What we’re about
AppliedAI is a conference, podcast, newsletter, YouTube channel, and monthly meetup that develops Minnesota’s next generation of experts by educating citizens of all ages on the tools, processes, and applications that are needed to implement solutions that use Artificial Intelligence (AI). The organization runs regular events that involve training, learning and sharing real-world projects where AI is applied to solve problems that impact our lives.
Additionally, we encourage you to subscribe to our Conversation On Applied AI Podcast. We publish new episodes every other week on topics related to Artificial Intelligence and its applications! We also publish a Monthly Newsletter with details on our current events and ways to engage with our community.
Applied AI transitioned from IoTFuse in February 2020. IoTFuse continues to run conferences around the metro area.
What is Artificial Intelligence
In computer science, artificial intelligence (AI), sometimes called machine intelligence, is intelligence demonstrated by machines, in contrast to the natural intelligence displayed by humans. Leading AI textbooks define the field as the study of "intelligent agents": any device that perceives its environment and takes actions that maximize its chance of successfully achieving its goals. Colloquially, the term "artificial intelligence" is often used to describe machines (or computers) that mimic "cognitive" functions that humans associate with the human mind, such as "learning" and "problem solving".
What is AppliedAI?
Simple. :) It's the real-world applications that these far-fetched, big ideas lead to. Some things around us that are applications of AI include digital assistants (Google Home, Alexa), self-driving cars, robots, chatbots and many many more!
Who should go AppliedAI Meetups?
This group is a place for anyone who is interesting in learning, sharing and applying Artificial Intelligence to their products and services. It's also for people of all ages just interested in what's going on in the AI space by networking and talking with real-world practitioners of this exciting and new technology.
What happens at AppliedAI Meetups?
• We have speakers and panelists talking about AI in real-world scenarios
• We do demos of AI related projects and explain how they work
• We discuss, where AI has been, where it is today and where it's heading in the future
• We have fun!
Where else can I find you?
What are the colors of your logo?
They are derived from the color palette of a few of the first-ever AI-generated photos from Google’s Deep Learning tool.
Upcoming events (4+)See all
- Workshop Wednesday - Let's Learn LangChain!Link visible for attendees
If you haven't heard, LangChain is taking the world of Large Language Models by storm. This first session, hosted by Justin Grammens will be an overview of the LangChain ecosystem with examples using various components and features. In future sessions we'll go deeper into the power and flexibility of LangChain and why as a technical leader you'll understand the value of bringing it into your organization.
Here's the source code that we'll be covering
LangChain can be used to build a wide variety of AI applications, including chatbots, personal assistants, creative content generators, data analysis tools, and task automation tools. If you haven't used it before, get ready to revolutionize your AI toolbox! In this first of a series I plan to offer, we'll dive into the magic of creating sophisticated conversational agents by exploring the main components of LangChain: Functions, Expressions Language, Tagging, Extraction, and Routing. Using these components the output of this talk will culminate in not only the creation of a conversational agent but an agent in which you will fully understand the interworkings and come away with the knowledge of how LangChain works and why it should be a critical piece of your future AI projects.
- Integrating AI in Project ManagementLink visible for attendees
In this virtual session, we'll discuss how AI can help project managers use resources like predictive analytics, automation tools, and intelligent monitoring, to optimize project resources, make better decisions, and improve project outcomes.
Some learning objectives include:
- Automation of administrative tasks
- Better planning, execution, and tracking of tasks
- Optimizing outcomes
Our speaker this month is Manish Kalra.
Manish is a Performance-oriented technology leader with exceptional skills in formulating IT and process initiatives, leading all aspects of project implementation to deliver the best outcomes. He has a solid track record of delivering service, exceeding business, and quality expectations, and leading the teams by using accountability, self-motivation, and customer experience as guiding principles. Manish also serves on several non-profit boards in twin cities where he works as a fierce diversity advocate. In 2017, Manish was awarded the prestigious Ana Alvarez-Holmberg Scholarship due to his excellence in the field of project management. Manish is currently the Past President at PMI-MN. Due to Manish’s advocacy in DEI and community service, he was awarded by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as "Business of Pride" 2019 honoree and "Inclusive Leader of the Year" Award by Quorum in 2022. Manish was also awarded the "United States President Volunteer Achievement Gold Medal" in 2022.
- Continuing on the CrossRoads of AI & Business StrategyLab651, St Paul, MN
This is the second in the series of presentations on the intersection between Artificial Intelligence and Business Strategy with a focus on helping business leaders better navigate this new space, realize business value faster, mitigate risks, and get to market effectively leveraging AI.
The inaugural presentation prompted the lifting of the attendance cap twice and delivered on its promise to bring unique and useful information to the audience.
The discussion will be led by
- Mike Arulfo, Principal Enterprise Architect, Gen AI & AI Strategy, Boston Scientific.
- Dan McCreary, Senior Distinguished Engineer and noted authority in GenAI.
- Matthew Versaggi, Sr. Leader in the AI & Healthcare / Quantum Computing Space.
Colleagues at Optum, they are now leading various AI initiatives within our tech communities as well as within their businesses and consulting practices. After the discussion, we will adjourn to Lake Monster for a relaxing way to end the week.
3:30 - 4:00pm - Arrive & Networking
4:00 - 5:00pm - Panel Discussion
5:00 - 6:00pm - Lake Monster Brewery for Beers
For those who can't make the meetup, you are welcome to join us at Lake Monster Brewing at 5:00 pm for conversation with our speakers and the community!
- AI in ArchitectureLab651, St Paul, MN
One of the first rules of orienteering in the wilderness is to "know your location." This is also true in AI architectural roadmaps. Knowing your position in a capability-maturity map, you can navigate your organization to the next level. In this session, we will guide you in the process of using generative AI to create assessments to help you locate where your AI architecture is today and what you need to do to get to the next level.
6:00 - 6:30pm - Food, Snacks and Networking
6:30 - 8:00pm - Presentations & Discussion
8:00 - 9:00pm - Networking downstairs at Lake Monster Brewing
Show up early to network! Food and drinks will be served.
Space is limited, so please register today if you will be attending so we have the correct headcount. Thank you!