Dr. Michael Housman

Singularity Expert: Artificial Intelligence

Michael Housman is the Co-Founder and Chief Data Science Officer at RapportBoost.AI, an emotional intelligence engine for conversational commerce that leverages machine learning and deep learning to help companies communicate more effectively with their customers.  Prior to RapportBoost.AI, he was the Chief Analytics Officer at Evolv, Inc. (acquired by Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc.) where his team built a hiring platform capable of evaluating millions of job applications to identify candidates that would: (1) stay at the job longest; and (2) and perform best. He has published his work in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, presented his work at dozens of academic and practitioner-oriented conferences, and has had his research profiled by such media outlets as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and The Atlantic.  Dr. Housman received his A.M. and Ph.D. in Applied Economics and Managerial Science from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his A.B. from Harvard University.

Speaking Topics

How Exponential Growth in Technology is Transforming Artificial Intelligence

The recent explosion of artificial intelligence technologies offers the potential to disrupt entire industries and transform the way we live. But if the algorithms behind neural nets were developed decades ago, why are we starting to see their impact all of a sudden? In this session, Dr. Michael Housman offers up some insight into why the explosion in artificial intelligence is occurring now, what to expect in the coming decade, and how you can be best positioned to harness the power of artificial intelligence to anticipate exponential change to your industry.

Unpacking the Black Box: How to Leverage Recent Advances in Artificial Intelligence within your Organization

Advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence have the potential to completely transform virtually every industry. Given the exponential pace of these advances, there are a number of questions that naturally emerge: how can leverage these advances to improve business outcomes? Where do I even begin? With 15 years of experience helping organizations to transform through the application of intelligent design of artificial inteligence applications, Dr. Housman lays out a simple framework for identifying problems can be fixed with data science, offers up several examples from his own career of organizations that successfully made the leap, and then leads a working session to help participants "think about the black box" to identify immediate opportunities for data science to make an impact and walk them through the process of doing so.

Understanding the Explosion of Artificial Intelligence: Past, Present, and Future

We are living in the midst of an explosion of artificial intelligence that is disrupting entire industries and completely transforming the way we live: new cars now have autopilot for highway driving, email and text messaging applications anticipate our next sentence, our phones recognize our faces and voices, and robots are learning to move and manipulate objects on their own.But if the algorithms behind many of these advances were developed decades ago, why are we only now starting to appreciate the full impact of this disruptive technology? The truth is that the convergence and exponential growth in several foundational building blocks is what’s enabled data scientists to unlock its massive potential. Understanding these unlocks is key to predicting where we should expect to see the biggest transformations in the future.Drawing real-world examples from a variety of different companies and industries, Dr. Michael Housman offers up some insight into why the explosion in artificial intelligence is occurring now, how you can best position your organization to harness the power of these advances, and what the future looks like for the fields of computer vision, natural language understanding and generation, reinforcement learning, and cognitive computing.

UC Berkeley - Teaching Bots Emotional Intelligence

Data Science Salon - Browser Choice and Employee Performance

Data Science Salon - The History of Data Science

UC Berkeley - Human and Machine Learning

External Links

Toxic Workers

Workplace Design: The Good, the Bad, and the Productive

The Value of Hiring through Employee Referrals