Jun 25, 2021

The Ultimate Enterprise Technology Event

Technology
AI
event
speakers
3 min
From global giants to innovative startups, this is your chance to jump onto the international stage

From September 14-16th, 2021, BizClik Media Group will host its cutting-edge Technology & AI Live event. Over three days, global industry leaders will join us for dynamic roundtable discussions, keynote addresses, and extensive networking opportunities. Our inspirational speakers will share insights, strategies and direction from inside their organisations that are not to be missed!

By the end of the weekend, we’ll hear from Marcell Vollmer, Partner and Director Procurement at BCG; Ralph Loura, SVP, CIO at Lumentum and Danilo McGarry, Global head of Ai & Automation at Danilo McGarry. All talks will be streamed live from the iconic Tobacco Dock in London. Ready to reserve a seat? Get your event tickets here

 

The event will include:

  • Keynote addresses from respected industry leaders
  • Dynamic live roundtables (inc. Q&A)
  • Fireside discussions
  • Inspirational Speakers & Presentations
  • Extensive networking opportunities

 

Meet the Speakers

Each week, from now until the event, we’ll be announcing new names who are set to grace our physical or virtual stage, prepared to share their knowledge and insight with attendees. We now welcome three new speakers: 

Marcell Vollmer

Partner and Director Procurement at BCG - Boston Consulting Group

In his role as Partner and Director at BCG, Vollmer advises C-Level Executives and Executive Teams on the full range of digital transformation, innovation, new business models, restructuring, and reorganisation with a focus on procurement, supply chain, and operations globally. With an extensive history of helping companies eliminate procurement and supply chain complexities, we are sure Vollmer has plenty of knowledge and interesting insights to share with us. 

“Dr. Vollmer is an incredible professional with energy to deliver his highly demanding role and also help the development of the younger generation.” said Diego Dutra Moreira, Digital & Analytics Manager for Logistics & Trading, Integrity Agent. 

Ralph Loura

SVP, CIO at Lumentum

Loura joined Lumentum in October 2018 with a rich history of senior IT leadership where he directed IT organisations executing programmes in business intelligence, operations, and customer-relationship management.  Before Lumentum, Loura served over 25 years as an IT leader with premier companies in technology and consumer products including Rodan + Fields, Hewlett-Packard (HP) Enterprise Group, Clorox, Symbol Technologies, Cisco, and Lucent Technologies.

With his proven ability in adapting/maturing technology organisations to solve business issues while managing costs and risks, Loura’s passion for driving growth and productivity improvements is clear. As he joins us in London, we look forward to seeing what he has to say. 

Danilo McGarry

Global Head of AI & Automation at Danilo McGarry

As an experienced international keynote speaker, Danilo McGarry is well versed in automation, artificial intelligence, RPA, machine learning, digital transformation and innovation. He is recognised as a global thought leader, where he is ranked as one of the top 10 people in the world for Automation by various respected bodies. Danilo has been featured in The Times Newspaper, Bloomberg InfoMoney, Ai Journal, Ai Magazine, Business Chief, Technology Magazine, Computer Weekly, and other leading publications.

"In a nutshell, Danilo is an expert in multiple domains because of his never ending urge to explore. Fantastic business sense and entrepreneur skill. Detail and action oriented. One of the most motivational people I have ever met!" said Sachin Mishra , Co-Founder, Fulon. 

To buy tickets head over to our Event Page.

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Aug 5, 2021

GE Autonomous Robot ‘ATVer’ Crosses Terrain in US Army Demo

Technology
GE
USArmy
Robotics
2 min
GE’s prototype vehicle successfully navigates on its own through unstructured environments and uses AI to determine certain vs. uncertain travel paths

General Electric’s (GE) Research Lab team, led by Senior Robotics Scientist, Shiraj Sen, have successfully completed Year 1 of a project with the US Army through its Scalable Adaptive Resilient Autonomy Programme (SARA) to develop and demonstrate a risk-aware autonomous ground vehicle that was capable of navigating safely in complex off-road test conditions.

The autonomous robot “ATVer” successfully navigates on its own through unstructured environments, including forests and heavily wooded areas. Sen explained how one of the biggest challenges with autonomous systems is overcoming risk factors, especially when it involved equipment for military operations. 

“With the successful demonstration of our ‘risk-aware’ autonomous ground vehicle in our project with the Army, we’ve made progress in removing some of those risks and hopefully, provided a clearer path to more autonomous systems applications further down the road … or off-road,” he added. 

“In future Army scenarios, autonomous systems will have to reliably plan in the presence of challenging features they encounter while maneuvering in complex terrain,” Eric Spero, SARA Programme Manager said. “Incorporating risk and uncertainty into the autonomy decision-making process enables our testbed platforms to show us what it looks like to plan a direct path instead of taking the long way around.”

 

 

Using AI to take an algorithmic approach

 

A key factor in enabling the breakthrough in addressing risk was the integration of GE’s Humble AI technology, according to Sen. Humble AI is an algorithmic approach developed by GE artificial intelligence (AI) scientists that is capable of taking a step back and assessing much like a human might do when it encounters an uncertain situation.

GE scientists have already field-tested its Humble AI algorithms to safely optimise the control of wind turbines to maximise energy input. In the case of wind turbines, the Humble AI operates within a zone of competency where it bases its decisions on known operating scenarios with which it is familiar. When it encounters a scenario it has never seen, it is designed to take a step back and relinquish control of the turbine into a default safe mode.

“Our project and partnership with the US Army has really enabled us to make some important advances in autonomous systems,” Sen said. “We believe the advances made on this project will not only help accelerate the deployment of future driver-less vehicle technologies; they will help encourage more autonomous solutions in other industry sectors like energy, aviation and healthcare that people depend on every day.”

GE’s project was one of eight funded by the U.S. Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory to advance autonomous, off-road navigation capabilities for military ground vehicles.

(Image: GE Research)

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