LATi 2017 Expert Exchange : AI and Machine Learning

Thursday, 27th April 2017 at 2:30pm - 6pm

Location: NTU Clifton campus library

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LATi ExpertExchange on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning on Thursday, 27 April at NTU
 Clifton Campus from 2:30pm to 6:00pm.

Following on from LATi Expert Exchange events on the Cloud and the Internet of Things, the LATi 2017 AI Expert Exchange will 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 are delighted that Christopher Barnatt, a well-known author and futurist is to deliver the keynote address, painting the bigger picture about what's on the horizon for computing, AI, robotics and autonomous vehicles. 

Experts from AES
 Group and Tumour Trace, who are developing powerful commercial applications for the healthcare, defence and engineering sectors will talk about how they have forged a niche using AI, and share their insights about the realities of working with and selling AI-based solutions. And, we will hear from Martin Kearn, technical evangelist for Microsoft, about how 'easy' it is to create AI-based applications.

We are delighted to announce that Dr Steve Jones of Adamson Jones is to chair the LATi 2017 AI and Machine Learning Expert Exchange. 

Dr. Steve Jones is the founder and Chairman of Adamson Jones. With a 1st Class BSc degree in Chemistry and a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Leeds, Steve entered the patent profession in 1986, after spending a period in industry. He gained experience of both the in-house corporate environment and private practice, before leaving the firm at which he had become a partner, to establish Adamson Jones in 2000.

Steve's practice has an emphasis on the biomedical field. He has wide experience of pharmaceutical matters, especially in the fields of formulations and drug delivery devices, with particular experience of respiratory drug delivery and associated technologies, and also tissue sealants and adhesives and wound care. 

Outstanding industry speakers

Christopher Barnatt,
 who was a very popular presenter at the LATi 2016 Showcase is to talk about AI and the future of computing is a well-known futurist and respected author.

The title of Christopher's talk is 'Beyond AI Denial’, and explores the latest developments in AI and machine learning, including customer service and medical applications, and the 'trojan horse' roll-out of virtual assistants and autonomous vehicles.

Christopher runs, and advises clients on future challenges and future technologies. He has published twelve books, including The Next Big Thing, 3D Printing, Seven Ways to Fix the World, and 25 Things You Need to Know about the Future.

Martin Kearn, a technical evangelist for Microsoft is to show us how accessible Machine Learning is, the basics around the Azure Machine Learning service, and look at some of the Microsoft Cognitive Servives APIs, which make it easy to implement intelligence 'smarts' into an application.

Martin Kearn is a technical evangelist for Microsoft based in the UK. In his role, Martin talks with customers, partners, start-ups and anyone who is willing to listen about developing applications on the Microsoft platform. This includes Windows, Office, Microsoft Azure and Web technologies including and the Edge browser. Martin has been working with Microsoft development technologies since the late 90's and has been working for Microsoft directly since 2005.

Aamir Butt, CEO of Tumour Trace is to talk about how and why the company uses AI to as part of their cancer diagnosis. He will share lessons learnt and the commercial opportunities for high tech and scientific enterprises, in particular the healthcare sector.

Aamir has 20-years experience of starting and selling his own businesses, and supporting over 90 other businesses, taking new products to new markets is at the heart of his expertise. Aamir has built scalable business models across several verticals including health, medtech, digital and service industries. 

Tumour Trace develop innovative, patented cancer screening and diagnostic technology. Based on peer review research their in-vitro portable screening device has been validated following proof of concepts in the UK, Serbia and India. The company's vision is to enable screening covering all cancers to be available to everyone, everywhere

Dr Mitch Grigoriu, MD of AES Group, will talk about his experience of developing AI applications with a case study of AI in engineering. He will also present his perspective on the opportunities and business/technological challenges created by the latest developments in AI and Machine Learning.

Mitch founded the company in 1989 to develop and commercialise the results of his research into AI which he did at the University of Nottingham. He is the chief architect/designer and developer of several highly successful AI systems which have been in use for many years in Defence, Industry and Healthcare. 

AES Group is a renowned innovator and developer of highly reliable Expert Decision Support Systems for Defence and unique Clinical Decision Support Systems  for Healthcare. The company has grown over the years from a start-up into an AI software systems provider with a reputation for outstanding expertise in AI. It has a track record of successfully delivering innovative and cost effective solutions globally to prestigious blue chip companies and also Government Departments.

Outline Agenda
14:30 - 15:00 Registration, networking and refreshments
15:00 - 15:10 Welcome by Dr Steve Jones, Chairman of Adamson Jones
15:10 - 15:40 Christopher Barnatt of - Beyond AI Denial
15:40 - 16:10 Martin Kearn of Microsoft - Making Machine Learning Accessible
16:10 - 16:40 Aamir Butt of Tumour Trace - Using AI in cancer diagnostics
16:40 - 17:10 Mitch Grigoriu of AES Group - Developing AI applications for engineering
17:10 - 17:20 Q&A
17:30 Close
You are free to continue networking 

How much to attend?
+ LATi members, NTU staff, post graduate students and LATi supporters - Free of Charge 

+ Attend LATi Expert Exchange as a guest - £40 per person - payable by BACS or cheque.  Gives you free entry to most LATi events till March 2018.


Why AI is increasingly relevant to tech and science enterprises 

"Widespread adoption of cognitive systems and artificial intelligence (AI) across a broad range of industries wil drive
worldwide revenues from nearly $8.0 billion in 2016 to more than $47 billion in 2020" - IDC, October 2016"

"By 2018, Gartner expects most of the world’s largest 200 companies to exploit intelligent apps and utilize the full toolkit of big data and analytics tools to refine their offers and improve customer experience."

"One of the hottest areas of artificial intelligence centers on the healthcare industry.
In its Worldwide Semiannual Cognitive/Artificial Intelligence Systems Spending Guide, IDC lists diagnosis and treatment systems as one of the areas attracting the most investment in 2016, and it says that the use cases experiencing the most growth over the next five years will include pharmaceutical research and discovery as well as diagnosis and treatment systems. Over a five-year period, it forecasts a compound annual growth rate of 69.3 percent for investment in healthcare AI." Source:



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