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Coming Lectures

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From sci-fi to everyday AI – business opportunities in new technology

From sci-fi to everyday AI – business opportunities in new technology

When: Thursday September 27, 2018, 15.00-16.30
Where: SUP46, Regeringsgatan 65, Stockholm
Lecturer: PhD Nasim Farahini, Qamcom, and associate professor Fredrik Heintz, Linköping University

About the lecture: Welcome to a new Estrad season, and the 200th open lecture since the start in 1997! Estrad is all about inspiration, sharing knowledge, and meeting up with interesting people. We hope that you will join us on September 27 for an eye-opening discussion on artificial intelligence (AI).

Self driving cars, intelligent robots and computers with superhuman performance in games like Go or Poker was previously science fiction. Today it is reality. AI creations like Siri and Alexa answer our questions, guide us, and tell us jokes.

During this lecture, we will take a look at state-of-the-art in Internet of Things (IoT), AI and autonomous systems (and mergers between them). What are the possibilities – and challenges – for existing companies? In which areas will we see a new wave of startups, building on AI? And what are the consequences for society?

Nasim Farahini and Fredrik Heintz will explore these questions at the limit of what science and engineering can do today. Their findings will also be discussed by three panelists: Margareta Groth, Vinnova, Joel Hellermark, Sana Labs, and Christina Henryson, Tillväxtverket. Prepare for an inspiring afternoon where you might end up leaving with more questions than answers...

About the lecturer: PhD Nasim Farahini finished her doctoral thesis on information and communication technology (ICT) at KTH in 2016. She now has a CTO role at Qamcom focusing on advancing technologies in AI, IoT and Cloud. Before that, she worked with AI systems and Cloud IoT Platforms at Google in Mountain View. Leveraging the experience of advanced hardware design, AI, IoT and Cloud, Nasim is currently working with industry partners to shape the future of autonomous systems and intelligent platform solutions for tomorrow’s business needs.

Fredrik Heintz is an associate professor of computer science at Linköping University. His research focus is artificial intelligence – especially autonomous systems, stream reasoning and the intersection between knowledge representation and machine learning. He is the director of the Graduate School for the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP), the president of the Swedish AI Society and a member of the European Commission High-Level Expert Group on AI. He is also active in education activities, in universities as well as primary and secondary education.

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New Technologies, Vegans, Disasters, and All That Stuff: How to Make Use of External Enablers to Create New Business

New Technologies, Vegans, Disasters, and All That Stuff: How to Make Use of External Enablers to Create New Business

When: Tuesday October 9, 2018, 13.30-15.00
Where: SUP46, Regeringsgatan 65, Stockholm
Lecturer: Professor Per Davidsson, QUT Business School, Australien

About the lecture: Entrepreneurs cannot literally create “something from nothing”. For success, they also need some “raw material” to work with. While everybody agrees that new technologies, regulatory changes, and demographic and socio-cultural shifts provide such “raw material”, we do not yet have a unified understanding of precisely how, why and for whom such environmental changes open up possibilities for profitable new business activities.

In this talk, Professor Per Davidsson presents a new framework that can help entrepreneurs identify the precise business benefits different types of external change can offer:

- What do the scope of the change and the manner in which it happens (e.g., sudden/unpredictable vs. gradual/predictable) tell us about the potential of new businesses based on it, or about what type of actor can most likely realize that potential (e.g., start-ups vs. incumbent firms)?

- What are the specific benefits (e.g., saving costs, saving time, increasing demand) that the change can offer?

- And when in the business creation process do these benefits kick in?

These are the type of questions that the presented framework attempts to guide to fruitful answers.

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PLEASE NOTE: The number of seats is limited. We process registrations on a first-come-first-serve basis. Registration is binding. The lectures are free of charge, but if you register without participating you will be charged an administrative fee of 400 Swedish kronor.

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