About our Artificial Intelligence conferences

"Everything that civilisation has to offer is a product of human intelligence; we cannot predict what we might achieve when this intelligence is magnified by the tools that AI may provide, but the eradication of war, disease, and poverty would be high on anyone's list. Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last." STEPHEN HAWKING, The Independent, May 1, 2014 


Even though the basis of modern day Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been laid during the 1950s, the increase in the availability of vast amounts of data has enabled researchers to give a variety of capabilities to machines which were long thought to belong exclusively to the human realm. This has recently led to ground-breaking developments on the field of processing natural language, visual information, recognizing patterns and decision making in areas such as the defense industry, manufacturing, healthcare, mobility or customer service. Companies are able to use AI for predictive maintenance, replace tedious jobs with collaborative and context-aware robots, and improve customer services with interactive online systems, thereby saving billions of Dollars and creating numerous new jobs in the IT, tech and service industry sector. 


AI undoubtedly holds great economic potential for the whole world and it is poised to unleash the next wave of digital disruption. Real-life benefits are already materializing for a few early-adopting firms, making it more urgent than ever for others to accelerate their digital transformation efforts. 

Nonetheless, the rapid developments in AI bring with it a lot of controversy as well. Ethical concerns are raised in relation with defence sector, there are fears that AI is manipulated for illegal activities and many fear that a large portion of manufacturing jobs will get lost due to AI replacing them. At least 30% of activities in 62% of German occupations can be automated, which is at a similar level as the US (McKinsey Global Institute, 2017). 


The recent developments in AI offer a great occasion for Canada and Germany to engage in a meaningful conversation on what can be done to fully take advantage of these new opportunities and how to surpass the challenges that come with these developments.

Upcoming conferences

Artificial intelligence conference in Berlin in 2019

Please join us at our conference in Berlin, where experts from Germany and Canada will discuss the newest developments in AI. More information to come!

Artificial intelligence conference in Toronto in February, 2019

Please join us at our conference in Toronto, where experts from Germany and Canada will discuss the newest developments in AI. More information to come!

Past Conferences

Artificial intelligence conference in Karlsruhe on June 21, 2018

Please join us at our conference in Karlsruhe, where experts from Germany and Canada will discuss the newest developments in AI. 


  • Date: June 21, 2018 
  • Where: Schlosshotel Karlsruhe, Bahnhofsplatz 2, 76137 Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Time: 8:00 AM till 1:00 PM


Conference Program 


08:00 AM - Registration 

08:20 AM - Official Start and Welcome Remarks 

08:25 AM - Industry overview 


Speakers: 

  • Dr. Azadeh Ghahghaie (International Communications Manager at DFKI) on the topic "Germany’s Digital Technology and the different Government Efforts and Support Programs
  • Justin Smith (Senior Venture Manager at Creative Destruction Lab) on the topic "The Canadian AI Ecosystem
  • Dr. Niklas Kühl (Team Lead Advanced Analytics at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) on the topic "Dangers & projected growth of AI"

9:10 AM - Panel Discussion 1: Human-Machine Interaction


Speakers:

  • Karim Osmane (Doctorate Research Candidate at University of Sherbrooke and Founder of Mastremind)
  • Jean-François Poulin (UX Consultant at Ergoweb Canada Inc.)
  • Mo Moubarak  (Head of Business Development at Moberries) 
  • Alfred Ermer (CEO at arago da vinci GmbH) 
  • Moderator: Stefanie Dreyer (TV-Presenter, Journalist and Economist and owner of Stefanie Dreyer Communications) 

10:00 AM - Coffee break 1


10:10 AM - Panel Discussion 2: AI & Ethics


Speakers:

  • Nicolai Pogadl (Project Manager at the Montreal Institute for Global Stability (MIGS) at Concordia University) 
  • Prof. Dott. Ing. Roberto Zicari (Professor of database and information systems at the Goethe University of Frankfurt)
  • Dr. Claudio Huyskens (Founder & CEO of fedger.io) 
  • Dirk Hommrich (Senior Researcher at ITAS of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
  • Moderator: Erick Sabelskjöld (Mentor at Startupbootcamp) 

11:00 AM - Coffee break 2


11:10 AM - Panel Discussion 3: Improving Energy Efficiency through AI


Speakers:

  • Davis Sawyer (Co-founder of Deeplite)
  • Prof. Dr. Ralf Mikut (Head of Research Area Automated Image and Data Analysis at Institute for Automation and Applied Informatics at KIT) 
  • Gaurav Tripathi (Co-Founder and CTO of Innoplexus)
  • Moderator: Dr. Rüdiger Rentsch (Senior Scientist at the University of Bremen)

12:00 PM - Key Takeaways

12:10 PM - Networking Lunch

  1:00 PM - End of Event

Artificial intelligence conference in Montreal on April 19, 2018

Please join us at our conference in Montreal, where experts from Germany and Canada will discuss the newest developments in AI. Registration will open soon!


 

  • Date: April 19, 2018 
  • Where: SAP Labs Canada, 111 boul. Robert-Bourassa, Suite 9000, Montreal, QC, H3C 2M1 
  • Time: 8:30 AM till 2:30 PM

 

Conference Program 

  • 08:30 AM - Registration 
  • 09:00 AM - Welcoming speech
  • 09:15 AM - Industry overview 
  • 10:00 AM - Workshop 1: AI applications in online marketing – How will AI impact and shape consumer behavior?
  • 11:10 AM - Coffee break
  • 11:20 AM - Workshop 2: Image recognition technology and AI – What are future possibilities, opportunities and challenges? 
  • 12:30 PM - Lunch Break & Networking Event 
  • 1:10 PM - Workshop 3: AI automation and employee replacement – What precautions can be taken to avoid sector specific unemployment?
  • 2:20 PM - Key Takeaways
  • 2:30 PM - Networking Opportunity
  • 3:00 PM - End of Event

Industry Overview: 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

How does the AI ecosystem look like in Canada and Germany?


Confirmed Speakers:

  • Mark Maclean, Director of Business Development for the West Coast of the Americas at Montreal International
  • Felix Georg Müller, Group Manager for Autonomous Production Optimization at Fraunhofer IPA 

Workshop 1: 10:00 AM - 11:10 AM

AI applications in online marketing – How will AI impact and shape consumer behavior?  

  • What kind of new AI technologies are being developed for online marketing?
  • How will consumers experience virtual shopping in the future and what is already possible now? 
  • How will AI improve sales revenue for companies and improve customer targeting?   

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Pierre Guillemain, CEO & Founder of Aivy
  • Ari Himmel, Founder of Faimdata
  • Thomas Jelonek, Founder of envision.ai
  • Stefan Siprell, Head of Business Development at Codecentric AG
  • Moderator: Stefanie Dreyer, TV-Presenter, Journalist and Economist 

Workshop 2: 11:20 AM - 12:30 PM

Image recognition technology and AI – What are future possibilities, opportunities and challenges? 

  • What are the newest developments and trends when it comes to image recognition technologies? 
  • How will image recognition make our lives easier? 
  • What future applications will use smart image recognition software? 
  • What are the challenges and current boundaries for applying this technology? 
  • What are the legal implications for personal privacy? 

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Craig Buntin, Co-founder/CEO of SPORTLOGiQ
  • Sheldon Fernandez, CEO of DarwinAI
  • Sebastian Kielmann, Managing Director at picalike GmbH
  • Roland Memisevic, Co-founder at Twenty Billion Neurons GmbH
  • Moderator:  Vaughn DiMarco, CEO of Montreal AI Consultancy  

Workshop 3: 1:10 PM - 2:20 PM

AI automation and employee replacement – What precautions can be taken to avoid sector specific unemployment? 

  • Which jobs will be affected by AI automation and to what extent? 
  • Will we see the disappearance of some industries? 
  • What new jobs will emerge? 
  • How can the government and education system help with this transition? 

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Felix Georg Müller, Group Manager for Autonomous Production Optimization at Fraunhofer IPA
  • Eirini Psallida, Co-founder of KEWAZO
  • Wen-Fang Xie, Professor for Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering at Concordia University
  • Nathan Zylbersztejn, Founder of Mr. Bot 
  • Moderator: Abhishek Gupta, AI Ethics Researcher at McGill University