12/08/2016 @ 10:00 am – 10:50 am America/New York Timezone
The Signature Grand, Ft. Lauderdale
6900 W State Rd 84
Davie, FL 33317

Please note: This event has been rescheduled. The event has been incorporated as a session in the ITPalooza IoT Track which will take place on Dec 8. In order to attend this session, please purchase your ITPalooza tickets using the link below.


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All you need to do to claim your discount is:

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Why you should attend

  1. Discover specific Programs in progress at Healthcare, Information Technology, Travel and Academics.
  2. Get background and where we are on Cognitive Computing.
  3. Understand what it means for Information Technology and Society in general.
  4. Learn what the future look like for Cognitive Computing. Where are we going.
  5. Be involved with people who are interested in benefiting from work that is going on.

Confirmed Panelists

Asif Malik

Asif Malik

Asif Malik  Moderator. Asif Malik is an independent consultant in IT Architecture and Design space. He has interest in Human Development in general the role IT plays in it. He is currently engaged with offshore companies to develop solutions for Cognitive Era specially those based on IBM Watson APIs. He is also deeply involved in development of 3D modeling solutions for IT Architecture. Mr. Malik is IBM Middleware User Group lead for last 10 years and currently committee chair for events and memberships at SFTA. He envisioned, planned and implemented this idea of an event on Cognitive Computing from SFTA Platform. He is very excited to see it actually happening.


Guy André Boy

Guy André Boy Dean of the School of Human-Centered Design Innovation and Art, at Florida Institute of Technology. Guy André Boy is a computer scientist, as well as an aerospace and control engineer. He obtained his PhD in automation and systems design in 1980 at École nationale supérieure de l’aéronautique et de l’espace (ISAE-SUPAERO), and his HDR (habilitation as research director) in Computer Science and Cognitive Science in 1992 at Pierre and Marie Curie University. He also obtained a Master’s degree in cognitive psychology at the University of Toulouse in 1983.


David Goodis

David Goodis CEO & Founder Revelex. David Goodis started Revelex Corporation on the idea that advancements in technology can be used to make travel easier and more accessible. As CEO of the company, Goodis has used that mission to make Revelex an industry leader for travel booking solutions. By using his experience in sales and marketing and combining them with a background in computer and information technology, Goodis presents a unique skillset that makes him ideal to lead. Prior to founding Revelex® in 1999, Goodis served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development for Shochet Securities, a large South Florida brokerage firm. It was during his tenure at Shochet that Goodis realized the technologies he used on Wall Street could be applied to the travel industry. His instincts were right.

Jeff Rogers

Jeff Rogers Director, NA Government and Healthcare, IBM Analytics. Jeff leads the North American team responsible for Industry Solution sales to government and healthcare clients. Focus solutions areas include Health and Human Services programs, Smarter Cities/Government, Emergency Management, Enterprise Health Analytics.


Rich Kroll

Rich Kroll Director of Engineering at Modernizing Medicine.


Martin Ingram

Martin Ingram Senior Vice President and CIO at Arise Virtual Solutions Inc.

Martin Ingram is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Arise. Martin joined Arise in April 2012 and is responsible for all information technology of the organization. Prior to joining Arise in 2012, Martin served as Vice President of Global Critical Accounts and Services Engineering at Avaya Corporation, where he was responsible for multiple global teams across five different organizations in both services and development that provided support for Avaya services and Avaya customers globally.

Carmen Suarez

Carmen Suarez Miami-Dade County’s point person for all Smarter Cities initiatives

Carmen Suarez has been an employee of Miami-Dade County for over 34 years. Upon completion of her Bachelor of Science in Systems Analysis degree at the University of Miami, she joined the Information Technology Department as an entry level Systems Analyst in the Database Administration Unit. Throughout the years she has risen through the ranks and held positions as a database administrator,applications developer and technical manager in several IT disciplines within the organization. She is currently the Division Director in charge of 6 IT managers, with total staff of over 100, belonging to the Enterprise Architecture Division. These staff provide technology support in the areas of applications middleware, database administration and business intelligence for all Miami-Dade County operations as well as systems administration support for the public facing http://miamidade.gov portal, the internal Employee Portal and the Open Data portal, http://opendata.miamidade.gov . Additionally, her division provides server infrastructure support to the County’s 311 Answer Center and business applications development and maintenance for the Regulatory and Environmental Resources Department. Carmen is the County’s point person for the all Smarter Cities initiatives, which include cognitive solutions for government, within Miami-Dade County.


About the SFTA

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