Machine Learning
Key Features & Future Implications

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Museum of Digital Art (MuDA) · Pfingstweidstrasse 101 · 8005 Zurich


Lombard Odier and the Swiss ICT Investor Club (SICTIC) have the pleasure of inviting you to a series of insightful presentations around the topic “Machine Learning”.


While Machine Learning has started to have an impact on many aspects of our life, and will more and more so over the coming decades, the algebraic phenomenon remains to most of us a rather abstract concept of complex nature. What are the benefits of Machine Learning and what are concrete application possibilities?
Where are we headed and… are we running the risk of mechanical superiority?
We would be delighted to welcome you to participate in a compelling exchange between experts in the field.


Please confirm your presence before Tuesday, 8 May 2018.
As the number of participants is limited, registrations will be accepted in the order of their arrival.


    • 5.45 pm

      Welcome & registration at the MuDA

    • 6.00 pm

      Welcome Speech

      Dominique Wohnlich
      Local Managing Director · Bank Lombard Odier & Co Ltd · Zurich

    • 6.05 pm

      Machine Learning · Disruptive and Transient Technology

      Jean-Philippe Couturier
      Investor, Founder & Speaker at HEC

    • 6.30 pm

      Taxing Robots

      Xavier Oberson
      Partner at Oberson Abels & Professor at the University of Geneva

    • 6.50 pm

      Can AI Mimic Human Intelligence for Assessing Behaviour of Individuals or Groups?

      Dr. Raphaël Héraïef · Founder · VIMA

    • 7.10 pm

      Q&A Session

    • 7.20 pm

      Networking Cocktail


Jean-Philippe Couturier<br>Investor, Founder & Speaker at HEC

Jean-Philippe Couturier
Investor, Founder & Speaker at HEC

Jean-Philippe is graduated from INSEAD and Ensimag (leading Engineering School in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics of Grenoble) and he has a business administration certificate from HEC. Passionate about new technologies and entrepreneurship, Jean-Philippe is Vice President of the Ensimag board. Jean-Philippe is a lecturer and teacher on new technologies and prospective for years all around the world. He lectures for private and public companies as well as for Government and high schools (HEC, Ecole des Mines and Pantheon-Assas University). Jean-Philippe is responsible for the HR Technology course at the CIFFOP Master (Pantheon-Assas University).  He is also the founder, funder and board member of several startups (> 15 companies). Jean-Philippe is a limited partner at ISAI Venture (one of the French leading venture for internet startups). For over fifteen years, Jean-Philippe has been supporting companies in their strategic and operational challenges on digital transformation. After he created and developed InovenAltenor, a consulting firm of 100 consultants that he sold to Orange - The French leading Telco operator – Jean-Philippe develops now, a startup specialized in BtB Artificial Intelligence. Finally, to his delight, Jean-Philippe coaches sommeliers for the preparation of national and international competitions of sommelerie.

Xavier Oberson<br>Partner at Oberson Abels & Professor at the University of Geneva

Xavier Oberson
Partner at Oberson Abels & Professor at the University of Geneva

Xavier Oberson is Professor of Swiss and International Tax Law at the University of Geneva since 1994. After his studies at the University of Geneva where he obtained a law degree, a Master of Advanced Studies and a Doctorate (PhD) in law in 1990, he pursued his studies and research at the Harvard Law School where he finalized a LLM and also completed the International Tax Program (ITP) in 1992.

He has published numerous books and articles, notably: “International Exchange of Information in Tax Matters. Towards Global Transparency”, Edward Elgar Publishing, London 2015; “Droit fiscal suisse”, Basel 2011, 4th ed (Helbing & Lichtenhahn).Since 2016 he has initiated a research on the potential taxation of robots. In this context, he gave the opening lecture at the University of Geneva on February 2017 and published recently: “Taxing Robots? From the Emergence of an Electronic Ability to Pay to a Tax on Robots or the Use of Robots”, World Tax Journal 2017 (volume 9), no 2.

Professor Oberson also practices as an attorney-at-law, member of the Geneva bar since 1987, partner of Oberson Abels SA, in Geneva, Switzerland, a law firm specialized in tax or commercial matters. In this context he advises private clients, corporations or public institutions, notably in tax matters.

He is active in various associations, expert committees and foundations. In this context, he regularly drafts legal opinions, collaborates on various tax reforms and takes part in Parliament sessions. In 2001, he was appointed President of the Federal Experts Commission (“Rechtsformneutrale Unternehmensbesteuerung”) for the reform of taxation of enterprises.

In addition, he is member of the Board of the Montreux Jazz Festival, President of the Montreux Jazz Artists Foundation and of the “Centre d’Art Contemporain” (Contemporary Art Center) in Geneva.

In 2012, he was awarded the “Step Private Client Awards. The Geoffrey Schindler Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession”.

Dr. Raphaël Héraïef<br>Founder · VIMA

Dr. Raphaël Héraïef
Founder · VIMA

Dr. Raphaël Héraïef graduated from medicine school in Lausanne in 2016. He launched is first company Unono, an online recruitment platform, while finishing his studies. He is now the founder and CEO of Vima, a Swiss company from the Idiap EPFL, developing breakthrough technologies in artificial intelligence for behavioural analysis. His startups won several awards, including the Swiss ICT and "venture" competitions. He is passionate about new technologies and how to develop artificial intelligence technologies that haves strong values for purpose oriented missions.


Museum of Digital Art (MuDA)
Pfingstweidstrasse 101
8005 Zurich


Arriving by public transport:
Tram line n° 4


Arriving by car:
Parkhaus Zürich P-West - Förrlibuckstrasse 151, 8005 Zürich

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The presentation will be held in English.



Please confirm your presence to:

Sophie Kienzler
T +41 44 214 14 17

Please note that your contact details will be collected and retained by Bank Lombard Odier & Co Ltd Zurich and may be shared with other Lombard Odier Group entities for the purposes of this event.