What we're about

Networking the Northern Ireland AI community is the core mandate that drives AI NI. This will be achieved through organising events that target a wide range of demographics that include companies, students and academia. Each of these events (Belfast based initially) will be comprise presentations, workshops and panel discussions designed to educate & stimulate discussion but more importantly highlight the amazing Northern Ireland AI community.

All experience levels are welcome, whether you have a PhD or are just starting out, the events organised by AI NI will be catered to ensure you always can learn something new. The intention is not to baffle you with linear algebra but rather inspire and showcase what is possible today if you are interested in AI.

You can contact us through our Twitter page ( https://twitter.com/ai_ni_community ) or by contacting any of the organisers. If you are working on something interesting in the space of AI / ML please do get in touch with us and we would be happy to give you a platform to show your work.

AI NI is supported both by Kainos and Digital Catapult Northern Ireland, they have been key components that have led to the inception of this community.

We are looking forward to engaging with you all :)

Upcoming events (3)

Innovate UK AI Briefing - A special lunchtime event

Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency, providing funding and support to businesses across the UK for research and innovation. On Friday 22 February, AINI is partnering with Innovate UK to host a lunch time event with Zoe Webster, Innovate UK’s Director of AI and Data Economy in Belfast’s Ormeau Baths. Zoe leads a team of experts working to identify, support and accelerate high growth-potential innovation in the UK, based on cutting-edge AI and data research and technology. Zoë has a computer science background and a PhD in artificial intelligence where she developed and evaluated stereotype-based user models for personalised information filtering. Prior to joining Innovate UK, she worked QinetiQ and SEA researching, developing and demonstrating machine learning and information filtering algorithms for a range of applications including health and retail. Join us for lunch at Ormeau Baths on Friday 22ndFebruary 12pm – 1.15pm and learn about opportunities in AI.

AI NI 7: Collaboration with NxNW Tech Meetup

Catalyst Inc

The time has come for AI NI to live up to the 'Northern Ireland' aspect of our name, leaving our Belfast base to collaborate with the North by North West Tech Meetup in organising an event in Londonderry. Our sponsor for this event is Allstate! they will be kindly providing the food & drinks for all attendees, Allstate have been extremely proactive and played a pivotal role in making this event happen. ------------------------------------------------------- Speaker List (Featuring a familiar face) ------------------------------------------------------- Introductory Comments (Allstate) Jordan McDonald (Kainos) AI; The Hidden Costs of using State of the Art Tools Dr. Priyank Shukla (C-TRIC) Machine Learning in Life and Health Sciences: a biologist-turned-informatician’s perspective. Dr. Magda Bucholc (ISRC) Big Data Insights into the Truth of Lying. Mark Gorman (The Lycra Company) AI implementation & The Challenges of Developing a Data Analytics Workforce The NxNW Tech Meetup are the premier technology community group in North West of the country, having ran a series of excellent events for the past few years, if you would like to learn more about their events (and to attend some in the future!) please do check out their Meetup page below, the quality of speakers is consistently excellent. https://www.meetup.com/North-by-Northwest-Tech-Meetup/

AI NI Hackathon - The Good (A)Idea

Queens Univeristy Belfast, Computer Science Building

*Signup for this is not via meetup... Link for registration is below* https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-good-aidea-hackathon-tickets-53046814450 2 day hackathon brought to you by AI NI and Hackily! Kindly supported by our platinum partner Bazaarvoice and hosted by QUB! We’re inviting 200 AI enthusiasts from across the island and beyond to be part of the inaugural AI Initiative hackathon. With the rapid advancement of AI technology, it is important to use its power in ways that benefit society. We’ll provide a welcoming and collaborative environment for you to build out brilliant, innovative, and impactful ideas using AI. You’ll meet fellow hackers, learn new technologies, and work alongside seasoned mentors. We'll provide the food, swag, workshops, mentorship, prizes and more. Don't have a team, or even an idea? Don't worry! We'll give you the tools to build something incredible. All we expect is an insatiable desire to learn, a willingness to collaborate with people of different backgrounds, and a desire to benefit the world with technology. We'd love to see you here!

Past events (8)

AI NI @ Northern Ireland Science Festival

Ulster Museum

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