Thursday 28th November 2019

The Europa Hotel, Belfast


Kainos develop digital technology that helps people work smarter, better and faster. We provide full lifecycle development and support of customised Digital Services for government and commercial customers all over the world, and build innovative software products that make life easier for our clients and their customers. We employ around 1,000 staff across eight offices in Europe and the USA.

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Matrix, the Northern Ireland Science Industry Panel, is an industry led body which advises government and informs academia and industry on the commercial exploitation of R&D and science and technology in Northern Ireland.

Matrix produces in-depth reports outlining the findings and recommendations of our specialist panels. These reports are an invaluable resource for anyone interested in how new technologies and market opportunities can be developed within the NI economy and beyond.

Our latest report, “AI Research Capabilities in Northern Ireland”, will be launched at AICON. It suggests that the right components are in place to establish an AI Centre of Excellence in Northern Ireland.

The report demonstrates that individually, UU and QUB are significant sources of AI research excellence. Collectively, they constitute a UK powerhouse. If the AI publications they produce are pooled, UU and QUB together would rank 6th in the UK in terms of the number of publications produced to date during the current UK Research Excellence Framework.

We’re currently conducting research into the Agritech sector, and will be holding a workshop at AICON to investigate the applications of AI in agriculture and food production.

Our website has all the latest science and technology news and events, as well as a library of our reports and other relevant publications and details of UK and Irish funding competitions and SBRIs.

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Belfast City Council

Belfast City Council’s ‘Smart Belfast’ encourages collaborative innovation between government, industry and universities to support the city’s ambitious economic, social and environmental goals. Through a pipeline of joint projects, the programme fosters the conditions in which emerging technologies can be used by city partners to address major urban challenges, while at the same time supporting our local SMEs to develop and grow. Smart Belfast has delivered a wide variety of projects including air quality monitoring using satellite technology; modelling the city’s future infrastructure capacity; helping to establish Northern Ireland’s first free-to-use LORAWAN network; supporting solutions to address last mile urban delivery problems; using machine learning to increase the accuracy of the city’s business register; and finding better ways to understand the impact of digital investments on the city’s small businesses. More recently the Smart Belfast team has been working on the development of an ambitious large-scale smart district in the heart of the city.

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Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI)

Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI), the region’s economic development agency, works in partnership with new and existing businesses offering advice and financial assistance in order to develop and expand the business to improve capability and international competitiveness. Northern Ireland has accumulated a number of industry accolades with Belfast ranked as the number one city in Europe for new software development projects, the top destination for financial technology investment projects, and the top international location for US cyber security development projects. A revolution in Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology is already emerging, and Northern Ireland has the potential to replicate global success in this sector. The region’s AI start-up and SME tech community is already thriving due to harnessing talent through incubation, a highly developed entrepreneurial ecosystem, and a vibrant networking scene. To help businesses adopt Digital ICT and AI technologies, Invest NI can provide a range of services and support including:
  • Employment & training grants
  • Research and development grants
  • Finance investments and loans
  • Market development assistance
  • Property search, talent sourcing and business development support
  • Dedicated Invest NI project team
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The Institution of Engineering and Technology

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is an international organisation with over 170,000 members which acts as a voice for the engineering and technology professions. Based in London, with offices in the USA, India and China, our membership spans a range of disciplines from power systems engineering to data analytics. The primary aim is to provide a global knowledge network between business, academia, governments and professional bodies, promoting ideas to enhance the positive role of science, engineering and technology for the society and economy of the future. While the roots of IET lie in electrical engineering, IET members are multi-disciplinary but primarily create infrastructure based around electricity or data; often both. With a membership of around one thousand in Northern Ireland, the IET has two committees active in the province. The IET Northern Ireland panel brings together local members while the Engineering Policy Group is composed of a panel of experts drawn not just from IET but also from other professional bodies and the wider engineering industry. IET runs a programme of events in Northern Ireland which illustrate how engineering and technology can transform our society in areas as diverse as: energy systems, digital transformation, healthcare technology and transport.

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Innovate UK

Innovate UK is the UK’s Innovation Agency. We are funded by the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Our role is to connect businesses to the people that can help them and fund business and research collaborations across all sectors and parts of the UK to accelerate innovation and create economic growth. AI and data is one of the Government’s four Grand Challenges and we are committed to helping put the UK at forefront of the AI and data revolution. Follow us @innovateuk

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MRP Prelytix

The Only Enterprise Class Predictive ABM Platform.
For enterprise organizations that serve multiple geographies, lines of business or industries, Prelytix is the only ABM platform designed to give you control of your data, visibility into your target market and scale in the delivery of the highest impact engagement strategy. Leading B2B sales and marketing organizations choose MRP for our ability to deliver and measure revenue impact across a half-dozen online and offline channels, our global workforce with expertise across 100 countries and 20 languages and our ability to simplify connections between insight and action using the industry’s first application of real-time AI and Machine Learning. Powered by Kx, Prelytix sits on top of the fastest streaming analytics database in the world. Schedule a demo today to learn more about how MRP Prelytix can help your team revolutionize your marketing goals.

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Intelligent Systems Research Centre (ISRC)

School of Computing, Engineering and Intelligent Systems, Ulster University


Our mission is to understand how the brain works at multiple levels, from cells to cognition and apply that understanding to create models and technologies that solve complex issues that face people and society. To accomplish our mission we use a variety of research strategies and applications including big data and machine learning, brain imaging and neural interfacing, human-computer interaction and robotics.


Our vision is to develop a bio-inspired computational basis for Artificial Intelligence to power future cognitive technologies. Mission Our mission is to understand how the brain works at multiple levels, from cells to cognition and apply that understanding to create models and technologies that solve complex issues that face people and society. To accomplish our mission we use a variety of research strategies and applications including big data and machine learning, brain imaging and neural interfacing, human-computer interaction and robotics.

Research Themes

Our cross-disciplinary research focuses on six interrelated research themes:
  • Computational Neuroscience and Neuromorphic Engineering: Modelling cellular and network level brain function to understand intelligence and pathology and creating biologically inspired algorithms and hardware.
  • Cognitive Neuroscience and Neurotechnology: Developing intelligent signal/image processing to probe and understand brain dynamics, structure and function and producing technologies that maintain, enhance, augment and restore physical and cognitive function.
  • Cognitive Robotics: Creating robotic ecologies that have human-like sensing capability for seamless interaction through complex object recognition, vision and tactile sensing, task allocation, manipulation and more.
  • Intelligent Data Analytics: Achieving fundamental advances in AI and scalable computing to solve the most challenging data analytics problems faced by people, industry, society and government.
  • Spatial Computing and Future Human-Computer Interaction: Studying people’s interaction with text, voice, gesture, Augmented/Virtual reality (AR/VR) and developing new contexts for computing through wearables and technology everywhere.
  • Cyber Security and Web technologies: Developing secure and connected technologies that operate intelligently to deliver context aware knowledge and actions in real-time.
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Digital Catapult Northern Ireland

Unlocking NI’s potential through collaboration, inspiration and technology Digital Catapult Northern Ireland focus is to help large and small organisations work smarter, more creatively and efficiently through adopting innovative digital technologies. We specialise on the three technology programmes where we can make the most impact. These are: future networks, artificial intelligence and immersive. We also explore the areas that have the potential to be a future focus for UK industry as broad enabling technologies necessary for many of our projects. Digital Catapult Northern Ireland is a gateway for companies based in Northern Ireland companies to access the full range of services as part of the Digital Catapult network. Advanced digital technologies only reach their potential if they are applied to industry. We focus on sectors ready to create the most value to the region and through collaboration aim to bridge the gap between small businesses, corporations and academia to address the challenges faced by business. Northern Ireland has a strong tradition of innovation and the development of digital solutions will help us compete on a global scale, promoting the region as a hub for new technology and ideas.

The Hartree Centre is transforming UK industry through high performance computing, data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.

Backed by over £170 million of government funding and significant strategic partnerships with organisations such as IBM and Atos, the Hartree Centre is home to some of the most advanced computing, data and AI technologies in the UK. From early stage SMEs to international corporations, our experts work with industry and the research community to address real life challenges and accelerate the adoption of high performance technologies, delivering transformative gains in performance, productivity and time to market. We are on the frontline maintaining the UK’s position at the forefront of industrial innovation through a range of computational services and collaborative partnerships. Our emerging technologies and internationally recognised expertise offer significant opportunities for UK industry to revolutionise processes and soak up significant economic advantages, whilst also supporting academic researchers with the tools they need to push the boundaries of pioneering UK and international science.

Cambium LLP

AI is a genuine transformational technology. Organisations that deploy early and successfully will gain significant advantage. Cambium LLP ( specialises in working with major businesses, software developers and academic researchers to maximise this early business value from the use of AI and data technologies. We help provide practical answers to these types of questions for these organisations:

Business Innovators

  • How do we prioritise & plan our resources to maximise competitive advantage from “AI”?
  • cases for adoption, to quickly scale business value?

AI (“App”) Developers

  • How can we accelerate revenues by delivering AI solutions and value to business customers?
  • Which markets provide the best opportunities for our capabilities?

Research & Innovation Leaders

  • How do we use AI to form better collaborations to maximise the value and impact of our research?
  • How can AI unlock innovation opportunities through multi-disciplinary research collaborations?
For over three years we have worked with innovators from these organisations, both individually and through facilitating effective collaborations. This experience helps you get a head-start by accelerating adoption and capturing early business value. To learn more, drop by our stand at AI Con or email us at:

ECME Profile for AI Con

The Eastern Corridor Medical Engineering Centre (ECME) is a collaborative research project focusing on improving cardiovascular health. It is a partnership between five leading academic research centres, Ulster University, Dublin City University, University College Dublin, University of the Highlands and Islands, Dundalk Institute of Technology and the Southern Health & Social Care Trust. ECME will develop the future leaders of cardiac healthcare by offering an enhanced PhD experience along with bespoke training for staff to further enhance their capabilities. ECME will work with industry and healthcare professionals to change how cardiac healthcare is delivered and will generate new, high productivity jobs in the eligible region and beyond. ECME will take a patient centred approach and seek to ensure long term sustainability through academic and economic impact. The ECME focus is on developing cardiac big data database within the region, enhancing user ready sensor technology, improving smart wearables, reducing the complexity of point of care diagnostics and improved smart, clinically relevant monitoring in the AAL and rehabilitation environments. ECME was awarded €8.4m funding from the European Union’s Interreg VA Programme which is managed by the Special EU Programmes body (SEUPB).

Artificial Intelligence Northern Ireland (AI NI)

Artificial Intelligence Northern Ireland (AI NI) is a collaborative network focused around the development and support of the Northern Ireland AI community. We were founded in 2018 and since then have had around 15 meet-up events a year, 2 Hackathons and grown to over 1,400 members with an expansion out to the North West. All our events are designed to educate and stimulate discussion around key topics within the AI space or new developments in technology, but most importantly highlight the success of the community and foster collaboration between our members. These events range from insightful talks, educational workshops, panel discussions and Hackathons. AI NI aims to welcome those of all experience levels and diverse backgrounds to ensure that no matter our audience, our attendees will learn something new and connect with members of the community. We aim to showcase the excellence in AI talent that is within Northern Ireland and use this to share knowledge further to help address skills gaps and increase expertise. Recently this has led to the expansion of our Academy meetups, that are hand’s on practical workshops designed to support the understanding of developing Machine Learning systems. We’re excited to be involved with AI Con 2019 and supporting an event that both showcases and celebrates the work being done within the AI space both locally and globally.

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