Artificial Intelligence Demystified (Online)

Overview

Artificial Intelligence Demystified: Opportunities and Value in Your Business is a five-part series that sets out to demystify Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML).

It is for business managers and those who want a practical, business oriented introduction to AI and ML, to help unlock value from this powerful, emerging technology.

The course takes a 'vertical slice' approach, from strategy to implementation, helping you understand the threats and opportunities at a strategic level and how they relate to your business.

The course will show you how to find the specific opportunities and applications for AI/ML in your business by asking:

  • What is AI/ML good at and what can it be used for?
  • How can you match those capabilities to the needs of your business?
  • What could your business be doing in the future that it is not doing now, by leveraging the power of AI/ML?
  • What new areas of business might be open to you?
  • What are the factors that would allow you to build a competitive advantage for your business using this technology?

You will be shown how to approach the task of finding the best opportunities within your business to leverage AI/ML, with the latter part of the course focusing on real applications.

  • Have you ever wondered what AI 'is'?
  • What does it look like in practice? How is AI/ML created?
  • How does it differ from traditional software programming?

Our Tutor Dr Rob Collins in a screen-shot from a recent session of the AI Demystified Online course

Course Delivery

This course will be delivered live, from our broadcast studio in Oxford, with opportunities to ask questions during the sessions, as well as via the online collaboration environment throughout the course.

There will be five 90-minute sessions over 2 weeks, delivered at midday (UK time).

Course dates: 3, 5, 9, 11 and 13 November 2020.

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Programme details

  • The language of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning - what do the 'buzz words' mean?
  • Why is AI/ML different to traditional software programming?
  • AI/ML is already out there:
    • A view on the rapid emergence of this powerful technology
    • a broad view of current applications
  • Strategic analysis for your business: How could AI/ML impact your business - good and bad?
  • How can you leverage AI/ML?
    •  Reviewing your business processes to identify AI/ML opportunities and threats
  • Innovation and competitive advantage: What new things could your business be doing by leveraging this technology?/
  • What kinds of skills/ knowledge/ support will your business need to use AI/ML?
  • Develop or buy in?
    • What factors should you consider in deciding between buying 'off the shelf' solutions vs development of your own company-specific solutions?
  • Practical AI/ML:
    • What does AI/ML look like?
    • How do we do it 'for real'?
    • Building working AI/ML applications
  • Using the techniques of AI/ML shown, you will create 'real' AI/ML models using one of the most popular software tools used in this area.

You will have the opportunity to download the computer tools used on the course, as they are available as open-source software or demonstration versions**

Intended Audience

This course is suitable for:

  • Managers and business leaders who need to understand the opportunities and threats to their business
  • Entrepreneurs and investors who want to learn how this technology might be leveraged for competitive advantage
  • Consultants and technologists who want to understand the capabilities of this technology and learn what it can do for them
  • Anybody who wants a succinct 'vertical slice' view of Artificial Intelligence from high-level strategy, through business processes and down to the level of real applications. 

If you are unsure, please contact us for further details.

Certification

Participants who attend the full course will receive an electronic confirmation of attendance. 

This confirmation will show your name, the course title and the dates of the course you attended.

Fees

Description Costs
Course fee £395.00

Payment

All courses are VAT exempt.

Register immediately online 

Click the “book now” button on this webpage. Payment by credit or debit card is required.

Tutor

Dr Rob Collins

Dr Rob Collins

Visiting Fellow

Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford

Dr Rob Collins is a visiting fellow of Kellogg College Oxford and regularly teaches courses at the University – both through Continuing Professional Development and through the Computing Laboratory.

As well as his academic teaching work Dr Collins regularly provides consultancy to industry in the area of Business Process Excellence and Systems Engineering.  He gained his Black Belt Certification in Lean Six Sigma from Lockheed Martin – the world's largest Systems Engineering company and a world-leader in advanced technology.

As well as his undergraduate degree in Physics and Computing, Dr Collins holds a PhD completed within a Psychology Department. Dr Collins’ PhD focussed on training, psychology and processes for introducing complex technology into learning environments. Dr Collins’ completed an MBA in 2012 at Henley Business School. He thus has a strategic business view as well as deep understanding and practical experience of hands-on process improvement in technology and service.

Application

If you would like to discuss your application or any part of the application process before applying, please click Contact Us at the top of this page.

IT requirements

This course is delivered online using MS Teams.

To participate you must be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet. You will also need regular access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification.
It is advised to use headphones with working speakers and microphone.

**The ability to install and run the software used during this course will depend on computers having sufficient memory and processing power, and a recent operating system version.
Full details of the software used on this course can be obtained on request.