Babson College Joins AI World 2018, Program for AI / Cognitive Computing Professionals

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AI World has for the second year in a row named Babson College the Education Sponsor for AI World 2018 to be held December 3-5 in Boston, Massachusetts.

One of the benefits of Babson’s partnership is that alumni, faculty, and other members of the Babson community will receive a special $200 discount on VIP conference passes and a $50 discount on passes to the Conference Expo. In addition, all Babson students will be invited to register to visit the Expo at no charge.

As part of the sponsorship, Babson’s Technology, Operations, and Information Management Department will join the Cognitive Computing Consortium for a separate, half-day program focused on information for the AI / cognitive computing professional. The program will deliver a wide-ranging set of keynotes and sessions devoted to practical challenges for experienced AI practitioners, and will feature Babson College faculty members Ganesan Shankar as a presenter and Clare Gillan as a moderator.

Babson Lecturer Clare Gillan will moderate a panel discussion entitled “Emerging Standards for Ethics in AI: Fact or Fiction?” that include Harvard University Professor David Weinberger and Virginia Tech University Professor Sara Mattingly Jordan.

“We are pleased to once again be collaborating with AIWorld,” said Gillan. “The advancement of intelligent systems in mainstream business raises many important questions as well as opportunities as the discussion evolves from ‘how do we use technology’ to ‘how do we collaborate with technology,” she said.

“There is a great deal of learning that needs to happen on the human-side as well as the machine-side of the collaboration,” Gillan said. “AIWorld and the Cognitive Computing Consortium’s half-day program, with Babson’s participation, will advance these important considerations.”

Babson Associate Professor Ganesan Shankar will co-present ‘Selecting a Cognitive Application: Finding the right fit,’ with Susan Feldman of the Cognitive Computing Consortium. Their presentation describes a new decision making framework that provides guidelines to help buyers select the right cognitive application.

Artificial intelligence-based applications are now being designed and deployed by a number of innovative enterprises. A groundswell of interest from large and small firms was seen at AI World 2017, where attendance exceeded expectations with well over 2,000 attendees. AI World 2018 will build on this success.

“We are very excited to be collaborating with Babson College as Education Sponsor of our AI World 2018 conference and expo in Boston. The artificial intelligence industry is the fastest growing market segment in the world today. Billions of dollars are being invested into new innovative companies and technologies. Babson College has a world-class track record of being the number one ranked entrepreneurial MBA program for 25 years straight according to U.S. News & World Report. Thousands of new companies are being created, and these companies can use the experience and education programs that Babson has developed to help these business succeed,” said Eliot Weinman, CEO, Trends Equity and AI World Conference Chair.

AI World Conference and Expo is focused on the business and technology of artificial intelligence in the enterprise. The three-day conference and expo is designed for business and technology executives who want to learn about the state-of-the-practice of AI in the enterprise. Attendees include enterprise executives and decision makers from Global 2000 organizations and business leaders from across the entire artificial intelligence and machine learning ecosystem. AI World 2017 was the largest independent enterprise AI event ever produced, hosting more than 2,200 business executives, 110+ speakers and 65+ sponsors and exhibitors. To learn more, please visit

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