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Conference to examine role of AI in healthcare

Launching the second annual artificial intelligence conference ‘AI Con’ are conference curators Austin Tanney, Kainos; Ruth McGuinness, Kainos and Adrian Johnston, Digital Catapult.

INDUSTRY leaders from across the world of tech will take part in a conference focusing on artificial intelligence (AI) next month.

AI Con will bring together figures from companies including Kainos and Datactics with the AI community in Northern Ireland over December 3-4, to discuss what advances in technology mean for companies, government and the world in which we live.

This year’s conference will specifically look at how AI is working to transform key public services such as healthcare, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The event will be led by Tom Gray, chief technology officer at Kainos.

“The success of the first AI Con last year proved that artificial intelligence activities in Northern Ireland are growing significantly – AI is becoming part of every sector and Northern Ireland is focused on leading in the application of AI to business,” he said.

“AI is a rapid growth area with a huge amount of work being done locally by very exciting tech companies. The importance of AI as a tool for improving how we do business is still emerging, and as we look to rebuild our economy, the conference will provide an opportunity to showcase new developments in AI that can support economic recovery.

“This year, we will examine how the use of AI can support improvements in our public sector and other significant sectors within the Northern Ireland economy such as finance, agri-food and the screen industry.

“Across these areas, the application of AI will allow both increased efficiency and productivity, and the creation of completely new products and services.

“With Belfast being recognised as one of the top 10 cities for fintech growth, and with more and more businesses choosing Northern Ireland as a UK base, AI Con provides the perfect platform to bring debate, discussion and the sharing of new ideas to a bigger audience.”

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