On December 3, 2020 over 500 participants from more than 20 countries met online to discuss the application of Artificial Intelligence. The conference focused on AI and environmental applications and addressed the needs of companies regarding sustainability. In the form of real use cases, panel discussions, and startup pitches, the participants gained inspiration on how to apply AI for their business.
And thank you, everyone, who made the first virtual AIxIA a success. With participants from over 20 countries, 165 messages, and 23 questions you were a very engaging audience. We hope to see you again in 2021!
The AIxIA keynotes, talks, discussions and state-of-the art use cases will cover two topics:
From predicting malfunctions of machines and finding root causes to next-level process automation for production lines – AI technology has led to major improvements in manufacturing. Besides, we see that close human-robot collaboration is in advance. AI can reinforce the collaboration by “humanizing” the robot behavior. At the conference, we will look into how these innovations massively boost business success AND can have a positive environmental impact – the reduction of waste and energy usage are just two examples.
Another aspect that will be covered is AI within the food industry. According to forecasts, humanity will need around 70 percent more food by 2050, than we produce today. AI solutions can help farmers to grow food more efficiently and at the same time in a more environmentally friendly way.
Sustainability is a hot topic. An industry-wide shift is occurring which leads companies to include environmental sustainability goals in their corporate strategies. Companies must be aware of their footprint and what they can do to reduce it. The AI use cases presented in this session focus on these issues with a focus on energy, water, and resources.
Gaëlle Pinson is General Manager at Hub France IA and as such fully aligned with the Hub’s ambition to develop a European AI model for business and society. She started her career in the Prime Ministers administration DATAR dedicated to spatial planning dealing with clusters and innovation policies. She was then responsible for the digital project of the new metro Grand Paris Express, with Minister Christian Blanc when the law was drafted, later in the implementation phase at Société du Grand Paris, where she initiated the data project. She also created a start-up on long time digital archiving based on glass. She is always keen in strongly promoting European projects, including French-German ones.
Gennadi Schermann is running the department of Innovation and Digital Ecosystems at CyberForum e.V. as well as the Digital Innovation Center – a joint initiative of CyberForum and FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik. Digital Innovation Center (DIZ) is a statewide contact point for digitalization, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. The Digital Hub applied AI/de:hub Karlsruhe ist coordinated by the DIZ. Mr. Schermann studied industrial & business engineering at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland. He gained his international experience during his professional stations at the South East Research Center in Thessaloniki (Greece), at the Deutsche Postbank in Bonn as well as at the Lenovo Technology Co. in Shanghai (China).