AI Connect, the premier event for AI enthusiasts, recently took place at the Future Mobility Campus Ireland (FMCI) in Shannon, Ireland. Co-organized by FMCI, AMAX Engineering, and NVIDIA, this event brought together industry leaders, researchers, and AI enthusiasts to explore the latest advancements and applications of Artificial Intelligence.
On Thursday, March 9th, 2023, AI Connect welcomed attendees to a day filled with engaging activities, including keynote speeches, panel discussions, live demonstrations, and training sessions. The event aimed to showcase the cutting-edge AI projects emerging from Ireland, offer valuable insights into AI research, and facilitate connections with industry experts.
AI Connect welcomed a diverse audience, ranging from seasoned professionals to students and enthusiasts with a passion for AI. This inclusivity fostered an environment where attendees could connect, network, and collaborate, nurturing the growth of the AI community in Ireland and beyond.
Renowned keynote speakers from esteemed organizations such as NVIDIA, Jaguar Land Rover, Provizio, and Exida graced the stage and shared their invaluable insights on the power of AI. These industry leaders delved into diverse topics, including the transformative impact of AI across industries, the role of AI in driving business innovation, and the available support for companies venturing into the realm of AI.
AI Connect facilitated thought-provoking panel discussions, where experts engaged in captivating conversations on pressing AI topics. Participants had the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of how AI is revolutionizing various sectors and industries. Attendees actively participated by asking questions and exchanging ideas, fostering a vibrant atmosphere of knowledge sharing. Panel discussions also covered engagement between research and industry for advances in AI development enriching the conversation with speakers from world class SFI Research Centres: Insight Research Centre for Data Analytics, Confirm Research Centre in Smart Manufacturing and Lero SFI Research Centre for Software. A panel with Helen Downes, CEO of Shannon Chamber and and Paidraic McElwee, Head of Enterprise at Local Enterprise Office Clare and Dr. Wassim Derguech our COO and Chair of Shannon Chamber Skillnet unveiled some of the available mechanisms and funding opportunities for the support of businesses that are looking to embrace the digital era and adopt AI technologies in their businesses either through skills development or targeted projects.
One of the highlights of AI Connect was the live demonstrations, providing attendees with an up-close and personal experience of the latest AI technologies. From AI-driven accident prevention technologies on one FMCI vehicles to user posture monitoring for detecting persons falling in workplaces or medical centres, colorizing old black and white photos and videos and other innovative applications in data analytics and robotics, these demonstrations showcased the real-world impact and possibilities of AI.
AI Connect also prioritized empowering attendees with practical skills and knowledge through training sessions. NVIDIA Senior Data Scientist, Ekaterina Sirazitdinova, led a training session on Graph Neural Networks, equipping participants with valuable insights into this emerging field. Additionally, Felix Friedmann, NVIDIA DriveWorks Product Manager, delivered a talk and engaged in a Q&A session, sharing his expertise on AI applications.
AI Connect left attendees inspired, motivated, and equipped with newfound knowledge and connections. The event served as a catalyst for future collaborations, sparking conversations and initiatives that will shape the future of AI in Ireland. Participants left with a sense of excitement, ready to explore the limitless possibilities of AI and contribute to its continued advancement.
In conclusion, AI Connect, organized by FMCI, AMAX Engineering, and NVIDIA, brought together a dynamic blend of industry leaders, researchers, and AI enthusiasts. Through keynote speeches, panel discussions, live demonstrations, and training sessions, the event successfully showcased the latest AI projects, fostered knowledge exchange, and nurtured valuable connections. AI Connect exemplified the power of collaboration and highlighted the immense potential of AI in shaping the future of various industries.