Dates:
08/12/21
Duration:
1 hour
Location:
Online @ 8am
Note:
Free to attend, registration essential

Overview

A recent survey from the European Union gauging the “use of technologies based on artificial intelligence” found that awareness of AI within the business environment is now almost universal, however levels of adoption are low while those projects which lead to “impact” are lower again. Some organisations suffer from what McKinsey refers to as “pilot purgatory”, proof of concepts that never reach production. The purpose of this series of webinars – The Power of Applied Intelligence – is designed to provide no nonsense, practical and pragmatic advice to Business Leaders, to improve their understanding of artificial intelligence, demonstrate where the growth markets exist, where investment is taking place, the sectors of interest and the applications which are delivering bottom-line return on investment.

 

The third webinar entitled: Transforming Your Business to become AI-Ready considers the key characteristics of a successfully transformed AI organisation discussion aspects such as Leadership, Strategic Planning, Organisational Structure, Organisation Change and the effective adoption of technical infrastructure to deliver operational governance.

 

Speakers

 

Amelia Kelly

Vice President of Speech Technology
Soapbox Labs

 

 

Amelia is an artificial intelligence engineer and scientist specialising in automatic speech recognition of children’s voices. Currently VP of Speech Technology at SoapBox Labs, she holds a B.Sc. in Physics and Astronomy from NUI Galway and an M.Phil and PhD in Linguistics and Speech Technology from Trinity College Dublin. She has 13 years of experience in speech signal processing, natural language processing, machine learning and artificial intelligence and hold a patent in the area of cognitive computing and is a Fulbright TechImpact Scholar for 2020/2021.

 

Dr. Hesham Shokry

Head of AI Engineering, Ernest and Young, Ireland

 

 

 

Hesham heads the artificial intelligence initiatives at the firm. His work involves redefining the future of Energy and Life Sciences market sectors with applied AI technologies. Leading a team of top professionals in cognitive content, media and internet of things (IoT), Hesham helps position EY as a market leader in digital transformation. Prior to joining EY, he worked with a Japanese multinational information technology equipment and services company where he led projects to deliver IoT platforms powered by machine learning. Hesham has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Limerick.

 

John Durcan

Senior Digital Transformation Specialist
Enterprise Ireland

 

 

John Durcan is the senior digital transformation specialist at Enterprise Ireland. He is currently working as part of a new team within Enterprise Ireland which is focused on supporting Irish businesses on their digital transformation journey. His background is in the areas of Data analytics, ML/AI, and cyber security. Recent work has seen him involved in the National AI strategy, the National AI skills review, a member of the NSAI standards group working on Artificial intelligence. Outside of Enterprise Ireland is he currently the chairperson of Comhlámh, an Irish NGO focused on international volunteering and a member of the Irish Aid Rapid Response Corp.

 

 

Anthony McCauley

Artificial Intelligence Programme Manager
Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet

 

 

Anthony will host the series of webinars as he leads Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet’s Artificial Intelligence Network designed to build skills pathways for business leaders to enable them to take advantage of the transformational change presented by AI. Anthony is the former Head of Research and Innovation at Fujitsu Ireland and Chair of the Industry Advisory Board for the national Masters in Artificial Intelligence delivered by University Limerick.

 

Moderator: Paul Hearns

 

The webinars will be moderated by Paul Hearns who is a journalist, commentator and presenter, with more than twenty years of experience in the ICT sector.

 

 

Previous webinars:

Webinar 2: The Challenges of Entering the AI Market, A European Perspective – October 20th

Click here to watch the recorded webinar

This second webinar discussed The Challenges of Entering the AI Market, A European Perspective, to determine how best to move from Awareness to AI Adoption and ultimately Business Impact.

 

Speakers

 

Dervilla Mullan

Chief Product Officer and Board Member at NewsWhip

 

 

 

Dervilla Mullan is Chief Product Officer and a board member with NewsWhip. NewsWhip is a media intelligence company serving the world’s largest publishers, brands and PR agencies. It provides real-time, predictive and historical insights about media and public interest. Prior to NewsWhip, Dervilla was CPO at a mobile communications startup. She has also led several digital transformation programmes spanning customer experience redesign and the development of digital content & TV services in telcos.

 

Brendan Bonner

Chief Technologist
Technology, Content and Business Services, IDA Ireland

 

 

Brendan Bonner is the Chief Technologist in IDA Ireland, the Irish Governmental agency responsible for inbound Foreign Direct Investment. With over 25 years in technology innovation, his role is providing advice to companies working closely with senior executives on strategic technology planning, advising on emerging technologies and ensuring Ireland has the talent pipeline for future workplaces. Brendan was an advisor in the development of Ireland’s National AI Strategy and the Disruptive Technology Innovation Fund (DTIF).

 

Paul Swift

Head of Technology Sector, Business Banking, Bank of Ireland

 

 

 

Paul Swift joined Bank of Ireland in 2019 as Head of Technology. He has a background in technology transfer having previously worked at the ADAPT Centre at Trinity College, Dublin and the Walton Institute at Waterford Institute of Technology where he led commercialisation activities, while also mentoring and supporting new venture creation and spin-outs. Swift managed the Consumer Technology portfolio for IDA Ireland across New England and Eastern Canada. He also led business development activity for Eishtec (an Irish start-up acquired by Infosys) across the North American market.

 

 

Anthony McCauley

Artificial Intelligence Programme Manager
Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet

 

 

Anthony will host the series of webinars as he leads Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet’s Artificial Intelligence Network designed to build skills pathways for business leaders to enable them to take advantage of the transformational change presented by AI. Anthony is the former Head of Research and Innovation at Fujitsu Ireland and Chair of the Industry Advisory Board for the national Masters in Artificial Intelligence delivered by University Limerick.

 

Moderator: Paul Hearns

 

The webinars will be moderated by Paul Hearns who is a journalist, commentator and presenter, with more than twenty years of experience in the ICT sector.

 

 

 

Webinar 1: Executive Guide to AI in 60 minutes – October 20th

Click here to watch the recorded webinar

In this first webinar the panel explained how AI is powering business applications to deliver a transformation in the creation and delivery of new services.

 

Speakers

 

Alessandra Sala

Director of AI and Data Science at Shutterstock

 

 

 

A Research and Scientific Leader in Artificial Intelligence, Alessandra is the Director of AI and Data Science at Shutterstock. Alessandra has over 10 years’ experience in research and innovation gained whilst working in academic and commercial environments. Alessandra is passionate about advanced analytics, machine learning, and computational models with a focus on transferring innovation from research to products.

As Ambassador of Women in AI Ireland (a non-profit do-tank working towards gender-inclusive AI that benefits global society) Alessandra has fostered the largest AI community of women and minorities in Ireland providing means for growing knowledge and expertise thanks to the strong support of the government, academia and private enterprises.

 

Edward McDonnell

Director CeADAR
National Centre for Applied AI

 

 

Edward McDonnell is the Director of Ireland’s Centre for Applied Artificial  Intelligence www.ceadar.ie The Centre which is funded by EI and the IDA has over 90 member companies across a wide span of industries.

Prior to being appointed Director of CeADAR, Edward was European Director of Innovation & New Technology at Fidelity Investments. The role involved prospecting for FinTech technology and investment opportunities across Europe, understanding developments in the European innovation ecosystem, and directing technology trials.

Edward has also held various technical and global senior management roles in the Office of Strategy and Technology at Hewlett-Packard Europe based in England.

Edward has a PhD in Analytics and AI from the University of Edinburgh, is a Fellow of the IEE & ICS, and is the named inventor on 76 granted patents. He has been awarded several international prizes including the Scientific American top 50 technologies that demonstrate outstanding leadership, Grand Award and Overall Winner for Innovation, Popular Science (USA), Horizon Award “10 Cool Cutting Edge Technologies”, Computer World (USA)

 

Horacio González-Vélez

Head of the Cloud Competency Centre
National College of Ireland

 

 

With twenty years of experience in the technology industry and academia, Horacio joined the National College of Ireland to start the Cloud Competency Centre in 2012. He directs the NCI’s cloud and data analytics infrastructure, postgraduate programmes, and research & innovation initiatives. He is an academic representative to the Steering Group of Technology Ireland Innovation Forum/ICT Skillnet.

Horacio started his career as a true dot-commer working in HPC systems engineering and product marketing for innovation-driven companies Silicon Graphics and Sun Microsystems. He later did a PhD and a postdoc in computer science at the University of Edinburgh.

 

Anthony McCauley

AI Network Project Manager
Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet

 

 

Anthony will host the series of webinars as he leads Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet’s Artificial Intelligence Network. The AI Network is designed to build skills pathways for business leaders to enable them to take advantage of the transformational change taking place within the business environment. Anthony is the former Head of Research and Innovation at Fujitsu Ireland and Chair of the Industry Advisory Board for the national Masters in Artificial Intelligence delivered by University Limerick.

 

Moderator: Paul Hearns

The webinars will be moderated by Paul Hearns who is a journalist, commentator and presenter, with more than twenty years of experience in the ICT sector.