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Applied AI for SMEs

  • Fifth Floor, The Garment Factory, 10 Montrose St, Glasgow G1 1RE (map)


Free Event

What is Artificial Intelligence (AI) and what does it mean for my business? Is it an opportunity or a threat? What sort of technical capability do I need to bring AI into my business? Will I end up being replaced by a robot anyway?

AI is difficult to generally define because there is no single and set definition or concept for intelligence; so the context for Intelligence is highly relevant. In terms of applying to businesses, context is equally relevant. An organisation working with traditional processes, perhaps involving a blend of people, processes and data (likely in a spreadsheet!), has to consider how to change processes and adapt to new technologies and approaches. This change is likely to be incremental and contextual, both organizationally and sectorally.

The Glasgow Data Lab Hub event - part of the Scottish Innovation’s Centre two-week festival of data innovation ( - will seek to demystify and explain some of the key issues around the application of AI in businesses. Speakers will offer insight into what we mean when we talk about AI, the art of the possible, the pros and cons of trying to get up to speed with AI, as well as practical examples of businesses adopting new data science-led approaches.

The event’s target audience is Scottish-based SMEs (and public sector organisations) with an interest in understanding AI better, how it is being used by Scottish-based companies and making sense of applied data science in your own business context.

Event Details:
Date: 9.25-12.30pm, Tuesday March 12, 2019
Location: Fifth Floor, The Garment Factory, 10 Montrose St, Glasgow G1 1RE
Steven Grier (Scotland Country Manager, Microsoft)
Professor David Corne (Head of Intelligent Systems Lab, Heriot-Watt University)
Adam Sroka (Senior Data Scientist, Incremental Group)
Kirsty Mitchell (CEO, Skillz Miner)
Craig Paterson (The Data Lab)
Event Format: After a short introduction from The Data Lab’s Darran Gardner and an intro to AI by The Data Lab’s Craig Paterson, the morning (10-12.30pm) will see each speaker presenting over 30 minutes giving their individual take on applied AI in a business context. Each slot should allow for 20 minutes of presentation / talk and 10 minutes of Q&A.
Presentations may or may not involve a formal presentation (slides), but will ideally cover the following areas:
• What the company does (one slide, 2 mins max)
• What AI means to them
• The challenges organisations face in adopting new data science approaches
• The potential impact of AI on their business (products, services, customers, etc)
• Where they see the future of AI for business and customers

A short afternoon session (1-2pm) will allow a number of companies to book 30-minute ‘Data Doctor’ and ‘Data Plumber’ sessions with Glasgow Hub data scientist, Joanna McKenzie and The Data Lab’s architecture specialist, Rhona MacLennan.