Speaker

Dr Jacques Ludik, president and founder of the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa; CEO and founder of Cortex Logic

Jacques Ludik (Dr)

President and founder of the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa; CEO and founder of Cortex Logic

Dr Jacques Ludik is a smart technology entrepreneur, AI expert, investor and ecosystem builder. He is currently the founder and president of the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA), founder and CEO of Cortex Logic, founder and CTO of Bennit AI, founder of SynerG, The Talent Index, and aiTRADE Systems, and investor in The Student Hub (ERAOnline).

He holds a PhD in computer science (AI) with many publications and has 25+ years' experience in AI and data science and its applications. Previously, Dr Ludik was VP of Data Science and chief data officer at JUMO, and also founder and executive director of CSense Systems, which provides AI software and solutions to customers worldwide in a range of industries, via an international reseller and solution partner network. The company was sold to General Electric (GE) in 2011. At GE, he held various leadership roles, including big data and analytics leader and director of the GE Intelligent Platforms.

Dr Ludik was also senior lecturer and researcher at Stellenbosch University, where dozens of his papers on AI were published in journals and international conferences, as well as a book published by Cambridge University Press (UK). He also has a patent filed for knowledge fusion. Dr Ludik holds a BSc (Cum Laude), an honour's BSc degree (Cum Laude), MSc (Cum Laude), and PhD degrees from Stellenbosch University.

Jacques Ludik (Dr) will be speaking on the following topic:

10:00
Panel discussion: AI: good, bad, fad?

The implications of AI with respect to employment, social and workplace impact and where it really stands today in terms of capability. Do we face the rise of the killer robots or are the bots going to be our best friends?

13:00
Panel discussion: On the road to AI – how do you get there?

This panel discussion will provide insight into the considerations that need to be made before embarking on a journey to AI.

13:25
Thought leadership: Solving strategic and operationally relevant problems through operationalising AI, data science, IOT and big data and analytics

For businesses to thrive in the smart technology era, they need to be agile, innovative and adapt quickly to stay relevant, given the swift pace of change and disruption to business and society. They need to focus on solving strategic and operationally relevant problems through operationalising data science, Internet of things (IOT) and big data and analytics, and implementing state-of-the-art AI-based end-to-end solutions to unlock value from all available structured and unstructured data. AI-based solutions should address business value drivers that lead to an optimised business, a satisfied and growing customer base, productive employees and smart systems to help accelerate decision-making, innovation, collaboration and growth.
Discover how end-to-end AI solutions can unlock value from all available structured and unstructured data to:

  • Increase operational efficiency, effectiveness and revenue;
  • Create strategic value via faster, better and more proactive decisions, enhanced scalability, new business models, and revenue growth opportunities;
  • Enhance customer experience via real-time, on-demand, digital, personalised service delivery, assistance and advice, which is enabled via 360 degree insights about the customer; and
  • Enable more targeted sales and marketing.

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