14–17 Oct 2019
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AI for executives

Angie Ma (Faculty), Richard Sargeant (Faculty), Joshua Muncke (Faculty Science Ltd)
Monday, 14 Oct & Tuesday, 15 Oct,
Location: Hilton Meeting Room 1/2
Secondary topics:  Machine Learning
Average rating: *****
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Participants should plan to attend both days of this 2-day training course. To attend training courses, you must register for a Platinum or Training pass; does not include access to tutorials on Tuesday.

Angie Ma and Richard Sargeant offer a condensed introduction to key AI and machine learning concepts and techniques, showing you what is (and isn't) possible with these exciting new tools and how they can benefit your organization.

What you'll learn, and how you can apply it

  • Understand key AI and machine learning concepts and techniques
  • Learn a language and framework to talk to both technical experts and executives in order to better oversee the practical application of data science in your organization

Who is this presentation for?

  • You're a senior leader.


Introduction to AI

  • Course objectives: AI for everyone
  • Definitions: AI, machine learning (including deep learning and reinforcement learning), data analytics, customer science, etc.
  • Historical context: AI past and present
  • Present-day usage
  • AI within the corporate context
  • Significance and urgency: Why now and why you?

AI in industry today: Practical applications and benchmark leaders

  • A selection of practical applications
  • Strategic approaches: Commissioning versus procurement (build or buy?)
  • AI maturity models and the enabling preconditions within your organization to use AI well (data, skills, tools, etc.)

Data in your organization: What are your raw materials?

  • What data assets do you have, where does it live, who owns those systems, where are the gaps, and how could you fill them (e.g., by buying data or installing sensors)?
  • What skills do you have access to from your part of the business, and what gaps might there be?
  • What tools do you use, where are the gaps, what other options are there?

Project selection: What makes a good AI use case?

  • Overview of the four key criteria for successful project selection and how to assess them
  • Group exercise: Create a project longlist (often categorized broadly within marketing, operational efficiency, operational effectiveness, and commercial optimization)
  • Scoring longlist against key criteria and plenary discussion

Managing an AI project: How is it is different from other projects?

  • Similarities and differences
  • Project lifecycle and timescales
  • Project delivery methodology
  • Typical staffing profiles
  • Cost estimates for external suppliers (for data science as a service and for consulting)
  • Performance metrics
  • Operations and maintenance
  • Governance and risk management

Leading or supporting a data transformation

  • What is data transformation (as opposed to gradual reform), and when might it be necessary?
  • The ABCs of data transformation
  • Common pitfalls facing successful data transformation initiatives
  • Different operational models for data science within a modern organization
  • Next steps

About your instructors

Photo of Angie Ma

Angie Ma is a cofounder and chief operating officer of Faculty, a London-based AI technology company that provides products and services in strategy, software, and skills. Faculty has delivered more than 300 commercial data science projects across 23 sectors and 8 countries. Angie is passionate about real-world applications of machine learning that generate business value for companies and organizations and has experience delivering complex projects from prototyping to implementation. She supports senior leaders to build AI capability, advising on skills transformation. A physicist by training, previously, Angie was a researcher in nanotechnology working on developing optical detection for medical diagnostics.

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Photo of Richard Sargeant

Richard Sargeant is the chief commercial officer at Faculty. Richard supports senior leaders across a variety of sectors to transform their businesses to use AI effectively. Previously, he was director of transformation at the Home Office, where he oversaw the creation of the second most advanced in-house machine learning capability in government; he was one of the founding directors of the UK’s Government Digital Service; and he was at Google. He has also worked at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and HM Treasury. He is a nonexec on the Board of Exeter University, and the Government’s Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. He has a degree in political philosophy, economics, and social psychology from Cambridge University.

Photo of Joshua Muncke

Josh Muncke is a Principal in the Commercial team at Faculty. Prior to joining Faculty, Josh was the Director of Data Science for Red Bull where he was responsible for the deployment of a wide range of AI and machine-learning initiatives across the Sales, Marketing, Distribution, and Media business units. Josh has ten years of experience in building and leading Data Science teams and projects and previously worked as a Manager at Deloitte – specializing in developing AI roadmaps for clients in the FMCG and Retail sectors. Josh has a degree in Physics from the University of Manchester.

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Gordon Bartels |
3/11/2019 9:52 GMT

First of all let me say that the sessions were really good and worth the time and effort. The one thing that did not work out was getting the presentation deck – despite having giving out our contacts for that exact purpose. Would there be any way to correct that?

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