Ann Arbor to host artificial intelligence, machine learning conference – MLive.com

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ANN ARBOR, MI — Business officials will gather in Ann Arbor this month to discuss how they’ve used artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve their companies.

A2.AI, presented by local startup RXA and its partner company DOMO, will bring several representatives from companies that have incorporated AI into their businesses. The speakers list includes executives from Belle Tire, ESPN and DOMO, among others.

The conference will take place 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Ann Arbor Spark, a startup incubator at 330 E Liberty St. Attendance to the event is free with registration thanks to the event’s sponsors, according to its website.

“We’ve got this great group of speakers that are all using applied artificial intelligence solutions right now, and they’re gonna come and they’re gonna talk about how they’re using it right now,” said Jason Harper, RXA founder and CEO.

While many tech conferences focus on “bleeding edge” research and concepts in development, A2.AI will center on how to best use already-available technology, offering attendees a chance to “copy other people’s homework,” Harper said. He described RXA as a company that does something similar, helping companies use existing algorithms and infrastructure to improve their efficiency.

“(AI) helps people make smarter decisions faster,” Harper said.

Ann Arbor is the hub of the Great Lakes region in terms of interest in AI, said Brendon Rea, RXA chief revenue officer. With the conference, he hopes to elevate Ann Arbor’s status as a tech haven and continue to attract talent to the area.

“Ann Arbor should be, (and) I think is, the center of… artificial intelligence for the Midwest,” Harper said. “But I don’t see any reason why we (couldn’t) be the center of AI for the country. We have all the resources we need to put Ann Arbor at the center of intelligence.”

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