AI Ireland announce the shortlist for its third annual AI Awards

//AI Ireland announce the shortlist for its third annual AI Awards

AI Ireland announce the shortlist for its third annual AI Awards

Shortlist for AI Awards announced by AI Ireland

This week, AI Ireland has announced the shortlist for its third annual AI Awards, sponsored by Microsoft. The AI Awards 2021 will be presented at the Tangent, Trinity’s Idea Workspace on Thursday 25th November.

These awards, which are part of the not-for-profit organisation AI Ireland, support the growth and development of Data Science, Machine learning, and Artificial Intelligence in Ireland.

This year also saw the introduction of a new category for the Best Application of AI to achieve Social Good, to reflect how AI can be used to help solve some of the biggest environmental and health challenges facing our society today.

“A lot has changed in the last two years for Irish society, and we are seeing how the Irish AI sector is innovating with potentially game-changing outcomes for organisations and society to address future and ever-increasing change,” said Mark Kelly, Chief Customer Officer at Alldus & Founder of AI Ireland.

“As the world undergoes seismic change, the sheer breadth of AI and Machine Learning, research, development and implementation across private, public and academic organisations is exciting and shows how AI can help us embrace change and avail of massive opportunities in this new reality.”

Anne Sheehan, Managing Director, Microsoft Ireland, said: “Artificial Intelligence (AI) is now transforming how we live our daily lives – from receiving medical treatment and consuming news, to how we approach learning. Every day, developers and researchers across Ireland are finding creative ways to leverage AI to solve tough societal challenges and unlock business innovation. We are committed to driving ethical AI adoption and innovation in Ireland which will support the ambition of Ireland being a digital leader in Europe.

“The AI awards are key to fostering and recognising homegrown talent and entrepreneurship and we are delighted to build on our support of the awards for a third year and to see to the quality of the applications increase. We look forward to the exciting innovations that will be showcased at the ceremony on November 25th in the hope they will enable more people and organisations to do more both now and into the future.”

The AI Awards 2021 Shortlist

Best Application of AI in a Large Enterprise

— ACI Worldwide – who developed Incremental Learning, a new patented technology that brings fraud prevention to a new era within the payment solutions sector.

— Zalando – Europe’s leading online fashion platform, created a state-of-the-art NLP open-source framework Flair technique to augment customer services escalation across 23 countries.

— Bank of Ireland for its Next Best Action engine that utilised AI to transform its digital offering and offer every unit within the BOI Group a new channel of communication with their customers.

— Shutterstock who created a data set curation system that can analyse over 400 million images.

Best Application of AI to achieve Social Good

— Terrain AI – led by Maynooth University and co-funded by Microsoft Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland. Terrain-AI, is focused on improving the understanding of the impact of human activity on land use and how it relates to climate change, with the aim of improving carbon measurement that will inform future carbon reduction strategies.

— AI_PREMie – A multidisciplinary team led by University College Dublin (UCD), together with the National Maternity, the Rotunda, the Coombe Hospitals, and the SAS Institute. AI_PREMie is a cutting-edge and unique AI-powered solution in the management of preeclampsia, which affects one in every 10 pregnancies.

— Automated Regulatory Monitoring (ARM) whose AI platform can review thousands of notifications every day to flag compliance-related risks, enabling financial organisations better identify and address issues that could impact financially vulnerable customers quickly and accurately.

— ApisProtect provides real-time hive monitoring powered by intelligent sensor technology. ApisProtect gives beekeepers actionable insights and alerts to help prevent losses and increase colony productivity.

Best Application of AI in a Start-up

— ByoWave – who make accessible and customisable video game controllers for people with disabilities. The organisation aims to address the exclusion and isolation felt by over 180 million people with disabilities due to inaccessible controllers.

— EdgeTier – An Irish start-up using artificial intelligence (AI) to improve customer service. Its AI customer support agent, Arthur uses AI, analytics and machine learning to quickly generate personalised responses to a variety of customer queries. The technology is designed to support customer care staff when they are dealing with complex queries.

— Protex AI – a Limerick-based computer vision-based and AI software company providing proactive safety technology to help companies reduce injuries in the workplace.

— Think Biosolution – combines AI and data visualisation with medical devices to deliver the best-in-class patient-centric at-home chronic care for its Chronic Disease Prevention platform.

Best Application of AI in an Academic Research Body

— INFANT Centre, University College Cork – for its work using deep learning to detect neonatal seizure detection.

— VistaMilk SFI Research Centre/Insight SFI Centre for Data Analytics – A unique collaboration between Agri-Food and information communications technology (ICT) research institutes and leading Irish/multinational food and ICT companies. Funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine (DAFM).

— Maynooth University for Terrain AI – which aims to understand the impact of human activity on land use and ultimately, as a driver of climate change for more sustainable land use.

— Tyndall National Institute for Wearable AI – focuses on AI-powered on-body wearable technology for healthcare & well-being applications, going from fundamental to industry-oriented research.

Intelligent Automation – Best Use of RPA & Cognitive

— FIRE1 Foundry – has developed a novel implantable sensor solution for remote monitoring of congestive heart failure patients in their home which is enhanced by Fire1’s continuous training of new predictive models adding diagnostic functionality to its innovative solution.

— HealthBeacon – Health Beacon is a medication adherence technology company which develops smart tools to help patients better adhere to and manage medication.

— Webio – its Conversational Middleware Service enabling organisations to connect applications, digital assets across different communications platforms (SMS, WhatsApp to Alexa).

— Zalando – Europe’s leading online fashion platform, created a state-of-the-art NLP open-source framework Flair technique to augment customer services escalation across 23 countries.

Best Use of AI in a Consumer/Customer Service Application

— Arvoia – offers its clients in the travel and mobility sector sophisticated, readily deployable AI driven prediction and personalisation products.

— EdgeTier – Its AI customer support agent, Arthur uses AI, analytics and machine learning to quickly generate personalised responses to a variety of customer queries. The technology is designed to support customer care staff when they are dealing with complex queries.

— ESB Data Analytics/Electric Ireland – who used a combination of AI data modelling and visualisation to better understand and deliver better customer service as part of its “Smarter Living Approach”.

— Webio – was further nominated for its Conversational Middleware Service enabling organisations to connect applications, digital assets across different communications platforms (SMS, WhatsApp to Alexa)

Best Use of AI in Sector

— CarTrawler – it has developed a full data-to-algorithm pipeline using robust, scalable software engineering principles that generate significantly better outcomes for customers with higher profitability for CarTrawler and its partners.

— Cirdan Ltd – a leading provider of informatics and imaging solutions has utilised AI firstly with one AI algorithm running in its X-ray imaging product CoreLite to identify microcalcifications in breast biopsy. It also developed a second AI algorithm to successfully identify tumour tissue in Whole Slide Colon Polyp images.

— Kinesense Ltd – is one of largest suppliers of computer vision and video analytics products to law enforcement and security sectors, who use the technology to search CCTV content in the course of criminal investigation. It uses a range of deep learning techniques for performing video content search and analysis, thereby dramatically reducing the time that personnel need to spend reviewing videos.

— STATSports is the world-leading provider of wearable player tracking devices and analysis software, is leveraging data to improve performance with sporting teams around the world and how they have effectively utilised the cloud to provide additional services to their customers.

Best Application of AI in a Student Project

— Edmond Keogh – a Master of Electronic and Computer Engineering student in the University of Limerick for his work with Provizio’s to perceive, predict and prevent automotive accidents in using proprietary long-range imaging sensors & AI on-the-edge.

— Joe Linogao – a student researcher in the robotics and innovation lab (RAIL) in Trinity College Dublin.

— Eoin Kenny- A PhD student in University College Dublin for his internationally recognised work on predictive AI modelling, explainable AI and precision agriculture.

— Yassir Houreh – An AI Graduate Masters student from the University of Limerick. He has been shortlisted for his Hyper Neural Architecture Search for Image Segmentation research

Microsoft Ireland is the headline sponsor of the 2021 AI Awards. The awards will also be further supported by Alldus International, Altada, ADAPT, CCT College, Mazars, RDI Hub, Tangent, Trinity’s Idea Workspace, as well as the IDA and Enterprise Ireland who are partners for the event.

For more information, visit www.aiawards.ie

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