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AI World 2017: An Enterprise AI Conference

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AI World 2017: An Enterprise AI Conference

AI World 2017 is coming up quick! Whether you're a dev looking to hone your knowledge on the latest in machine learning or a tech exec trying to stay up to date on industry trends, this conference has something for anyone tuned into the AI space.

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AI World 2017 is coming up quick! Whether you're a dev looking to hone your knowledge on the latest in machine learning or a tech exec trying to stay up to date on industry trends, this conference has something for anyone tuned into the AI space.

Going on from December 11-13th at the Boston Marriot Copley in Boston, Ma, AI World describes its mission as "to enable enterprise business and technology executives to learn how to successfully harness intelligent technologies to build competitive advantage, drive new business opportunities and accelerate innovation efforts." 

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Below, I'll briefly dive into some of the highlights of the upcoming show, giving you a glimpse into the speaker line-up as well as the different learning tracks that AI World is offering. You can find the agenda which outlines the events & corresponding times here, or if you'd like more details, then download the brochure here.

Speakers, Workshops, and Roundtable Discussions

With more than 70 sessions led by 120 industry thought leaders, there are plenty of talks to choose from and loads of great presenters to see.

AI World Executive Summit: Mastering The AI Operating Model - Insight, Automation & Engagement

Forrester is kicking off the conference with a string of talks and panels all around the theme of providing enterprises a practical path forward in AI. You can expect these talks to revolve around Forrester's in-depth market research, many of the presenters here being business analysts with a few guest speakers and panelists made up of practitioners to even out the mix.

Srividya Sridharam, VP, Research Director at Forrester is opening the show with a talk that frames the struggle enterprises face when beginning their AI journey. Her presentation sets the stage for subsequent talks, providing a simple framework for enterprises to think about how they can leverage and stay ahead of the surging interest in AI.

Included in the AI World Executive Summit talks, Executive Roundtable: Power of AI - Strategies for Customer Engagement should provide an interesting discussion to sit in on. The talk centers around real-world experiences implementing AI applications in bots and other platforms, taking a critical look at misguided attempts and exploring best practices to drive real customer value and business results. The panelists include:

  • Scot Whigham, Director Global IT Service Support, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®)
  • Marc Hammons, Principal Software Architect, DELL
  • Dr. Catriona Wallace, CEO & Founder, Flamingo AI
  • Day 1: Afternoon Tracks

    The Forrester-focused summit wraps up at noon on the first day of the conference with the afternoon splitting into 3 different tracks:

  • Workshop: Building an Application Specific Digital Assistant
  • Enterprise Machine Learning and Deep Learning Seminar
  • AI World Healthcare Summit
  • The bot workshop offers an intensive half-day workshop on the current state of the Intelligent Assistant/Bot market and presents an overview of the options available for developers of company-specific and application-specific intelligent assistants and bots. Equally compelling, the enterprise ML/DL seminar looks to provide a comprehensive introduction to the machine learning and deep learning industries with eyes on the players, different options, and technologies. The AI in healthcare summit may be slightly more niche, but the massive impact AI is having and will continue to have on healthcare makes this track well-deserved.

    Following these tracks, there's a general session open to all called AI: Follow the Money featuring leading investors discussing where the next wave of investments will be going in the AI market.

    Monday evening concludes with several events: the AI Lightning Panel with 7 AI Startups, Demystifying AI hosted by Women in Technology International Boston, and Mobile Monday Boston who will be covering The Convergence of AI and Life Sciences.

    Day 2: Morning Keynotes and Afternoon Programs

    Tuesday the program begins with keynote speaker Dr. Sam Madden, co-director of MIT CSAIL Systems That Learn. Following that a complete update on the state of enterprise AI from the point-of-view of executives leading the efforts at Global 2000 organizations, and a thorough discussion of the AI industry. Other luminary keynotes include Rob High, IBM Fellow, VP and CTO, IBM Watson, Heath Terry, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs, and Anthony Scriffignano, Ph.D., SVP, Chief Data Scientist, Dun & Bradstreet.

    The afternoon is focused on AI implementation in key industries including a special program entitled AI Strategies and Technologies Solutions Theater which provides insights to attendees on specific topics, vendors, and solutions in areas such as HPC, Business AI Use Cases, AI in Telecommunications, Robotics Process Automation, AI in Fintech and more.

    Day 3: Final Presentations and "Directions in Cognitive"

    Ending out the show on Wednesday, AI World looks at the future of enterprise AI, with an opening keynote from Tom Austin, VP and Gartner Fellow, Gartner. Other keynotes and sessions discuss innovation in the enterprise, moving beyond the AI black box, the future of driverless cars, and much more.

    Beyond these talks, the Cognitive Computing Consortium is producing a one day program entitled "Directions in Cognitive" focused on the issues facing Cognitive Computing Consortium Members and other AI and cognitive computing applications professionals today as they scope, design, build, and revise production applications for the enterprise.

    Mark Your Calendars

    In addition to the many talks mentioned above, AI World also features a special expo program which allows expo attendees to attend 17 special events. All attendees will have the opportunity of networking at the AI World Expo and AI Startup Pavilion to meet with 75+ sponsors and exhibitors.

    Image titleIf you're interested in signing up, then check out the registration page for everything you need to know. It's shaping up to be an incredible show!

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