26 - 27 March 2018
EmTech Digital MIT Technology Review Conference 2018
St. Regis Hotel
Italian Trade Agency Chicago & Los Angeles USA
MIT Technology Review
One Main Street
Cambridge, MA 02142
eventsreg [at] technologyreview.com
- ASSOFOODTEC / Espresso Coffee Machines Manufacturers – UCIMAC
- UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE
- ASSOFOODTEC / Italian Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturers' Association
- ASSOFOODTEC / Italian Food Processing Equipment Manufacturers' Association - UCMA
- ASSOFOODTEC / Gelato Machines, Shop Fittings and Equipment Manufacturers – ACOMAG
- ASSOFOODTEC / Meat processing Equipment Manufacturers – COMACA
- ASSOFOODTEC / Association of Manufacturers of Food Slicers, Mincing Machines and Similar Equipment
- ASSOCIAZIONE ITALIANA MARMOMACCHINE
Power and Motion Transmission Systems, Agriculture and Farm Machinery, Ceramics Machinery & Equipment, Construction and Earthmoving Machinery, Fluid Power Equipment and Components, Food Technology, Footwear, Leather Goods & Tanning, Foundry & Metallurgical Machinery, Glass, Marble and Stone, Metalworking, Packaging, Plastics and Rubber, Printing, Graphic and Converting, Textile Machinery, Wood
EmTech Digital MIT Technology Review Conference 2018
In the world of advanced manufacturing, also known as industry 4.0, the convergence of new advanced technologies such as the internet of things and tri-dimensional printing has been joined by an ever increasing number of elements related to artificial intelligence (AI). Italian researchers’ work has been duly integrated into the international scientific community, as well as within universities and public research institutes around the world. According to a January 2018 report from the World Bank, in the area of AI Italy is an internationally recognized source of research and development (R&D), having ranked as the third leading country in terms of published articles per scholar and sixth in terms of articles published per every $100,000 spent in R&D.
In order to highlight the potential of an enhanced R&D and trade relationship between Italy and the USA with regards to AI, the Italian Trade Agency has partnered this year with the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence (AI*IA) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s MIT Technology Review Magazine, the oldest and most established educational media provider in the United States, to create a special event at EmTech Digital 2018, a renowned conference taking place in San Francisco, CA. The official luncheon panel program, entitled "The World of AI: Actually, Italian" will run on the second day of the Conference, March 27, 2018.
Leading experts in the areas of technology, engineering, academic, startup, and management communities participating in the Conference will be exposed to crucial insights into the ecosystem of Italian AI R&D innovations coming out of Italy that will contribute to shaping global business. Indeed, practitioners from the Agency and AIIA will provide an insider’s point of view on policies, opportunities and challenges currently under way in the Italian market. The Italian panelists are listed below.
Luca Ascari, Director of Biomedical Research, Camlin Italy Srl, part of the Camlin Group
Amedeo Cesta, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche Scientist and Past President of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence (AI*IA)
Marco Saladini, Trade Commissioner, Italian Trade Agency, Chicago Office
The session will be moderated by Antoinette Matthews, VP Licensing and Communities, MIT Technology Review, and Executive Director, MIT Enterprise Forum, Incorporated.
* According to the a report by Accenture, a consulting firm, the value of AI in Italy is expected to reach 227 USD billion by 2035. These results will be primarily driven by the country’s ability to diffuse technological innovations into its wider economic infrastructure. Currently, the sectors which are gathering the most attention in AI development are finance, banking and insurance services (17%), automotive (17%), energy (13%), logistics (10%) and telecommunications (10%). Results from the Accenture and Frontier Economics 2016 study illustrate how Italy is expected to have an elevated baseline of AI development which will allow it to transcend regional and structural disparities, enabling huge, rapid leaps in labor productivity in the decades to come. This outcome will play a crucial part in maintaining productivity as the country currently has a negative three percent annual birth rate and conversely an increasingly aged labor force.
* Since its founding in 1988, AIIA has grown to include 900 members with just under half (40%) from leading Italian research and academic institutions. The Association aims to increase the knowledge of AI, encourages its teaching and contributes to the dissemination of both theoretical and industry-led research through seminars, targeted initiatives and sponsorship of events. Furthermore, the Association promotes open discussions on the impacts of AI results, including the ethical and social implications of some of the recent impressive achievements.
The association has seven working groups focused on specific topics: agent and multi-agent systems, artificial intelligence and aging, artificial intelligence for cultural heritage, robotics, machine learning and data mining, knowledge representation and automated reasoning, natural language processing, argumentation technology. Such topics also identify strength aspects of the community that has a long standing tradition of research excellence and international visibility. The association also organizes an annual meeting of its members to favour strengthening of community connections, public distribution of awards and a program of scholarships to encourage students participation.
* The ITA - Italian Trade Agency is the government organization that promotes the internationalization of Italian companies, in line with the strategies of the Ministry of Economic Development. The ITA provides information, support and advice to Italian and foreign companies. In addition to its Rome headquarters, ITA operates worldwide from a large network of offices linked to Italian embassies and consulates. The Agency has five offices in the US.
* Founded at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1899, MIT Technology Review derives its authority from one of the world's foremost technology institution and from its editors' technical knowledge, capacity to see technologies in their broadest context and unequaled access to leading innovators and researchers. Accuracy and independence are the magazine’s highest priorities: its coverage is independent of any influence, including its ownership by MIT. It defines itself as an innovative, digitally oriented global media company with a mission to equip its audiences with the intelligence to understand and contribute to a world shaped by technology.
For more details, please contact the Italian Trade Agency Office in Chicago at 312.670.4360 or write to chicago [at] Ice.it (chicago [at] Ice.it)