The following is the report of our associate Ottó Werschitz on the Applied Artificial Intelligence 2019 conference organised by the Austrian Chamber of Commerce (AWK) on 27 May.
AAIC was also organised last year, but mainly for German speaking countries. This year the scope was enlarged concerning both speakers and participants. Representatives of 28 countries were present from China, through Israel to Ukraine.
There were presentations, panel discussions and workshops from 9 o’clock in the morning until 6 p.m. offering us a lot to learn. The event was concluded with an informal but still elegant dinner which was also a good opportunity for networking in the nearby Palais Schönburg.
In addition to „spontaneous networking”, participants could arrange meetings with each other using the conference website. For these meetings, the organisers rendered dedicated rooms available in the conference venue. A bright idea I really liked.
I noted a couple of things specifically interesting for me:
- AI Austria – an organisation similar to the Artificial Intelligence Coalition of Hungary
- BMW Steyr’s efforts to apply AI in production and logistics
- Chinese online company Tencent’s view that the USA leads in basic AI research and platform development, whereas China is really good in end-to-end product development
- Alibaba Cloud endevours to have a European proposition matching AWS
- Computer vision and NLP based aiding tool for visually impaired people offered by Israeli company Orcam.
- Huawei’s Atlas AI Computing platform based on the company’s own AI chip for developing AI solutions in the enterprise.
Conference homepage: https://aaic2019.b2match.io/