5th March, Croke Park, Dublin

 

AI Ireland: The roadmap to creating an AI island…

 

8:00

Registration and coffee

8:45

Welcome from the morning Chair

Dr Abigail Ruth Freeman

Dr Abigail Ruth Freeman

Director, Science Foundation Ireland

8:50

OPENING ADDRESS:

 

David Hegarty

David Hegarty

Assistant Secretary, Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation

HOW AI WILL SHAPE IRELAND’S FUTURE

9:00

OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS:

AI – Powering Change in Our Time

  • Developing an AI USP for Ireland
  • Kicking off a real vision and strategy for all…
Vincent McCarthy

Vincent McCarthy

Co-founder & CEO, The Festival of Curiosity

9:25

PANEL DISCUSSION: 

How will Ireland develop its thriving AI ecosystem?

  • The making of an AI Island
  • Making Artificial Intelligence accessible to all
  • How is Ireland doing in its push to become a major player in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) market?
  • How can policy makers develop policy that will keep pace with technology advancementments?

 

Mark Jordan

Mark Jordan

Chief Technologist, Skillnet Ireland

Gearoid Mooney

Gearoid Mooney

Divisional Manager, Research and Innovation, Enterprise Ireland

Noel O'Connor

Noel O'Connor

CEO, Insight Centre for Data Analytics

Kieran McCorry

Kieran McCorry

National Technology Officer, Microsoft

10:05

ModelOps:

Operationalising AI:

  • When 50% of models never make it into production, what can you do to improve the odds?
  • Moving from the lab, to validation, testing and production
  • Ensuring the ethical FATE (Fairness, Accountability, Transparency and Explainability) of AI
  • Banking Use Case of AI for Credit Risk
Dr. Iain Brown

Dr. Iain Brown

Head of Data Science for SAS UK&I and Adjunct Professor of Marketing Analytics, University of Southampton

REAL DEPLOYMENT OF AI

10:30

Morning Break

10:55

GLOBAL CASE STUDY 1:

AI at LinkedIn: connecting members with opportunity at scale

AI forms part of the essential fabric of LinkedIn. As the largest professional network on the Internet, LinkedIn has more than 675M members, 50M companies, 10s Millions of open jobs and 90K schools on its platform. In this talk, Mary will show how LinkedIn applies AI as a transformative technology to enhance all aspects of LinkedIns members’ and customers’ experiences.

Mary Hearne.

Mary Hearne.

Senior Manager, AI Engineering, LinkedIn

11:15

PANEL DISCUSSION: 

Ethics and Standards for AI: Concerns and best practices

  • Automated decisions – ethical and legal issues
  • Moving AI ethics from debate to action
  • Making AI that is trustworthy and ethical
Professor Barry O’Sullivan

Professor Barry O’Sullivan

Director, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, UCC, and the SFI Centre for Research Training in Artificial Intelligence

Geraldine Larkin

Geraldine Larkin

CEO National Standards Association of Ireland

Professor Dave Lewis

Professor Dave Lewis

ADAPT Centre

Laura Nolan

Laura Nolan

ex-Google Engineer

11:55

CASE STUDY 3:

AI in the Public Sector

  • The challenges of the public service’s ICT strategy with data
  • How a more proactive use with data can improve the customer experience
  • What utopia for the government would look like
  • The need to make data more transparent for data sharing
  • How the government apply their open data strategy
  • How AI can help the government tackle a number of day-to-day problems
Barry Lowry

Barry Lowry

Government CIO, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

12:10

AI for Earth Observation – a new frontier…

Whilst satellites lead to new scientific discoveries, they also provide us with vast quantities of data, over 150 terabytes per day, which is not always processed efficiently. AI offers a crucial opportunity to solve the problem of extracting value from these observations and making use of them in terms of an ever-growing variety of applications and services.

Venkatesh Kannan

Venkatesh Kannan

Technical Manager, Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC)

12:25

Responding to the skills-shortage in AI

It is widely accepted that the effective application of AI in business will require a significant effort in up-skilling existing employees in the development, use, and exploitation of AI as well as the training of new graduates in this exciting area. Ireland has responded to this demand quickly with training offerings for existing members of, and new entrants to the workforce. In this presentation, an overview will be given of how Irish universities have responded to this challenge with a particular emphasis on the University of Limerick part-time online MSc in Artificial Intelligence, Ireland’s first industry-driven programme in this area.

Dr Pepijn van de Ven

Dr Pepijn van de Ven

Senior Lecturer, Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Limerick

12:40

Lunch

1:40

Welcome back from the Chair

Tom Halton

Tom Halton

CEO & Principal, HMHmmmmm Ltd. CyberConsulting Industry 4.0 Strategy, Security & Sustainability

AI MOMENTUM, MATURITY AND MODELS FOR SUCCESS

1:45

AI : The Intelligent Enterprise journey, start as you mean to continue

  • The Intelligent Enterprise journey, working with your human and data, analytics and AI assets.
  • What is the destination of your AI journey and what “steering wheel” do you need to get there
  • Questions when AI is making or supporting the decisions
Kieran Towey

Kieran Towey

Managing Director - Data Scientist and KPMG Analytics lead

2:05

How blockchain/distributed ledger technology can support AI through a shared and trusted data model

Dr. Oisín Boydell

Dr. Oisín Boydell

Principal Data Scientist and Head of the Applied Research Group at CeADAR, Ireland's centre for Applied AI at University College Dublin

ENTERPRISE SOLUTIONS

2:20

PANEL DISCUSSION: 

Strategies to combat board room inertia

Invited panellists include:

Brian Quinn

Brian Quinn

Chief Strategy Officer, ICHEC (The Irish Centre for High-End Computing)

Prag Sharma

Prag Sharma

Senior Vice President, Citi Innovation Lab

Edward McDonnell

Edward McDonnell

Centre Director, CeADAR

Colin Kane

Colin Kane

Director of Customer Analytics, Bank of Ireland

3:00

Digital Innovation Hub in AI for the benefit of Industry and Society – Selected Projects

Dr. Ricardo Simon Carbajo

Dr. Ricardo Simon Carbajo

Head of Innovation & Development, CeADAR

3:15

CASE STUDY 4:

Take pressure off your team with Robotic Process Automation

Ian Brennan

Ian Brennan

Director of IT, Laya Healthcare

3:30

PANEL DISCUSSION: 

Developing an AI Business

Leading Irish AI Businesses are having profound exposure to AI development. Some of the foremost Irish experts discuss their journey…

Panellists will include:

Terry Canning

Terry Canning

Founder and CEO, CattleEye

Parsa Ghaffari

Parsa Ghaffari

CEO and Founder, AYLIEN

Alessandro Prest

Alessandro Prest

CTO and Co-Founder, LogoGrab

Dr. Amelia Kelly

Dr. Amelia Kelly

Director of Speech Technology, Soapbox Labs

4:10

Conference close