Kilkenny to host Engineers Ireland Applied AI Forum & Technical Conference on 1 March

Kilkenny to host Engineers Ireland Applied AI Forum & Technical Conference on 1 March

14 January 2019 at 16:35

Kilkenny to host Engineers Ireland Applied AI Forum & Technical Conference on 1 March

  • Presentations focus on working AI systems in use today in many business applications
  • Event speakers include leaders in new start-ups, AI professionals and data scientists
  • Event takes place on eve of Engineers Week, 2-8 March

On Friday 1 March, Engineers Ireland in collaboration with its South East Region Branch will present an Applied Artificial Intelligence Ireland Forum & Technical Conference in Kilkenny.  This initiative involves exceptional companies and talent in Ireland that currently use advanced Machine Learning Artificial Intelligence (AI) Technology as a key aspect of their businesses. This is an all-Ireland event.

Motivations to Attend:  For many businesses in today’s technological era, it’s not a question of if but rather when to adopt AI, and that 'when' may be 'yesterday'!  The challenge is to ensure the business has the necessary strategy and plan to support AI capabilities, and the right technical infrastructure to accelerate AI implementation.  Determine how your business can benefit from AI – and how it can be built into core processes to drive efficiency, by hearing what others are successfully doing. These topics are precisely what differentiates this AI event from others.

Who Should Attend:  Designed for executives, business leaders/owners, and strategists. The aim of this immersive day of learning, discussion and connection is to support delegates, particularly engineers, business managers, government decision-makers, chief information officers, brand managers, students and others with an interest in technology, to gain a broader and deeper understanding of where AI is headed, and hear of some areas of Irish business life where it is being actively and successfully applied.  Gain an insider’s look at successful AI implementations.

Event speakers include young leaders in new start-ups who are implementing AI in their companies, and AI professionals and data scientists from well-established businesses.

The morning Forum, the first in a series of Engineers Ireland fora this year, and the afternoon Technical Conference will focus on current AI applications and commercialisation across several sectors. The morning presentations will highlight how machine learning technology can drive efficiencies, increase profits and create a competitive edge.  Some topics include recruitment automation, advanced location intelligence and advanced image recognition applications.

The afternoon’s Technical Conference will focus on what it takes to make AI work for your business: preparing data, talent demands, implementation processes, transitioning from high-performance machine learning environments to smaller run-time implementations and more.  Companies involved in the Technical Conference include Tuam-based automotive supplier and partner to automakers world-wide, Valeo; IBM Watson (services and applications); and Shannon-based Emdalo Technologies, a software engineering development company.  There will also be a talk by Dr Martin J. Hayes, Head of Electronic & Computer Engineering, UL on how Ireland's 3rd Level educators are meeting the increasing demand for AI Talent and Technological Advances.

Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland said: “AI is reshaping business, society, and life as we know it. We’re delighted to be collaborating with members of our South East Region on this Forum and Technical Conference in Kilkenny which brings together real-world AI practices and perspectives from entrepreneurship, academic research and business transformation. We hope our members and delegates will gain a better understanding of the powerful potential of AI, acquire insight into some of the practical possibilities of applied AI and how it can potentially drive forward their businesses this year and into the future.”

Dr Glen Collins, Chartered Engineer, Member of Engineers Ireland South East Region and Conference Director noted: “In the past, AI has mostly been a novelty, but the new implementations of machine learning using deep neural networks represent the first commercially-viable and broadly applicable technology to come from over 50 years of AI research.  Business owners, government, engineers and researchers can no longer ignore this rapidly advancing technical arena, and this exciting event is the perfect venue to learn what's really going on.

“From our slate of exceptional presenters attendees will learn from forward-thinking AI insiders and obtain clear insights into how to progress transformational change within their own businesses.”

For more information and to book your place at this Forum and Technical Conference, please click here.

Editor’s notes

The Forum and Technical Conference will take place at Kilkenny’s Lyrath Estate Convention Centre from 9:30am to 4pm.  The event takes place on the eve of Engineers Week, the annual festival of engineering which runs 2 - 8 March.

Engineers Ireland plan to host four Regional Fora in 2019 with different topics aiming to support the business performance of companies and engineering businesses in the regions through the provision of current knowledge and innovative practices at the business and engineering interface.  The fora will provide attendees with the opportunity to hear directly from influential game-changing leaders in business and engineering.