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Following on from LATi Expert Exchange events on the Cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT), the LATi 2017 Expert Exchange, which was held at NTU Clifton campus on Thursday, 27th April, took an in-depth look at what is happening in the world of Artifical Intelligence and Machine Learning, the applications the technology is being used for, and the implications for technology, engineering and scientific businesses.
We were thrilled to welcome outstanding industry speakers and a well-known futurist and author:
Christopher Barnatt of ExplainingtheFuture.com, a well known futurist, and highly respected author and speaker spoke about AI and the future of computing, the latest developments in AI and machine learning, including customer service and medical applications.
Martin Kearn, a technical evangelist for Microsoft revealed how accessible Machine Learning is and how easy it is to implement intelligence ‘smarts’ into an application.
Aamir Butt, CEO of Tumour Trace an innovator in healthcare AI, explained in detail how they use AI to as part of their cancer diagnosis.
Dr Mitch Grigoriu, MD of AES Group, considered pioneers in AI applications, spoke about the opportunities and challenges created by the latest developments in AI and Machine Learning.
Martin Maguire of the Loughborough University said: “The four all speakers gave very interesting presentations and there was a nice balance between traditional rule based systems from Mitch Grigoriu (military applications) and machine learning using neural networks from Martin Kearn (AI apps for specific functions) and Aamir Butt (automated tumour identification within x-rays).
The overview of types of AI system presented by Christopher Barnatt proved useful as systems using structured data seemed to relate to expert knowledge ‘rules’ while unstructured data is better handled by machine learning techniques. A further important issue is that of trust and what features AI-based systems of either type need to generate trust by the end user.
Martin Kearn from Microsoft gave a lively presentation based on the company’s Cognitive Services. He showed the potential for AI applications to be created by almost anyone using their range of App for functions including face recognition using computer vision, human sentiment analysis and natural language interaction.
Chris Barnatt described three key drivers for AI development in the future which included: the need to optimise resources, mediating access to services (e.g. Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa), and transformational analysis to correlate big data in the company to data in the outside world (the Cloud). He also made the point that AI need not be about mimicking human intelligence but developing application specific computer intelligence.
The business aspects of selling expert system services was thoroughly discussed by Mitch Grigoriu who said that it can take up to seven years for a software specialist to develop the skills to become a knowledge engineer. However his talk showed how a profitable business can be developed based on AI innovation.”
Howard DJ Coleman, who traveled over from Solihull to attend this, his first ever LATi event said. “The subjects covered are particularly of my interest and I really appreciated the opportunity to hear such influential and very knowledgeable speakers. I am presently researching the science and technology necessary to develop and bring to market some inventions of my own. The subjects covered at the meeting had aspects which relate to areas of science that I will be researching in more detail. The meeting gave me the knowledge of such companies and their services ,
that I need to research / contact / collaborate with. And to know such expertise is within the LATi organisation is of excellent benefit.”
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