Put AI to work
June 26-27, 2017: Training
June 27-29, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

Here and now: Bringing AI into the enterprise

Kristian Hammond (Northwestern Computer Science)
9:00am12:30pm Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Impact of AI on business and society, Interacting with AI
Location: Sutton South/Regent Parlor Level: Beginner
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 12 ratings)

Materials or downloads needed in advance

  • A WiFi-enabled laptop

What you'll learn

  • Explore the current state of AI that can be used to evaluate emerging AI strategies and vendors
  • Learn a framework that will give you the information, metrics, and tools needed to evaluate the adoption opportunities and risks associated with various AI solutions


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, technology we thought was decades away seems to be showing up at our doorstep with increasing frequency. However, little effort has been made to clearly explain the value and genuine business utility of this technology.

Kristian Hammond shares a practical framework for understanding the role of AI technologies in problem solving and decision making, focusing on how they can be used, the requirements for doing so, and the expectations for their effectiveness. Kris starts with a lecture outlining this functional framework and ends with hands-on exercises so you can practice using it in the real world when evaluating data, requirements and opportunities. You’ll leave with greater knowledge of the space and the skills to apply that knowledge to your businesses, ensuring that as you build, evaluate, and compare different systems, you’ll understand and be able to articulate how they work and the resulting impact.

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Kristian Hammond

Northwestern Computer Science

Kristian Hammond is a chief scientist at Narrative 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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06/29/2017 10:34am EDT

Looking forward to have access to the presentation slides. Thanks you.

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Kristian Hammond | PROFESSOR
06/29/2017 9:13am EDT

We are tightening the deck down right now (removing animations) and will get it up on the site shortly.

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06/29/2017 6:54am EDT

Hi! Will the slide deck be available to download? I did not see it on the download page.
Thanks a lot!

David Odland | CEO
06/27/2017 7:21pm EDT

Hi Kristian, great presentation today. Is there a way to get your slide deck? There was some great information in there that I was not able to fully capture from the back of the room. You really sold me on the value of the robotic automation aspect as a good stepping stone for my business today before jumping into a larger more resource intensive AI focus. Thanks so much!

06/27/2017 10:44am EDT

I had to miss your session due to flight delay. What is the best way to get in touch with you for a possible invitation to come speak to our engineers?

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Kristian Hammond | PROFESSOR
06/26/2017 6:29am EDT

There really aren’t any prerequisites for this tutorial. All of the exercises will be business/use case focused.

06/26/2017 3:16am EDT


I don’t have the prerequisites listed for the work shops. Should i cancel or can i attend as a listener?

Greg Barnowsky | CHIEF ARCHITECT
06/23/2017 9:39am EDT

Integrating AI into business process flow to allow for "fuzzy logic’ based decisiong specifically to make a system more comprehensive and dynamic in making on the fly decision (especially related to health and condition / disease management)

06/19/2017 11:45pm EDT

Will you address the use of unstructured data, particularly natural language, English and other ? And why so many AI/ML offerings state that the have support for limited set of Natural Languages (like English, Spanish, Chinese…)