Apple and Amazon’s ML/AI execs to speak on and accessibility at Sight Tech Global

Senior machine learning and artificial intelligence executives for Apple and Apple will speak at Sight Tech Global next month. The sessions, one with Apple and a separate one with Amazon, will be focused on how the two leaders in machine learning and artificial intelligence “see the future unfolding, especially around new experiences that will help people with vision loss.”

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As reported by TechCrunch, TechCrunch editor-in-chief Matthew Panzarino will join Apple’s Jeff Bigham and Sarah Herrlinger at Sight Tech Global. Bigham is the research lead for AI/ML accessibility at Apple, in addition to being an associate professor of computer science at Carnegie-Mellon. He is the leader of a team of researchers and engineers whose focus is advancing accessibility through AI/ML.

Herrlinger is the senior director of Global Accessibility Policy & Initiatives at Apple. She leads accessibility programs for Apple, the accessibility technologies built into all Apple hardware, software, and services, as well as other initiatives that support Apple’s culture of inclusion. Herrlinger and Bigham will speak about “Apple’s approach to accessible design, advances of the past year, inclusivity in machine learning research and latest approaches and future features.”

For the Amazon session, Be My Eyes’ vice president Will Butler will speak with Prem Natarajan, vice president of Alexa AI, and Beatrice Geoffrin, director of Alexa Trust. Geoffrin is Amazon’s director of Product Management on the Alexa team. She leads the Alexa Trust organization ensuring the virtual assistant is accessible. The vice president of Alexa AI, Natarajan, leads a “multidisciplinary science, engineering and product organization which improves customer experience through advances in dialog modeling, natural language understanding, entity linking and resolution, and related machine learning technologies.”

Sight Tech Global will be held on December 1 and December 2 as a free virtual attend. You can register for the event now through its website here.

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