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8 - 12 November 2021
CTICC, Cape Town and Virtual Event

Dr Jacques Ludik
Founder, CEO & Executive Chairman, Cortex Group; Founder & President at Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa

Profile

Dr Jacques Ludik is a smart technology entrepreneur, Artificial Intelligence (AI) expert, author, investor, AI ecosystem builder, and award-winning AI Leader with a Ph.D. in Computer Science (AI) and 25+ years' experience in AI & Data Science and its applications.

He is currently the Founder & CEO of Cortex Group and Founder & CEO of Cortex Logic that is focused on providing scalable ultra-personalized AI-enabled wellness solutions and the Founder & President of the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA) that focuses on transforming Africa through AI. Dr. Ludik is also involved in building AI-based Wellness, AI-based Trading, Smart Healthcare and Smart Education based companies with data rich platforms that leverages AI technologies to unlock business, customer and societal value. He has also founded CSense Systems (Africa's first AI company that was sold to a multi-national company, specifically General Electric in 2011), Journey, Bennit.AI, Mosaic, and SynerG.

Apart from his executive management roles in these companies, he was previously Vice President Data Science & Chief Data Officer at Jumo, Director and Big Data & Analytics Leader at General Electric and Senior Lecturer and Researcher at Stellenbosch University. Dozens of his papers on AI were published in Journals and International Conferences as well as a book, Neural Networks and Psychopathology, published by Cambridge University Press (UK). Dr Ludik is currently writing a book on Transformative Human-Centric Artificial Intelligence, scheduled to be published in 2021. He also has a patent filed for Knowledge Fusion. Jacques holds a B.Sc. (Cum Laude), Hons. B.Sc. (Cum Laude), M.Sc. (Cum Laude), and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Stellenbosch University.

Dr Ludik currently also serves on the Advisory Boards of Cirrus, AI Africa Expo and Data Science Nigeria and has launched AIAfrica.wiki via MIIA. In 2019, he is also the recipient of Africa’s AI Leader of the Year Award. His massive transformative purpose is to help shape a better future in the Smart Technology Era, and specifically to help business & society thrive in Smart Technology Era. He is also passionate to help transform Africa through Smart Technologies such as AI, building AI communities and exponential organizations.

Agenda Sessions

  • AI Initiatives to Transform Africa

    13:40
  • Chair's Opening Remarks

    11:30
  • Fireside chat: Addressing hurdles to AI adoption in Africa

    13:30

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