AI Monday – Chapter NRW” will be back on 13th June 2022, meeting in-person for the first time.

With AI Monday, KI.NRW and AICommunityOWL aim to network AI enthusiasts in NRW and beyond to discuss the present and future of artificial intelligence and its impact on business and society. The AI Monday event series has been held in changing European cities since 2017. The next “AI Monday NRW” will take place on June 13, 2022 – for the first time in person. In cooperation with the German AI Association, the topic will be “AI and Industry 4.0”.

The Blockchain Reallabor and future AI village, located in Hürth near Cologne will open its doors for networking and sharing AI knowledge. AI enthusiasts as well as anyone curious about it, particularly those with background in industry, are invited to meet members from the AI association (KI Bundesverband e.V.) presenting their solutions for problems especially from manufacturing and industrial processes. The event gives you the chance to gain insights of AI in industry and talk to experts about the chances and challenges.

The event starts at 5pm with a keynote from Dr Christian Temath, Managing Director at  KI.NRW and Matthias Neugebauer, Managing Director at START Hürth presenting the vision of the future AI village, followed by Jörg Bienert, President of KI Bundesverband, introducing Germany’s largest AI entrepreneur network.

Core of the event will be 5 members from the AI domain presenting their Industry 4.0 solutions. After the keynotes, there will be an opportunity for direct exchange and networking with the speakers and of course all other participants from about 6:30pm. Registration is open, event language is German.


AI Village in Hürth


“AI in customer analytics: how to make more out of customer comments with Text Analytics” by Sebastian Schmidt, Co-Founder & Geschäftsführer, SKOPOS ELEMENTS

While customers are keen to give valuable feedback via numerous channels such as Google reviews, customer satisfaction surveys or even the customer support itself, analysing those feedbacks on a large scale can be heavily time-consuming. Utilizing AI in terms of natural language processing (NLP) can help to make a meaning of literally millions of customer feedbacks. SKOPOS ELEMENTS is going to show hands on results from different NLP approaches.

Sebastian is the founder and managing director of SKOPOS ELEMENTS. As a data science expert within the SKOPOS GROUP, he is responsible for the areas customer analytics and reporting. He is passionate about leveraging data science methods to better understand customer behaviour and help companies improve their products and services accordingly.

“Visual Quality control in manufacturing” by Mark Keinhörster, Branch Manager Münster & Data Architect, codecentric AG

Mark Keinhörster from codecentric will talk about AI in visual quality control in manufacturing. He will introduce AI-based image processing for the quality inspection of different, usually very hard to tackle surface inspection problems. This procedure does not need any complex data acquisition or data labeling during operation to learn the normal state. Anomaly is detected by deviations from the learned normal state.

Mark Keinhörster is Branch Manager and Software Engineer at codecentric Münster who likes to code in Scala and Python. Feeling at home in the Big Data-zoo and interested in all topics regarding Data Science, Machine Learning and DevOps.

“Cognitive Operations© – Next generation production planning & control powered by AI by Christoph Lieth, Co-Founder & CTO, operaize GmbH

The talk will introduce to the overall method of cognitive operations© and how it fits in today’s industrial business software platforms like SAP. The method and the product for it is shaped by combining AI-based production planning knowledge representation, analytics and optimization methods enabling high quality planning and decision making in real time.

Christoph is the co-founder and CTO of operaize GmbH and in charge of the overall product and technology. He serves as well as a lecturer for AI, supply chain management, production and IT and co-leads the NRW chapter of the German AI association.

“The Road to Predictive Maintenance” by Timo Klerx, Chief Data Scientist, paiqo

After a predictive maintenance proof of concept a customer once said: “Lesson learned: You cannot buy predictive maintenance at Aldi.” This talk will be about general lessons learned from predictive maintenance projects, e.g. what you can (not) expect from predictive maintenance, what is needed to start, which steps to perform in which order and how a realistic road map looks like.

Timo Klerx started his professional career as a Data Scientist in 2016 after his studies in computer science and subsequent PhD in Machine Learning. At paiqo he works as Chief Data Scientist to transfer the latest developments from scientific research into customer projects to bring added value from data. Timo’s special focus is the application of AI to machine and sensor data, especially with the use cases Predictive Maintenance and Predictive Quality.

Why sustainability makes the difference in being successful with AI products” by Gregor Blichmann, CTO, elevait GmbH & Co. KG

Many AI projects fail due to long-onboarding time, enormous costs due to hardware-intensive trainings that will be repeated for every new use case and customer. In his talk, Gregor will explain elevait’s approach to provide AI software products that are generically usable for multiple use cases and customers to ensure cost- and time-efficient solutions for small- or medium-sized enterprises. Interestingly, the combination of ecological and economic sustainability is the key to success.

Gregor Blichmann is the chief technology officer of elevait GmbH & Co. KG. In his daily work, he is consistently engaged in driving elevait’s vision of a sustainable AI product suite. By applying a holistic approach that covers the AI and the software parts equally, elevait’s AI products can be used by their customers out of the box. Starting as one of the first software developers, he is now coordinating the development unit, which has grown to eight highly diverse and self-managed scrum teams.

The event is supported by Blockchain Reallabor & Kompetenzzentrum WIRKsam.

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