12:00 pm – 12:50 pm
The Future of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Work (Diversity & Inclusion Track)
Speakers: Meara Habashi & Darren Henry
Description: Over the last year, many organizations have renewed interest in dismantling and combatting systemic bias. However, this is still a long way to go. During this session industry experts will explore the progress that has been made in organizations towards creating more equitable and inclusive work environments. In addition, they will discuss what still needs to be made and the challenges that exist towards that progress.
1:00 pm – 1:50 pm
Leveraging Technology to Enhance Manufacturing Competitiveness (Supply Chain/Ops Track)
Speakers: Ananth Iyer & Steven Dunlop
Description: Our engagements with manufacturers grappling with the pandemic have shown an increased interest in deploying technology. Technology here refers to both tools to a) digitize data that was formerly paper based, b) enable social distancing while maintaining productivity, c) realize the benefits of robotic cleaning assistants etc. In all of these contexts, the role of technology was to enhance the success of people, improve process agility and enable quick response to product opportunities. We provide several examples of such a TP3 approach to understanding and improving manufacturing competitiveness.
2:00 pm – 2:50 pm
SAT Exams in High Schools/College Admissions (Economics Track)
Speaker: Jillian Carr
Description: Offering the SAT for free in school is likely to get more teens to consider and attend college, and many states, including Indiana, have moved towards offering a free test to all students. However, colleges across the country are becoming “SAT optional,” both during the COVID-19 pandemic and permanently. It’s worth considering the concerns that have led to these decisions. In this presentation, we’ll discuss how increased access to the SAT could increase college attendance, while also uncovering the pitfalls in college admissions testing that may leave some vulnerable students behind.
3:00 pm – 3:50 pm
Let Artificial Intelligence Be Your Shelf Watchdog: The Impact of AI-powered Shelf Monitoring on Product Sales (Data Analytics Track)
Speaker: Jinyang Zheng
Description: We collaborate with Danone, a leading fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs) manufacturer, to study how AI-based shelf monitoring helps with manufacturers' shelf management efforts by using data from a quasi-experiment and a field experiment. We find that AI-powered shelf monitoring significantly improves product sales in general. This effect is only partially persistent in that it diminishes after monitoring is terminated. We further reveal that the positive effect shall be attributed to independent retailers rather than chained retailers. Since the major difference in shelf monitoring between these two types of retailers is the degree of heterogeneity in shelf space rental contracts, this finding indicates that AI-powered monitoring is better than human monitoring when facing more heterogeneous shelf displays. On a broader spectrum, the finding further suggests the better scalability of AI in coping with more heterogeneous objects. We also interview the delegates that use AI-powered shelf monitoring and find a low marginal cost of adopting. Along with the previous finding of partial persistence, this suggests the long-term applicability of AI-powered shelf monitoring to generate value for the manufacturer. Our research contributes to several literature streams as well as generates managerial insights for practitioners who consider scientific retailing with AI.
4:00 pm – 4:50 pm
Online MBA Mini-Course: Frontiers in A.I. (Mini-MBA Track)
Speaker: John Fassnacht
Description: Artificial Intelligence is a rapidly growing group of technologies that will radically change the shape of business and culture over the next several decades. During this mini-course I will walk you through a high-level overview of the technologies that are considered AI and what is state of the art today. From there, we will look at examples of industries that are already being impacted by the disruptive changes brought by AI. Finally, we will touch on some of the broader and longer term impacts that AI may have on business and societly.
4:50 pm – 7:00 pm
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Conference Closing Keynote: "The Next Wave: New Technologies that Will Transform Your Future"
Speaker: Ron Insana
Description: Navigating the post-Coronavirus world will continue to be a whiplash-inducing experience. The new technologies and medical breakthroughs that are coming will make things even more challenging. 5G, AI, robotics, machine learning, regenerative medicine, and more are all racing towards us. Soon, mountains of data will come more forcefully than ever, changing even further what is possible in business. The biggest change of all is how quickly new technologies become ubiquitous. Ron looks at the most impactful new technologies and the impact they’ll have. They include experts who are already working on creating human organs from stem cells printed on 3-D printers…and researchers working to stop the aging clock altogether. Are we ready for that future?