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AI for Tourism is this year’s theme for The John McCarthy AI Summer School

RDI hub, Microsoft Ireland, Munster Technological University, The SFI ADAPT Centre for AI-Driven Digital Content Technology, Tangent (Trinity’s Ideas Workspace) AI Ireland, along with new partners IT@Cork Skillnet and Kerry Tourism Industry Federation will jointly host a hybrid AI Summer School on September 1st and 2nd 2022.

This year’s summer school will deep dive into the area of AI for Tourism with both core and applied research tracks. With a stellar lineup of 18 speakers from seven different countries over two half days, this will be an unmissable event, including keynotes, plenary lectures, and roundtable discussions along with networking and research colloquia.

The school is aimed at professors, post-docs, PhD students, researchers and graduate students in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing and computer scientists who have an interest in statistics and Machine Learning.

Why attend?

  • Over two days you will explore cutting-edge research in AI for Tourism that is reshaping our future.
  • Join Keynotes and roundtables with speakers from seven different countries including IT EHL Switzerland, University Of Algarve, Portugal, Sorbonne Universitiés, France, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut, University of Granada, Spain, Scotland and Ireland!
  • Meet some of the greatest Professors, Post-docs, PhD Students and Researchers doing both Core and Applied research in the area of AI for Tourism right now.

The RDI hub building is dedicated to John McCarthy as a tribute to the Stanford University computer scientist. McCarthy was one of the founders of the discipline of artificial intelligence and his father was born in Cromane, near Killorglin in Co Kerry. In the late 1950s, McCarthy invented LISP which became the programming language of choice for AI applications.

AI is going to have a truly transformative effect on our lives in the coming years, Already it is a discipline which has risen to prominence in terms of the personalisation of content we interact with on a daily basis online but there is so much more AI can help us achieve in the tourism space and we are looking forward to discussing its diversity with our speaker panel.

Our aim is that the John McCarthy AI Summer School will become a calendar moment for the development of AI and the sharing of knowledge.

RDI Hub CEO, Liam Cronin said, “The application of Artificial Intelligence will be a key driver of future Tourism growth in Ireland. Tourism is a huge economic sector for Kerry and we look forward to the further development and coordination of Digitalisation in the tourism sector in conjunction with possible associated new business/employment opportunities. The John McCarthy AI Summer School is a gathering of the brightest minds in AI, with this year’s event taking a deep dive into the area of AI for Tourism with both core research and real-life applications as to how it is reshaping our future.”

Professor Vinny Wade, Director of the SFI ADAPT Centre and Chair of Artificial Intelligence at Trinity College Dublin’s School of Computer Science and Statistics, said, “Artificial Intelligence is making a significant impact on the tourism sector and the underlying technologies form part of ADAPT’s key research focus. AI is helping to reinvent the tourism sector, from fintech and human behaviour analytics to augmented and mixed reality enabled scenic destinations, our researchers are looking to harness the opportunities offered by technological advances to help meet the needs of tourists and citizens. The AI Summer School is a great platform for broad engagement and we are delighted to be a founding member of this initiative.”

Dr Haithem Afli, lecturer in AI at Munster Technological University, said, “The purpose of the John McCarthy artificial intelligence (AI) Award is to promote research in AI research done by students and foster scientific exchange between students and scientists in AI and its affiliated disciplines. This year’s award was open to MTU students who conducted interesting AI-based projects that can address significant national or global societal challenges and we plan to open it for all students in Ireland next year.”

“The development of AI over the next several years is critical as we continue the journey of Digital Transformation across all sectors of the economy. To this end, Microsoft Ireland is delighted to once again support the John McCarthy AI Summer school event”, said Anne Sheehan General Manager of Microsoft Ireland.

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