Sep 9–12, 2019

Bringing AI into the enterprise

Kristian Hammond (Northwestern Computer Science)
9:00am5:00pm Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Location: 230 C

Who is this presentation for?

  • Managers, vice presidents, and C-level decision makers




Even as AI technologies move into common use, many enterprise decision makers remain baffled about what the different technologies actually do and how they can be integrated into their businesses. On the plus side, the technologies we thought were decades away seem to be showing up at our doorstep with increasing frequency. However, little effort has been made to clearly explain their value and genuine business utility.

Kristian Hammond provides a practical framework for understanding your role in problem solving and decision making, with an emphasis on how these technologies can be used, their requirements, and expectations for their effectiveness. This framework ensures that as you build, evaluate, and compare different systems, and you’ll understand these systems and be able to articulate how they work and their impacts.


  • An overview of the current AI ecosystem and why the intelligent technologies of today are different than what we’ve seen in the past
  • A deep dive into specific technologies from a functional perspective, unpacking the requirements for each and how to evaluate opportunities
  • A look at how enterprises can develop a value-driven cognitive computing strategy, detailing how organizations can grow skills and organization in parallel with the introduction of the technologies they’re deploying and how to ramp into the solutions by defining a growth path that starts with definable tasks, well-understood technologies, and clear ROI
  • A process that results in the data awareness and skills needed to bring even the most sophisticated and complex technologies into play

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A basic understanding of the business problems you're interested in solving

What you'll learn

  • Learn a practical framework for bringing AI into your company
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Kristian Hammond

Northwestern Computer Science

Kristian Hammond is Narrative Science’s chief scientist and a professor of computer science and journalism at Northwestern University. His research has been primarily focused on artificial intelligence, machine-generated content, and context-driven information systems. He sits on a United Nations policy committee run by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR). Kris was also named 2014 innovator of the year by the Best in Biz Awards. He holds a PhD from Yale.

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