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Software Engineering Best Practices for Building AI-enabled applications

August 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Rama Akkiraju, Director, IBM’s Watson Division


6:30 Doors Open, Food & Networking
7:00 Presentation
*** Please arrive by 7 PM due to Security ***

Advancements in computational power, and algorithms has brought Artificial Intelligence (AI) to the forefront in the past decade, bringing AI out from ‘AI winter’. Many companies and developers are actively exploring how AI can help in their businesses, be it as chatbots in customer support scenarios, or doctors’ assistants in hospitals, or legal research assistants in legal domain, or as marketing manager assistants in marketing, or as real-time face detection applications in security domain. Building high quality and scalable AI models or services takes specific kind of discipline, methodology and tools. While some of these processes, methods and tools overlap with traditional software engineering practices, several are new to AI domain. In this talk, I will share the best practices for building AI-enabled applications from personal experiences from running AI Operations team at IBM’s Watson division.

Speaker Bio
Rama Akkiraju is a Director, Distinguished Engineer, Master Inventor and IBM Academy Member, at IBM’s Watson Division where she leads the AI operations teams and also heads the AI mission of enabling natural, personalized and compassionate conversations between computers and humans. In her career, Rama has worked on agent-based decision support systems, electronic market places, and semantic Web services, for which she led a World-Wide-Web (W3C) standard.

Rama has co-authored 4 book chapters, and over 50 technical papers. Rama has over dozen issued patents and 20+ pending. She is the recipient of 3 best paper awards in AI and Operations Research. Rama received multiple awards and honors at IBM in her professional career including multiple Corporate Awards, highest technical awards in the company.

Rama has been named by Forbes as one of the ‘Top 20 Women in AI Research’ in May 2017. Rama and her team’s work has been featured in various media outlets including, National Public Radio (NPR), LA Times, VentureBeat, and CNBC.

Rama holds a Masters degree in Computer Science and has received a gold medal from New York University for her MBA for highest academic excellence. Rama currently serves as the President for ISSIP, a Service Science professional society for 2018.


August 27
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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