Agenda

We are working on the agenda for 2019, below you can find the agenda of our first edition:

During the event you can make a test-drive in a Tesla Model X + Model S and learn everything about their AI-powered Autopilot.

Presentations will be in English or Dutch, slides will be in English.

08.45 - 09.30 Welcome & coffee

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Keynote: Beyond WestWorld – How AI can transform businesses and society for the better
09.30 – 10.00

 

What do Elon Musk, WestWorld and I, Robot have in common? They all reinforce the popular belief that artificial intelligence is inherently evil and that it is bound to take over the world some day. Although the former are all first-rate examples of doom-mongering, the reality is vastly different.

 

Artificial intelligence is not some mean-spirited entity, but has proven quite useful in our modern-day society. AI has fostered significant advances in health care and has automated brain-numbing tasks in big corporations.

 

AI has an immense potential when it used as an extension of ourselves, but should be monitored closely. Biased algorithms still loom large, and have the power to influence the decisions we make on a daily basis.

 

This is no reason however, to cold-shoulder the technology of the future. The advantages of AI are countless, its applications endless.

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Keynote: How to make AI accessible for companies
10.00 – 10.30

 

What are the challenges we face in making artificial intelligence accesible to companies? What role does data collection play and how can acompany be transformed into a well-oiled AI-driven machine?

For this, we need to gather a clear understanding of the different forms of AI. One of these forms is deep learning, which relies heavily upon neural networks. Neural networks are called the biggest revolution in AI, but how do they work exactly, and what are their future applications?

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Keynote: Big data and AI are disrupting every aspect of sales and digital marketing
10.30 – 11.00

 

Join Niko on a trip to the future, as we explore how big data and AI are changing sales and digital marketing today, and how they will disrupt every aspect even more in the future. We’ll have a look at machine learning, deep learning, chatbots powered by NLP (natural language processing) and other mind-blowing technologies. We’ll also see how companies such as Google, Facebook and others are using AI to fundamentally change how we profile individuals and how we target them. Finally, we’ll explore how AI can help your company today.

11.00 - 11.20 Coffee break & networking

AI for Business

Pure AI & Robotics

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AI, Augmented Intelligence for Your Human Capital
11.20 – 11.45

 

AI has significantly transformed and augmented our personal lives and there’s a huge opportunity for companies to do the same within their respective industries. By democratizing AI and embedding self-learning AI models directly into business processes, every employee is empowered to be smarter, more productive and predictive. During this session, we will demonstrate how companies are using AI to augment the intelligence of their workforce and utimately provide a better customer experience.

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How any industry can benefit from AI
11.20 – 11.45

 

Although most people do not yet fully realize how their lives are already being influenced by self learning systems, it is a fact that AI is everywhere. Not necessarily to do harm of course, but rather to help you when googling around the internet to suggest a new Netflix series or Spotify songs to improve the quality and efficiency of your conversations, just to name a few. Driven by an urge to improve efficiency and to reduce cost, we always try to automate repetitive tasks, creating new industries. Industries have always used the importance of safety, robustness and production throughput as an argument against the use of self-learning systems. This causes the industries to adopt the technology slower compared to the consumer market. Because many processes are already monitored and logged, there exists a huge amount of data not being used to its full potential. During the last few years, industries slowly have started to believe in the possibilities of a self-learning systems, due to their proven success yielding many improvement opportunities. In this presentation, we will therefore demonstrate with examples how any industry can easily benefit from AI.

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Automated Document Classification using Artificial Intelligence
11.50 – 12.15

 

During this presentation Alain will highlight the use of Machine Learning and Deep Learning techniques to do automatic document classification. He will also cover some interesting case results from insurance claims classification.

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How self-learning systems are disrupting your industry
11.50 – 12.15

 

From customer support to cancer detection to energy consumption optimization: everywhere, industries are being disrupted by Machine Learning, forcing large companies to reinvent themselves or be swallowed by the wave of AI-first start-ups & other enterprises. Through several success stories, Maarten will show how large companies can benefit from this wave by collaborating with experts in the field of AI.

12.15 - 13.15 Lunch break & networking

AI for Business

Pure AI & Robotics

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Using AI to facilitate Citizen Participation
13.15 – 13.40

 

Citizen participation has become an integral part of our democratic process. Online platforms enable citizens to voice their opinions and directly influence policy. But extracting insights from this massive amount of unstructured data is becoming increasingly difficult through mere human means. In this presentation, we will show how text analytics can help facilitate this process through the use of machine learning techniques in an innovative data-driven pipeline called CCM (Content Coding and Moderation).

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AI in production environments: building blocks, tools & considerations
13.15 – 13.40

 

The field of Artificial Intelligence has seen a huge boost with the rise of Deep Learning. But how do you take your AI application from the lab/POC phase into production when new innovations in the field happen almost every day? This presentation will explain how to build an AI application, and how to get it to the point that it starts (and keeps) generating business value.

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How digitalization will change staff management
13.45 – 14.10

 

From recruiting to scheduling until payment: how can you save up to 66% of your time using digital tools and automated processes? Is digital self-scheduling the new solution to reduce costs? Karel will give insight in new digital processes, answer these questions and show how every company in every business working with flexible staff can benefit from digitalizing their HR process.

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Robotics Process Automation: a hype or a proven technology?
13.45 – 14.10

 

Have you had enough of repetitive and manual tasks in your corporation? Do you require an extra set of hands just to deal with the information flowing in from all the different applications? Have you ever heard of a virtual workforce that could take over these repetitve actions? In this session, we will introduce Robotics Process Automation by means of a few facts and myths. We will prove that the technology has matured and that it has become indispensable in order to scale the virtual workforce. In addition, we will also discuss the advantages of intelligent automation by means of RPA and in combination with AI.

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Putting AI and Machine Learning to use for IoT
14.15 – 14.40

 

In the latest years, we have seen a huge interest by companies, uses, cities and governments in IoT. Billions of devices and sensors now become connected, and deliver us an enormous amount of data, with the promise of bigger user engagement, better insights, more knowledge.

But how do we translate this huge stream of data into valuable products? How do you transform simple data points into guidance or actions?

In this talk you will learn why you need to create connected devices, not to be cool or follow the latest trends, but to get some actual gains out of it. You will learn how you can put your data to use, and what tools and technologies (and people) you will need to make your projects successful.

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From education and applied resarch to an operative AI software in your company
14.15 – 14.40

 

Translating applied research and the knowledge at hands into quicker innovation: the research department of a modern IT bachelor programme is working on real world cases. We look forward to telling you more about the concrete AI projects that were carried out by Flemish companies, which technological choices they made, and what we have learnt from them in order to educate a new generation of IT professionals. And last but not least, we will explain to you the ins and out of kickstarting your own AI projects by means of innovative education.

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Panel: will AI make the workforce redundant?
14.45 – 15.45

 

This panel will mainly focus on the question of a redundant workforce. Automation is streamlining corporate processes, but low-skilled labour seems to be at risk. Will automation and machine learning create new jobs just like the previous industrial revolutions did? And if so, in what industry? Our panelists tackle these questions and many more for you during this panel discussion.

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The machine learning revolution in artificial intelligence
15.45 – 16.15

 

Breakthroughs in the field of machine learning are making a radical impact in science, industry and society alike. This talk will not only introduce machine learning and its breakthroughs but it will also put them into perspective.

Capabilities as well as limitations will be discussed, and it will be argued that both learning and reasoning are necessary in AI.

16.15 - 17.00 Drinks & networking