November 6-7, 2019

Swissotel, Chicago

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The BRG Advanced Technology Conference (ATC) will be held from November 6–7, 2019, at the Swissotel in Chicago, Illinois. The ATC is a must-attend for organizations that are successfully applying artificial intelligence (AI) or are interested in leveraging AI technology in their business.

The ATC will bring together some of the most experienced practitioners in the fields of AI, machine learning, and advanced data analytics for an immersive program of education, examination, and networking. The program will offer unique insights on the latest and future impacts of AI applications and commercialization across sectors including transportation, agriculture/farming, healthcare, finance, the future of work, and cybersecurity. 

Program highlights include:

  • A keynote by the “Godfather of AI,” Sebastian Thrun

  • AI from the Business Side, featuring speakers from Tesla and Accenture

  • Cybersecurity and AI

  • Fintech

  • The Ethics of AI

  • Middle-Market Investments

  • The Role of AI in Fund Management

  • And more!







Featured Speaker

Artificial Intelligence: The Biggest Revolution of the Modern Era?

According to our featured speaker, Sebastian Thrun, “Artificial intelligence (AI) is to the human brain what the steam engine has been to the human muscle.” AI makes it possible for machines to learn from experience, adjust to new inputs, and perform human-like tasks. Most AI examples that you hear about today—from chess-playing computers to self-driving cars—rely heavily on deep learning and natural language processing. Using these technologies, computers can accomplish specific tasks by processing large amounts of data and recognizing patterns in the data.

BRG is honored to welcome innovator and computer scientist Sebastian Thrun to kick off our inaugural Advanced Technology Conference. He is president and cofounder of e-learning company Udacity; CEO of Kitty Hawk Corporation, which builds flying cars; and chairman of, a company that automates repetitive tasks likes sales chats. Born in Germany, Thrun was previously a vice president and fellow at Google, where he founded Google X and Google’s self-driving car team. He is currently also an adjunct professor at Stanford University and Georgia Tech.


Sebastian Thrun is CEO of Udacity, an online private educational organization. He was a Google Fellow and VP, and a Research Professor at Stanford University. He has published over 370 scientific papers and 11 books, and he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering in the US.

Fast Company named Thrun the fifth most creative person in business, and Foreign Policy touted him Global Thinker #4. Thrun works on revolutionizing all of transportation, education, and mobile devices. At Google, founded Google X, which is home to projects like the Google self-driving car and the recently announced Google Glass. He and his team are trying to radically innovate, innovate, innovate. Thrun led the development of the Google self-driving car. Thrun is also known for his work on probabilistic programming techniques in robotics, with applications including robotic mapping. In recognition of his contributions, and at age 39, Thrun was elected into the National Academy of Engineering and also into the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in 2007.

Thrun led development of the robotic vehicle Stanley which won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge, and which has since been placed on exhibit in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. His team also developed a vehicle called Junior, which placed second at the DARPA Urban Challenge in 2007.

He says: "I am on a mission to learn from Google's amazing founders, Sergey and Larry". "At Udacity, we are trying to democratize higher education. Udacity stands for "we are audacious, for you, the student". This is an audacious step, and it has been a thrill ride." He is an educator, programmer, robotics developer and computer scientist from Germany.

In 2011, Thrun received the Max-Planck-Research Award and the inaugural AAAI Ed Feigenbaum Prize. Fast Company selected Thrun as the fifth most creative person in business in the world.