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Techweek TV: Real World AI in 2019 - practical insights from New Zealand businesses implementing Machine Learning solutions

AI Forum Executive Director Ben Reid joins the panel discussion on AI business cases, from challenges experienced to lessons learnt.

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AI Forum Executive Director Ben Reid will join a discussion with three leading New Zealand data science and machine learning experts. The conversation will examine AI business cases, implementation challenges and lessons at the coalface from those actively delivering AI solutions.

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Wednesday 22 May
10:30am - 11:25am

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Ben Reid

Executive Director, AI Forum

Ben heads up the AI Forum of New Zealand – an independent organisation bringing together business, academia, and the government advancing the AI ecosystem to help achieve a prosperous and inclusive future New Zealand. Reid has a 24-year career background in software development and strategic technology consulting, working with a wide range of organisations spanning multinational software vendors, start-ups and government.

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Tony Greaves

Analytics Technologist, Eltanin

Tony is an consultant and contractor operating as “Eltanin NZ”. His background includes 30 years as employee and contractor in New Zealand
science and industry, working with data modelling technologies across a wide range of applications. A particular focus has been on building machine learning workflows appropriate to an ISO accredited environment.
Current projects include work in
* automated discovery from science literature
* managing machine learning models and metadata as valuable IP.
Tony’s favourite machine learning application to date: objective quality evaluation in barrel-ageing wines.

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Ernestynne Walsh

Senior Data Scientist, Nicholson Consulting

Ernestynne is an experienced senior data scientist from the East coast (Ngāti Porou and Te Whānau-ā-Apanui) of Aotearoa, New Zealand. Her specialty areas include: transparency, privacy and ethics around predictive modelling, creating frontline operational models in Government and explainable algorithms.

This year she has co-presented a keynote about automating frontline decision making at ACC and co-delivered a natural language processing workshop with MIT staff. She has been appointed as an external member of the ACC Ethics Panel and travelled to both Australia and the United States to deliver a workshop on combining open source and proprietary software.

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Isaac Wilson

Director, Litmus Marketing

Isaac Wilson is the Director of Litmus Marketing ( and Founder of Text Ferret ( Litmus Marketing is a boutique data-driven marketing consultancy, helping organisations bring science to their business decision-making. As a part of this journey, and due to the need that Isaac was seeing in the market as he served his clients, Litmus Marketing developed their own text mining analytics toolset called 'Text Ferret’. Text Ferret is a text data analysis software that examines raw text, spots patterns and serves them up as clear, useful insights to help organisations make better business decisions. It uses the latest text mining AI techniques of machine learning and natural language processing to extract meaning from any free text data source. Data sources can include open ended responses in surveys, memo fields in operational systems, media articles, comments and social media feeds – anything where text data is recorded electronically.

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