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Beirut AI #3 - AI in CV, IoT and Recommendation engines

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Beirut AI #3 - AI in CV, IoT and Recommendation engines


We are privileged to be living in this era full of technological breakthroughs and machines automating a lot of work for us. Artificial Intelligence, known by AI, has a big share in this fast pace technological advancement. AI is the science of machines performing tasks with intelligence similar to humans. The applications of AI are numerous and apply to almost any domain!

Beirut AI gatherings are quarterly, 3-hour events for AI practitioners focusing on lessons learned applying AI. Each gathering consists of 3 elements enabling interactive sessions: 

Discover: talks of industry peers sharing insights and actionable advice based on hands-on experiences applying AI. 

Share: AI Clinic session for practitioners in the audience to share their specific challenge applying AI and gather initial feedback from industry peers and fellow practitioners. Apply to present your individual challenge putting AI into production through this form [ https://goo.gl/YJ3DFs] or raise your hand at the gathering!

Connect: Peer-to-Peer networking sessions on Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing and Computer Vision to connect with new and leading practitioners in your technology realm. Join us this time to expand your applied AI network!
 
Peer talks @ Beirut AI #3
I. Charlie El Khoury & Nicolas Zaatar  | CEO and CTO of NAR Technologies ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/charliekhoury/ / https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicolaszaatar/ )
on 'Raven AI: An application of Computer Vision in AI'

Talk summary:
For many, drones are simply a novel gadget, a fun toy to fly around the neighborhood, snapping aerial images or even spying on neighbors. Rapidly growing in popularity, drone inspections capture data and deliver sophisticated analytics to stakeholders. They provide an affordable and efficient way to produce on-site, unintrusive inspection of assets. This talk will start with a brief introduction about NAR: what we do, why we're developing Raven AI, and what industries are using Raven AI. After that, we will be digging into the technological side of the startup and explain our Raven AI Framework, how does it scale, how we optimized it to run on Android & iOS phones and finally, talk about our vision with respect to the framework, AI & Drones.

II. Ibrahim Bou Ncoula, CTO of Designer-24 ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/ibrahim-bou-ncoula-6b739326/ )
on 'Applying AI in e-commerce businesses'

Talk summary:
The human mind is not prepared to process the large volume of information now available, and Internet users look to the digital world to discover new possibilities. Using machine learning and Artificial intelligence supports the creation of algorithms that replicate real-life logic used in decision-making when consulting friends or trusted experts about shared interests. Recommendation engines are making it possible to take the leap from merely organizing information to offering personalized suggestions or advice according to specific tastes or needs in an automated way.
In this talk we will go over the different steps to implement such algorithms in your e-commerce business: capturing data around all interesting topics of your business, scalable storage of data and ability to access and play with this data using tools such as Spark and Scala. Next, we’ll go over an open source tool called Prediction.io and talk about how we can feed and train the model using data, then finally, deployment and asking for recommendations.

III. Prof. Raed Al Kontar, Department of Industrial & Operations Engineering, University of
Michigan. ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/raed-kontar/)
on 'Predictive Analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT)'

Talk summary:
The Internet of things (IoT) enabled systems have become increasingly available in practice. Examples include GM’s OnStar® tele-service system, the InSite® telemonitoring system from GE, smart home appliances and various personalized remote patient monitoring systems. The unprecedented data availability in such connected systems provides significant opportunities for smart data analytics but, at the same time, it reveals critical challenges. In this talk we detail these challenges and introduce some predictive analytics methodologies specifically tailored for IoT enabled systems.

Join us at BDD, bldg. 1075 rooftop @ Nassif Yazigi, Beirut on Monday 16th July 2018 from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm. 
Excited to see you there!!



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