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Conference: Applications of Artificial Intelligence for Products and Technologies - From Silicon Valley to Quebec

Polytechnique Montréal

Tuesday 3 Dec 2019
From 5:30PM To 8PM

Event organized in collaboration with



CIRANO, the Arbour Foundation and Polytechnique Montreal organized a conference on the theme "Applications of Artificial Intelligence for Products and Technologies - From Silicon Valley to Quebec", presented by Rubén Caballero, Former Vice-President of Engineering at Apple.

Following the presentation, Thierry Warin, Director of the SKEMA Global Lab in Augmented Intelligence and CIRANO Researcher and Fellow, led the discussion.

Philippe Arbour

Philippe Arbour is President of the Board of Arbour Foundation.

He is also Managing Director of Structured Finance at London-based Palamon Capital, a European middle market private equity firm. He joined Palamon in 2013 following 10 years at Lloyds Banking Group. In 2010 he was seconded to 3i PLC, a British private equity firm. Philippe holds the CFA designation and has a Masters in Finance from Durham University and a Bachelor in Business Administration (Honours Economics) from Bishop’s University.
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Rubén Caballero

Until recently, Mr. Caballero was Vice-President of Engineering at Apple. He was one of the founding leaders of the iPhone hardware team and later expanded his role to include iPad, Apple Watch, Macinto-sh and all other hardware products. He also became the product leader for the last generations of Apple TV and Airport devices leading multiple engineering organizations. He also founded, built and scaled a world class Wireless Design and Technology team of over 1,000 engineers for all the products/ecosys-tems at Apple (iPhone, iPad, Macs, AirPods, HomePod and accessories).

Prior to Apple, Rubén worked in two startups in Silicon Valley. From 2004 to 2005, he was Director of System Engineering at Radial Labs Inc., a consumer electronics where he worked on the design of innovative products and core technology for wireless networked audio components and devices. From 2001 to 2004, he was Director of System Engineering & Products at Tropian Inc., where he oversaw the team performing R&D, prototyping, integration and testing of Wireless Systems and handsets including all wireless technologies.

Rubén Caballero started his career in the Canadian Air Force (Captain), where his officer’s career culmi-nated in being responsible for the design engineering of the Flight Instrumentation & Telecommunica-tion System of experimental F18 aircrafts. Nominated by CNET en Español “One of the 20 most influential Latinos in tech, 2018”, Rubén Caballero also received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Montréal in 2019. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the École Polytechnique de Montréal.

Rubén Caballero has been serving on Resonant Inc.’s Board of Directors since August 2019 as well as advising Stealth Start Up Companies in Silicon Valley.
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Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin

A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 2003, Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin has been President and Chief Executive Officer of CIRANO since 2016, has been leading the Baromètre CIRANO project on risk perception in Quebec, which annually collects data on Quebecers' concerns on 47 social issues since 2011, is responsible of the CIRANO Pole on the Socio-economic Impacts of Digital Intelligence and Main Researcher of the theme Innovation and Digital Transformation. Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin is Full Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal. She is also a Visiting Scientist at Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health and an associate researcher at the Institute for Data Valorization (IVADO).

Holding a Ph.D. in Management Science (in risks and insurance management) from École normale supérieure de Cachan, her research interests focus on risk management and decision-making in different risks and uncertainty contexts as well as public policies. Her research combines economic analysis, cost-benefit analysis, survey data analysis, and more recently massive unstructured data analysis.

In 2008 she created the RISQH network to raise awareness and share experiences on risks management, and patient safety and quality of care in health care facilities.

She participated in the creation of the Montreal Declaration for a Responsible Development of AI.

She is also co-PI of the "Monitoring and Surveys" function at the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of AI and Digital Technology.

She has published numerous scientific articles, several books and more than 30 reports for government and other organizations. She has given more than a hundred conferences and is regularly solicited to speak in the media.

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Marine Hadengue

Marine Hadengue is Professor at SKEMA Business School. She is also Chief Executive Officer of Arbour Foundation.

Holding a Ph.D. in Engineering from Polytechnique Montréal, her research interests are related to innovation processes and the organization of R&D in the context of globalization and emerging markets. She has published several articles on the concept of reverse innovation, that is, the innovations originated, for example, in China and then spread to the United States. In continuity, Marine is currently studying the impact of artificial intelligence on innovation, particularly in the context of East-West relations.

Before doing her Ph.D., Marine worked as an engineer at Essilor. She also holds an M.Sc. in political science from Université de Montréal and a BA in mechanical engineering from Polytechnique Montréal.

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Philippe A. Tanguy

A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 2017, Philippe A. Tanguy is Full Professor in the Department of Mathematical and Industrial Engineering. He is also a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Founder and Non-Resident Member of the Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology of Morocco, President of the World Chemical Engineering Council, Honorary Member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers and a Chartered Engineer in the Province of Quebec.

Holding a Ph.D. in Physics and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Université Laval, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship with GE Canada and management training at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is a registered engineer in the province of Quebec.

Between 2009 and 2017, he worked for the international energy company Total in France and Germany, serving in several top R&D executive positions. His activities focused on the strengthening of corporate science policy including open innovation, the internationalization of research expertise sourcing, and the establishment of links with public research globally. He also promoted strongly the development of clean energy pathways and supporting technologies in advanced materials, new processes, and system analysis.

Prior to this, he had pursued a 25-year academic career in several universities in Canada, including 15 years as an industrial research chairholder and head of a R&D center in process engineering at Polytechnique Montreal.

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Thierry Warin

A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 2001, Main Researcher of the theme World Economy, Researcher in charge of Mondo.international, Thierry Warin is Full Professor in the Department of International Business at HEC Montréal. He has a Professorship in Data Science for International Business. He is President of the International Trade and Finance Association, Member of the board of editors of International Journal of Economics and Business Research, Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar, Researcher at CERIUM-CEUE (Université de Montréal) and President and co-founder of the NGO Ed' Haïti.

Holding a Ph.D. in Monetary Economics and Finance from ESSEC Business School, his research is mainly on international economics and finance topics, with a particular focus on the European economic integration, while using Data Science as his main methodological approach.

Thierry Warin was Full Professor at SKEMA Business School Raleigh (Founder and Director of the SKEMA Global Lab in AI), Associate Professor at Polytechnique Montréal (Director of the International Projects Program), Associate Professor at Middlebury College (Director of the International Studies and IPE program) and Academic Director at SIE-Sun Yat Sen University in Guangzhou.

An alumnus of the Salzburg Global Seminar, a former Visiting Scholar at the Minda De Gunzburg Center for European Studies (Harvard University, 2005) and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (Harvard University, 2015-2017), he has authored numerous academic publications and books or special issues.

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17:30 - 17:45
17:45 - 18:00
Opening Remarks
18:00 - 18:25
Rubén Caballero
18:25 - 18:50
Question Period
Rubén Caballero, Thierry Warin
18:50 - 18:55
Closing Remarks
Philippe Arbour
18:55 - 20:00


2500 Chem. de Polytechnique, Montréal, QC H3T 1J4, Canada