There is belief that in business processes you should automate everything that can be automated! More and more artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions are emerging in different industries, which, along with robotic process automation tools, promote hyperautomation. However, to gain success, you cannot rely on constant software – business processes must adapt to changing circumstances and respond to unexpected situations. Moreover, machine-learning technology helps to introduce flexibility in automated processes!

We invite you to attend the Machine Learning Conference at “RIGA COMM 2021” on October 14 to learn more about two machine-learning solutions developed in Latvia.

Artificial intelligence platform for innovation in 3D

The development and optimisation of materials, their chemical composition, processes and machine parameters, as well as the reduction of production anomalies, are a complex and resource-intensive task. Many of the existing solutions are complex and the user needs statistical, data science and programming expertise. In order to improve these processes, the Latvian start-up “Exponential Technologies” has developed an industrial artificial intelligence platform “xT SAAM” that helps researchers and engineers optimize different parameters. Its tailored low data and active learning algorithms are very versatile and flexible, so they can be used without reprogramming.

The artificial intelligence platform makes it possible to innovate more quickly by reducing the number of experiments needed to achieve more optimal results. The platform is like a navigation system in which the researcher enters the destination, but the platform helps to find the shortest route. By using this solution, companies can save money and resources, digitize the unique knowledge of engineers and researchers, and organize data management.

One of the most important applications of this platform is in 3D printing or additive production. Although 3D printers can print very complex details, they often have to optimize and adjust printing processes. In addition, in additive production, the end properties of the material can be significantly changed by the printer parameters. On the one hand, this is an advantage of additive production, as the properties of the material can be adapted during production, but on the other hand, it makes the development of new materials and printer parameters extremely time-consuming and expensive.

Content aggregation for finance, education, healthcare, marketing, legal, IT, education and other businesses

In a world of information and data transfer, there is a need for a tool that can gather key information quickly and efficiently. SummarizeBot is an artificial intelligence-based technology capable of processing large amounts of data in more than 100 languages, including Latvian. The solution developed in Latvia helps you quickly and easily obtain the most important information from any Internet text, news, scientific articles, books, e-mails, lectures, patents, legal documents, calls, audio and video recordings.

SummarizeBot is an artificial intelligence and natural language processing company that simplifies complex processes and automates what previously required human intelligence. The new company is a world leader in the field of data collection, and its products displayed in Latvia are used daily by such world-leading companies as Bloomberg, Sony and Unilever.

Business technology exhibition and conferences

Learn about the latest technology, tools and techniques at the annual business and IT industry event “RIGA COMM”, October 14–15, where developers and suppliers of enterprise resource management, document management, HRM and security systems, suppliers of cloud services, internet and digital marketing services, web solutions and mobile application developers, and ICT product manufacturers offer ready-to-use and tailored solutions for companies in different industries and of different sizes, municipal authorities and organisations to facilitate efficient operation. An extensive conference programme will complement the technology exhibition.

“RIGA COMM” is held by the International Exhibition Company BT 1 in cooperation with Wallester, Cognizant, Intelligent Machines Riga, Riga TechGirls, SmartHR Latvija, Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mailigen by Pipedrive, Promoty, Finance Latvia Association, A.W.Olsen & Partners and other partners.

Buy your ticket for RIGA COMM 2021 now! For the 10th consecutive year, IT, HRM, marketing and business professionals and stakeholders are welcome to acquire knowledge and learn information at the Baltic Business Technology Show and Conference RIGA COMM to be held from 14–15 October this autumn. 

“Digital transformation affects all sectors of the economy and everyday life, work and communication. For the time being, however, not all Latvian companies are fully exploiting their digital potential. Therefore, the contribution of the RIGA COMM team to the development of business technologies and innovations in Latvia for 10 years is especially commendable. I invite both entrepreneurs and heads of state institutions and industry professionals to attend this large-scale exhibition and conferences in order to further promote modernization and work efficiency in their companies and institutions,” urges Jānis Endziņš, Chairman of the Board of the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI).

Resource, document, personnel management and security system developers and suppliers, cloud service, Internet and digital marketing providers, web and mobile app developers, and ICT producers will showcase both ready-to-use and tailor-made solutions for businesses, municipal authorities and organisations in different sectors. This will also be the place to learn about the latest innovations developed by labs, scientific institutes, hackathons and developer communities.

The two-day event will present seven conferences. RIGA COMM 2021 will also offer the traditional Internet of Things, FinTech, Machine Learning, Smart HRM and Digital Marketing conferences, as well as the Women in Tech Conference focussing on women in the technology industry.

The event will also host the first in Latvia Influencer Marketing Conference – a professional and educational event for content creators / players in the influencer marketing industry. Attend this event with a RIGA COMM 2021 ticket.

Tickets for RIGA COMM are already available online. Ticket price will increase as the event approaches. Expect a price change on 26 February. RIGA COMM is held by the International Exhibition Company BT 1 in cooperation with Intelligent Machines Riga, Riga TechGirls, SmartHR Latvija, Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mailigen, Finance Latvia Association and other partners.

Venue and opening hours:

Ķīpsala International Exhibition Centre (Ķīpsalas iela 8, Riga)
14 October 10.00–17.00
15 October 10.00–17.00

Keep up with the RIGA COMM news: Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter.

Chatbots – an ordinary digital marketing solution or a tech bubble? The development of artificial intelligence and machine-learning technologies has allowed customer service tools such as chatbots, or chatter robots, to be on the upswing in the recent years. Such virtual assistants are a versatile solution for customer service in companies and public authorities of all sizes. Take the opportunity to find out about the industry trends and to chat with bots in Latvian at the business technology event RIGA COMM 2020 at Ķīpsala International Exhibition Centre, October 15‒16.

We are currently at the height of the fourth industrial revolution, and virtual chat assistants are rapidly becoming as self-evident and integral part of the reality of life as cell phones or social networks. By 2024, the chatbot market share is expected to grow by 30% .

Kaspars Kauliņš, International Business Development Director at the Baltic Language Technology Research Centre Tilde, points out that this rapid growth of the industry is determined not only by user demand, but also by improving productivity and efficiency: “People appreciate the possibility of receiving useful information and virtual services at any time of the day via a convenient channel and in a perceptible format – text, voice, image – and without wasting time.”

From an organizational perspective, a virtual assistant is able to perform monotonous tasks, including answering frequently asked questions, allowing employees to focus on tasks with greater added value. Everyone is the winner ‒ customers, employees and business as a whole ‒ and this motivates companies to invest in these technologies.

No euphoria ‒ it is the right time to invest in chatbots!

The general enthusiasm and exaggerated euphoria about chatter robots, or chatbots, is over for some time, tells Aldis Ērglis, a head of the Machine Learning Lab at Emergn: “We see chatter robots here and there, but they are nothing special yet. We can still talk about their promised intelligence and benefits to business in the future tense. The COVID pandemic is likely to change this and chat robots will be given a second chance.”

Today, many businesses and people are working remotely; more services are being consumed remotely than in the past. If you have to choose not to receive any information or help, or to cooperate with awkward and unadapted chatter robots, people will choose chatbots. A. Ērglis believes that it is the right time to invest in the development of chatbots now; they do not have to be very smart, they simply have to be able to respond promptly to most commonly asked questions.

Tet’s virtual client assistant gets a voice

The technology and entertainment company Tet offers contemporary and accessible artificial intelligence based customer support solutions to companies that care about their clients and efficient resource planning. In company’s stand at RIGA COMM 2020, visitors will have an opportunity not only to find out about effective solutions for business and receive expert advice, but also to acquaint with the new speech synthesis project. Thanks to this, Anete, a virtual client assistant, will start talking.

Tilde’s virtual assistants help public authorities

Virtual assistants and intelligent chatbots developed by Tilde, the leading technology localization company in the Baltics, operate in all communication channels and are equipped with the latest algorithm for understanding the Baltic languages. The company’s chatbots provide answers to more than 4000 users every day: the virtual assistant Signe by 20% eases the workload of the customer service staff at the Latvian State Radio and Television Centre, while the 24/7 virtual assistant Toms of the State Revenue Service advises residents on tax and customs issues, shares recipes and tells jokes. Following declaration of a state of emergency, Ieva, a digital consultant at the Rural Support Service of Latvia, shared the most up-to-date information with farmers, helping to solve problems and receive consultations that would otherwise require a face-to-face meeting.

By the way, Kaspars Kauliņš, International Business Development Director at Tilde, will talk about language technology in intelligent process automation at the RIGA COMM Machine Learning Conference on October 15.

RIGA COMM is an annual business technology event in the Baltic States where developers and suppliers of enterprise resource management, document management, HRM and security systems, suppliers of cloud services, internet and digital marketing services, web solutions and mobile application developers, and ICT product manufacturers offer ready-to-use and tailored solutions for companies in different industries and of different sizes, municipal authorities and organisations to facilitate efficient operation.

The technology-rich exhibition is complemented by an extensive conference programme. In two days, more than 80 lecturers will speak from four stages in at least six events. In recent years, the RIGA COMM business technology event has been attended by approximately 5000 managers at different levels and professionals from Latvia and the rest of the Baltics.

RIGA COMM is held by the International Exhibition Company BT 1 in cooperation with Intelligent Machines Riga, Riga TechGirls, SmartHR Latvija, Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mailigen, Finance Latvia Association and other partners.

Tickets to the RIGA COMM business event are available online, or at the box office. Ticket price will increase as the event approaches.

Venue and opening hours:

Ķīpsala International Exhibition Centre (Ķīpsalas iela 8, Rīga)
15 October 10.00–17.00
16 October 10.00–17.00

Follow the RIGA COMM news: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

“Alpha Visum” will present an algorithm that can convert time series data of any length into one single index that will contain main behavioral features of original data. Time series data are data that are created with some regularity, for example, fixed amount at Your balance at the end of the day. During exhibition Alpha Visum will introduce with practical examples of how the created indexes can be used as a single parameter to help easily search, group, filter, find anomalies or forecast time series based on data behavior within large datasets as well as use them as an additional parameter for AI, machine learning and financial scoring models.

Visitors will be able to view demonstration tests, as well as obtain additional detailed information about the technology that is built as cloud computing services using newest API technologies and is easy to access and integrate without interfering existing infrastructures. Practical examples will allow to see scalability of the technology and its ability to process data at high speed in real time and without any limitations.

Alpha Visum created solution is adoptable to different sectors but especially beneficial for financial sector data analysis. Meanwhile, there is currently no equivalent solution on the market that allows to group, filter, or use visual behavior as a separate parameter for data modeling.

Alpha Visum is Latvian company that was established in 2017 by uniting people with financial technologies and artificial intelligence experience.

More info:

www.alphavisum.com
facebook.com/alphavisum
linkedin.com/company/alphavisum
twitter.com/AlphaVisum

Machine learning technology is increasingly entering people’s daily lives and its application is becoming more extensive, from email filtering and computer vision solutions to forecasting tools and language processing. There are also practical and day-to-day solutions in Latvia that use machine learning methods. Find out what is new in the machine learning industry and interesting solutions for business development at the RIGA COMM Machine Learning Conference on October 15 in Ķīpsala.

“More machine-learning solutions for communication analysis will emerge in the coming years, which will enable everybody to improve daily communication and make brand communication more efficient in any company,” tells Aldis Ērglis, a Machine Learning lab lead at Emergn.

HRMNY.ID – machine learning technology for personality pattern recognition

It has been proven that all people exhibit certain behaviour patterns, commonly known as personality. These patterns influence the way we think, behave, react, and make choices. Knowing these behaviour patterns let us predict and influence people’s behaviour – design a real personal experience. A Latvia based company “HRMNY Human Technologies” is building an AI-based technology that deciphers cognitive patterns of human behaviour to improve people’s life, help them build stronger relationships, and unleash their full potential. The core of their technology lies in an artificial intelligence/machine learning algorithm trained by anonymous and carefully marked data provided by experts with decades of experience in cognitive sciences.

When technology analyses a photo, it recognizes around 50 patterns. These patterns get matched with a behavioural framework and converted into a set of personality parameters and preferences. Company calls it HRMNY.ID. AI-based behavioural framework provides insights on customers’ motivation, values, fears, priorities, beliefs, communication traits, even vocabulary to use. HRMNY methodology is built on top of proven Cognitive psychology and behaviour science and supported by main physiognomy principles.

Asya ‒ an app for mindful communication

Although we seem to be more closely connected than ever and communicate more today, people have moved away from each other in this digital era and communication has become more complicated. When talking, the same thing can be said with different emotions (without changing the content) thus obtaining two diametrically opposite results, so it is necessary to use emotional intelligence that allows you to read human emotions and other parameters. Some people are more capable in this area than others, so the start-up Asya.ai is working on a solution that would help understand emotional intelligence for anyone and allow improving communication skills.

The mobile app developed in Latvia is like a mirror of artificial intelligence for a human voice and provides an immediate feedback on conversation between two or more participants ‒ listening ratio, brevity, pace, pauses and other useful metrics. The artificial intelligence models used in this app are based on the several years of work by a group of the Riga Technical University researchers and extremely large datasets, thus excluding a subjective assessment of emotional intelligence. Moreover, Asya is an Ethical AI company and does not store the contents of conversations. The app is currently focused on building happy and healthy couples, but Ēvalds Urtāns, one of the Asya.ai co-founders, points out that trials for improving sales and customer service processes will also be conducted soon.

RIGA COMM is an annual business technology event in the Baltic States where developers and suppliers of enterprise resource management, document management, HRM and security systems, suppliers of cloud services, internet and digital marketing services, web solutions and mobile application developers, and ICT product manufacturers offer ready-to-use and tailored solutions for companies in different industries and of different sizes, municipal authorities and organisations to facilitate efficient operation.

The technology-rich exhibition is complemented by an extensive conference programme. In two days, more than 80 lecturers will speak from four stages in at least six events. In recent years, the RIGA COMM business technology event has been attended by approximately 5000 managers at different levels and professionals from Latvia and the rest of the Baltics.

RIGA COMM is held by the International Exhibition Company BT 1 in cooperation with Intelligent Machines Riga, Riga TechGirls, SmartHR Latvija, Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mailigen, Finance Latvia Association, the Communication Agency A.W.Olsen & Partners and other partners.

Tickets to the RIGA COMM business event are available online, or at the box office. Ticket price will increase as the event approaches.

Venue and opening hours:

Ķīpsala International Exhibition Centre (Ķīpsalas iela 8, Rīga)

15 October 10.00–17.00

16 October 10.00–17.00

Follow the RIGA COMM news: Facebook, twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn

The 8th Baltic Business Technology Fair and Conference RIGA COMM to be held at Kipsala International Exhibition Centre, October 10–11, will offer an extensive conference programme and a technology-rich showcase section attended by more than 5000 executives and professionals of different levels. The two-day event will present more than 100 speakers at 10 events on 5 stages and expositions by 100 companies from at least 8 countries.

 To make it easier for visitors and participants to meet, communicate and negotiate successfully, a special app and meeting area will be available at RIGA COMM this year.

The women-only stage!

To encourage more women to join the technology industry and draw attention to women who have built a successful career in this sector, the Women in Tech conference will be held for the first time this year. Women will share their success stories and encourage other women to engage in the business and technology creation process. Among the participants there will be one of Norway’s most high-profile female executives Berit Svendsen, currently a vice president of the financial technology company Vipps., Inspiring Fifty ranked Berit among the Europe’s top 50 women tech entrepreneurs in 2016. The “Women in Tech” conference is held in cooperation with Riga TechGirls. The conference will be held in English.

From teaching assistant to prediction tools in business

The way we work is increasingly changing, decisions need to be taken more quickly and areas of responsibility are expanding. How smart machines and algorithms can help us at work or training will be told by the representatives from Emergn, SAP, Microsoft, Accenture, C.T.Co, Scandic Fusion and others at the Human + Intelligent Machine Conference, which is a follow-up to the Machine Learning Conference of previous years. The conference is organised in collaboration with Intelligent Machines Riga. Working language:  English.

Internet of Things news

The annual Internet of Things Conference will provide information on IoT solutions and their use in business processes, public and urban environment management. Conference speakers – Aleksander Poniewierski, Global IoT Leader at Ernst & Young and Martin Woolley, Senior Developer Relations Manager, EMEA at Bluetooth SIG. Working language: English.

Technologies for more convenient and secure financial services

Financial technologies have great potential to provide faster and better financial services. Discover advanced financial technologies and tools for companies and organisations at the FinTech conference – digital transformation of banks, secure and convenient authorisation, technology entry into insurance, as well as discussions of Latvian financial experts.

Digital tools for effective customer engagement

Two days on the RIGA COMM TVNET Digital Marketing Stage experts will discuss how the daily use of digital sales and marketing tools can increase the profitability of e-commerce companies and successful export. From user experience, GDPR and multichannel marketing to content marketing and smartphone potential – international and Baltic experience. Working languages: Latvian and English.

Technologies for attracting, engaging and retaining staff

The need for smart technology solutions in Human Resources (HR) Management is increasing, especially in large companies. At the Smart HR Conference, learn about smart HR technologies for workforce management, planning, engagement, training, wellbeing and internal communication, polling, bonus management, recruitment and analysis. The conference is held in collaboration with Smart HR Latvia Team. Working language: English.

The role of humans in the future work environment

Concerns that robots and machines will replace humans have never been bigger. Every day someone points out that in a world of automation and artificial intelligence, employees will become redundant. On the Cognizant Future of Work Stage, world-class speakers will discuss not only future work and lifelong learning but also the changes in the organisational culture, a data-based approach to improving an individual’s performance, why freelance is a future form of work and how to build a successful team. Working language: English. Held in cooperation with Cognizant.

ALSO Latvia, the largest IT wholesaler in Latvia, will present in their exposition area the most recent electronic products for sale in Latvia, as well as the company will discuss future trends on the ALSO Stage on October 11.

During both RIGA COMM days, the latest innovations from institutes, laboratories, hackathons and developer communities will be showcased in the Innovation Booth.

RIGA COMM is the only annual business and IT industry fair in the Baltics where developers and suppliers of enterprise resource management, document management, HRM and security systems, suppliers of cloud services, internet and digital marketing services, web solutions and mobile application developers, and ICT product manufacturers offer ready-to-use and tailored solutions for companies in different industries and of different sizes, municipal authorities and organisations to facilitate efficient operation. Each visitor will receive consultation and recommendations on the most appropriate solutions.

Organisers: International Exhibition Company BT 1 in collaboration with ALSO Latvia, Cognizant, TVNET, Intelligent Machines Riga, Riga TechGirls, SmartHR Latvija, Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Forbes Latvija, Mailigen, Finance Latvia Association, Krassky and other partners.

Tickets are available online, or at the box office. Ticket price will increase as the event approaches.

Venue and opening hours:

Kipsala International Exhibition Centre (Ķīpsalas iela 8, Riga)

Conference Programme

Deskis OÜ and Modul Ltd. will offer a Forest Resource Management System with integrated satellite imagery – ForestMan with ForestRadar technology. Companies will demonstrate the new cloud-based system – Forest Resource Management System with Integrated Satellite Imagery Analysis.

During the exhibition companies will offer:

ForestMan with ForestRadar technology has been developed by Latvian and Estonian companies in cooperation within the Interreg Estonia-Latvia cross-border programme’s project MyTree Alert Service.

Deskis OÜ has developed a new forest asset management application called ForestMan, which works in the cloud and on mobile devices, with integrated ForestRadar satellite monitoring change detection service developed by Modul Ltd. ForestMan makes it easy for forest owners to find their property, look up new property to buy, includes forest inventory, cadastre and address data, and uses GPS location while in the field. The integrated ForestRadar technology enables to browse the latest cloud-free satellite imagery, provide satellite-based clear-cut detection and monitoring.

Modul Ltd. provides ForestRadar change detection service using a combination of satellite imagery data and machine learning (ML) algorithms to accurately and fast identify new clear-cuts in the forest. ForestRadar Change Detection Service provides weekly or less frequent alerts (via email and / or web app) on large forest areas, with changes ranging from 0.25 ha and proved very high accuracy – 95% tested to over 8,000 clear-cut polygons. The result by polygons is delivered in any vector data format or via the API to conveniently display current field data in an enterprise IT / GIS system. Modul Ltd. also provides the ForestRadar cloud-free basemap, updating monthly or more frequently on cloud-free areas and a satellite imagery archive from 2014 for all of Latvia and Estonia.

More info:

www.forestman.eu un www.forestradar.com

facebook.com/DeskisEstonia/

 

*This publication reflects the views of the author. The managing authority of the programme is not liable for how this information may be used.

Machine learning has become a popular trend in modern business and management systems capable of solving tasks too complex for the human mind, but not for the machine learning algorithm. To learn more about solutions designed for optimising processes and utilising predictive algorithms that aid efficient and affordable decision making, visit the 8th Baltic Business Technology Fair and Conference RIGA COMM 2019, which will take place on 10 and 11 October in Ķīpsala.

When introducing machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies, it is important that company managers recognise their scope of application and their potential as one of the alternatives in strategy implementation,” says the Emergn Machine Learning Lab Lead Aldis Ērglis. He also remarks that many of the solutions developed in the Baltics are unknown to the public as they are related to improving company processes.

Tilde Machine Translation Solution for Improving Competitiveness of the Latvian Forestry Industry

The companies of the Latvian forestry industry export ~75% of what they produce, and this number has been increasing in the past few years. Because of multilingual communication and documentation, the Tilde language technology company has developed a specialised forestry industry machine translator for translating various industry texts from Latvian into English and vice versa in a more efficient and quality manner. The machine translator is unable to fully replace human work; however, in the case of complex and lengthy texts, it can create a high quality draft, thus facilitating the translator’s work. The specialised Tilde solution creates texts with 10% higher quality than those created by non-specialised translation tools. The translation tool is available for free to anyone on the Tilde website.

Estonian Artificial Intelligence Helps People Learn Faster

The Estonian-made solution Lingvist aims to make the learning process 10 times faster. Currently, it focuses on expanding foreign language vocabulary. Artificial intelligence replicates the way the human memory stores and forgets information in the learning process. The knowledge mapping technology measures the student’s knowledge before beginning the learning process. The machine learning algorithms identify which words the student should practice more and when it is time to introduce new words. The solution adapts to every individual’s experience.

Tet Uses Data-Based Solutions to Improve Services

Data-based services is one of Tet’s principal development directions, with the company using algorithms both for improving existing services and creating new, innovative offers. Besides the well-known machine learning solution Anete – the virtual assistant, or chatbot – the company now offers the artificial intelligence solution CLAARA. It is an online TV advertising and audience analytics tool that records and summarises TV channel advertising data and audience statistics in real time, as they are broadcast. The tool compiles data using video vision. Whereas, to offer content recommendations to viewers of Shortcut Films and Shortcut Premiere, Tet uses its own prediction tool.

RIGA COMM is an annual IT and business event organised by the International Exhibition Company BT 1 for entrepreneurs of the manufacturing and service sectors, all management levels of government institutions and organisations, as well as professionals. It is a chance to learn about the latest offers from digital service providers and product manufacturers from the Baltics and other countries, consult with knowledgeable specialists and choose the most suitable solutions for your organisation together. Ticket price is EUR 20, which will increase as the event approaches.

Learn more:

RIGA COMM 2019 Human + Intelligent Machine Conference

On 11 and 12 October, Ķīpsala International Exhibition Centre will host the annual Business Technology Fair and Conference “RIGA COMM 2018” for the seventh time. The event offers an extensive programme of practical conferences and seminars, as well as a fair that provides information on modern IT and business technology solutions to companies and organisations.

 

“Demand creates supply – “RIGA COMM 2018” keeps on developing and will take place in two halls this year! Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, machine learning, business process optimisation, cyber security, blockchains, human resource management and digital marketing – these are just some of the topics that already attracted a lot of interest last year. This year, we have added two other useful conferences to the programme – on financial technologies and productivity,” Andris Breške, Project Manager of “RIGA COMM”, elaborates.

 

Participants from various countries

The fair in Riga will be attended by developers and providers of digital solutions, tools and services, as well as representatives thereof, from Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Ireland, Canada and China, as they will be presenting the latest technologies, products and services.

 

Enterprises will present innovative digital business solutions and services, innovative technologies and products, including digital marketing solutions, cloud computing services, IoT and telematics solutions, e-saving services, business consultations etc. Visitors of “RIGA COMM” will be able to consult with experts and choose the most suitable solutions for their business or organisation.

 

Whereas those who are interested in technological innovations and consumer electronics that are yet to appear in Latvian stores will be welcome at the “ALSO University” display, where visitors will not only be able to view but also try out the latest hybrid computers, TVs, compact printers and other equipment.

 

Conferences for business and personal growth

Mark 11 and 12 October in your calendars right now, as “RIGA COMM 2018” will be offering more than 12 valuable and interesting conferences on these dates for you to get new ideas and knowledge. The conferences will take place in English and Latvian on seven different stages alongside the exhibition of the fair. In order to attend most of the conferences, it is enough to purchase a ticket to “RIGA COMM 2018”, which may already be done at www.bezrindas.lv and on the fair’s website www.rigacomm.com. However, if you wish to attend separate conferences, prior registration is required. Here is some information on the main events!

 

11 October:

Executive Forum. For the second time already, Ķīpsala will gather entrepreneurs, as well as executives of the IT industry and other sectors to discuss the increasing role of information technologies (IT) in the management processes of any organisation. The forum is organised in cooperation with “Proact IT Latvia”. More information: www.facebook.com/events/1061347340679001/

 

Machine Learning Practical Application Conference. Machine learning algorithms and the application thereof in business. Smart machines are already in use, and in order to provide new and effective services and make better decisions so that they will be used even more often in the near future alongside new algorithms. More information: www.facebook.com/events/432218577193046/

 

Fintech Conference. Those who are interested will be able to acquire information on progressive financial technologies and tools for companies and organisations. Faster and better financial services! More information: www.facebook.com/events/102147303980113/

 

Smart HR Conference. The need for smart technological HR management solutions is becoming more and more substantial, especially for large enterprises. The conference will look at topics such as smart HR technologies in labour management, planning, integration, training, internal communication, surveying, bonus management, recruitment, analysis etc. More information: www.facebook.com/events/1864129433878958/

 

12 October:

Productivity Conference. How companies should prepare for the digitalisation of business processes, how to assess which business processes and functions should be automated, how to choose the most suitable automation solutions and tools for efficient and transparent process management – find detailed information at the first Productivity Conference. More information: www.facebook.com/events/144619686357772/

 

3rd Internet of Things Conference.  Annual conference on solutions of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the use thereof in business, as well as in public administration and urban environment management. How IoT technologies help to improve efficiency, user experience, resource management, customer service, machine maintenance and reduce operational costs. More information: www.facebook.com/events/1958735187699138/

 

Blockchain Conference.  How blockchain technology and the use thereof will develop over the coming years, and what the potential thereof is today. Experience will be shared by leading Latvian and international experts. More information:  www.facebook.com/events/165763137386048/

 

Digital Marketing Stage. During both days of the fair, experts and digital trainers will provide information on digital sales and marketing tools and the practical use thereof, as well as share their success stories. This year’s content will be even more useful, as it is being prepared in cooperation with marketing managers of companies, bearing in mind modern day marketing needs and trends. More information: www.facebook.com/events/216134022282349/

 

“RIGA COMM 2018” will also host the Latvian “Horizon 2020” brokerage event and seminars, “ALSO University” seminars etc. More information: www.rigacomm.com

Follow us: www.facebook.com/RigaComm and www.twitter.com/RigaComm

 

“RIGA COMM” is organised by the International Exhibition Company BT 1. Cooperation partners: Investment and Development Agency of Latvia, “Proact IT Latvia”, “ALSO Latvia”, “Cognizant”, Latvian Blockchain Association, “Sem.lv”, “ExportScene”, “Mailigen”, “Smart HR Latvija”, “Gedvillo Consulting”.

 

Location:

Ķīpsala International Exhibition Centre

 

Opening hours:
11 October 10:00–18:00
12 October 10:00–18:00

 

Tickets

Ticket price – 20 EUR. Ticket prices will increase during the event. Tickets may be purchased on the website of the fair www.rigacomm.com or on the ticket platform BezRindas.lv.

 

By Aldis Ērglis, Intelligent Machines Riga

 

Large countries like USA and China officially announced that they have AI (Artificial Intelligence) strategy, some countries like the United Arab Emirates have even state minister of AI (https://futurism.com/uae-minister-artificial-intelligence). Recently France president Emmanuel Macron in a large interview for Wired (https://www.wired.com/story/emmanuel-macron-talks-to-wired-about-frances-ai-strategy) also announced that France will have state strategy for AI. Macron stated that focus areas in AI for France are Health Care and Mobility (self-driving cars and workforce mobility). He also speaks about open data and even open algorithms for political and regulatory processes in the country.

 

It seems that AI field is changing from previous technological development dominance by Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and a wide range of other companies to practical use cases in business and even in politics and governance.

 

I expected that first we will hear widely about AI strategy for almost every company but there are some AI strategies on country level already.

 

Of course, my question is about small countries, like Latvia with less than 3 million people and tens of similar size countries over the world. Are we too small for own AI development and need to wait for developments in larger countries and use what they give us? Or should we come with an initiative to create European Union AI strategy for all EU members? In France example, we see that large countries will go forward by themselves.

 

To answer to question about AI strategy for the small country, we need to step back and think about what is AI strategy? According to Michael Porter strategy is a way how we make a focus on what we spend resources and how we differentiate – create unique proposition. AI Strategy is how we spend resources in the field of AI development to make a unique proposition for people and business. Therefore, a small country must have their own AI Strategy because resources are very limited and secondly it will be very hard to differentiate by using large country developments without local specifics.

 

State priorities in AI field could be education or transportation or health care or state services or something else. The small country probably can’t focus on more than one field. Therefore, it must be selected carefully and well linked to country development strategy.

 

The state must define AI strategy to start creating state AI ecosystem linked with scientific organizations and businesses locally and internationally. To be an equal partner on global AI field small countries need to offer something very unique (unique developments, unique experience), very specific niche solution and well developed what usually means an investment of resources, real-life approbation, and communication. Therefore, the decision must be prepared carefully.

 

Latvia could be a leader in AI solutions in the fields of forest management, ecological agriculture, export development, e-government, and others if starts to invest in it right now and try to implement solutions in real life acquiring experience what will be equally exchanged with experience of other countries in future.

 

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By Aldis Ērglis, Intelligent Machines Riga

 

We are already experiencing an impact of Machine Learning approach in business. We see it in Google search, on Amazon or Netflix recommendations. It means companies with large data amounts can feed learning algorithms with right data and get amazing results in decision making or decision support field.

 

Machines will learn faster and more accurately than humans for sure, and we are not talking about smart Robocop, AI like machines but even simple statistical algorithms, like described in Daniel Kahneman, HBR article Noise – https://hbr.org/2016/10/noise. Even more, most of algorithms and models are available and most are for free, like more than 12000 R packages available on the internet.

 

So, technically all companies can start using Machine Learning to create additional products and services, add intelligence to existing products and services or reduce costs by automation even in decision-making field but mostly in decision preparation for decision makers.

 

Why cannot all companies do that? Because Machine Learning needs a lot of good quality data to learn right things. Few companies are already collecting or let say mining data from their processes, customers, employees, and systems for Machine Learning purpose. And believe or now for good ML different data is needed. For example, to analyse and learn from processes you need the collect duration of operations instead of date and time of state. That is different data than ERP currently collecting because the purpose of data is different. So, it means to implement Machine Learning we need to rethink all data we are collecting and start collect data for ML purpose. Sources of data will be behind your organization boundaries, additionally to data inside the organization you need to collect data from the internet about your customer – using Competitive Intelligence approach and so on.

 

Is data a new Oil? Forbes argues in the recent article (https://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2018/03/05/heres-why-data-is-not-the-new-oil/#1af3b1973aa9) that data is not new Oil. Maybe comparing very precisely it is not. But I see some analogies that will help business leaders to think about data in the better way. To run the economy as we use a lot of raw materials, oil is needed, and during years we found how to discover, get, and use oil. The same idea with data, you can’t use any data you have, you need to discover, build up mining process, control quality, distribute it and use for the right purpose. Not all oil we can get from earth is usable so the data even more.

 

I see that organizations will be under pressure to change their mind because of competitive advantage of using ML. So, companies need to start with thinking how ML can help achieve business strategy and create ML strategy. ML strategy will show in what areas, processes you need to collect good data. And even if you are not doing any ML, find out and start collecting data, it will take time and will not be possible to do it overnight. So, collecting right data is your competitive advantage.

 

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