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Dr Neil Mackin at AWS presents:
What is AI, what can it do, how does it do it, how to lead with it?

Date: 27th August 2020

Dr Mackin from Amazon Web Services answers the burning questions: What is AI, what can it do, how does it do it, and how to lead with it?

About the event

This is the first event in the AI Kora Festival #AIKoraFEST2020

Neil's talk will be followed by a concert from the brilliant and highly esteemed Gambian Kora player Jally Kebba Susso

About the speaker: At AWS, Neil leads the team focussed on helping EMEA Public Sector customers to identify and develop business applications using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. His career has focussed on designing and articulating how data analytics and AI can be used to exploit data across sectors as diverse as telco, utilities, banking, health, justice, central and local government.

Neil’s work has always had a common thread of the practical application of exploiting data and intelligent computing. Initially his PhD research enabled computers to plan orthodontic treatment as well as a specialist practitioner. He went onto deploy data mining onto massively parallel computers for telco call analysis before moving to setting up managed services that exploit data to personalise service and marketing. In the public sector realm, Neil has blended his research interests in theology and ethics into data led projects on community cohesion to understand what makes societies sustainable at a neighbourhood level and how resources can be most effectively targeted.


About the festival: AIKora Festival 2020 combines world-class experts sharing the latest developments in Artificial Intelligence, with the brilliance of live West African music, and all for a good cause: supporting the UK’s talented community of West African musicians during Covid-19 lockdown, and introducing new audiences to a rich musical tradition.

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