin, Lead Software Engineer of Viralgains

14:40 - 15:10

Panel 2

- Blockchain

- By Feng Han, Founder of Elastos

- Dadi Xing, Co-Founder of Shuju Technology

- Huadong (Henry) Pang, Founder of Eigen Capital 

15:13 - 15:27Session 6

Build the "Internet of Asset"

- By Xinxing Duan

  CEO & Co-Founder of Bytom

15:30 - 16:00Session 7

Leveraging Blockchain and Emerging Technologies to Digitize Supply Chain

- By Vipul Tiwari

  Partner of Reni Analytics

16:05 - 16:35Session 8

Self-organized network on blockchain


Speakers' Bios (updating)



Daniel has decades of experience leading research scientists and teams of engineers in developing cutting edge robotics technology. He has 27 issued patents and over 90 patents pending. In 1998 he co-founded Vecna, a global leader in autonomous solutions for the logistics and service industries. In 2014 he co-founded MassRobotics, a non-profit dedicated to the global advancement of the robotics industry. He is dedicated to the idea that technology can be used to improve life for everyone on the planet. He has expertise in mechanical, electrical, and software engineering, as well as artificial intelligence and machine vision.



Dadi Xing’s expertise centers around statistics, machine learning, Blockchain and general quantitative analysis. He received his Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering/statistics from Purdue University. He also has more than 5 years working experiences as a system engineering. He is currently the founder of CTO.



Feng Han is a developer and instructor of Tsinghua University’s graduate course series — ‘Cyber Intelligence Economics and Blockchain’. He is also a Blockchain Advisor at Huawei Central Institute, and the Secretary General of Asia Blockchain DACA (Distributed Autonomous Coalition of Asia) Association. He is also the Executive Council Member of Elastos, and main author of “Blockchain Quantum Wealth” and various other works.



Shahid Azim is a serial entrepreneur, known for leading start-ups from breakthrough ideas to building products that can have a meaningful impact on people’s lives. Deeply passionate innovator having founded and led teams at Lantos Technologies, Quanttus, Nanogenecs and Zemcar across consumer markets, hard science, engineering, business, product, design engineering, mobile and data science. He has raised over $50M in venture capital with leading firms on both coasts, a Venture Partner with Ripple Ventures and serves as  Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Harvard University’s  Office of Technology Development.



Justin Fortier accomplished advanced analytics, data science, and predictive modeling leader with more than 20 years of experience developing actionable insights and recommendations which have driven profitable growth for six industry leaders. Superb strategic leadership and problem solving skills. Recognized for having led Subway to more than 20% annual sales growth, having lifted Staples to the highest retail customer satisfaction scores in its history, and most recently having introduced predictive modeling to Constant Contact and data science to Thermo Fisher Scientific, which has driven over $2 million of incremental revenue.

Andrew Zhang

Watson and Cloud Architect of IBM

Andrew is the Watson and Cloud Architect of IBM, his specialties include machine learning, data science and open source platform. He has extensive experience with big data and cloud enterprise solutions and had worked in Telecom, Life Science and Financial industries for many years before joining IBM.

David Blaszkowsky

Managing Director of Financial Semantics

David is the Co-Chairman of MIT CDO/Information Quality Symposium and also the Principal Director for Technology Innovation at Accenture, responsible for data regulatory compliance solutions. Before Accenture, he worked as the Senior Vice President / Head of Enterprise Data Governance at State Street Corporation. David also served OFR and SEC for many years. He was named the “100 Most Influential People” by Trading & Risk Management.

Hong Wan

Director of Purdue Blockchain Lab & Association Professor of Purdue

Dr. Hong Wan is currently the Associate Professor at School of Industrial Engineering Purdue University. She is also the director of IE Blockchain Lab and the co-director of Smartdesign Lab at the Purdue University. Her recent research paper “A literature review of preventable hospital readmissions: Preceding the Readmissions Reduction Act,” is featured in IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering, 6 (4)

Xinxing Duan

CEO & Co-Founder of Bytom

Xinxing is the CEO & Co-Founder of Bytom, and he is the Executive President of 8BTC.com. He used to be Vice President of OKCoin which is the largest bitcoin exchange over the world, and successfully leads R&D and operation teams of several blockchain products like OKCoin, OKLink etc. Meanwhile, he is author of two books “Blockchain: Reshape economy and world”, “Blockchain Development and Practices”.

Justin Fortier

Principal Data Scientist at Viralgains

Justin Fortier accomplished advanced analytics, data science, and predictive modeling leader with more than 20 years of experience. Recognize for having led Subway to more than 20% annual sales growth, having lifted Staples to the highest retail customer satisfaction scores in its history, and most recently having introduced predictive modeling to Constant Contact and data science to Thermo Fisher Scientific, which has driven over $2 million of incremental revenue.



Date Time

2018-04-14 10:00 - Start

2018-04-14 17:00 - End