ESADE Alumni is pleased to invite you to this talk in the refresher programme entitled, ''The great promise of artificial intelligence (AI)'' by Marc Torrens, professor in the ESADE department of operations, innovation and data sciences.
This talk will examine how AI is reshaping the world we live in. This unprecedented disruption is due to two factors: the digitalisation of all human activities and the computing capacity now available. You will learn how to contextualise strong AI and weak AI, key concepts that are often misunderstood when science fiction is confused with technology. By analysing several real-life examples you will also see how data can enable machine learning to disrupt businesses in different sectors.
Marc Torrens is a computer science engineer from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC, Barcelona) with a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL, Lausanne).
Marc has published more than 20 papers in international conferences and journals, and has invented more than 20 patents on recommendation and personalization technologies. He co-chaired the ACM conference on recommender systems in 2010 with more than 400 experts from the academy and the industry. He also regularly acts as a reviewer at international AI conferences. His research focusses on how AI can solve problems faced by business and people. Marc is convinced that AI will help humans overcome some of the challenges they have always had and dramatically improve their lives.
Rather than following a traditional academic career, Marc spent more than 20 years creating AI start-ups. He co-founded Strands, Inc. in 2004, now a well-established, acknowledged, global Fintech company working for top-tier banks worldwide including Barclays, Deutsche Bank, BBVA, ING, Bank of Montreal, BNP Paribas, Santander and Discount Bank, to name but a few. From 2004 to 2018, Marc worked at Strands as Chief Innovation and Product Officer and is currently a member of the company’s board. One of the company’s most remarkable achievements was the creation of more than 20 recommendation technology patents that was bought by Apple.
His real aim is to bridge the gap between scientific research output and the input that real-world AI systems need. Marc is excited about bringing all of his state-of-the-art knowledge in AI and entrepreneurship to ESADE to develop brilliant managers, executives and entrepreneurs able to transform the world in which we live.
Members are welcome to bring a guest.
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