Session 1F

New Challenges/New Innovations
Artificial Intelligence: How will Publishers Benefit from Artificial Intelligence? 
Smart publishers are beginning to embrace AI and are weaving it into the core of their business — to source new content, to inform and improve content and for new product development. Publishers are also using AI to reduce costs in their editorial processes. Many publishers already use natural language processing to provide sematic enrichment and content recommendations for users. In this session we will hear from publishers which are experimenting with AI to add efficiency to their business operations, add deeper and more relevant content to their existing content and enter new markets and/or source new content which otherwise might require significant investment and business risk.


Michael Cairns, Information Media Partners
Michael Cairns is a Managing Director with Information Media Partners which is a boutique strategy consulting firm focusing on digital transformation, content strategy and operational improvement. Clients include large traditional publishers, associations and member organizations and other content-centric businesses. Mr. Cairns has successfully managed several troubled and under-performing businesses, creating new businesses opportunities, developing new funding sources and enhancing shareholder value for investors. His years spent as an operating executive have largely been with brand-name publishing companies such as Macmillan, Inc., Berlitz International, Wolters Kluwer Health, Reed Elsevier, Ingenta Technology and R.R. Bowker.


Ruth Pickering, Yewno
Ruth Pickering, Co-Founder and Chief Business Development and Strategy Officer. Ruth has worked for both blue-chip corporations and startups and has extensive experience across product development, program management and strategy. Ruth’s experience spans from media technology and telecommunications to AI, where prior toYewno, she served as managing director of BT Wholesale; was one of the Global Telecoms Business top 40 under 40 in 2010, and was shortlisted for ‘Woman of the Year in Technology in 2011. Twitter Handle - @doyewno
McArthur Gill, Storyfit
McArthur is currently the Director of Engineering at Storyfit. He manages all things engineering, including the product backend, and integration with StoryFit’s machine learning algorithms. Before Storyfit, McArthur was the Co-founder and CTO of multiple startups in both the web and mobile space. He has built various user-facing applications ranging from legal software to applications used to train employees at numerous Fortune 500 companies. He graduated with a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.
Neil Blair Christensen, UNSILO
Neil Blair Christensen is UNSILO's Sales Director, Americas. UNSILO provides leading artificial intelligence tools and solutions for publishers to grow new business opportunities, and improve existing customer experiences and workflows. Prior to joining UNSILO, his experiences include publishing roles in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the USA with Munksgaard, Blackwell, Nature Publishing Group, Wiley, and University of California Press. He has worked with production, editorial, product management, and business development across many subject domains and product types.
Jignesh Bhate, Molecular Connections Private Ltd
Jignesh started Molecular Connections as a machine learning company 15 years back – when ML was not a buzzword. Today, Molecular Connections is the largest informatics company from India, employing 2000+ data scientists working with various publishers deploying AI and ML to create new revenue streams and improve production efficiencies. He will share actual case studies, where Molecular Connections has leveraged big data technologies, & created new products and new revenue streams for Publishers. When not working you will see Jignesh running marathons all over the world and watching Bollywood movies.
Ann Gabriel, Elsevier
Ann Gabriel is a Vice President for Academic & Research Relations in Global Strategic Networks at Elsevier, based in New York. She has held a variety of positions at the forefront of scholarly communication, most recently as Elsevier’s Publishing Director for journals in Computer Science and Engineering, as well as electronic product development roles for Elsevier’s online platforms. She previously led various digital development projects at Cambridge University Press. Ann’s current work focuses on outreach and partnerships related to scientific impact; open science; sustainability; and diversity and inclusion. Ann is a member the Association of American Publishers (AAP) / Professional/Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Executive Committee. She holds a master’s degree in communications from the University of Pennsylvania.