Global experts converge to unleash potential of AI for finance sector

18 November 2020

The University of Waikato is launching a new event series designed to showcase the transformative potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for specific industries, bringing together leading experts from around the world.

The first event in the series, ’AI and The Future of Finance’, will explore issues and opportunities specific to the financial services industry. The free event will be held at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts in Hamilton on 30 November 2020 starting at 9am and is open to all members of the public. The event will bring together researchers, data practitioners and business leaders both in-person and by Zoom. It is also being live-streamed to an international audience.

The new AI Summit Series is spearheaded by Professor Albert Bifet from the University of Waikato, a renowned global expert in AI who has worked for tech giants Yahoo and Huawei. Originally from Barcelona and with more than 150 publications on machine learning methods and their applications under his belt, Professor Bifet is currently leading a $13m MBIE-funded project using AI to help monitor and restore lakes, rivers, forests and estuaries across New Zealand.

Professor Bifet says the AI Summit Series is designed with real-world end-users in mind. “Our goal is to empower others to grasp the tools and develop the expertise to make the most of this powerful technology and stay relevant and adaptable. This means thinking ahead and anticipating how AI could add the most value into the future, and what strategies and policies we need to have in place to support this.”

“It’s no secret that AI is revolutionising the way we all live and work, driving growth and efficiency and I’m proud to be part of a team that is fully leveraging this technology to support innovation in a safe way.”

Find out more and register to attend the event either in person or by Zoom at

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