Events

Events

On this page we share and highlight MIIA events accross the continent as well as other Machine Intelligence or Data Science related events and conferences in Africa and elsewhere. MIIA is also currently on Meetup. We currently have a Meetup group in Cape Town and another one that we have started in Johannesburg/Sandton/Pretoria, but intend to have several Meetup groups in key areas accross the continent. We also plan to make use of Google Hangouts for broader live interaction.

We would also like to encourage the MIIA community to use our real-time community messaging platform (MIIA on Slack) to interact and arrange meetings in your part of the continent. To join the MIIA community on Slack, our real-time community messaging platform, please sign-up here. The #events channel on Slack can for example be utilised for this purpose. Please let us know via Slack or info@machineintelligenceafrica.org if you have any ideas or recommendations in this regard.

MIIA YouTube channel - Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOqigXLyHjNYf8R4WIM7HMVbQpQ03QNu- 

 

 

82. IBRO-SIMONS Computational Neuroscience Imbizo, Cape Town, 7-28 January 2019

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IBRO-SIMONS COMPUTATIONAL NEUROSCIENCE IMBIZO 
#isiCNI2019

7 - 28 January 2019, Muizenberg Beach, Cape Town, South Africa
Website: http://imbizo.africa/
 
The #isiCNI2019 is a southern hemisphere summer school aiming to promote computational neuroscience in Africa. It will bring together international and local students under the tutelage of the world's leading experts in the field. Like its international sister courses, this three-week summer school aims to teach central ideas, methods, and practices of modern computational neuroscience through a combination of lectures and hands-on project work. Mornings will be devoted to lectures on topics across the breadth of experimental and computational neuroscience. The rest of the day will be spent working on research projects under the close supervision of expert tutors and faculty. Individual research projects will focus on the modelling of neurons, neural systems, behaviour, the analysis of state-of-the-art neural data, and the development of theories to explain experimental observations.

Who should apply?
This course is aimed at Masters and PhD level students through Honours or Postdoctoral students may also apply. Students should have sufficient quantitative skills, (e.g. a background in mathematics, physics, computer science, statistics, engineering or related field). Some knowledge of neural biology will be useful but not essential. Experimental neuroscience students are encouraged to apply but should ensure that they have a reasonable level of quantitative proficiency (i.e. at least second-year level mathematics or statistics and have done at least one course in computer programming).

Essential details
* Fee (which covers tuition, lodging, and meals): 1100 EUR
Thanks to our generous sponsors, significant financial assistance is available to reduce and waiver fees for students, as well as to provide some travel bursaries. If you are in need of financial assistance to attend the Imbizo, please state so clearly in the relevant section of your application.
 
* Application deadline: 24th July 2018
* Notification of results: End of September 2018

Information and application
http://imbizo.africa/
 
 
What is an Imbizo?
\ɪmˈbiːzɒ\ | Xhosa - Zulu
A gathering of the people to share knowledge.

FACULTY
Adrienne Fairhall - Washington University
Peter Latham - University College London
Demba Ba - Harvard University
Sophie Deneve - Ecole Normale Superieure
Ila Fiete - University of Texas
Blake Richards - University of Toronto
Timothy Lillicrap - Google DeepMind
Joseph Raimondo - University of Cape Town
Srikanth Ramaswamy - EPFL Lausanne
Athanassia Papoutsi - IMBB-FORTH
Tim Vogels - University of Oxford
Byron Yu - Carnegie Mellon University
Misha Tsodyks - Weiszmann Institute of Science
Andrew Trevelyan - Newcastle University
  
Organisers
Alex Antrobus (Gatsby Unit, UCL)
Christopher Currin (University of Cape Town, South Africa)

DIRECTORS
Peter Latham (Gatsby Unit for Computational Neuroscience, UCL, UK)
Joseph Raimondo (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
Tim Vogels (University of Oxford, UK)

Sponsors
The isiCNI is made possible by the generous support from the Simons Foundation (https://www.simonsfoundation.org) and IBRO, the International Brain Research Organisation (http://ibro.info)
 
Organizational Affiliates
University of Cape Town, University College London, University of Oxford, TReND in AfricaCNCBGatsby Foundation, IBRO African Center for Advanced Training in Neurosciences at UCT

 

81. Disruptive technologies and public policy in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution,  Pretoria, 10-12 December 2018

Disruptive technologies and public policy in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

A South Africa – European Union Dialogue

When:  10 – 12 December 2018
Where: CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria

MIIA will be represented at this conference via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited guest speakers. 

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is a global phenomenon, which requires an international response. The European Union (EU), as one of the world’s major economic blocs, and South Africa, as Africa’s most industrialised economy and a gateway to the continent, therefore require coordination and collaboration in the arena of the 4IR.

The South Africa - European Union (SA-EU) Dialogue Facility, in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology and the Human Sciences Research Council, invites you to participate in a multistakeholder Dialogue Conference on ‘Disruptive technologies and public policy in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution’.

The Conference will aim to inform the ongoing development of SA-EU strategic partnerships, as well as policy options for responding to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Disruptive technologies are impacting on some of the key sectors that underpin SA-EU relations, such as automotive manufacturing, mining, ICTs, agriculture, health, public sector service delivery, and digital industrial policy, amongst others.

Key technology platforms for disruption include industrial automation, services automation, digitalisation, machine learning, the internet of things, additive manufacturing, and genetic modification, amongst others.

We invite stakeholders from affected sectors, and active in disruptive technology domains, to contribute to the Dialogue through reflection on one or more of our conference themes, including: digitalisation, Industry 4.0, science, technology and innovation, education and skills development, the future of work, inclusive economic growth, disruptive technologies in the public sector, and the development of policy framework conditions (including legal, standards, IT-infrastructure, and cyber security).

More about 4IR

Attendance and registration:

To attend the conference, please send your contact details and institutional affiliation to Ms Thelma Oppelt (toppelt@hsrc.ac.za).

For enquiries or any further information, please contact Dr Michael Gastrow (mgastrow@hsrc.ac.za).

Deadline for registration: 21 September 2018.

 

80. Pensions Investments & Governance Conference 2018,  Cape Town, 26-28 November 2018

PENSIONS INVESTMENTS & GOVERNANCE CONFERENCE 2018 26th – 28th November 2018 SunSquare City Bowl Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa

Website: www.pensionsinvestmentsandgovernance.co.za 

P.I.G Africa proudly presents the Pensions Investments and Governance Conference 2018. 

MIIA will be represented at this conference via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited guest speakers. 

Pension Investments and Governance Conference 2018 will look at, among other topics, the alternative ways on how to diversify portfolios, how to invest in alternatives and good Governance in the pension industry. Despite the well documented advantages of alternative investments, Pension funds are still allocating less than the prescribed investment levels in the asset class. Private equity, venture capital and hedge funds offer good returns and portfolio diversification for institutional investors. What are some of the impediments, challenges and bottlenecks hindering the uptake of alternatives? The expert panel of speakers that are invited will address the challenges of the industry "head-on" and deliver a wealth of timely, practical and useful information.

At Pension Investments and Governance Conference 2018, we will bring together regional and local pensions and retirement industry decision makers, key stakeholders, Pension funds, regulators and financial services intermediary’s decision makers from particular areas of Pension Funds’ Investments and Governance. Director-level attendees will have the opportunity to negotiate in a focused environment, and more importantly, strike deals of mutual benefit!

Dr Jacques Ludik's presentation will highlight issues pertaining to Pension Funds’ Investments and Governance, sharing modern available models and exciting innovative technologies to provide sustainable growth opportunities and herewith work collaboratively towards a plan to solve the current challenges, trends and solutions.

 

79. Artificial Intelligence and Predictive Analytics 2018, Johannesburg, 28-29 November 2018 

Artificial Intelligence and Predictive Analytics 2018, Johannesburg, 28-29 November 2018 

Artificial Intelligence & Predictive Analytics  Conference which will be held on the 28  & 29 November 2018 at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways, Johannesburg. 

MIIA will be represented at this conference via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited speakers.

Event coordinator: naison@kopanoevents.co.za

Event Organiser: Kopano Premier Events

 

78. Artificial Intelligence Conference, Sandton, 22 November 2018

 

Artificial Intelligence Conference, Sandton, 22 November 2018

Artificial Intelligence Business Conference will address how enterprises can develop a value-driven cognitive computing strategy, detailing how organizations can grow their skills and organization in parallel with the introduction of the technologies they are deploying. The standard of our conference exhibition is unparalleled – you are guaranteed of exclusive, inspirational presentations from applauded speakers representing the world’s leading enterprises. They will share a platform that will bring to light both AI business strategy and technical know-how in a comprehensive agenda that goes beyond the monotonous and into deep, actionable insights.

MIIA will be represented at this conference via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited speakers.

Now our very own Artificial Intelligence Business Conference is one of South Africa’s largest conference & exhibitions to look at the practical implications of AI for enterprise organisations.

Website: http://aiconference.co.za/ 

Agenda: http://aiconference.co.za/day-1/ 

Brochure: http://aiconference.co.za/download-brochure/ 

Register: http://aiconference.co.za/register/ 

 

 

77. AfricaCom, CTICC, Cape Town, 13-15 November 2018

MIIA will be represented at this conference via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited speakers.

Event website: https://tmt.knect365.com/africacom

Agenda: https://tmt.knect365.com/africacom/agenda/1# 

Speakers: https://tmt.knect365.com/africacom/speakers 

  • 12:00 - 12:20 20 mins - An introduction to the game changer – AI’s impact across industries
  • 12:20 - 12:40 20 mins - Going beyond business – how can AI help to digitise Africa’s communities?
  • 12:40 - 13:00 20 mins - Building a business fit for AI – what do you need to do to make AI a reality?
  • 13:00 - 14:00 60 mins - Lunch break and opportunity to visit the exhibition
  • 14:00 - 14:40 40 mins - Invest in a team or outsource? How should you approach AI?
  • 14:40 - 15:00 20 mins - How AI can revolutionise your business model and create new revenue streams
  • 15:00 - 15:20 20 mins - Upskilling your workforce – can everyone be a top performing employee?
  • 15:20 - 15:50 30 mins - Afternoon break and opportunity to visit the exhibition
  • 15:50 - 16:10 20 mins - The great future of work debate – should AI replace or support workers?
  • 16:10 - 16:30 20 mins - Building an autonomous workforce: AI in mining
  • 16:30 - 16:50 20 mins - MIIA: Building a foundation of innovation to fuel Africa’s AI community

 

 

76. AICPA & CIMA, Finance Transformation, Johannesburg, 13-14 November 2018

AICPA & CIMA, Finance Transformation, Johannesburg, 13-14 November 2018

Events page: https://aicpa-cima.knect365.com/finance-transformation-johannesburg/ 

Agenda: https://aicpa-cima.knect365.com/finance-transformation-johannesburg/agenda/1?download 

 

75. AWIEF 2018, Cape Town, 8-9 November 2018

AWIEF 2018, Cape Town, 8-9 November 2018 

Website: https://www.awieforum.org/

MIIA will be represented at this conference via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited speakers.

Empowering female entrepreneurs has to be the lead in the journey towards sustainable economic development. AWIEF is Africa’s #1 female entrepreneurship conference & exhibition bringing together over 1,200 female entrepreneurs, thought leaders, industry experts, academics, development organisations, and investors in a combined effort to accelerate the growth of women-owned businesses for Africa’s inclusive economic growth.

Under the theme “Unleashing ideas: innovation, sustainability and enterprise growth”, AWIEF 2018 features keynotes, highly interactive panel sessions, exhibitions, masterclasses, high-profile and quality networking, B2B matchmaking and a Pitch n Grow™ for our 2018 Growth Accelerator powered by Nedbank. The event will end on a high note with the 2018 AWIEF awards celebrating game changers in various sectors across the continent.

Draft Programmehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1trjZMREJL4TAXtggSCEmMuKhjyCvm_XV/view?usp=sharing 

KEYNOTE SPEECH

Mamokgheti Phakeng, Vice Chancellor, University of Cape Town (UCT)

Panel discussion Fostering Transformation and Growth: Education and Skills for Innovation

  • Moderator Uduak Oduok, Lawyer, Journalist & Author, Ebitu Law Group, USA
  • Mamokgheti Phakeng, Vice Chancellor, University of Cape Town (UCT)
  • Paul Noumba Um, Country Director, South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe
  • Charles Mgone, Vice Chancellor, Herbert Kariuki Memorial University, Tanzania
  • Amb. Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education, Kenya*
  • Dr Jacques Ludik, Founder & CEO, CORTEX Logic/Founder & President, Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA)

 

74. AI - new opportunities for Legal and Compliance, Corporate Attorneys, Cape Town, 24 October 2018

Networking event for corporate attorneys - solo practitioners and small law firms. For this event, we welcome Dr Jacques Ludik, President Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA) as our guest of honour. He will talk about 'AI - new opportunities for Legal and Compliance'. 

Please register here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=x_1Pd82ESUydmkSjoyfa5GgYxdtiM1hLlcXL_Yq3FWBUQkRYUE80VVI4S0o2OUo0SDY3WFNNTVhDNy4u

You specialise in employment law, tax law, M&A, construction law, IP, ADR, dispute resolution, IT and cyber law, and other areas of relevance to corporates? You are always on the lookout for complementary expertise to beat big law? If your answer to both questions is a clear yes, please join us for our first networking event in Cape Town.


Date: 24 October 2018
Time: 15:30 - 19:00
Venue: SchoemanLaw, 26th Floor, 1 Thibault Square, 1 Long Street, Cape Town, Cape Town
Cost: R100

More info: Registration: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=x_1Pd82ESUydmkSjoyfa5GgYxdtiM1hLlcXL_Yq3FWBUQkRYUE80VVI4S0o2OUo0SDY3WFNNTVhDNy4u

Contact: Ignaz Fuesgen
Company name: Avuka Training and Coaching
Telephone number: +27605001095
Email address ignaz.fuesgen@avukatraining.com

 

73. PyConZA, Johannesburg, 10-14 October 2018

 

PyConZA 2018 will take place at The Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg North, Johannesburg on the 11th & 12th of October, at the Atrium conference centre. This year, the tutorials will again be held on the day before the conference (the 10th of October). This will allow for longer and more in-depth tutorial sessions. There will also be various other Python-related activities around the conference.

 
PyConZA [https://za.pycon.org/] is the annual gathering of South African Python users. It is an opportunity for local Python users to engage with and learn from each other. PyConZA is organized by the Python community, for the community, and we invite talks on all aspects of Python use. 
 
The seventh PyConZA will be taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa on the 11&12 October 2018.
 
For the first time this year, PyConZA will include a PyData track [https://za.pycon.org/news/pydata/]!
 
PyData [https://pydata.org/] is an educational program of NumFOCUS, which provides a platform for users across all the various domains of data analysis to share their experiences. Python is an increasingly important tool for data projects, from data processing to analytics. If you have interesting work to share on Python for data analysis, data science, machine learning, data processing, visualisation or data engineering, we invite you to submit a talk! 
 
Talks can be submitted via our website [https://za.pycon.org/talks/submit-talk/]. We have a mentorship programme for new speakers, so if you are considering speaking for the first time, and would like some input, let us know.
 
Tickets are available here [https://za.pycon.org/about/buy-tickets/]. We have a financial support programme [https://za.pycon.org/financial-aid/], reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
 
PyConZA is sponsored by OfferZen, Citiq Prepaid, the Python Software Foundation, Business Optics, Afrolabs and Thinkst. We welcome additional sponsors [https://za.pycon.org/sponsors/packages/].
 
For more information, see [https://za.pycon.org/].

 

72. Nigeria AI Summit 2018, Lagos, Nigeria, 10-14 October 2018

Nigeria AI Summit 2018, Lagos, Nigeria, 10-14 October 2018

MIIA will be represented at this conference via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited speakers.

2018 AI for Financial Inclusion Summit Bootcamp and Hackathon

http://www.datasciencenigeria.org

http://www.datasciencenigeria.org/2018plan/ 

 

Video Trailor: Artifical Intelligence & Big Data Demystified for Executives

Artificial Intelligence for Starters ebook by Data Science Nigeria

The website communication on www.datasciencenigeria.org/aisimplified reads as below:
 
(1)    DOWNLOAD the BOOK as FREE PDF via https://goo.gl/QJio3W
(2)    DOWNLOAD via Amazon Kindle, Apple iBook at a donation of $2.99
You may also download the ebook via Apple iBook, Amazon Kindle, iKobo, Barnes & Noble and Scribd by donating $2.99 to support the work of Data Science Nigeria
Apple iBook                      https://goo.gl/2ZZBiH
Amazon Kindle                 https://goo.gl/aozMsb
Barnes & Noble               https://goo.gl/9mEuiS
Kobo.com                         https://goo.gl/7WYLLT
Scribd                                https://goo.gl/23zEzD

 

Presentions:

Demystifying AI for Executives
AI & Financial Inclusion Summit
AI Bootcamp

Photoshttps://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1718967698232595&type=3 

 

 

 

71. Future of Artificial Intelligence in Africa, World Bank, Pretoria, 1-5 October 2018

 

In collaboration with several Silicon Valley companies interested in ‘Artificial Intelligence for Good,’ the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UNDP, several academic institutions, the International Decision Support Initiative (iDSI), the Global Health Costing Consortium (GHCC), and others, the World Bank is organizing a series of training courses to build capacity in big data analytics, artificial intelligence, and the use of decision science models in health (including HIV, TB and NCDs) and nutrition. The course is aimed at persons working at technical and program levels (typically with programs, M&E and data) from government, the international development community, academia interested in this field, and civil society.

One of the training courses will take place in Pretoria, South Africa, from 1-5 Oct 2018. Dr Jacques Ludik has been invited to be a speaker during this training course on 2 October 2018, specifically focusing on developments relating to and the future of machine intelligence in Africa, from the perspective of the work with the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa.

Presentationhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1oFnNwzCDtXxidBHm_q3Mi_TwzE_Z-fFZ/view?usp=sharing 

 

 

 

70. Using AI & data analytics to drive value for your business, CFO Talks, Johannesburg, 27 September 2018

 

Using AI & data analytics to drive value for your business, CFO Talks, Johannesburg, 27 September 2018
 
MIIA was represented at this conference via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited speakers.
 

DATE AND TIME: Thu, September 27, 2018, 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM SAST

LOCATION: Sage Conference Centre, 102 Western Service Road, Woodmead, Johannesburg, Gauteng 2191

In an environment where data is abundant, connections between enterprises, customers, competitors and things are limitless and technology is everywhere, the opportunities to generate strategic insights and value from analytics are infinite. It's no surprise then that analytics has taken centre stage as the one of the most powerful catalysts for driving business performance in today's organisations.

Finance executives are quickly transforming into IT and operational leaders who need to capitalise on the wealth of information contained in their organisation's data to address business challenges and stay ahead of the competition. Finance decision makers are increasingly focusing on analytics and newer technologies such as AI and machine learning to gain greater insights into their business operations and performance. This CFO Talks session will focus on what CFOs and finance executives need to know when making the decision to invest in AI and analytics solutions. Our expert panel will discuss how to:

- Convert data into insights in minutes with tools you already know and love and some you don't 
- Assess and control risk with a single, integrated view of your organisation 
- Drive corporate strategy through greater business agility and efficiency
- Accelerate a culture of innovation and collaboration

Event registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/using-ai-data-analytics-to-drive-value-for-your-business-tickets-49470904808 

AGENDA

08h00 Registration and refreshments

09h00 Welcome address
Prof. Raphael Mpofu, Acting Executive Dean, UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership

09h05 Opening remarks from the Chair

09h10 Keynote address: Using AI & Data Analytics to Drive Value for your Business
Brett St Clair, 
CEO, Siatik

09h50 Panel discussion: What CFOs need to know in order to implement the right AI/data analytics strategy for their business

Moderator: Dr Jacques Ludik, President & Founder, The Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa; CEO & Founder, Cortex Logic
Panellists: Alishna Maharaj, Business Analytics & Insights Manager, Aspen Pharma
Karl Dinkelmann, 
Director: Data Enablement, BI & Analytics, AccTech Systems
Annabel Dallamore, 
CEO, Strider
Brett StClair
CEO, Siatik

Panel Discussion Video: https://youtu.be/5mDXeiAACcQ 

10h40 Brunch and networking

11h15 Close

 
 

 

69. Big Data Analytics Master Class for Executives, Africa Data Forum, Johannesburg, 26-27 September 2018

MIIA was represented at this conference via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited speakers.

Event page: https://www.africadataforum.com/africa-data-forum-big-data-analytics-master-class-for-executives/ 

 

68. Business Briefing on AI & the 4th Industrial Revolution, British Chamber of Business in South Africa, Johannesburg, 20 September 2018

Sept-2018: Members’ Business Briefing with Dr Jacques Ludik on AI & the 4th Industrial Revolution

https://www.britcham.co.za/event/sept-2018-members-business-briefing/

Event date: 20 September 2018

The British Chamber of Business in South Africa had a Members’ September Business Briefing with Dr Jacques Ludik on 20 Sept 2018. Jacques is a smart technology entrepreneur, AI expert, investor & ecosystem builder.
The topic of his talk was: ‘Is Business in South Africa ready for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Fourth Industrial Revolution’?

Presentationhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1G4Cc6_hEcAYNigfUZqX8ZE4rBwgYFtUo/view?usp=sharing 

Video - Part 1https://youtu.be/9nFjHCCVrQs (presentation starts at 16:50 into the video)

Video - Part 2https://youtu.be/2-R65zh7xQM 

LEX Africa and Virgin Atlantic kindly sponsored the evening at the Inanda Club.

Refreshments will be served.

*Please note that attendance is by invitation only

*Attendance for Members is free, Non-members R500 p/p

 

67. Data Analytics for Customer Intelligence, Johannesburg, 19-20 September 2018

 

Data Analytics for Customer Intelligence Conference 2018

Date: 19 & 20 September 2018

Location: Indaba Hotel, Fourways, Johannesburg

MIIA was represented at this conference via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited speakers.

Programme

Presentationhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1RhsuKGRXa_qr3SGIjI6cBgCwIl_Vmcwh/view?usp=sharing - Operationalizing AI and Data Science

Videohttps://youtu.be/yeSBeku8NjA 

Organizers: Kopano Premier Events

 

66. Deep Learning Indaba, Stellenbosch University, 9-15 September 2018

Strengthening African ​Machine Learning 

Deep Learning Indaba Sponsorship  Stellenbosch, South Africa: 10-15 September 2018. 

The Deep Learning Indaba exists to celebrate and strengthen machine learning in Africa through state-of-the-art teaching, networking, policy debate, and through our support programmes, such as the IndabaX and the Kambule and Maathai awards. We work towards the vision of Africans becoming critical contributors, owners, and shapers of the coming advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning. We need visionary partners to help realise this vision; we need your help! In 2018 we increase our commitment to African machine learning with an ambitious programme that will almost double our participation and significantly

Websitehttp://www.deeplearningindaba.com/

Application (opening in March 2018): http://www.deeplearningindaba.com/apply.html 

Sponsorshiphttp://www.deeplearningindaba.com/uploads/1/0/2/6/102657286/deep_learning_indaba_sponsorship_request.pdf 

 You can apply either as a student or as a general attendee.

  • Students should be 4th-year/honours, MSc, PhD, or postdoc level.
  • General attendees include academics, research scientists at startups or industry, and engineers in data science fields. ​


You should apply if you have:

  • An active interest in machine learning, artificial intelligence, statistics, data science, or related computational sciences (e.g., statistical physics, computational neuroscience, computational social science, etc).
  • Basic programming experience in Python or Matlab (if you’ve completed an undergrad assignment that involved coding, you should be fine!).
  • Basic (undergraduate) knowledge of calculus, linear algebra, probability theory and statistics. See the description of background topics for pointers and further details.

 

Call for Nominations

Awarding African Excellence in Research and Innovation in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Deadline 30th April 2018
Deep Learning Indaba, Stellenbosch, September 2018
 
http://machineintelligenceafrica.org/activities/deep-learning-indaba/ 
 
 

65. ITU Telecom World 2018, SMART ABC, Artificial Intelligence — Banking — Cities, Durban, South Africa, 10-13 September 2018

ITU Telecom World 2018, SMART ABC, Artificial Intelligence — Banking — Cities, Durban, South Africa, 10-13 September 2018
 
MIIA will also be represented at this conference via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited speakers.
 
Smart ITU
Smart solutions make innovative use of ICTs to improve quality of life, efficiency of services, productivity and competitiveness. Smart increasingly relies on the Internet of Things, interconnecting billions of devices, objects and people, in conjunction with machine learning and artificial intelligence to analyse and action the enormous volumes of data that ensue. ITU is leading the way in establishing the international standards for devices to interconnect, communicate and deliver seamless, trusted, interoperable services on a global scale.
 
Smart ABC
ITU has created a unique platform bringing together artificial intelligence as a key enabler of smart and emerging applications
in digital financial services and urban living – smart banking and smart cities. The second edition of its Smart ABC Programme
will be held at ITU Telecom World 2018, the leading tech event for governments, corporates and SMEs taking place in Durban,
South Africa, 10-13 September 2018. Featuring the Smart ABC Pavilion, a full agenda of debates and networking activities, the
Smart ABC Programme will focus on the latest technological, business and policy developments at the intersection of three
critical fields of the smart age.
 
Website: https://telecomworld.itu.int/2018-event/smart-abc/ 
Brochure: https://telecomworld.itu.int/Documents/WT18/WT18-Brochure-SmartABC.pdf 
 

64. AIExpo Africa 2018, Cape Town, 9-11 September 2018

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is happening NOW with emerging technology breakthroughs in a range of fields, including robotic automation, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, quantum computing, biotechnology, IoT, 3D printing and self driving vehicles.  Research on the impact of AI reveals that AI could double annual economic growth rates in 2035 by changing the nature of work and creating a new relationship between man and machine.

AI ExpoAfrica 2018 is focusing on real world applications & trends driving the AI Economy in Africa & wider global economy, exploring the AI Business Opportunity NOW and seeking to build an AI Business focused Community in Africa.   Enjoy a packed 2 day program, with 400 delegates, 27 Speakers, 5 Keynotes,  Exhibition & Innovation Cafe.  

The audience is comprised of CxO / Enterprise decision makers allied to AI Cloud platform providers, Tier 1 / 2 deployment & service providers, AI start ups / innovators, investors, educators, government and AI ecosystem community builders.  With 6 themes and 3 tracks, you will learn about real Enterprise AI case studies and the application of AI in Business TODAY, available technology and platforms, deployment challenges, ethics and skills plus innovation and research driving current business trends.

Twitter: @aiexpoafrica
Facebook: @aiexpoafrica 
LinkedIn: AI Expo Africa Group
Web: www.aiexpoafrica.com 

Registration: http://aiexpoafrica.com/registration/ 

 

Dr Jacques Ludik, Founder & President of MIIA & Cortex Logic CEO, will be serving as Track Moderator at the event and stated, “It’s great to see AI Expo Africa focusing on the real world applications of AI. Their novel approach to include large enterprise platform and service vendors, alongside AI start-up innovators coupled to a CxO audience containing decision makers and investors makes for a perfect mix. It’s a great opportunity to see how AI is now impacting many aspects of Commerce and Enterprise in Africa, and delegates will gain great value from attending.”

About AI Expo Africa
https://lnkd.in/dnq3e5P

Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA)
https://lnkd.in/gwWmri3

  

 

AI EXPO AFRICA VISION
 
AI Expo Africa is building the largest business focused AI community in Africa. In pursuit of this goal we are committed to hands on, practical skills development and inclusivity to provide learning and career development opportunities for all.  Via the kind support of our sponsors Intel, Siatik, Cortex Logic and Microsoft, we are offering 8 skills workshops with 400 FREE places to young engineers, learners, interns and Entrepreneurs to explore a new AI related topic via our ground breaking AI Talent Tank workshop series. 
 
Each delegate will gain access to ONE workshop PLUS 1x morning or afternoon pass to the Expo Hall & 1x complimentary lunch
 


JOINING INSTRUCTIONS

  • The workshops are aimed at people who already have basic to mid-level technical ability in data science, machine learning, deep learning and associated platforms.  
  • Delegates can choose ONE workshop ONLY 
  • Each delegate will be issued with a ticket giving them access to the workshop
  • This ticket also includes a complimentary lunch plus morning or afternoon access to the Expo Hall
  • Delegates MUST check in at the venue registration (Century City Conference Centre) on the allocated day
  • Workshop registration desk opens 9am sharp and is located on the 1st Floor 
  • Delegates MUST collect their pass & lunch ticket from the registration desk
  • Delegates without a ticket or pass will be refused access to Workshop & Expo
 
MORNING WORKSHOPS 10:30 - 13:00
 
Intel Africa Workshop - The Movidius Neural Compute Stick (3 hours)  

10th September Workshop 1  (50 places) 
11th September Workshop 2  (50 places) 

Cortex Logic Workshop - Image Processing & Deep Learning - Tools & Techniques (3 hours) 

10th September Workshop 1 (50 places) 
11th September Workshop 2 (50 places) 

AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS 14:00 - 17:00

Siatik Workshop - The theory behind neural nets (3 hours) 

10th September Workshop 1 (50 places) 
11th September Workshop 2 (50 places) 

Microsoft Workshop - Building intelligent applications and solutions on Azure (3 hours) 

10th September Workshop 1 (50 places) 
11th September Workshop 2 (50 places)
 
GETTING TO THE VENUE
 
Our event partner Uber has provided sponsored taxi rides - All new users can sign up here with the promotional code: AEA2018 in order to receive a free first ride up to R50.
 
 

AI Expo Africa on Cape Talk Radio

Cape Talk Radio (6 September 2018) - AI Africa - The Future lies in Artificial Intelligence
 

  

 

AI Africa Expo 2018
Cortex Logic
Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa
Thanks to Nick Bradshaw and Roy Bannister for an excellent event! #aiexpoafrica AI Expo Africa

Cortex Logic Workshop
Source code: https://github.com/cortexlogic/aiExpo
Videos:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AWBovYRWn1eQEyyc_4rmwic4MW7e4X_O/view?usp=sharing 

Photos

Synapse AI

https://issuu.com/aimediasynapse/docs/synapse_-_issue_1-opt

 

63. Leaderex 2018, Digital Skills Summit, Sandton Convention Centre, Fourways, Johannesburg, South Africa, 4 September 2018 

MIIA was represented at this conference via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited speakers.

Event: Leaderex, www.leaderex.com

Speakershttp://www.leaderex.com/sectionspeakers.aspx?s=73 

Date: 4 September 2018

 

AI and Machine Learning in South Africa 

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre, Pavilion, Room 19 

Times: 13h00 to 13h45

Topic: AI and Machine Learning in South Africa 

Content: Industry trends, innovations, certification options, career prospects etc.

 

The future of AI 

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre, Pavilion, Room 3 

Times: 15h30 to 16h00

Track: AI & Automation

Topic: The future of AI

Speaker: Dr Jacques Ludik

Format: Keynote

Content: What’s coming in AI/Machine Learning, ethics, moonshoots, Superintelligence etc.

Presentationhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1IIz_QN_TIuTqIgQ9mUm3jHy5t20UVAbk/view?usp=sharing 

 

62. United Nations Conference on Autonomous Weapons, Future of Life Institute, Pretoria, 16-17 August 2018

MIIA has been represented at this conference via Dr Jacques Ludik as a guest speaker.

 

 

 

61. Artificial Intelligence Transforming Human Resources Summit 2018, 15 - 17 August 2018 at the Hackle Brooke Conference Centre in Craig Hall Johannesburg

Artificial Intelligence Transforming Human Resources Summit 2018 scheduled to take place on 15 - 17 August 2018 at the Hackle Brooke Conference Centre in Craig Hall Johannesburg.

MIIA has been represented at this conference via Dr Jacques Ludik as a keynote speaker.

Presentation: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AZamsSeRyy2VF17xDAdoLEdj0LUjPYYG/view?usp=sharing 

Website: http://www.impalabusinessconcepts.co.za/events.html 

Programme: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OdsNcZShTHk0KDJ0cGyCq1rMT0e6-4nC/view?usp=sharing 

 

60. Bank Customer Experience Summit Africa 2018, Southern Sun Montecasino, Fourways, Johannesburg, South Africa, 7-8 August 2018 

Event: Bank Customer Experience Summit Africa 2018, Southern Sun Montecasino, fourways, Johannesburg, South Africa, 7-8 August 2018

MIIA has been represented at this conference via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited speakers.

For more details on the two day summit, see the program brochure.

 

59. ITWeb Meeting of Minds - Artificial Intelligence 2018, The Forum, Bryanston, South Africa, 1-2 August 2018 

MIIA has partnered with ITWeb for their ITWeb Meeting of Minds - Artificial Intelligence 2018 event at Bryanston from 1-2 August 2018.

For more details about this event see: http://v2.itweb.co.za/event/itweb/artificial-intelligence-2018/ 

AGENDAhttp://v2.itweb.co.za/event/itweb/artificial-intelligence-2018/?page=agenda 

Key attractions of this event:

  • An international keynote address from the Netherlands: Dr Aimee van Wynsberghe, assistant professor of ethics and technology at TU Delft (Netherlands) and president of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics.
  • Nedbank will bring Pepper (SA's first humanoid robot) to the event for its presentation.
  • The programme includes two controversial panel discussions, so it isn't just a traditional show of heads. The topics are:
    • AI: Good, Bad, Fad? A session to talk about the implications of AI with respect to employment, social and workplace impact, and where it really stands today in terms of capability. Do we face the rise of the killer robots, or are the bots going to be our best friends?
    • On the road to AI – how do you get there? This panel discussion will provide insight into what considerations need to be made before embarking on a journey to AI.
  • The event is endorsed by The Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa, and Dr Jacques Ludik, president and founder of the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa and CEO and founder of Cortex Logic, will present information on solving strategic and operationally relevant problems through operationalising AI, data science, IOT and big data and analytics.
    • Get good perspective on operationalizing Big Data & Analytics, IoT and AI and its benefits
    • Discover how end-to-end AI solutions can unlock value from all available structured and unstructured data to:
      • increase operational efficiency, effectiveness and revenue
      • create strategic value via faster, better and more proactive decisions, enhanced scalability, new business models, and revenue growth opportunities
      • enhance customer experience via real-time, on demand, digital, personalized service delivery, assistance and advice which is enabled via 360 degree insights about the customer
      • an enable more targeted sales and marketing
    • Get information on some of these solutions include strategic business transformation & optimization, human capital valuation & employee profiling, intelligent virtual assistants, robo-advisors, process optimization, predictive maintenance, fraud detection, churn prediction, advanced risk scoring, machine learning-based trading, real-time customer insights, smart recommendations and purchase prediction, personalized search, cyber security, medical risk prediction, and precision medicine.
    • Working collaboratively with innovate AI partners that can help business thrive in the Smart Technology Era and be agile, innovative and adapt quickly to stay relevant given the swift pace of change and disruption to business and society.
  • Tim Collins, head of Consulting, Product Development and Analytics at TransUnion, will present a case study on TransUnion's CreditVision.
  • Celia Pienaar of Webber Wentzel will present on the use of AI in regulation will how AI is transforming the regulatory environment
  • The event features a speed networking session – which has become very popular among our delegates at previous events.
  • We have also secured Vera Nagtegaal, Executive Head, Hippo.co.za speak on embracing digitalisation/AI to be able to compete with the biggest technology disrupters
  • Nigel Solomons, Head of ICT, Golden Arrow Bus Services (Pty) Ltd will present a case study: Transport Industry on the AI trends in the Public Transport Industry

Please register here. MIIA members get a 20% discount.

 

 

58. The Blockchain, AI, and the Future of Impact Finance, Cape Town, South Africa, 1 August 2018 

 

This event will focus on how technology will change the way we measure, fund and scale impact globally. By scanning the current landscape of impact tech and exploring where we are headed, we will paint a picture of the future of social enterprise, impact investing and innovative financing—pushed to new heights by the emergence of enabling, exponential technologies such as artificial intelligence and the blockchain.

The session will begin with an overview of the exponential technology for impact finance space and will then move onto six TED style talks by founders of exponential technology firms for impact. Finally, we will have a short Q&A session with the founders.

This event is proudly co-hosted by Intelligent Impact, The Field Institute, Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Endowment and The Blockchain Academy and supported by the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA).

Date and Time: Wed, August 1, 2018 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM SAST

Location: Rise Cape Town, 5th Floor, Block B, Woodstock Exchange, 66 - 68 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, Western Cape

Speakers: Aunnie Patton Power, Shaun Conway, Fleur Heyns, David Wood, Sonya Kuhnel, and Danai Musandu

Links: 

 

57. AI for Business and Sustainable Development Goals event at Nedbank Stellenbosch University LaunchLab, Stellenbosch, 4 July 2018

AI for Business & Sustainable Development Goals

SponsorsNedbank Stellenbosch University LaunchLabMachine Intelligence Institute of AfricaCortex Logic

Venue: Nedbank Stellenbosch University LaunchLab, Hammandshand Road, Stellenbosch

We had another exciting MIIA event at Nedbank Stellenbosch University LaunchLab, Stellenbosch on 4 July 2018.

The theme for the event was AI for Sustainable Development Goals with Dr Jacques Ludik, sharing some of the key takeaways from his participation as invited AI expert to the AI for Good Global Summit in Geneva on 15-17 May 2018. The AI for Good series is the leading United Nations platform for dialogue on AI. The action-oriented 2018 summit identified practical applications of AI and supporting strategies to improve the quality and sustainability of life on our planet. 

This presentation was then be followed by a panel discussion with some experts from University, Industry, and the MIIA community participating. 

Agenda:

Presentations:

Panel DiscussionAI for Business and Sustainable Development Goals

  • Dr Jacques Ludik (moderator), Dr Nick Bradshaw (AI Expo), Chris Curren (UCT), Peter Wilson, Aunnie Patton Power (UCT), Helge Reikeras

Videos:

Photos:

Registrationhttp://qkt.io/VyyzzH

Meetuphttps://www.meetup.com/Machine-Intelligence-Institute-of-Africa/events/250027910/  

 

56. Road to Artificial Intelligence, SAS Event, Rosebank, Johannesburg, 28 June 2018

Website: https://www.sas.com/en_za/events/18/road2ai-johannesburg.html  

Agenda: https://www.sas.com/en_za/events/18/road2ai-johannesburg.html#agenda 

Location: Hyatt Regency, 191 Oxford Rd, Rosebank,  Johannesburg

MIIA has been represented at this conference via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited speakers.

12:30 - 13:00 Panel Discussion: Making AI Real: Challenge or Opportunity in unlocking business value

Moderator: David Cosgrave - Pre-Sales Support Director: Information Management & Analytics, SAS Africa

 

SAS Road to AI – 28 June 2018

Agenda 08:30 - 09:00

Registration & Breakfast

09:00 - 09:20

The Road to Artificial Intelligence | Embrace the Analytics Economy Desan Naidoo - Vice President, SAS Africa

09:20 - 09:50

Keynote: The Renaissance of our Species Neil Harbisson - Cyborg Artist and co-founder of the Cyborg Foundation

09:50 - 10:20

Artificial Intelligence: How it's changing the world of business Larry Orimoloye - Senior Business Solutions Manager - Advanced Analytics & AI, SAS

10:20 - 10:45

The Art of the Practical: Making AI real: What could AI do for my organization? A review of current real-world examples of AI & Robotics in Banking Prenton Chetty - Senior Manager, Advanced Analytics, Nedbank

10h45 – 10h55

Panel Discussion: AI Strategy & Business Value

David Cosgrave: Moderator

Panellists: Dr Jacques Ludik, Rajesh Duvooru, Prenton Chetty

10:55 - 11:15

Tea Break

11:15 - 11:40

Intelligent robotics What can the latest deep reinforcement learning contribute to advances in Robotics? And what does this mean for your business? Dr. Benjamin Rosman - Deep Learning & Robotics Researcher and Lecturer, Wits University / CSIR

 

11h40 – 11h50

Panel Discussion: Robotics & AI

Moderator: David Cosgrave

Panellists: Dr Benjamin Rosman, Dr Jacques Ludik, Prenton Chetty

11:50 - 12:20

Solving business problems using data visualization and machine learning Aneshan Ramaloo - Advanced Analytics Practice Lead, SAS Africa

12:20 - 12:40

Demo: Paradise Found with Machine Learning: Find Your Best City to Live. Focus on fundamentals of effective data management strategy in analytics Craig Stephens - Principal Solutions Manager, SAS Africa

12h40 – 12h50

Panel Discussion: Practical applications, skills, data management

Moderator: David Cosgrave

Panellists: Rajesh Duvooru, Dr Jacques Ludik, Prenton Chetty

12h50 – 13h00

General Questions and Closure

MC

13:00 - 14:30

Networking & Lunch/ Demo area

 

 

55. Robotics Process Automation & Artificial Intelligence Conference 2018, Indaba Hotel, Fourways, Johannesburg, 20 & 21 June 2018

Robotics Process Automation & Artificial Intelligence Conference 2018, Indaba Hotel, Fourways, Johannesburg, 20 & 21 June 2018.

MIIA has been represented at this conference via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited speakers.

 

Overview

RPA and AI will transform your company and inject a new and refresh dimension by taking over the most mundane and repetitive parts of various processes and improve efficiency and accuracy in all initiatives. The benefits of implementing such technologies are innumerable and include business spin-offs such as cost reduction, speed of delivery, flexibility, improved customer service, better ROI, consistency, faster processing and accelerated business performance across all company sections. The key to business success is to understand and appreciate the complementary value that humans and AI bring to the table and develop strategies that allow them to tap and capitalise on both. This 2-days conference has brought expert and seasoned professional speakers from across the industry spectrum to provide insights, best practices and get delegates ready to smoothly and efficiently sail on a new robotics and AI trajectory.

Some of the featured speakers:

  • James Matcher, Director: Advisory Services, Ernest & Young South Africa
  • Michael Kabai, Senior Legal Manager: Capital Markets, Financial Sector Conduct Authority
  • Dr. Jacques Ludik, Chief Executive Officer, Cortex Logic, President, MIIA
  • Andre Sankar, Head of Process Integration: Robotics Process Automation, Nedbank
  • Rieta de Villiers, Associate Director, Deloitte Consulting
  • Alistair Hofert, Cognitive and Intelligent Automation Lead, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Brian Lewkowicz, Associate Director: Robotic Process Automation, Ernst & Young South Africa
  • Steve Burke, Managing Director, DigiBlu
  • Paul St. Quintin, Chief Operations Officer, DigiBlu
  • Kresen Pillay, Co-Founder, BotsZA
  • Harmony Mothibe, Co-Founder, BotsZA
  • Mpumi Dikotla, Robotic Process Automation Lead, DigiBlu
  • Jean Louw, Robotic Process Automation Engineer, LarcAI Robotics
  • Morne Fischer, Associate Director, Deloitte Consulting
  • Megan Menasce, Process Competence Lead, IQ Business
  • Peter Franz, Managing Director & Co-Chief Executive Officer, BPM-D

 

Who should attend:

This conference is relevant to GMs, Heads, Directors, Senior Managers, VPs and Executives from across industries dealing with:

  • Robotics
  • RPA
  • IT or ICT
  • Shared Services
  • Digital Transformation
  • Process Enablement
  • Innovation
  • Finance
  • Data Management
  • Customer Service
  • Enterprise/Business Architecture
  • Business Solutions
  • Human Resources
  • Operations
  • Call Centres

 

Day 1: Wednesday 20 June 2018

08:30 Registration & Refreshments

08:50 Opening Remarks by Chairperson

09:00 A global perspective on Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

  • A global overview of RPA market
  • Who are the drivers and executors of RPA
  • The challenges of end to end process automation
  • Extracting the value potential of RPA

 

Morne Fischer, Associate Director, Deloitte Consulting

09:45 Creating suitable conditions to successfully implement RPA and Artificial Intelligence

  • Implementing rule-based activities
  • Availability of data structured inputs
  • Combining RPA and AI to improve process efficiency

 

Mpumi Dikotla, Robotic Process Automation Lead, DigiBlu

10:30 Exploring the benefits of process automation and artificial intelligence in financial Sector

  • Reduction of systemic
  • Efficiency
  • Increased accuracy and consistency
  • Improved automation through AI
  • AI’s ability to deal with complex processes

 

Michael Kabai, Senior Legal Manager: Capital Markets, Financial Sector Conduct Authority

11:15 Refreshments/Networking

11:30 Solving strategic and operationally relevant problems through operationalizing AI, Data Science, IoT and Big Data & Analytics

Dr. Jacques Ludik, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Cortex Logic, President, MIIA

Presentations:

 

12:15 Reasons why companies are reluctant to implement RPA and AI programmes

  • Not knowing where to start
  • Fear of depending on machines rather than humans
  • Fear of the unknown – the power of new machines

 

Paul St. Quintin, Chief Operation Officer, DigiBlu

13:00 Lunch/Networking

14:00 Issues to consider when embarking on an automation journey

  • Considering the automation maturity of your company
  • Knowledge of the types of technologies and processes to be automated
  • Aligning your automation strategy with the overall business strategy
  • Understanding what automation opportunities there might be

 

James Matcher, Director: Advisory Services, Ernst & Young South Africa

14:45 Legal & Ethical Issues related AI & Autonomous Systems

  • Data Privacy
  • Integrity
  • Security related to AI.

 

Harmony Mothibe, Co-Founder, BotsZA

15:30 Implementing a Successful Automation (RPA) Practice

  • The power of Automation
  • Common pitfalls and the best ways to avoid them
  • Use value targeting to align RPA initiatives with business strategy

 

Joint Presentation: Megan Menasce, Process Competence Lead, IQ Business & Peter Franz, Managing Director & Co-Chief Executive Officer, BPM-D

16:15 End of Day 1

 

Day 2: Thursday 21 June 2018

09:00 Exploring and developing new opportunities for RPA in your organisation

  • Moving from Business Process Solutions (BPS) to RPA
  • Enhancing your competitive advantage by automating your internal processes
  • Maximising your staff’s potential by using PRA solutions

 

Steve Burke, Managing Director, DigiBlu

09:45 Making the right RPA decisions to maximise your company’s ROI

  • Selecting the right partners for each process
  • Identifying challenges when developing pilot programmes
  • Managing change in early adoption processes

 

Andre Sankar, Head of Process Integration: Robotic Process Automation, Nedbank

10:30 Investing in cognitive and intelligent automation

Alistair Hofert, Cognitive and Intelligent Automation Lead, PriceWaterhouseCoopers

11:15 Refreshments/Networking

11:30 Incorporating Artificial Intelligence through the use of machine learning and natural language processing

  • Introduction to Chatsbots meet RPA
  • What are Chatsbots?
  • Where do bots exist?
  • Business Process Automation – Chatsbots & RPA
  • What are the benefits
  • Using cases

 

Kresen Pillay, Co-Founder, BotsZA

12:15 Realising the revenue benefits of RPA technologies

  • Understanding where your greatest benefits lay and your RPA priorities
  • Do the RPA basics well and achieve optimal financial results

 

54. Finnovation Africa: South Africa 2018 - Accelerating the Digital Transformation of Banking & Financial Services, Raddisson Blue Gautrain, Johannesburg, 6 June 2018

 

MIIA was also represented at the Finnovation Africa 2018 event via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited speakers.  

Agenda

Report

Photos - Facebook

 

South Africa: A Landscape of Dynamic FinTech Transformation

South Africa’s FinTech adoption rate is expected to experience a major leap over the next few years. EY’s annual FinTech Adoption Index Report 2017 forecasted 71% growth, with the country ranking third in future growth behind only China and India. There is a greater number of technology hubs in South Africa than any other country on the continent with a larger amount of national and international investment in the sector. South Africa’s Reserve Bank has created a team which is dedicated to monitor the latest FinTech developments on payments, lending, deposit taking, investments and insurance, which will report directly to the Deputy Governor Francoise Groepe. South Africa is clearly in the midst of one of the most exciting phases of innovation and disruption in the financial sector.

Innovation in Financial Services: A Dynamic Event Tailor-Made for a Cutting-Edge Industry

Finnovation Africa: South Africa 2018 is a very different kind of event, a complete reboot, for a very different kind of industry. Deconstructed and shorn of all the usual, tired formats of the traditional convention and built from the ground up as a genuinely new event that is a ground-breaking in its focus as it is in its format and aspiring to be as innovative and transformative as the dynamic FinTech market it serves.

Combining a highly innovative and interactive event format with world-class speakers and more than 300 carefully selected participants, Finnovation Africa: South Africa 2018, to be held at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Johannesburg on the 6th of June 2018, will tackle the most pressing questions for the progress of FinTech and the positive transformation of banking in Africa, providing a platform for all stakeholders to engage in creating the future of financial services on the continent – from established banking powerhouses to FinTech start-ups.

 

53. Sanlam AI Tech Talk, Bellville, South Africa, 29 May 2018 

 

Sanlam AI Tech Talk, Bellville, South Africa, 29 May 2018

MIIA was represented at this event via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited speakers. The panel consisted of:

  • Dr Jacques Ludik - MIIA, Cortex Logic 
  • Dr Nick Bradshaw - AIExpo Africa, IntelliChat
  • Ryan Falkenburg - CLEVVA
  • Andrew Quixley - IBM Watson

Here were the questions that were discussed by the panel:

  • Define AI
  • Benefits of AI in life insurance
  • Use cases for AI in life insurance
  • Typical business case – investment required and quantified benefits – for AI implementations
  • Considerations for an AI implementation
  • Is AI really a threat to current jobs?
  • How are jobs changing with AI?
  • How can staff upskill themselves to be ready for AI?
  • How does an organisation like Sanlam get started with AI
  • Ethical questions
  • Closing remarks

 

52. Eskom Digital Day, Eskom Park, Witbank, South Africa, 24 May 2018 

Eskom Digital Day, Eskom Park, Witbank, South Africa, 24 May 2018

MIIA was represented at Eskom's Digital Day via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited speakers.

10:30-11:00: Keynote: AI and Machine learning

11:55-12:40 - Panel discussion

 

 

51. AI: Current Policy Reflections & Future Strategies, United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, 18 May 2018

Following the exciting AI for Good Global Summit, MIIA was represented by Dr Jacques Ludik was involved in another very stimulating and thought provoking conference at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland with delegates, diplomats, representatives from across the globe in the audience. The event, AI: Current Policy Reflections and Future Strategies, was held at the Palais de Nations, United Nations on 18 May 2018. As first time visitor to the United Nations it was not only a privilege to be there, but also to partake in the discussion on "Adopting AI in Industries: Potential and Challenges” as invited AI expert and African representative. As mentioned here as well as this post, this was also an opportunity to represent the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA) and Cortex Logic (as one of the sponsors).

Applications of Artificial Intelligence and the use of Autonomous Technologies (AT) are growing. The social, political and economic impact of these technologies is significant. Discussions on ethical aspects, possible standards and norms have already started in several jurisdictions including Canada, China, Germany, EU, India, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, the UK and the U.S. From a multilateral perspective there would be value in an exchange of nascent national experiences on AI/AT policy and standards. Such an exchange, particularly in a Track 1.5 setting, could generate insights for discussions on rules and standards related to AI/AT in inter-governmental forums. Such an exchange of information could also be an important component of future confidence building measures in platforms such as the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW). 

 

 

Conference on AI: Current Policy Reflections and Future Strategies (Geneva, May 18)

Permanent Mission of India to Conference on Disarmament and Observer Research Foundation

 

Introduction

  • Amandeep Singh Gill, Permanent Representative of India to the Conference on Disarmament
  • Samir Saran, President, Observer Research Foundation 

 

Message from Michael Møller

  • Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and current Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)

 

Keynote Address

  • Francis Gurry, Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

 

Transforming Governance through Emerging Technologies – lessons from Asia and Africa

From the emergence of digital identity programs in South Asia to the use of mobile money in Africa, policymakers across jurisdictions are exploring how technology can be adopted in various sectors while addressing the challenge of inclusion, building capacity, providing economic incentives and creating jobs. Asgovernments in emerging countries try to ease AI and autonomous technologies (AT) into their societies, the march of technology appears to be headed on a collision course with centuries-old structures of industry and economics.

The panel consisting of experts from Asia and Africa will take stock of developments in AI policy and e-governance initiatives undertaken by their respective governments; and specifically identify policy priorities and capacity gaps for emerging economies.

Themes:

  • a) What are the main domains of application of AI/AT and how are governments promoting, researching and developing these applications? Specifically, how are emerging economies adopting these technologies to tackle challenges of financial inclusion?
  • b) How can national experiences inform the international consideration of future use of AI and AT based applications?
  • c) What are the gaps in current AI/AT related policy research – nationally and internationally – that need to be addressed over the next 3-5 years?

Panel

  • Samir Saran, President, Observer Research Foundation (Chair)
  • Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence at Government of the United Arab Emirates
  • GS Madhusudan, Senior Project Advisor, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • David Shim, Associate Professor, Dept. of Aerospace Engineering,Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology
  • Pascale Fung, Professor Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

 

Building Normative Frameworks for AI and Governance: Lessons from the US and EU

The West has traditionally been considered the progenitor of new technologies and the rules that govern them – they continue to do so with the emergence of artificial intelligence.Policymakers from Transatlantic states have taken the lead in incubating talent in the sector, incentivizing startups through their regulatory frameworks and finally, in discussing norms to regulate the use of such technologies. This panel will discuss the commonalities in their strategic vision that gives these states an edge in building and scaling these technologies. Is there a normative framework that can drive this growth in other parts of the world?

Themes:

  • a) How can governments promote the adoption of AI across sectors domestically? What initiatives can governments take to train the next generation of the workforce?
  • b) How can technologically advanced states in Europe and America develop a global, strategic vision on adoption of AI and create platforms for engagement on norms?

Panel:

  • Anja Kaspersen, Director, United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs(Chair)
  • Raja Chatila, Professor and Director of the Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics at Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris
  • Jane Zavalishina, President and Co-Founder of Mechanica AI
  • Yao Zhang , Founder & CEO, RoboTerra, Inc.

 

Adopting AI in Industries: Potential and Challenges

With AI estimated to add to add USD 15.7 trillion to the global GDP by 2030, the opportunities for both incumbents and startups is huge. At the same time, companies will need to focus on skilling the workforce and identifying points in the supply chain for integration of AI. This, however, will require greater consideration on the design, purpose and deployment of AI. This panel will discuss how early adopters of AI are using the technology in different forms in their businesses. How is this AI transforming products, processes and outcomes for companies in industries such as FinTech and healthcare?

Themes:

  • a) How can businesses use AI to reduce costs, increase efficiency and solve problems even before they arise, across various sectors?
  • b) Can a normative framework such as a hippocratic oath for AI designers serve better in the long run rather than regulation in the form of binding instruments?

Panel:

  • Thomas Philbeck, Head of Science and Technology Studies, World Economic Forum (Chair)
  • Jacques Ludik , Founder & CEO of Cortex Logic, Founder & President of Machine Intelligence Insitute of Africa (MIIA)
  • Konstantinos Karachalios, Managing Director, IEEE-Standards Association
  • David Li, Co-founder, Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab
  • Lydia Kostopoulos, Technology and cybersecurity security consultant

 

Sustaining International Learnings on AI through Exchange of National Experiences

As governments the world over look to digitise their operations and harness the potential of machine learning, how can national experiences from varied contexts be exchanged to move the discourse forward? The social and economic impact of AI cannot be mitigated by merely overseeing the design of technology. The technology has to be introduced in different societies by training the workforce to protect users and data. How can states in different stages of AI development build capacity, train workforce, ensure safety and create public awareness around the new technology? What regulatory frameworks can states adopt to promote the development and use of AI in their respective economies?

This panel will discuss how the policy community can focus their efforts both domestically and internationally to build a normative consensus to adopt AI in their regimes. The panel will also explore the role of the industry and identify short term and long term goals for the broader community.

Themes:

  • a) How can states exchange knowledge and learn from cross-jurisdictional experiences on the domestic development and use of AI?
  • b) Do plans for AI in governance differ significantly across the globe or are there common elements?

Panel:

  • Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Chief, Department of Strategic Planning and Membership, ITU
  • Amandeep Singh Gill, Permanent Representative of India to the Conference on Disarmament
  • Samir Saran, President ,Observer Research Foundation 

 

Dinner with Ambassador Amandeep Singh Gill (Permanent Representative of India to the Conference on Disarmament), Samir Saran (President, Observer Research Foundation) and other panelists 

 

United Nations Tour - The Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room, used by the United Nations Human Rights Council

 

United Nations Tour - General Assembly and the Conference on Disarmament in the Council Chamber

 

United Nations Tour - Palais de Nations

The Palace of Nations (French: Palais des Nations) is the home of the United Nations Office at Geneva, located in Geneva, Switzerland. It was built between 1929 and 1938 to serve as the headquarters of the League of Nations. It has served as the home of the United Nations Office at Geneva since 1946 when the Secretary-General of the United Nations signed a Headquarters Agreement with the Swiss authorities, although Switzerland did not become a member of the United Nations until 2002. In 2012 alone, the Palace of Nations hosted more than 10,000 intergovernmental meetings [Wikipedia].

 

 

50. AI for Good Global Summit, Geneva, Switzerland, 15-17 May 2018 

The Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA) and Africa was represented via Dr Jacques Ludik's participation as invited AI expert at the 2nd edition of the AI for Good Global Summit in Geneva, Switzerland on 15-17 May 2018. This Summit is organized by ITU in partnership with XPRIZE Foundation, the global leader in incentivized prize competitions, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and sister United Nations agencies including UNESCOUNICEF,UNCTADUNIDOGlobal PulseUNICRIUNODAUNIDIRUNODCWFPIFADUNAIDSWIPOILOUNITARUNOPSOHCHRUN UniversityWHOUNEPICAOUNDPThe World BankUN DESACTBTOUNISDR, and UNOG. ​ 

The AI for Good series is the leading United Nations platform for dialogue on AI. The action-oriented 2018 summit will identify practical applications of AI and supporting strategies to improve the quality and sustainability of life on our planet. The summit will continue to formulate strategies to ensure trusted, safe and inclusive development of AI technologies and equitable access to their benefits. 

While the 2017 summit sparked the first ever inclusive global dialogue on beneficial AI, the action-oriented 2018 summit will focus on impactful AI solutions able to yield long-term benefits and help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. 'Breakthrough teams' will demonstrate the potential of AI to map poverty and aid with natural disasters using satellite imagery, how AI could assist the delivery of citizen-centric services in smart cities, and new opportunities for AI to help achieve Universal Health Coverage, and finally to help achieve transparency and explainability in AI algorithms.

Teams will propose impactful AI strategies able to be enacted in the near term, guided by an expert audience of mentors representing government, industry, academia and civil society. Strategies will be evaluated by the mentors according to their feasibility and scalability, potential to address truly global challenges, degree of supporting advocacy, and applicability to market failures beyond the scope of government and industry. The exercise will connect AI innovators with public and private-sector decision-makers, building collaboration to take promising strategies forward. 


"As the UN specialized agency for information and communication technologies, ITU is well placed to guide AI innovation towards the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development ​Goals. We are providing a neutral platform for international dialogue aimed at ​building a ​common understanding of the capabilities of emerging AI technologies.​​" - Houlin Zhao, Secretary General ​of ITU​

Websitehttps://www.itu.int/en/ITU-T/AI/2018/Pages/default.aspx 

Invited Experts: https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-T/AI/2018/Pages/Invitedexperts.aspx 

Contact: ai@itu.int

​Building on the spark created by the first AI Summit in 2017, the second AI Summit in 2018 will identify practical solutions of how AI can accelerate progress towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There are 17 SDGs, 169 targets, and around 230+ indicators to measure the SDGs. All indicators in one file are listed hereThe goal of the Summit is to launch projects that can be implemented in the coming months. The Summit is not about reporting, it is about building. 

The heart of the Summit are the following tracks on Day 2 (16 May 2018):

Each track is curated by a team. The team will also identify, in the time leading up to the Summit, projects that could be launched at the Summit. The teams will present an overview of their respective track on Day 1, during the last plenary. During Day 2, the four tracks will run in parallel. On Day 3 in plenary, findings of each track will be summarized and presented. 

As the MIIA team is passionate about shaping a better future in the Smart Technology and specifically to help transform Africa through Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data & Analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), and Blockchain technologies, it was a privilege to participate as invited AI expert at the AI for Good Global Summit in Geneva, Switzerland on 15-17 May 2018 as well as the AI: Current Policy Reflections and Future Strategies on 18 May 2018 at the United Nations. As mentioned here as well as this post, this was also an opportunity to represent the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA), Cortex Logic (as one of the sponsors) and the African perspective on the use of these technologies with respect to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals

The AI for Good Global Summit is organized by ITU in partnership with XPRIZE Foundation, the global leader in incentivized prize competitions, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and sister United Nations agencies including UNESCOUNICEF,UNCTADUNIDOGlobal PulseUNICRIUNODAUNIDIRUNODCWFPIFADUNAIDSWIPOILOUNITARUNOPSOHCHRUN UniversityWHOUNEPICAOUNDPThe World BankUN DESACTBTOUNISDR, and UNOG.

 

The home page for the AI for Good Global Summit 2018 provides links to:

 

 

AI Empowering Smart Citizens

Wrap-up:

 

 

PIONEERING AI-DRIVEN PROJECT PROPOSALS GENERATED AT THE SUMMIT:


Monitoring agriculture and biodiversity using satellite imagery

Three project proposals use AI-powered satellite imagery analysis to predict and prevent deforestation, track livestock with great accuracy, and provide data analytics for micro-insurance to small-hold farmers. A fourth project proposal provides enabling infrastructure and common capabilities – through a 'global service platform' – to support new satellite data projects in achieving immediate scale.


AI-improved healthcare

Fifteen project proposals aim to improve and expand healthcare in fields spanning primary care and service delivery, the detection of impending vision loss and osteoarthritis, the integration and analysis of medical data, the consideration afforded to AI by healthcare policy, and responses to outbreaks of disease and other medical emergencies.

Participants also discussed the creation of a new study platform that would be open to all interested stakeholders, and supported by ITU and the World Health Organization. This would collect use cases of AI in healthcare and identify the data formats and interoperability mechanisms required to amplify the impact of such use cases.


Smart urban development

Seven project proposals aim to support linguistic diversity within cities, combat gender violence, and provide virtual testbeds for the simulation of smart city projects. These projects included the targeted establishment of an 'Internet of Cities', a global network able to share the data, knowledge and expertise required to replicate successful smart city projects elsewhere in the world.


Trust in AI

Nine project proposals address three key dimensions of trust in AI: AI stakeholders' trust in AI developers; trust across national, cultural and organizational boundaries; and trust in AI systems themselves.

Other projects proposals seek to build trust in AI's contribution to agriculture and mental health. They investigate strategies for developing countries to maintain social stability as AI-driven automation influences labour markets. They also explore how the concept of trust varies across cultures, and they study how policymakers could encourage the development of trustworthy AI systems and datasets free of bias.

These projects would be supported by a proposed incubator for multidisciplinary collaboration in the interest of building trust in AI, trustfactory.ai.

 

EXHIBITS / DEMOS​​​​

https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-T/AI/2018/Pages/demos.aspx 


​​Day 1, 15 May 2018 ​

  • Sophia - First Robot Citizen
  • ​Tilde - Neural Machine Translation
  • ETRI - Smart English Learning System
  • ​Comobilis – helping citizens get organised to share a common vehicle ​
  • ​iCub - EU open source Robot​​

​​Day 2, 16 May 2018 ​

  • Zero Abuse Project - AI solution to track child abuse
  • AiFRED
  • MedMind
  • Ubenwa
  • Amiko
  • Deloitte - Alice (Intelligent Care Robot) + preventing financial crime project​ ​

​​Day 3, 17 May 2018 ​

  • Sage Foundation – AI powered domestic violence assistance bot​
  • ​MIT – Probabilistic programming for Data Science​
  • Atom360
  • Global AI ​​
  • ​Kiwi – Autonomous delivery robot​​​


Sophia and Hanson Robotics

 

CELEBRATION OF THE WORLD TELECOMMUNICATION & INFORMATION SOCIETY DAY

AI-Powered Moonshots - Meet the Astronauts

 

 

Visit to the United Nations and Palais de Nations 

 

Health, Water, Smart Education & Smart Technology Services for African Smart Cities

  • AI Community & Data Platform for Africa
    • Collaboration betweem the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA) and Zindi
  • Health Data & Analytics Ecosystem for Africa
  • Water Data & Analytics Platform for Africa
  • Smart Education for Africa
  • Smart Technology Services for African Smart Cities
  • Empowering Smart Citizens 

Presentation

 

Mapping of Sustainable Development Goals to some of the African Smart Technology Projects

  • Partnerships for the Goals (17)
    • AI Community and Data Platform for Africa
  • Good Health and Well-Being (3)
    • Health Data & Analytics Platform & Ecosystem for Africa
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities (11)
    • Smart Technology Services for African Cities
  • Clean Water and Sanitation (6)
    • Water Data & Analytics Platform for Africa
  • Quality Education (4)
    • Smart Education for Africa

 

 

Mapping of AI for Good Summit Tracks to African Smart Technology Projects

AI for Good 
Global Summit Track

Example Use cases

Mapping to Africa Project: Health, Water, Smart Education & Smart Technology Services for African Smart Cities

AI and satellite imagery 

show potential of AI to map poverty and aid with natural disasters using satellite imagery

AI Community & Data Platform for Africa

Smart Technology Services for African Smart Cities

AI and health

new opportunities for AI to help achieve Universal Health Coverage

Health Data & Analytics Ecosystem for Africa

AI Community & Data Platform for Africa; Smart Technology Services for African Smart Cities

AI and smart cities & communities

how AI could assist the delivery of citizen-centric services in smart cities

AI Community & Data Platform for Africa; Smart Technology Services for African Smart Cities

Water Data & Analytics Platform for Africa

Trust in AI

help achieve transparency and explainability in AI algorithms

AI Community & Data Platform for Africa

Smart Technology Services for African Smart Cities

 

 AI Community & Data Platform for Africa

  • Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA)
  • ZINDI
    • ZINDI is a social enterprise whose mission is to build the data science capacity in Africa. Zindi’s vision is for a vibrant community of data scientists across Africa to be mobilized, solving the region’s most pressing problems. ZINDI is an online platform that will host competitions, datasets, tutorials, jobs board, and discussion forums. ZINDI will work with companies to develop, curate, and prepare data-driven challenges. Solutions are ranked automatically by prediction accuracy. The ZINDI platform offers data scientists the opportunity to access jobs and cash prizes, to build their profile and skills, and to connect with their peers throughout the region. ZINDI enables companies, organizations, and governments to host competitions to solve their specific problems and attract the best data science talent in Africa
  • MIIA and ZINDI are collaborating around creating a capability on the African continent for transforming Africa through data science and machine intelligence and helping governments, businesses, non-profit organizations, and communities thrive in the Smart technology era. Where MIIA has been successful at creating a community of data scientists, machine intelligence experts, and data enthusiasts around the continent, providing a communications platform, organising and hosting events, conferences, and hackathons, facilitation of sustainable development projects, providing Machine Intelligence and Africa related resources, and coordinating groups of data scientists around the continent, ZINDI aims to create a platform where organizations can post problems to solve, host data relevant to Africa, offer data scientists access to tutorials and other resources, and offer the community a platform for bringing together in the supply and demand for data science skills. The organisations recognise that these activities are complimentary to a large extent and commit to work together within their own areas of focus and expertise and to jointly raise funding to help Africa thrive in the smart technology era.

 

 

Smart Cities

Smart cities are a constant flow. However, we have learnt that data gathering is not the main problem, rather its digestion is the challenge. While technology is crucial, it has a use-it-or-lose-it dimension and requires well-spread digital and analytics skills among the agents delivering the change. We need indeed fully prepared and properly trained professionals to ensure that the information is efficiently managed, because the large volumes of data have to be converted into effective and efficient public policies. Furthermore, data privacy and data transparency are a must to ensure both innovations and the proper utilization of the projects being deployed. Data privacy will establish trust, and data transparency will give rise to government control and accountability. The final stage of this concept actively seeks to engage citizens to work in collaboration with private corporations and the public sector to build better cities in which to live. Citizens are not only expected to increase their use of applications to contribute to the decision-making process, but also to be part of the development of such innovative gadgets. Although citizens are already becoming increasingly aware of all the potentials of living in a smart world, they should be fully integrated in the dyanmics which are already in place between private and public sectors. If the aim is to design tailored solutions for day-to-day problems, and to work for a sustainable city life unhindered by the scarcity of resources, all members of society needs to work collaboratively. Smart cities shall be therefore inherently linked to the efforts of citizens, businesses and governments, and their interconnections through devices, sensors and applications.

 

Empowering Smart Citizens 

Eighty percent of the population currently lives in cities. Population growth and aging, climate change and pollution - all of these are defacto trending topics in our current societies and all of them contribute to the pressure on public resources availability. Faced with the challenge of maintaining citizens' quality of life and living, the smarter move for governments is optimize the delivery of services via the use the increasing availability of data, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data & Analytics, Internet of Things, and Blockchain technologies. The goal of Smart Cities is to tailor public services to increase resource efficiency.

 

According to Waag Society in Amsterdam, Smart Citizens have the following characteristics:

  • Will take responsibility for the place they live, work and love in
  • Value access over ownership, contribution over power
  • Will ask forgiveness, not permission
  • Know where they can get the tools, knowledge and support
  • Value empathy, dialogue and trust
  • Appropriate technology, rather than accept it as is
  • Will help the people that struggle with smart stuff
  • Ask questions, before they come up with answers
  • Take part in design efforts to come up with better solutions
  • Work agile, prototype early, test quickly, start all over
  • Will not stop in the face of huge barriers
  • Continously share their knowledge and learning

 

Empowering Smart Citizens:

  • Bottom up decision making vs Top down decision making
  • Non-linear approach vs Linear approach
  • Encouring complexity vs Reducing complexity
  • Embracing uncertainty vs Minimizing uncertainty
  • Enable & boost creativity vs Stifling innovation

 

Start the journey to use AI to enhance citizen exerience:

  • Put humans at the center
    • Start with a design that is ethical, compliant, and responsible and that centers around people: citizens/customers and workers
  • Develop and enterprise AI strategy
    • Develop an enterprise AI strategy that defines your long-term vision, roadmap, and governance while delivering near-term value
  • Make user journeys and prioritize
    • User service design to map user journeys into service blueprints that can help identify and priotize AI opportunities
  • Keep goals in sight
    • Implement targted solutions to help achieve your goals through intelligent automation, superior judgement, and enhanced interaction.
  • Never stop improving
    • Keep assessing strengths and weaknesses and continually address what your learn

 

Smart Technology Services for African Smart Cities

Healthier Cities - Health & Social Services

  • Population Health Management
  • Remote Patient Monitoring
  • Social Programs
  • Virtual Health

Educated Cities - Education

  • Classroom Devices for Learning
  • Facilities Management
  • Future-Ready Skills
  • Learning Management Systems
  • Physical Safety
  • Predictive Analytics for Education

Safer Cities - Public Safety and Justice

  • Call Center & Dispatch
  • Catastrope Modeling
  • Community Policing
  • Courts Management
  • Digital Patrol
  • Operational Intelligence
  • Prison Management
  • Video Management

Sustainable Cities - Urban Mobility

  • Connected Vechicle Analytics
  • Disruption Management
  • Fare & Toll Management
  • Fleet & Asset Management
  • Parking Management
  • Trafic & Transit Optimization

Sustainable Cities - Energy & Water

  • Atmospheric Air Quality Management
  • Carbon Management
  • Energy Distribution Management
  • Water & Sewer

Sustainable Cities - Buildings, Infrastructure, Planning

  • Land Management
  • Sanitation
  • Smart Buildings
  • Street Lights

Digital Cities - Government Admin

  • Citizen Services
  • Connected Field Services
  • Decision Management & Support
  • Personalization
  • Regulations, Licensing & Permitting
  • Virtual Town Hall

Digital Cities - Government Finance

  • Financial Mangement
  • Fradu Detection & Prevention
  • Grants Management
  • Tax

Digital Cities - Tourism, Recreation, Culture

  • Destination Management
  • Sports & Events
  • Tourism portals 

  

 

 

49. Global Investors Group, South Africa Securities Finance Masterclass, Raisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town, 17 May 2018 

 

Website: https://globalinvestorgroup.com/event/21/south-africa-securities-finance-masterclass  

MIIA has also given their support for the South Africa Securities Masterclass event that takes place in Cape Town on 17 May 2018. See specifically the technology update panel discussion for AI and blockchain related technology perspectives as it pertains to Finance Securities.

Technology Update
• Has the securities finance market evolved to reflect the efficiency and transparency that can be afforded by modern technology?
• What areas are in need of an upgrade?
• What role will blockchain play in the market and when?
• How can firms use AI/machine learning to enhance efficiency?

Moderator: Stephen Linnell, COO of Global Markets, RMB

Speakers:
Steve Everett, General Manager, Strate Collateral Management Services
Mukhtar Yoonas Cassim, Founder, South Africa Blockchain (Pty)
Gavin Marshall, 
Founder, Sharebit

 

 

48. Rise to the Challenge: Opportunities and Pitfalls in Machine Learning and AI, Rise Cape Town, Woodstock Exchange, Cape Town, 25 April 2018  

Rise Cape Town (created by Barclays) and MIIA has joined forces with respect to the event Rise to the Challenge: Opportunities and Pitfalls in Machine Learning and AI, which was hosted at Rise Cape Town's premises at Woodstock Exchange, Cape Town on 25 April 2018 from 10am-12pm. 

  • Rise introduction by Camilla Swart
  • Talks by Dr Jacques Ludik, Ryan Falkenberg, and Dr Charles Copley
  • Panel Discussion by Data Science, Machine Learning & AI practitioners and industry experts

Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Machine-Intelligence-Institute-of-Africa/events/247962659/

 

47. Opportunities and Pitfalls in Machine Learning and AI, Midrand, 18 April 2018 

MIIA partnered with PwC in hosting a successful event focused on Opportunities and Pitfalls in Machine Learning and AI at PwC's new offices in Waterfall, Midrand on 18 April 2018. Dr Jacques Ludik has given the keynote address which was followed by a discussion with Data Science, Machine Learning & AI practitioners and industry experts on the panel.

 

Date: 18 April 2018, 7-8:30pm

Venue: PwC, Waterfall City, 4 Lisbon Lane, Jukskei View, Midrand, 2090, South Africa

Sponsors: PwC, MIIA, Cortex Logic

Agenda:

 

Photos

Registration: http://qkt.io/Bcu8QM

Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Machine-Intelligence-Institute-of-Africa-Jhb-Pta/events/247964941/ 

 

46. CIO Challenge Conference, The River Club, Cape Town 12 April 2018 

 

CIO Challenge Conference which was held at The River Club in Cape Town, has provided an exclusive opportunity for attendees to discover effective enterprise solutions, meet with seasoned Information Officers, partake in open floor discussions as well as share experiences with various industry sector peers from the Public and Private Sectors including Finance, ICT, Government, Transport, Manufacturing, Retail and Healthcare to mention but a few. The format of the CIO Challenge CT event is based on interaction and learning over the one day where the audience will hear from industry leaders as well as have the opportunity to engage in open floor discussions and gain valuable insight from these leaders. 

Key discussions in the agenda included the current challenges facing Heads of IT with Cybersecurity Act & Data Breach Penalties, POPI & GDPR Act Implementation, IOT, BI & AI, Managing Multi Cloud Deployments, Digital Disruption & Digital Transformation

http://itconferences.net/ 

SPEAKERS AND TOPICS

Peter Du Plooy – CIO Engen -Organisational change and realigning strategy to support digital innovation.

This paper covers the principles of redesign and reorganisation of key high level organisational structures that result from a realignment of strategy being driven by the need to adopt a digital approach to business.

The paper initiates the discussion on the need to revisit and realign corporate strategies in response to digital competition. This in turn drives a reassessment of processes, systems and structure. In this session you will hear about the case for change, strategic alignment, digital integration and structural change principles.

Dr Jacques Ludik – Founder & Chairman MIIA – Current challenges facing CIO’s with AI and IOT

Collin Mamdoo – Principal Specialist – IoT (Vodacom Western Cape)

Christoff Pienaar – Director Technology – Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr – Final preparation for POPI & GDPR Implementation. (GDPR commences 28 May 18)

Dr Barry Devlin – Founder & Principal – 9sight – The shift from BI (Business Intelligence) to AI (Artificial Intelligence)

Peter Walsh – CommsCloud

Alan Moon – Head Business Continuity Information Systems & Technology City of Cape Town- Cybersecurity prevention strategy and insights into new Cybersecurity Act!

Richard Mulholland – CEO Missing Link – Beware of the Fox

 

45. Deep Learning IndabaX, UCT, Cape Town, 6 April 2018 

 

 

 

We welcome everyone interested in AI, machine learning and deep learning to attend the Indaba X. Communication will be spread through existing meetup groups, the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA) social channels, University (UCT and Stellenbosch) departments, work networks, and society channels to reach people from all backgrounds and communities. We have a few sponsors, but welcome other interested sponsors to email us at info@machineintelligenceafrica.org.

Website: https://indabax.github.io 

Venue: PD Hahn Building Lecture Theatres 1 & 2 & 4, University of Cape Town

Date: Friday 6 April 2018

Video & Presentations:

Keynote address: Deep Learning Foundations, Architectures and Applications - Dr Jacques Ludik

Panel Discussion:

IndabaX video playlist of all lectures:

Deep Reinforcement Learning 

Agenda

Some Tweets

Photos: Photos of the event

Websites

 

Other IndabaX events throughout Africa during the 26 March - 6 April 2018 period includes:

 

44. SABEC 2018, 3rd SA Biomedical Engineering Conference 2018, Spier wine Estate, Stellenbosch, 4-6 April 2018 

 

MIIA has been represented at the 3rd SA Biomedical Engineering Conference 2018, via a presentation by Dr Jacques Ludik on AI applications in Biomedical Engineering.  The Conference was held on 4 – 6 April 2018 in collaboration with the IEEE EMBS, the IEEE South Africa Section, the IEEE EMBS South Africa Chapter and Stellenbosch University. This conference took a new approach in combining theory and research with the development, industrialisation and commercialisation of these ideas to showcase not only what can be done but give you insight into the Stellenbosch Biomedical Engineering Ideation Engine.

Biomedical Engineering is a progressive and exciting field aimed at improving or solving health-related problems through multidisciplinary fields such as Physics, Mathematics, Sciences and Engineering at the intersections of Biology, Medicine and Health Sciences. There remains huge potential for innovation and human capacity building in this field not only in South Africa, but in Africa and globally. Hence, they have broaden there scope and invited those from Industry to join in what is to become the premier Biomedical Engineering Conference in Africa.

Websitehttp://www.sabec2018.com/

Presentation: Presentation - AI Applications in Biomedical Engineering - Dr Jacques Ludik

VideoVideo - AI Applications in Biomedical Engineering

 

 

43. AI: Implications and Impact, City.AI, Cape Town, 27 March 2018

Event Details

Artificial intelligence (AI) is growing at an exponential rate, touching almost every part of our lives: becoming more prevalent and powerful. While the technological implications are clear to see, the sociological impact requires frequent discussion of AI's benefit and danger. With mainstream fear of this technology, there are reasons to be cautious but also optimistic. Join us for a discussion that will dispel myths, provide known answers, and generate new questions.
 
For City.AI's inaugural event, we have decided to dive straight into the discussion. We hope you will join us for a level-headed debate on AI: Implications and Impact. Our panelists include David Anderson, Lethabo Motswaledi, Neil du Toit,  and Weibke Toussaint, with moderation by Christopher Brian Currin
 
Date: 27 March
 
Time: 18:00 - 21:00

 
Website link:  https://capetown.city.ai

 

 

42. SatRday, Cape Town, 17 March 2018 

The R community and some of South Africa's most forward thinking companies have come together to bring satRday back to Cape Town. This conference provides an opportunity to hear from and network with top Researchers, Data Scientists and Developers from the R community in South Africa and beyond.

Website: http://capetown2018.satrdays.org/ 

 

41. Building AlphaZero AI using Python and Keras, MIIA Cape Town Meetup, Cape Town, 15 March 2018 

MIIA has scheduled an event where it has showcased the Building AlphaZero AI at Rise Cape Town on 15 March 2018. Cortex Logic and Rise Cape Town was the sponsors. 

Agenda:

  • Sponsors introduction
  • "Introduction and MIIA update", Dr Jacques Ludik, MIIA, Cortex Logic
  • Introduction to DeepMind’s Deep Reinforcement Learning - AlphaZero", Benjamin de Charmoy
  • Demo - Alpha{Connect4}Zero”, Benjamin de Charmoy
  • Open Discussion

Presentations:

Videohttps://youtu.be/uizU5YQJmdM 

Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Machine-Intelligence-Institute-of-Africa/events/247962345/

Registration link: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/42673-building-alphazero-ai-using-python-and-keras/
Event short link: http://qkt.io/lcT5hd

Venue: Rise Auditorium, 66-68 Albert Road, Woodstock Exchange building, Barclays Rise, Block B, 5th Floor · Woodstock 7925

 

 

40. DataCon Africa 2018, CTICC, Cape Town, 26-28 February 2018 

  

Corinium has been bringing the South African data analytics community together since 2016 through conferences and roundtable discussions. In February 2018 it's Cape Town's turn to get together to discuss and debate the future of data analytics. Apart from MIIA being a media partner for this event, we also have members from the MIIA community presenting at this event.

DataCon Africa 2018 will feature case studies on practical uses cases of data analytics and data science as well as in-depth discussions on key topics:

  • Building a data-driven enterprise for information led decision making
  • Establishing a sustainable data governance framework
  • The impact of advanced analytics on future business performance
  • Developing a highly effective data analytics business unit

DataCon Africa 2018 already features speakers from industries such as online gaming, microcredit, fintech and telecoms.

See also the agenda and format for more details about this event.

MIIA was also represented by Dr Jacques Ludik who has given an keynote address on day 2 of the conference.

 

39. Deep Learning Meetup, Cape Town, 20 February 2018 

Cape Town Deep Learning Meetup  on 20 February 2018 at Zoona's offices just off Kloof Street, 4-32 Darters Rd, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001

Deep Neural Networks for Sequence Modeling (Language + Time Series)

Presenter: Alex Conway, Numberboost, CTO

Modeling language is hard. There are long-running dependencies with ideas that can span paragraphs and we also have to deal with the intricacies of expression including sarcasm, ambiguity and polysemy. There have been many remarkable results in computer vision - for example ImageNet where the state of the art has been beaten and the algorithms are more accurate than humans. Computer vision is also inherently easier to grasp because it is visual and the most common representation - “convolution" - is easy to visualize. The first obvious question when modeling language is how to represent it numerically so that you can fit a model. One topic that we will focus on is semantic vector spaces and Word2Vec. Then when we consider how to advance beyond a simple “bag of words” model that ignores word order, we will consider that language is actually a sequence (like time series) and we can apply deep learning models that perform well on sequences such as recurrent neural networks (LSTMs and GRUs) and 1-dimensional convolutional neural networks that do “backpropagation through time” to build powerful language and time series models. The talk will include code samples and practical examples. 

Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Cape-Town-deep-learning/events/247409146/ 

 

38. Artificial Intelligence Transforming Human Resources Summit 2018, Sandton, 14-16 February 2018 

MIIA was represented at the Artificial Intelligence Transforming HR Summit 2018, where Dr Jacques Ludik has given the opening keynote address on "Artificial Intelligence and its impact on the Human Resources". The event was hosted at the Sandton Convention Centre from the 14th to the 16th of February 2018.

For more details on the agenda, see https://lnkd.in/ez2YYRj https://goo.gl/pNVoX1.

Re-imagine how the delivery of HR, talent, learning, recruitment and performance management processes are being transformed by Cognitive insight

Chatbots, robots, virtual assistants, and other devices powered by business algorithms are rapidly joining the ranks of workers in every industry and profession. It’s up to human resource (HR) professionals to cultivate these innovations for the opportunities they bring to the company.

The biggest driver of AI’s impact in the HR industry is the massive growth of big data. Until now, we haven’t had access to simple software systems with which to track and analyse internal employee data such as sick days, leave requests, hiring trends, workflow, etc. In South Africa today, most businesses have undergone some degree of digital transformation and lean on various  type of technology. HR professionals are recognizing that this valuable data and the insights teased from it play a major role in reducing risk and driving decision-making, when it comes to talent management and organisational performance.

In its 2017 Global Human Capital Trends report, “Rewriting the rules for the digital age,” Deloitte issues a call-to-action for companies to completely reconsider their organisational structure, talent and HR strategies to keep pace with digital disruption. “Technology is advancing at an unprecedented rate and these innovations have completely transformed the way we live, work and communicate, both globally and here in South Africa” said Trevor Page, Director Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting.  “Technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), mobile platforms, sensors, and social collaboration systems have revolutionised the way we live, work, and communicate; and the pace is only accelerating,”

AI in the Recruitment Revolution is having immense impact in improving traditional recruiting processes; introducing  virtual assistants for recruiters is one such way  in which recruitment can become less time-consuming. AI promises to augment recruiting with semantic search, people -analytics, real-time monitoring of performance, augmented reality tools to assist in interviews, and enhancing decision making by cultural fit analysis; though all these are still subject to successful implementation in the times to come. Unconscious Biases is one of the deeply rooted shortcomings of HR professionals, as no matter how self-aware we are, human decisions are still influenced to a degree by subjective opinion.

AI is also influencing Productivity Management be it selling, production, customer service or any parameter of Balance score card, thereby impacting factors around greater engagement as well as Retention. One of the most promising tools that AI could generate is a performance review of employee groups on a monthly basis and generating rewards for the delivery for the corresponding period.

Benefits of attending include:

  • Appreciate what AI actually is and its current and future impact on HR
  • Understand how AI has begun to transform HR Management, functions, roles, responsibilities, priorities and policies
  • Appreciate how deep learning systems can and are advancing HR
  • Learn how AI is changing staff training and development
  • Get exposed to how AI is influencing recruitment and selection
  • Foster an understanding of how AI can advance your payroll & payroll functions
  • Learn about the challenges of AI adoption and  deployment in the HR Environment
  • Appreciate how AI is a catalyst for new working methods and organizational methods
  • Learn why and how HR leaders will have to embrace AI  quickly
  • Get Case studies on how Self-service chatbots are managing shared services
  • Explore case studies on how AI is influencing HR in leading global as well as local companies

 

Opening Keynote Presentation: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its impact on the Human Resources (HR)

DR JACQUES LUDIK -FOUNDER & CEO, CORTEX LOGIC -FOUNDER & PRESIDENT, MIIA

  • The Rise of Artificial Intelligence -So, what is AI exactly?
  • Types of AI, Voice Recognition, Chatbots
  • AI Algorithms
  • Strong, weak and in-between AI
  • Why AI is so powerful for Human Resources
  • The rise of artificial intelligence and conversational interfaces
  • HR: The perfect home for intelligent assistants
  • Benefits of Artificial Intelligence For HR
  • AI driven HRIS
  • The risks of AI In HR
  • Evolutionary Drive To Survive –Why You Need To Adapt

 

37. AIMS / MIIA Event on AI and Data Science, Cape Town, Tuesday 5 December 2017

 

Venue: AIMS South Africa, 6 Melrose Rd, Muizenberg, Cape Town

 

Venue: AIMS South Africa main lecture hall, 6 Melrose Road
Date:  5 December 2017
Time:  Refreshments 18h30 - 19h00, talks commence at 19h00

Agenda

• "DIANA - Data, Insight, Analytics, Newness, Aspirations" - Prof Pete Grindrod, Oxford University

• "AI in Africa - Shaping a better future in the Smart Technology Era" - Dr Jacques Ludik, Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa, Cortex Logic - Presentation

• "Reproducible Research" - Dr Sebnem Er, Statistical Sciences Department, University of Cape Town - Presentation

• “Customer Lifetime Value based on Machine Learning methods” - Dr Thuso Simon, Data Science, Zoona - Presentation

• "Computational Neuroscience - Thinking About Thinking” - Mr Chris Currin, PhD Computational Neuroscience candidate, University of Cape Town - Presentation

 

Videos:

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1376815009114534&type=3

Meetuphttps://www.meetup.com/Machine-Intelligence-Institute-of-Africa/events/245228983/ 

Reception will precede the commencement of the event.

Please confirm your attendance at the event here for planning purposes.

 

 

 

36. The 2nd Annual Privacy & Data Protection SOUTH AFRICA 2017
"Data Protection: Global Compliance Management" on Tuesday, 5 December 2017 at 
The Strand Tower Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa

The Second Annual Privacy & Data Protection SOUTH AFRICA 2017
"Data Protection: Global Compliance Management"

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

The Strand Tower Hotel
Cape Town, South Africa

http://www.transatlantic-events.com/PDPSA17.html 

The organisers of this event are excited to announce that Dr Jacques Ludik, Founder of MIIA (President), will be joining the speaker faculty of The Second Annual Privacy & Data Protection SOUTH AFRICA 2017: "Data Protection: Global Compliance Management" on Tuesday, 5 December 2017 at The Strand Tower Hotel in Cape Town. Jacques Ludik will be discussing 'How Artificial Intelligence is transforming corporate decision making: Past, Present & Future'. The MIIA are the Official Partners of this premier event and have arranged for an exclusive discounted MIIA Member's rate for ALL members who would like to attend. Don't miss out! To view the full conference agenda and reserve your delegate place, visit: http://www.transatlantic-events.com/PDPSA17.html

 

 

35. How AI is transforming Corporate Decision Making, Meltwater event, Cape Town, 22 November 2017

On the 22nd of November from 18:00 – 20:00 Meltwater will be hosting the Cape Town edition of the event series. The topic of discussion for the evening is, “How AI is transforming corporate decision making”. Details to be provided.

 

34. Global Symposium on AI and Inclusion on 8-10 November 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

MIIA (via Dr Jacques Ludik's participation) was also represented at the Global Symposium on AI and Inclusion on 8–10 November 2017, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers (NoC) has organized the event which are co-hosted, on behalf of the NoC, by the Institute for Technology and Society of Rio de Janeiro and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, with support from the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund. The aim of the Symposium was to deepen participants’s understanding of Artificial Intelligence inclusion challenges and opportunities, to identify and discuss areas for research, education, or action, and inform and incubate new projects and other collaborative efforts among participants. It focused on identifying, exploring, and addressing the opportunities and challenges of Artificial intelligence. AI-related topics and issues was explored from the perspectives of different actors, and by looking at a set of thematic core areas, such as social justice, health and wellbeing, education, data and infrastructure, law and governance, and employment and workplace.

Participants included representatives from advocacy, philanthropy, media, policy, and industry, who will address both the opportunities and challenges of AI-based technologies through the lens of inclusion.

For more information, visit the following pages:

 

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33. Roundtable on AI and Inclusion, CAIR & World Wide Web Foundation, 6 November 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa

CAIR and the World Wide Web Foundation had an interactive round table on the current landscape of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in South Africa. Dr Jacques Ludik has represented MIIA at this event. The event was held on Monday, 6 November from 2:00-5:00 pm at the World Wide Web Foundation in Cape Town. The discussion aimed to present a balanced, cross-sector assessment of the state of AI in South Africa and the policy environment needed to support it. While the changes from AI will unlock enormous economic, political and social benefits, there have not been significant policy discussions in South Africa about how best to leverage AI for the benefit of all South Africans - and to minimise any risks and negative effects. The round table discussion focused on this gap and potential remedies to close it.

 

32. Accelerate Cape Town Thought Leaders Breakfast: AI and Machine Learning on 3 November 2017, Cape Town, South Africa

Dr Jacques Ludik has participated as a Though Leader on AI and Machine Learning at the Accelerate Cape Town Though Leaders Breakfast on 3 November 2017 from 7:30-10am. 

Presentation

  • Impact of AI as exponential technology within the Smart Technology Era
  • Applications of AI in a corporate context and in Africa
  • Africa - some of the key challenges & opportunities
  • Building AI and smart technology skills and capacity in Africa
  • AI in Africa -The Future

31. On the Dot / Media24 event: Leadership and Artificial Intelligence, 2 November 2017, Johannesburg, South Africa

Dr Jacques Ludik has partipated as a guest speaker on AI and Machine Learning at the On the Dot / Media24 event on 2 November 2017. 

Presentation

  • Smart Technology Era
  • Brief version of my AI story in Africa - the past, the present & the future
  • AI as exponential technology in the Smart Technology Era
  • Africa - some of the key challenges & opportunities
  • AI in Africa -The past
  • AI in Africa -The present
  • AI in Africa -The future

 

30. Making the invisible visible: Digital footprints and financial inclusion on 1 November 2017 at Barclays Think Rise, Cape Town, South Africa

Making the invisible visible: Digital footprints and financial inclusion

Interested in the space where financial services innovation meets data science?  We know where you need to be on 1 November! 

i2i, Rise Africa and MIIA are hosting a meetup on the theme “Making the invisible visible: Digital footprints and financial inclusion”. 

What can I expect? Lightning talks on stimulating ideas followed by networking with like-minded solution seekers, snack-in-hand. The hosts will be joined by top teams from i2i data innovation competition DataHack4FI. For inspiration, read about what Branch is doing in Tanzania.

When? 1 November 2017, 17h30 – 19h00

Where? Rise Africa, 5th floor, Woodstock Exchange, Albert Road, Woodstock

RSVP at http://qkt.io/P7vRVF. Space limited.

 

29. Inaugural AI Africa Conference on 26-27 October 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Please note the following venue change to the AI Africa Conference event: The Mediterranean Conference Centre (Bedfordview, Johannesburg).
 
We are please to announce that MIIA members can get a discount of 50%, i.e. R 3,995 (instead of the full price). 

AI Africa Conference Registration Form

MIIA will also be represented at the inaugural AI Africa Conference on 26 and 27 October 2017 at Mediterranean Conference Centre, Bedfordview, Johannesburg, where Dr Jacques Ludik will be delivering a keynote address on "AI in Africa - Past, Present & Future" as well as a presentation on "Operationalizing of AI and Big Data & Analytics to help businesses thrive in the Smart Technology Era".  The event is aimed at bringing together, under one roof, all stakeholders in AI on the African continent for the purposes of networking, enhancing knowledge and sharing new ideas and emerging trends.  More details about this event will be made available soon.

See the following web page for details: http://machineintelligenceafrica.org/activities/ai-africa-conference/ 

 

 

AI on Africa - Past, Present & Future (part 1) - Dr Jacques Ludik (President / CEO, MIIA, Cortex Logic, Bennit.AI)
AI & the Law: Opportunities & Challenges - Aalia Manie (IP & Tech Lawyer, Webber Wentzel)
AI on Africa - Past, Present & Future (part 2) - Dr Jacques Ludik (President / CEO, MIIA, Cortex Logic, Bennit.AI)
AI: Decision Making in an Uncertain World - Dr Benjamin Rosman (Principle Researcher, CSIR)
2017 Update : Global Tends in AI: Are we at the same pace as the rest of the world? - Reshaad Sha (CEO, Sqwidnet)
Intelligent Assistants & Bots for Business and Industry - Kugendran Naidoo (Cognitive Business & Strategy, IBM Watson - Africa/Asia)
Real-life Machine Intelligence Solutions for Industry - Tommaso Gritti (AI Solutions Leader, Brain Creators)
AI Journey in Financial Services - Obins Cloudhary (VP AI, Barclays)
Native Intelligence vs AI: winning the African BOP with AI - Olubayo Adekanmbi (CTO, MTN Nigeria) - Presented by Dr Jacques Ludik
AI in Healthcare - Dr Raban Masuka (UCT)
Bennit.AI - Intelligent Virtual Assistant for Manufacturing - Dr Jacques Ludik
AI Systems Development and Use in Africa - Dr Adebayo Bamitale (Software Engineer, Wonga Ltd)
Surveying AI in Africa - Tatenda Kavu (Computer Science Lecturer, Chinhoyi University, Zimbabwe)
Stock Market Predictions for Sub Sharan African Countries - Dennis Murekachiro (Bindura University of Science Education, Wits Business School)

 

Download the Conference Brochure

Artificial Intelligence Africa Conference Brochure

Download the Registration Form

AI Africa Conference Registration Form

In the News

The "1st AI Africa Conference"  

 

28. Data Science Nigeria: 1st National Big Data Economy Summit & 2nd Data Science Bootcamp 12-15 October 2017, Lagos, Nigeria

Earlier this year MIIA has partnered with Data Science Nigeria and participated in their first Data Science Bootcamp (see Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa collaboration with Data Science Nigeria). In follow-up to this, Data Science Nigeria is having two major upcoming events during 12-15 October 2017, its 1st National Big Data Economy Summit & 2nd Data Science Bootcamp in Lagos, Nigeria.

MIIA's introductory video to the Dta Science Nigeria's 1st National Big Data Economy Summit & 2nd Data Science Bootcamp:
https://youtu.be/cRQ9oRAAVr0 

The 1st National Summit on Big Data Economy will bring together industry leaders, business executives, academia and cross-industry data science practitioners to discuss a Nigerian-centric Big Data agenda, especially as it relates to the practical application of data science in driving socio-economic development in emerging markets. Sessions will include practical showcase of data science application in the economy, consumer behaviour, health, business, city planning, security, agriculture, manufacturing and logistics. Dr Yemi Kale, the Statistician General of the Federation will be the keynote speaker as the No 1 data champion in the country. 

The 2nd Data Science bootcamp will run side-by-side between Thursday, 12 October and Sunday, 15 October 2017. The bootcamp will include face-to-face teaching, virtual online classes, and a hands-on hackathon using the Kaggle platform on latest tools in Machine learning and advanced Statistics for Data science. The sessions will be facilitated by leading Nigerian data scientists and many international PhD-level data scientists, including both industry professionals and academics.

We do believe that these two events collaboration will reinforce the increasing importance of data in our national development and further position Data Science Nigeria as a transformational lighthouse and an enabler of the emerging knowledge-based economy.

Data Science Nigeria Bootcamp Sponsorship

 

 

27. Executive Machine Learning 2017 Africa,  21-22 September 2017, Sandton

Executive Machine Learning (eXe-ML) 2017 Africa, 21-22 September 2017, Sandton

Some our MIIA members are presenting at the Executive Machine Learning (eXe-ML) 2017 Africa, 21-22 September 2017, Sandton.  Executive Machine Learning Africa 2017 is a conference and workshop that highlights developing trends in ML and AI and provides ideas and strategies for their practical implementation in business. It’s exactly what executives, who need to know more about AI and ML, have been waiting for. Please see more details about the event in following brochure. MIIA members can also get a 20% off by using the code miia_friends or follow the link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/executiveml-exeml-2017-tickets-34311720279?discount=miia_friends. eXe-ML is also giving several book-give aways https://www.executiveml.com/book-give-aways with current ML/AI titles.

A world-class speaker line-up

eXe-ML have secured a fantastic line-up of local and international speakers from organisations including: ● Google ● IBM ● Georgia Tech Business School ● Turner/TimeWarner ● SAS Institute ● Symantec ● University Of Cape Town ● And more (Click here for the conference agenda)

Limited seats available.

Seats are filling up and there are only limited seats still available. Join other executives from corporate companies across South Africa who will be attending the conference to find out how ML and AI can make a strategic difference in their organisations. To register simply follow the link on the exe-ML website.

 

 

26. MIIA Deep Learning Hackathon - 16 September 2017 from 9am-8:30pm @ The DIZ, 111 Smit Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

MIIA AI/Data Science Hackathon - 16 September 2017

UPDATE: See http://machineintelligenceafrica.org/activities/hackathon/ 

We have also scheduled our first Data Science Hackathon sponsored by IBM and Cortex Logic at The Diz, 111 Smit Street Stadium, Johannesburg on Saturday 16 September 2017 from 9am-8:30pm. As this hackathon follows the Deep Learning Indaba week, the theme for the hackathon is also Deep Learning and the event is called Deep Learning Hackathon.

[We are also working behind the scenes on a Data Science Hackathon in Cape Town. Anyone interested to participate or sponsor these events are welcome to email us at info@machineintelligenceafrica.org. Please also specify the location that is relevant for you.]

 

SponsorsIBM, Machine Intelligence Institute of AfricaCortex Logic, The DIZ

Venue: The DIZ, 3rd Floor, 111 Smit Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg (corner of Smit and Eendracht street). Parking on Juta and Eendracht street.

Agenda: 

Challenge: Computer Vision problem - having a closer look at data related to a major problem affecting transport in South Africa and costing the country in the order hundreds of millions of Rands...

Announcement of Challenge: The computer vision challenge will be revealed at MIIA Event on the 15th of September at the same venue as the hackathon (Quicket: http://qkt.io/UVUo5S; Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Machine-Intelligence-Institute-of-Africa-Jhb-Pta/events/242325146/). We'll also post this on the MIIA website (Events page:http://machineintelligenceafrica.org/activities/events/

9am-5pm: Working on Challenge

  • 9-9:10 am: Kick-off and formation of teams (can also be individual participants)
  • 1pm: Lunch
  • 5pm: Participants must submit predictions on test set

5-6pm: Working on Presentations

  • 18:30: Drinks, snacks + working on presentations

7-7:15pm: MIIA, Introductions to Panel of Judges and Sponsors

  • 7-7:05 pm: MIIA
  • 7:05-7:10pm: Introduction to panel of judges
  • 7:10-7:15pm:  IBM as main sponsor

7:15-8:15pm: Team/participant presentations

  • We aim for maximum of 2 minutes per team/participant presentation

8:15-8:30pm: Presentation of Prizes:

  • Judges present prizes:
    • for most accurate models
    • for best presentation (fun prize)

 

To register on Quicket: 

Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Machine-Intelligence-Institute-of-Africa-Jhb-Pta/events/242325280/

MIIA Events page:  http://machineintelligenceafrica.org/activities/events/

 

 

25. Deep Learning Indaba - 11-15 September 2017, Wits, Johannesburg

Deep Learning Indaba - 11-15 September 2017, Johannesburg

http://www.deeplearningindaba.com/

http://www.deeplearningindaba.com/apply.html

Key Dates:

  • Applications: 17 April - 31 May 2017
  • Acceptance notification: 15 June 2017
  • Registration opens: 15 June 2017

 

24. MIIA Event on Friday, 15 September 2017 @ The DIZ, 111 Smit Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg at 5:30pm

Deep Learning and its Applications - 15 September 2017

UPDATE: See http://machineintelligenceafrica.org/activities/hackathon/ 

SponsorsIBM, Machine Intelligence Institute of AfricaCortex Logic, eXe-ML, The DIZ

Venue: The DIZ, 3rd Floor, 111 Smit Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg (corner of Smit and Eendracht street). Parking on Juta and Eendracht street.

Agenda:

  • "Introduction and MIIA update", Dr Jacques Ludik, MIIA, Cortex Logic, Bennit.AI - presentation
  • "Info session for Deep Learning Hackathon on 16 September", Alex Conway, Founder & CTO, NumberBoost - see Computer Vision Challenge
  • "Convolutional Neural Networks for Computer Vision Applications", Alex Conway, Founder & CTO, NumberBoost - presentation
  • Conversational Systems: Beyond the Interface”, Chris Currin, PhD Computational Neuroscience candidate at UCT - presentation
  • "Deep Learning and its Applications”, Dr Jacques Ludik, MIIA, Cortex Logic, Bennit.AI - presentation
  • "Introduction to Bluemix", IBM 

To register on Quicket: 

http://qkt.io/UVUo5S or 

https://www.quicket.co.za/events/33017-miia-deep-learning-and-its-applications/ 

Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Machine-Intelligence-Institute-of-Africa-Jhb-Pta/events/242325146/

MIIA Events page:  http://machineintelligenceafrica.org/activities/events/

 

23. SA Innovation Summit, 6-8 September 2017, Cape Town

Websitehttp://innovationsummit.co.za/

Ticket Saleshttp://innovationsummit.co.za/ticket-sales/

The SA Innovation Summit as an annual flagship event on the South African Innovation Calendar, is a platform for nurturing, developing and showcasing African innovation, as well as facilitating innovation thought-leadership. Created to support and promote innovation and facilitate collaboration within its own eco-system, the initiative brings together corporates, thought leaders, inventors, entrepreneurs, academia and policy makers to amplify South Africa’s renowned competitive edge and to inspire sustained economic growth across the continent of Africa. The outcomes achieved by the Summit, is a powerful platform to bring together thought leaders and accelerate innovation in South Africa, and into the African continent as whole.

MIIA ill also be represented at the South African Innovation Summit and invitethe MIIA community to also join the 48-hour hackathon being held in Cape Town Stadium from 5 - 7 September 2017.

#SantamHackathon: IoT Safety Hacakthon is brought to you by SAIS, Santam and IBM, where we are bringing together a diverse group of people from developers and engineers, to creatives and unique thinkers to develop affordable safety and security solutions for South Africans. You can see full details of the event on Facebook and Quicket and on the invite below. 
 
Seating is limited, so please do encourage your network to sign up soon to avoid disappointment. It is fun, free and local transport is covered. 
 
There will be a public event on the Tuesday evening, as well as the public pitching and award ceremony on Thursday 7th September for those that cannot attend the full hackathon.
 
Sign up now. 
 

A 48-hackathon to create innovative tools to make your life safer, efficient and economical.

Date: Tuesday 5th September 18:00 - Thursday 7th September 17:00
Venue: The Cape Town Stadium

Innovation Summit teams up with Santam and IBM to bring you the country's biggest Safety Hackathon. It is fun, it is free and there are amazing prizes. Bringing together 80 radical geeks, lateral thinkers, problem solvers and innovators to find powerful solutions to bring affordable safety and security solutions to all South Africans.

 

22. MIIA Event on Tuesday, 5 September 2017 @ Nedbank Stellenbosch University LaunchLab at 6:30pm

Machine Intelligence and its Applications

SponsorsNedbank Stellenbosch University LaunchLabMachine Intelligence Institute of AfricaCortex LogiceXe-ML

Venue: Nedbank Stellenbosch University LaunchLab, Hammandshand Road, Stellenbosch

We are excited to announce another MIIA event at Nedbank Stellenbosch University LaunchLab, Stellenbosch on Tuesday evening 5 September 2017 at 6:30pm.

The theme for the event is Machine Intelligence and its Applications with some experts from Stellenbosch University, Industry, and the MIIA community participating. The format of the event will be a few presentations with Q&A along with a panel discussion. We aim to showcase, amongst others, some of the excellent work being done at Stellenbosch University and Industry in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Data Science. 

Preliminary Agenda:

18:30-19:25: Presentations:

  • 18:30: “Welcome & Introduction”, Brandon Paschal, LaunchLab [5 minutes]
  • 18:35: “Machine Intelligence & its Applications introduction and MIIA update", Dr Jacques Ludik, MIIA, Cortex Logic, Bennit.AI [10 minutes] - presentation
  • 18:45: “Learning speech models without labelled data”, Dr Herman Kamper, SU Electronic Engineering [20 minutes] - presentation
  • 19:05: "Minerals Processing and Machine Learning", Dr John McCoy, Zander Horn, SU Process Engineering [20 minutes] - presentation

19:25-20:00: Panel Discussion: Machine Intelligence and its Applications [35 minutes]

Moderator: Dr Jacques Ludik - see Questions in presentation

Participants: Dr Herman Kamper, Dr John McCoy, Zander Horn, Shaun Irwin (Stone 3), others from Industry

Video of the event

To register for this MIIA, get a free ticket via Quicket:

Parking: At Nedbank Stellenbosch University LaunchLab, Hammandshand Road, Stellenbosch 

Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Machine-Intelligence-Institute-of-Africa/events/242324486/

MIIA Events page:  http://machineintelligenceafrica.org/activities/events/

 

21. Africa Data Forum, All Things Data Cape Town Conference - 29-30 August 2017

Africa Data Forum, All Things Data, Cape Town, Hosted by the City of Cape Town, 29-30 August 2017
 
  • The Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA) has also recently partnered with the Africa Data Forum and will be participating in the upcoming All Things Data Conference, at the Westin, Cape Town on 29-30 August 2017. 
  • MIIA has decided to join forces with the Africa Data Science Association and will also have Board representation in this non profit organization that aims to ensure alignment between the academia and corporates on data science curriculum. 

Venue: Westin Hotels & Resorts, Cape Town, 8001

https://www.africadataforum.com/capetown-conference/
 
Agenda:
https://www.africadataforum.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/AGENDA_29-30_Capetown_updated.pdf

 

20. MIIA Meetup @ PwC in Cape Town, 16 August 2017

MIIA Event on Wednesday, 16 August 2017 @ PwC, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town 

Data Science Applications to help businesses thrive in the Smart Technology Era
 
Venue: Top floor, Silo, 5 South Arm Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001
Agenda:
  • 17h30: Guests start to arrive, with canapes and drinks, arrival outside the business school venue
  • 18h00: Presentations start
    • "Introduction and MIIA update", Dr Jacques Ludik, MIIA, Cortex Logic, Bennit.AI - presentation
    • "Data Science applications at PwC", Phillip Hattingh, PwC - presentation
    • "Data Science Academy", Pierre Naude, Dimago - presentation
    • "Operationalizing AI, Data Science, and Big Data & Analytics to help businesses thrive in the Smart Technology Era”, Dr Jacques Ludik, MIIA, Cortex Logic, Bennit.AI - presentation
    • “AI-based approaches to building Chatbots and Virtual Assistants”, Chris Currin, PhD Computational Neuroscience candidate at UCT - presentation
  • 19h15: Presentations end. Guests move to rooftop bar for drinks and light snacks.
  • 20h00: Wrap up (the venue is booked to 21h00).

Video

Photos

To register on Quicket: 

 
Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Machine-Intelligence-Institute-of-Africa/events/241939321/
MIIA Events page: http://machineintelligenceafrica.org/activities/events/
Parking: Below PwC building
 
 

19. MIIA Meetup in Cape Town on Wednesday 21 June 2017

MIIA Meetup in Cape Town on Wednesday 21 June 2017

Real-world Machine Learning Applications in Security and Mining Industries

Sponsors:  Cortex Logic and Barclays Rise Cape Town
Venue: Barclays Rise, 5th Floor, Woodstock Exchange
 

MIIA Meetup Agenda

  • Introduction and quick MIIA update - Dr Jacques Ludik
  • DeepAlert: Realtime Video Analytics and Alerting using Deep Learning, Dr Jasper Horrell, Founder & CEO, DeepData
  • Using CNNs with transfer learning to train deep networks, Shaun Irwin, M.Eng, Lead Developer, Stone Three Mining Solutions

Video: https://youtu.be/vnNylVqN4qg

Photos: FacebookMeetup

Registration: https://www.meetup.com/Machine-Intelligence-Institute-of-Africa/events/240319413/

 

18. “How can AI disrupt industries?” Panel Discussion - 25 May in Cape Town (Far-ventures)

“How can AI disrupt industries?” Panel Discussion - 25 May in Cape Town (Far-ventures)

MIIA was also represented at this panel discussion (hosted by Far Ventures on how Artificial Intelligence can disrupt industries. 

In a recent post about Deep Learning applications, platforms, limitations and quantum computing we have announced a panel discussion on "How Artificial Intelligence is disrupting Industries" which took place on 25 May 2017 in Cape Town. This event was hosted by Far Ventures, a start-up studio and incubator that aims to foster technology entrepreneurship in Africa by founding and growing start-ups that can positively impact people’s lives through technology. It was also supported by the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA), an innovative community and accelerator for Machine Intelligence and Data Science Research and Applications to help transform Africa.

For this panel discussion, Romain Diaz (Co-Founder & CEO at Far Ventures Global) acted as moderator with the following experienced professionals in the AI industry as speakers and panelists:

This post includes the links to the introductory presentation as well as the video of the panel discussion.

The following questions were specifically addressed in the panel discussion:

  • Is AI a real thing? Is companies really doing AI? Is AI overhyped?
  • Let's dig deeper into AI business applications. What are they? What impact does AI have on industries?
  • What's going to happen with predictive analytics companies given the AI shift across industries and what major tech companies are doing in this space?
  • Leaders & Innovation: (a) Who is the leaders in AI? Who is driving innovation? Can innovation also come from others? (b) Which AI technologies are you currently using? 
  • Ethics: Give examples of AI when it comes the ethics?
  • Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future of AI? Why are you optimistic about the future of AI?
  • What is the current maturity of AI and its impact on society?
  • Are developers going to become the equivalent of typists? What kind of jobs will be left to do?
  • How will AI impact the Healthcare industry in the future?
  • Safety & Discrimination: (a) Safety: e.g. Self-driving cars. How are we going to make sure that AI can be used in a safe way? (b) How are we going to avoid discrimination using AI-based algorithms?

Far Ventures - How Artificial Intelligence is disrupting industries - Part 1

  • [0:00] Introduction 
  • [3:46] AI within the Smart Technology Era - Dr Jacques Ludik 
  • [15:47] AI panel discussion
  • [16:00] Is AI a real thing? Is companies really doing AI? Is AI overhyped?
  • [24:36] Let's dig deeper into AI business applications. What are they? What impact does AI have on industries?
  • [39:15] What's going to happen with predictive analytics companies given the AI shift across industries and what major tech companies are doing in this space?
  • [49:39] Leaders & Innovation: (a) Who is the leaders in AI? Who is driving innovation? Can innovation also come from others? (b) Which AI technologies are you currently using? 
  • [1:00:16] Ethics: Give examples of AI when it comes the ethics?
  • [1:04:25] Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future of AI? Why are you optimistic about the future of AI? (to be continued in Part 2)

Far Ventures - How Artificial Intelligence is disrupting industries - Part 2

  • [0:00] Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future of AI? Why are you optimistic about the future of AI?
  • [2:50] What is the current maturity of AI and its impact on society?
  • [5:35] Are developers going to become the equivalent of typists? What kind of jobs will be left to do?
  • [11:17] How will AI impact the Healthcare industry in the future?
  • [16:20] Safety & Discrimination: (a) Safety: e.g. Self-driving cars. How are we going to make sure that AI can be used in a safe way? (b) How are we going to avoid discrimination using AI-based algorithms?

Registration details:

 

17. MIIA Meetup in Sandton on Thursday 11 May 2017 

MIIA Meetup in Sandton on Thursday 11 May 2017 at 6:30pm

Venue:  Barclays Equinox, 15 Alice Lane, Absa Capital, North Building, Sandton, Gauteng, South Africa

Agenda

1. Deep Learning and its applications Dr Jacques Ludik - MIIA, Cortex Logic, Bennit.AI 

2. Demonstration of Deep Learning examples using Google’s TensorFlow - Dr Jacques Ludik - MIIA, Cortex Logic, Bennit.AI 

3. IBM Watson

- Insights from IBM’s InterConnect Conference in Las Vegas - Rikus Combrinck, Senior Data Scientist at OLSPS Analytics (M.Eng Computer Engineering) 

- IBM Watson discussion (including sharing experience with IBM Watson for developing Intelligent Virtual Assistants) 

4. Demonstration of a state-of-the-art AI conversational system - Rikus Combrinck, Senior Data Scientist at OLSPS Analytics (M.Eng Computer Engineering) 

 

You can also register via the MIIA Meetup - Jhb/Sandton/Pta:

https://www.meetup.com/Machine-Intelligence-Institute-of-Africa-Jhb-Pta/events/239078147/

Sponsors: Barclays Equinox Events, Cortex Logic

Photos of both Cape Town and Sandton MIIA events can be found here.

 

16. MIIA Meetup in Cape Town on Wednesday 3 May 2017

MIIA Meetup in Cape Town on Wednesday 3 May 2017 at 6pm

VenueCiTi, Bandwidth Barn, Block B, 3rd Floor, Woodstock Exchange, 66-68 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

Agenda

1. Deep Learning and its applications Dr Jacques Ludik - MIIA, Cortex Logic, Bennit.AI 

2. Demonstration of Deep Learning examples using Google’s TensorFlow - Dr Jacques Ludik - MIIA, Cortex Logic, Bennit.AI 

3. IBM Watson

- Insights from IBM’s InterConnect Conference in Las Vegas - Rikus Combrinck, Senior Data Scientist at OLSPS Analytics (M.Eng Computer Engineering) 

- IBM Watson discussion (including sharing experience with IBM Watson for developing Intelligent Virtual Assistants) 

4. Demonstration of a state-of-the-art AI conversational system - Rikus Combrinck, Senior Data Scientist at OLSPS Analytics (M.Eng Computer Engineering) 

 

Registration via the MIIA Meetup - Cape Town:

https://www.meetup.com/Machine-Intelligence-Institute-of-Africa/events/239077538/

Sponsors: CiTi, Cortex Logic

Global Tech Communities: https://www.globaltechcommunities.com/new-events/2017/5/3/machine-intelligence-institute-of-africa-miia-meetup 

Photos of both Cape Town and Sandton MIIA events can be found here.

 

A Quantum Boost for Machine Learning

We’ve already shared on our MIIA Slack channel the article, A Quantum Boost for Machine Learning by Maria Schuld (a PhD student researching machine learning and quantum information processing at the University of Kwazulu-Natal). In the article she describes how researchers are enhancing machine learning by combining it with quantum computation. We aim to share some of this work also via an upcoming MIIA event.

  

15. Data Science /  Industrial IoT Hackathon on Mining Data - 20-21 March 2017

Special opportunity for MIIA and Bennit.AI to remotely participate in OSIsoft Hackathon 2017 in San Francisco

  • Details about the special invite: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxzNs-HspAzYS2w5bHFwX0hnVFk/view?usp=sharing  
  • Duration: Monday 20 March 2017 at 6pm - Tuesday 21 March at 5pm (23 hours)
  • The 2017 theme is IIoT: Asset Health Monitoring, Predictive Analytics, and Maintenance Optimization of industrial mobile assets. OSIsoft has partnered with one of the largest mining companies in the world, Barrick Gold Corporation, to provide you with real assets and data from their gold mining sites to work with. You will be presented with an environment comprised of real assets and data. Using PI System components and our developer technologies think outside the box and see how you can bring the Power of Data to consumers and businesses. You will work together as part of a group to develop and implement your ideas. Use all of your PI System, data, and innovative skills while learning from others. At the end, your application will be judged by a group of experts. The top applications will be awarded prizes, and you and your team will be publicly recognized for the achievement. 
  • If you are interested to participate, please send an email to info@machineintelligenceafrica.org before Friday 17 March 2017 at 9pm. 

 

14. How AI is Transforming Manufacturing Webinar - 9 March 2017

How AI is Transforming Smart Manufacturing Webinar

Join leaders from MESA International, Bennit.AI, and Avid Solutions for a discussion about how the latest developments in artificial intelligence (AI) are changing the way we manufacture products and paving the way for factories of the future. In this panel-style Webinar, the team discussion focuses on machine learning, deep learning, neural networks, chatbots, and natural language processing and explores practical uses, real-world challenges, and creative solutions for incorporating these technologies into your manufacturing floor. Download the webinar now to learn about the productivity gains many companies are already seeing and how your operations can benefit from these new areas of research and development.

Panelists

 

Mike Yost 

President, Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International

 

Dr Jacques Ludik 

Smart Technology Entrepreneur, Founder & President of MIIA, Founder & CTO of Bennit.AI, Founder & CEO of Cortex Logic

 

Andy Robinson

Senior Technologist Smart Manufacturing, Avid Solutions Inc.  

Moderator: Jeff Miller, Chief Technologist Smart Manufacturing at Avid Solutions Inc.

 

13. MIIA Meetup at CiTi, Woodstock Exchange, Cape Town - 23 February 2017

For the first MIIA Meetup in 2017 on Thursday 23 February (at CiTi, Woodstock Exchange, Cape Town), wehave showcased and shared some more Data Science & Machine Intelligence use cases and topics by members of the MIIA community. See agenda with links to the video and presentations below.

The meetup started at 6pm with presentations and Q&A followed by sufficient time for networking and discussions afterwards. 

Venue: CiTi, Bandwidth Barn, 3rd Floor, Woodstock Exchange

Parking is available in the basement and parking bays at the back of Woodstock Exchange building

Agenda

VIDEO OF THE EVENT ON YOUTUBE

Agenda

  1. Introduction - Dr Jacques Ludik - MIIACortex LogicBennit.AI
  2. Emotion recognition: state of the art networks driving deeper immersive experiences - Dr Mike GrantFrans Cronje - DataProphet
  3. Intersections: Network Science, Behavioural Science, & Data Science - Dr Eli Grant - Behavioural Science and Impact Analysis, Oxford Refugee Studies Centre, International Astronomical Union Office of Astronomy for Development, University of Oxford, UK
  4. Distinguishing plants using metabolic barcodes and random forest - Dr Millie Hilgart - Consultant on the experimental design and statistical analysis of field trials of various products. Previously: Post doc Research Fellow, Botany / Bioinformatics / Molecular Biology, University of Cape Town
  5. Data Science at the Centre for High Performance Computing - Dr Catherine Cress - Principal Research Scientist, Center for High Performance Computing 
  6. Visualization of Twitter Data in Python - Rockefeller, Master of Mathematical Science at AIMS, Postgraduate School of Sciences, Technology and Geosciences of University of Yaoundé, Cameroon

See more details here:

https://www.meetup.com/Machine-Intelligence-Institute-of-Africa/events/237402576/

http://machineintelligenceafrica.org/blog/data-science-and-machine-intelligence-use-cases-in-africa-2017/  

12. MIIA Collaboration with Data Science Nigeria

Data Science Bootcamp: 20-22 January 2017

UPDATE:

See feedback on the recent MIIA - Data Science Nigeria collaboration with respect to a Data Science Bootcamp (140 participants) that was held in Lekki axis of Lagos State from 20-22 January 2017: https://lnkd.in/gwUmNMe
https://lnkd.in/gGiv-JV

http://machineintelligenceafrica.org/blog/machine-intelligence-institute-of-africa-collaboration-with-data-science-nigeria/ 

For some photos of the Data Science Bootcamp in Nigeria, see also https://lnkd.in/gAzTCW8

The Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA) is excited to announce a partnership with Data Science Nigeria, a non-profit organization to accelerate data science adoption and raise a new breed of local experts by training and mentoring young Nigerians through face-to-face, virtual online classes, project-based support and holiday boot camps. Data Science Nigeria, an initiative of MTN’s executive, Bayo Adekanmbi, has launched on 26 November 2016 with Dr Uyi Stewart, Chief Data Scientist with IBM, USA that lead the plenary session. Data Science Nigeria, has now progressed to skill development workshops and will run the first bootcamp in Lekki axis of Lagos State between Friday 20 and Sunday 22 January 2017 (see links below for more details). The bootcamp will address competence gaps in Python, R, Machine learning, and general Data science concepts with real-world case studies. MIIA will be represented by Dr Jacques Ludik who will lead a Q&A session on Saturday morning 21 January 2017 via Webinar dial-in along with some other Data Science experts from the MIIA community. If you are Data Science expert that’s interested to participate via Webinar dial-in, please send an email to info@machineintelligenceafrica.org.

 

11. MIIA Meetup at LaunchLab - 30 November 2016

MIIA Meetup at LaunchLab, Stellenbosch on 30 November 2016 at 6pm

In follow-up to the successful MIIA Meetup in October, herewith the agenda and corresponding links for the MIIA Meetup on 30 November 2016 (see MIIA Meetup and MIIA Events for details), sponsored by Cortex Logic.

Agenda for MIIA Meetup @ LaunchLab on 30 November 2016 at 6pm

The meetup format consists of presentations and Q&A (approximately an hour) followed by sufficient time for networking and discussions afterwards.

 

10. MIIA Meetup at Rise Africa - 27 October 2016

MIIA Meetup @ Barclays Rise (with some snacks and drinks sponsored by Barclays Rise)

http://www.meetup.com/Machine-Intelligence-Institute-of-Africa/

We are looking at showcasing and sharing a number of Data Science & Machine Intelligence use cases by members of the MIIA community. MIIA members who would like to present is welcome to send an email to jacques@machineintelligenceafrica.org.

Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa Meetup at Rise Africa, Cape Town on 27 October 2016

MIIA Meetup @ Barclays Rise (with some snacks and drinks sponsored by Barclays Rise)

http://www.meetup.com/Machine-Intelligence-Institute-of-Africa/

We have showcased and sharing a number of Data Science & Machine Intelligence use cases by members of the MIIA community. MIIA members who would like to present is welcome to send an email to jacques@machineintelligenceafrica.org.

Video: https://youtu.be/6S2rFYn53dw 

Agenda

  1. Overview of the latest MIIA developments  -  Dr Jacques Ludik [3:20]
  2. Introduction to the Data Science Academy - Paul Saunders [21:00]
  3. Causality - Helge Reikeras [26:45]
  4. Turning Data into Action at Zoona using predictive and guided analytics & tools - Dr Thuso Simon [44:30]
  5. Optimizing Mobile Clinic Locations using Spatial Data - Alex Conway [1:00:48]
  6. Social Network Analysis using Apache Spark and Neo4J - Dr Charles Copley [1:18:50]
  7. Bennit.AI, Intelligent Production Assistant for Manufacturing - Dr Jacques Ludik 

The photos associated with this event are available here:

https://www.google.co.za/maps/place/66+Albert+Rd,+Woodstock,+Cape+Town,+7915/@-33.9268688,18.4449027,19z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x1dcc5d995de78a9f:0x5f1adf5bd13ed86f!8m2!3d-33.9269!4d18.44582?hl=en

Barclays Rise, 5th Floor, Woodstock Exchange

66 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town  

9. Keynote address at LaunchLab's Business Mixer event - 26 October 2016

Keynote address at the Business Mixer event of Stellenbosch University LaunchLab on 26 October 2016 

Title: Artificial Intelligence, a key technology in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Video: https://youtu.be/pxgy4NPRm3g 

Presentation: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxzNs-HspAzYc3F5X0NrNVNKRTQ/view?usp=sharing 

The photos associated with this event are available here:

8. Barclays' Rise Event - AI, Machine Learning, Bots in Wealth Management - 12 October 2016

MIIA has participating in another Barclays Rise Event on the 12th of October 2016, where the audience includes senior executives in wealth management and investment that were keen to orientate themselves with respect to the relevant global trends and cutting edge fintech and innovation. The focus is again on artificial intelligence, robo-advisors for wealth management, investment and insurance, big data and machine learning in finance as well as Blockchain technology. Companies are introducing robo-advisors and virtual banking assistants to simplify communications and offer a more personalized experience for customers, that rely on natural language processing (NLP), data mining and human-like reasoning developed by deep learning algorithms.

Presentation: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxzNs-HspAzYdTBxamh2TzJtTkE/view?usp=sharing 

7. Rise to the Challenge: Big Data, AI, and Machine Learning - 20 September 2016

MIIA has participated in another Rise Cape Town event called "Rise to the Challenge: Big Data, AI, and Machine Learning". See photos hereRise to the Challenge is an events series exploring the technology areas that are shaping the future of the financial industry (organized during the same week across all Rise sites globally). For this event, Rise is bringing together topic experts, startups, VCs, academia and Barclays senior leaders to host a thought-provoking discussion around Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Rise to the Challenge aims to shake the current thinking and identify the opportunities and challenges that banks and startups face. Conversations will critically assess where to steer the future focus of investing in Fintech. Each event will identify a specific challenge area to help the innovators in the financial industry focus their curiosity and start experimenting with new ideas. Using Rise Crowd Rise to The Challenge Series will collate challenges the business face globally to identify new business opportunities, the most promising startups in respective areas and invite collaboration opportunities.

Presentation: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxzNs-HspAzYdjdsTDh0cTVsRWc/view?usp=sharing 

 

6. Machine Intelligence / Smart Technology for Education - 15 September 2016

MIIA has also given a presentation to Stellenbosch University's Division for Institutional Research and Planning about AI / Machine Intelligence / Smart Technology and its applications in Education.

5. Western Cape strategic round table conversation on the 4th Industrial Revolution - 15 September 2016

MIIA was also represented at a strategic round table discussion with the Western Cape government and the technology entrepreneurship ecosystem with respect to the Digital Economies and the 4th Industrial Revolution. Apart from government representatives (Minister of Economic Opportunities; Economic Development & Tourism; Strategic Economic Accelerators and Development, Economic Sector Support; Digital Leadership; Economic Research and Development, Asset Management and Systems, Provincial Treasury, and Trade and Investment), other organizations such Barclays, ABSA, Accelerate Cape Town, CITI, Webhelp SA, and Red Tape Reduction Unit were also represented by their key leadership.

The strategic conversation was with a small group of Western Cape (WC) leaders to engage on the resilience and preparedness of the WC to take up the opportunities and threats arising from digital disruption. The World Economic Forum has elevated the notion of the 4th industrial revolution and raised awareness of the impact it has on government and business sectors. Disruptive technologies will have profound effects on all value-chains and displays opportunities and challenges across global economies. The purpose of discussion was to determine the fundamentals for the development of a strategic approach to this for our economy and in particular for digital industries in the Western Cape. The “global digital economy accounted for 22 percent of the world’s economy in 2015. And it’s rapidly growing, as we forecast those numbers to increase to 25 percent by 2020, up from 15 percent in 2005.” (Accenture, 2016) The participation helps to mould the direction and building blocks to an integrated approach in order for it to support needs of business and government in the Western Cape.

4. Barclays' Rise Africa Event - 31 August 2016

The focus of a series of Rise community events in Cape Town was artificial intelligence, robo-advisors for wealth management, investment and insurance, big data and machine learning in finance as well as Blockchain technology. In the most recent event the emphasis was on how these technologies are impacting the Insurance industry (which has clearly not yet been impacting us much as wealth management and investment). Companies are introducing robo-advisors and virtual banking assistants to simplify communications and offer a more personalized experience for customers, that rely on natural language processing (NLP), data mining and human-like reasoning developed by deep learning algorithms. Blockchain, the software that underlies cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, is another potentially transformative computational technology. Blockchains might be deployed as a secure cloud-based management system for all manner of robotic and otherwise automated operations, in cases as diverse as finance, manufacturing, hospitals, self-driving vehicles, and home environments. Experts are applying deep learning in blockchain to move and store data securely and privately, dropping the cost and complexity of financial transactions. See presentation for more details on intelligent virtual assistants and machine learning in Finance (with some focus on Insurance and Wealth Management).

 

 

3. Barclays' Rise Africa Event - 12 August 2016

MIIA has also partnered with Barclays' Rise Africa, a community of bright thinkers and doers, from rising startups to industry leaders, working together to create the future of financial services. Through its global network of connected sites in seven of the world’s top FinTech ecosystems, Rise delivers numerous programmes that facilitate rapid engagement between Barclays and the Rise community in order to solve some of the biggest challenges facing financial services. The focus of a recent Rise community event (August 2016) at their Woodstock Exchange facilities in Cape Town was Artificial Intelligence, robo-advisors for wealth management, investment and insurance, big data and machine learning in finance as well as Blockchain technology. The audience included senior executives in wealth management and investment that were keen to orientate themselves with respect to the relevant global trends and cutting edge fintech and innovation. Along with Jacques Ludik's presentation representing MIIA (as well as AI startups Cortex Logic and Bennit AI specializing in cognitive applications such as intelligent virtual assistants), there were also presentations from Pivotal AnalyticsClevva as well as a Blockchain specialist.  The outline of my presentation on Artificial Intelligence, Robo-advisors for Wealth Management and Investment, and Big Data, Analytics and Machine Learning in Finance was as follows (see link for details):

  • Artificial Intelligence – key technology in 4th Industrial Revolution

  • Robo-advisors for Wealth Management and Investment

  • Big Data, Analytics and Machine Learning for Finance

  • Introduction to Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA) and Smart Technology Center of Excellence

  • Appendix
    • 4th industrial revolution
    • Machine Intelligence and its applications

 See also our blog for details as well as the corresponding post on LinkedIn.

2. Silicon Cape TechTalk on Artificial Intelligence - 27 July 2016 

MIIA community members participated in Silicon Cape's TechTalk on Artificial Intelligence as one of MIIA's Meetup events. The event was very well attende about 100 people from the MIIA and Silicon Cape communities. At this event MIIA was also represented on a panel discussion on how Artificial Intelligence is being used commercially, and how to use Machine or Artificial Intelligence to build new businesses. The panel discussion was preceded by a MIIA presentation given to briefly discuss the Smart Technology era and some of its implications for Africa, a smart technology empowered education-entrepreneurship ecosystem to help transform Africa, a proposed Smart Technology center of excellence, Artificial Intelligence as a key technology in the Smart Technology era and an introduction to MIIA to the Silicon Cape community. For more details, see the presentation as well as the video of the event published on YouTube. See also our blog for details as well as the corresponding post on LinkedIn.

YouTube video of Silicon Cape & MIIA TechTalk on Artificial Intelligence

Photos of the event:

Presentation Outline:

  • Shaping our Future in the Smart Technology Era

    • Artificial Intelligence - key technology in the 4th Industrial Revolution

    • Smart technology empowered education-entrepreneurship ecosystem to transform Africa

    • Smart Technology CoE (Center of Excellence)

    • MIIA & Smart Technology CoE

  • Introduction to Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA)
  • Appendix
    • 4th Industrial Revolution

    • Machine Intelligence Landscape

Initial invitation:

The MIIA community is invited to attend the Silicon Cape TechTalk on Artificial Intelligence on Wednesday 27 July 2016 where MIIA will be represented on a panel discussion on how AI is being used commercially, and how to use AI or Machine Intelligence to build new businesses. The panel discussion will be preceded by a short presentation to introduce MIIA to the Silicon Cape community. For more details see http://www.siliconcape.com/events/silicon-cape-techtalk-on-artificial-intelligence.

Where: Workshop 17, Waterfront , Cape Town

When: Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Time: 6:30pm for 7:00pm start until 8:30

Get your tickets here: Tickets First 50 tickets free!! 

 

 

 

1. Meetup in Cape Town in June 2016

We had an awesome meetup with 45 people attending and lots of interaction and participation in the Q&A sessions and the informal discussions afterwards. We are all very excited about the potential of Machine Intelligence & Data Science and its applications to help address some of the key problems and opportunities that we have in Africa.  For more details and the follow-up actions, see the following blog: http://machineintelligenceafrica.org/blog/follow-up-on-an-awesome-miia-meetup-in-cape-town/ 

Original event details: http://www.meetup.com/Machine-Intelligence-Institute-of-Africa/events/231009856/

 

Other relevant events for the MIIA community on the African continent

We intend to use this section to highlight and promotes an MAchine Intelligence and Data Science related events and conferences on the African continent. Please let us know via Slack or info@machineintelligenceafrica.org of any events in this regard.

 

 

http://www.chiefdataofficerafrica.com/

6-9 June 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa

 

 

http://www.caoforumafrica.com/

26-29 September 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa

 

 

Relevant events for the MIIA community elsewhere in the World

We intend to use this section to highlight and promotes an Machine Intelligence and Data Science related events and conferences elsewhere in the World. Please let us know via Slack or info@machineintelligenceafrica.org of any events in this regard.

 

NIPS 2016

Monday December 05 -- Saturday December 10, 2016 Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona, Barcelona SPAIN

The Thirtieth Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) is a multi-track machine learning and computational neuroscience conference that includes invited talks, demonstrations, symposia and oral and poster presentations of refereed papers. Following the conference, there are workshops which provide a less formal setting.

Invited Speakers

Yann LeCun (Facebook), Susan Holmes(Stanford), Kyle Cranmer (NYU), Saket Navlakha (Salk Institute), Drew Purves(Deep Mind), Marc Raibert (Boston Dynamics), Irina Rish (IBM)