March 23 – Brussels – event – ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

2015-robert-atkinson-180x180Rob Atkinson, the founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation will present his research work on the impact of artificial intelligence on our lives.

MARCH 23, 2017, 12:00 PM BRUEGEL, RUE DE LA CHARITÉ 33, 1210 BRUSSELS PUBLIC | ON THE RECORD LIVESTREAMEDTAGS & TOPICS

The important technological advancements in computer science and information systems move us towards the artificial intelligence era with the creation of computing machines and systems that perform operations analogous to human learning and decision making. In this event we will discuss challenges and opportunities of this new era. Rob Atkinson, the founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation will present his research work on the impact of artificial intelligence on our lives covering among the others issues how the new machine era will affect employment and consumer privacy.

His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion during which, Anna Byhovskaya, will discuss the future of work and associated challenges imposed by artificial intelligence and Sebartian Gerlach, director of corporate affairs at Microsoft will discuss the opportunities of artificial intelligence for businesses as well as the impact it will have on markets and corporate practices. In addition, Merja Kyllönen, member of the European Parliament will share her opinion on the subject.

This event will be livestreamed starting at 12.30. There is no need to register for the livestream.

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SCHEDULE

Mar 23, 2017, 12:00-12:30 Check in and lunch 12:30-12:50

Presentation

Robert Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

12:50-13:30

Panel discussion

Chair: Georgios Petropoulos, Research Fellow

Anna Byhovskaya, Policy & Communications Advisor,TUAC/ OECD

Sebastian Gerlach, Director of Corporate Affairs, Microsoft

Merja Kyllönen, Member of the European Parliament

LOCATION & CONTACT

Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels

IBM – Gold Partner of DIS 2017

IBM is a global cloud platform and cognitive solutions company, which has continually evolved over IBM_logo.svgthe past century to remain at the forefront of technological innovation.

Data Science is an interdisciplinary field that combines machine learning, statistics, advanced analysis, and programming. It is a new form of art that draws out hidden insights and puts data to work in the cognitive era. Today we are excited to announce the IBM Data Science Experience, an environment that has everything a data scientist needs to be successful. IBM Data Science Experience is an interactive, collaborative, cloud-based environment where data scientists can use multiple tools to activate their insights. Data scientists can use the best of open source, tap into IBM’s unique features, grow their capabilities, and share their successes.

To get yourself going, create projects to collaborate with other data scientists and data engineers, create and share notebooks, data sets, and data connections, or use RStudio.

Have questions?
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Or call us at: +32 (0) 2 339 98 35
Priority code: Analytics Platform

IBM is one of the leading global technology and innovation companies in the world, headquartered in Armonk, NY.

As a globally integrated enterprise, IBM operates in more than 175 countries and is continuing to shift its business to the higher value segments of enterprise IT.

IBM is a cognitive solutions and cloud platform company that offers a wide range of technology and consulting services; a broad portfolio of middleware for collaboration, predictive analytics, software development and systems management; and the world’s most advanced servers and enterprise computers like IBM Watson. Utilising its business consulting, technology and R&D expertise, IBM is making the world work better by transforming industries and professions through technology and data. This includes working with organisations and governments to build systems that improve traffic congestion, managing water, and the health and safety of populations.

IBM annually invests approximately 6 percent of total revenue for R&D, focusing on high-growth, high-value opportunities. In 2016, IBM was awarded more U.S. patents than any other company for the 24th consecutive year. IBM Research has received recognition beyond any commercial technology research organisation and is home to 6 Nobel Laureates, 10 US National Medals of Technology, 5 US National Medals of Science, 6 Turing Awards, and 20 Inductees in US Inventors Hall of Fame. Our company was behind the inventions of the PC; SABRE travel reservation system; UPC codes, Watson, the Jeopardy!-playing computing system, and much more.

Join diSummit 2017 and take part in IBM‘s innovative workshop, a unique experience you cannot miss!!!

 

Ruben Hemelings – Ignite Speaker at DIS 2017

Ruben Hemelings is a graduate student in Artificial Intelligence / Big Data at the Catholic University of Leuven.dis17_speaker_rubin-h In collaboration with the Flemish research organisation VITO, he is currently researching the application of deep learning on retinal images in order to improve early diagnosis of ocular and cardiovascular diseases. Ruben also holds a business engineering degree from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, and went on an exchange program in Canada. Prior to his interest in data, he considered a career in finance, illustrated by summer internships at ING, Deloitte and PwC. In his spare time, you can often find him playing the piano or having a go at tackling Kaggle challenges.

Join his Ignite speech on “Deep learning on biomedical images” at diSummit 2017 !

Sundar Singaravel- Ignite Speaker at DIS 2017

Sundar Singaravel obtained a Master in Sustainable Energy Technology from the Eindhoven University of Technology, dis17_speaker_sundar-swhere he specialised in the area of Building Performance Simulation (BPS). He continued working in the building sector for about four years, developing design strategies for energy performance, natural ventilation, indoor comfort and fire safety. Strategies developed were for both building systems/installations and building design located in Netherlands, Ireland, Dubai, Qatar and India. He is currently working as a PhD researcher in the Department of Architectural Engineering, researching on a Machine Learning Method suitable for design stage application to predict building energy.

Follow him on Twitter here and join his Ignite speech “Application of machine learning models for sustainable building design” at DIS 2017.

Nadia Aimé -DIS2017- Ignite Speaker

Nadia Aimé is the founder of the Women Mentor Association & Crea8tive Digital Agency. She is a social entrepreneur dis17_speaker_nadia-awho inspires and mentors young women to create and disrupt the standards. She is driven by a desire to change the system and to create opportunities for women everywhere to reach their fullest potential and has carried out tons of activities for inspiring women to be interested in tech & entrepreneurship throughout her career.

Follow Nadia on Twitter here and join her Ignite speech at diSummit 2017!

Pieter Buteneers | Keynote Speaker at diSummit 2017

Pieter Buteneers is a Limburger living in Ghent. He started his career in academia, first as a PhD studedis17_speaker_pieter-rnt and later as a post-doc, where he did research on Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Brain Computer Interfaces and Epilepsy. He won the first prize in the biggest Deep Learning competition of 2015 together with a team machine learner from Ghent University: The National Data Science Bowl hosted on kaggle.com. In 2016, he finished his MBA at Flanders Business School and now he works as a Data Strategy and Machine Learning Consultant. He trains managers and developers to build new strategies and screen-shot-2017-03-03-at-15-34-19implement Machine Learning algorithms. His focus is on making sure they have all the knowledge required to get added value from the data they collect without the need for expensive consultants.

Join his talk at diSummit 2017 about “Machine Learning Sucks” and follow him on Twitter at @pieterbuteneers .

 

Introducing ‘Keynote Speaker ‘- Rishi Nalin Kumar –

dis17_speaker_rishi-kRishi is a Volunteer Chapter Lead at DataKind UK. In his day job, he is the chief scientist at eBench.com, a data-led digital marketing advisory and software as a service start-up. Prior to this he had long run in large-corporate consumer goods, with a light touch of news and media, where he developed data science capabilities ranging from pricing soap in Thailand to human rights compliance across the globe. He left Unilever Plc in 2013 as a global cross-functional analytics director and has since worked with various companies, including Spotify and The Guardian, to help build their data science capabilities and introduce data into their everyday decision making.

datakind-ukFollow Rishi on Twitter at @DataKindUK.

At diSummit he will talk about “Data for Good, Lesson from the Frontline” and he will share the experiences and critical success factors from 3 years of learning-by-doing in using data in the service of humanity.

Buy your tickets here and join his talk at diSummit, the Data Networking Event of the year!

 

 

 

Announcing Dr. Kirk Borne – Keynote Speaker at diSummit 2017

Dr. Kirkdis17_speaker_kirk-borne Borne is the Principal Data Scientist at
Booz | Allen | Hamilton (since 2015). He previously spent 12 years as Professor of Astrophysics and Computational Science at George Mason University where he taught and advised students in the Data Science program. Before that, he worked 18 years supporting NASA projects in various roles, including Program Manager in NASA’s Space Science Data Operations Office & Data Archive Project Scientist for
screen-shot-2017-03-02-at-12-20-29the Hubble Space Telescope.   He has a PhD in Astronomy
from the California Institute of Technology and a BS in Physics from Louisiana State University. He is an active contributor on social media, where he is an advocate of data literacy for all and has been named consistently every year since 2013 as the top worldwide influencer in big data and data science. In 2014 he was named an IBM Big Data and Analytics Hero. In 2016 he was named Fellow of the International Astrostatistics Association.

You can follow him on Twitter at @KirkDBorne
You can follow Booz | Allen | Hamilton on Twitter at @BoozAllen
Watch his TED talk on  Big Data, Small World

Here is a very interesting  video interview:
Here are some of his audio interviews (podcasts):
Join his C-level workshop on the 29th of March or come and see his speech at diSummit on the 30th of March 2017 at the ING Marnix building, Troonstraat 1, 1000, Brussels.

Looking for the insights on how to use data for good? Join the DATA NETWORKING EVENT of the year, the #dataforgood event in Belgium!

Looking for the insights on how to use data for good? Join the DATA NETWORKING EVENT of the year in Belgium!  Buy your tickets here.

Tonight – IBM – LIVESTREAM – Machine Learning Launch

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Calling all IT executives, data scientists, Chief Data Officers, data architects and other data geeks
Be the first to learn about our breakthrough developments on machine learning, Spark, data and analytics

 

The demand for machine learning is booming!

Calling all IT executives, data scientists, Chief Data Officers, data architects and other data geeks.  Join us on February 15th from 2:00-5:30 pm ET via livestream  (replay available starting February 16th) , and discover how machine learning is fundamentally changing the way we work and live.  Hear about cognitive applications that anticipate behavior and learn from data without being explicitly programmed.

You’ll learn about the latest breakthrough developments on machine learning as well as Spark, data and analytics. Mike Gualtieri, Vice President and Principal Analyst, Forrester, will present his view on how to best leverage technologies such as big data, predictive analytics, Hadoop/Spark, machine learning, data science, and AI.  Rob Thomas, General Manager, IBM Analytics will host an agenda which will include guest speakers and cover the following topics:

•  Machine Learning Overview
•  Top Trends in Machine Learning & Cognitive Applications
•  Cognitive Analytics and Machine Learning for the Enterprise
•  Live Product Demonstration & Client Roundtable on Machine Learning
•  Data Innovation with Hybrid Transaction/Analytical Processing
•  Spark & Machine Learning for Enterprise Systems

For additional details and to REGISTER, please visit MACHINE LEARNING.

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Boot Camp Graduation

On Tuesday, December 20th, we celebrated the completion of the di-Academy’s first ever data science boot camp.

With the holidays approaching, not all of our boot-campers could make it to the event to celebrate with us, but all of the boot-campers in attendance gave five-minute presentations on the personal projects they had been working on during the boot camp.

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All graduates were given an academic cap and an “I survived the data science bootcamp” t-shirt by the wonderful dean of the di-Academy, Nele Coghe .

After the presentations, we, of course, celebrated with pizza and beer.

And had some fun with virtual reality.