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Scott Gerard

Scott Gerard

Founder and Chief AI Officer at Knowledge Reactor

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

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Dr. Scott Gerard carved out a distinguished career as a Certified Distinguished Data Scientist specializing in the Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT) and as a Fractional Lead Data Scientist. His journey in the technical field spans over four decades at IBM, where he honed his expertise in various technical domains. His leadership skills were showcased by successfully managing teams of up to 50 engineers. His consulting experience is global, having worked with local, national, and international clients across countries like Canada, England, Germany, France, Spain, Japan, Singapore, and Latvia. Among his numerous projects, one near and dear to his heart involved deploying IoT sensors and data analytics to enable the elderly to live independently in their homes for as long as possible and as long as prudent.

Dr. Gerard's demonstrated his technical prowess in his role as the initial technical leader to implement IBM's Watson commercialization in Financial Services. His academic credentials include a PhD in Computer Science, focusing on Multiagent Systems—a subfield of AI. This was preceded by a solid foundation in science, with a Masters of Science in Physics and a Bachelors of Science in both Physics and Mathematics. His extensive education and experience at IBM have made him a respected figure in the field of AI and technology.

Dr. Gerard recently founded a data science consultancy, addressing a wide spectrum of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) challenges. He holds a particular interest in AIoT, reflecting his lifelong passion for integrating multiple "things" to achieve significant objectives, evolving from integrating multiple software components, to multiple autonomous agents, and now, to networks of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Dr. Gerard's enduring interest in distributed and collaborative systems and his many patents, demonstrate his innovative spirit and his commitment to advancing the field of analytics.

Area of Expertise

  • Information & Communications Technology

Topics

  • AI
  • ML
  • AIoT
  • Artificial Intelligence of Things
  • IoT
  • Internet of Things
  • Generative AI
  • GenAI
  • Large Language Models
  • Eldercare
  • Home Healthcare
  • Knowledge Graphs
  • Data Science & AI
  • Trustworthy AI
  • Responsible AI
  • Data Science Ethics
  • Deep Learning
  • Analytics
  • Data Analytics
  • Analytics and Big Data
  • Natural Language Processing
  • NLP
  • Multiagent Systems
  • Business Processes
  • Time Series Forecasting
  • Topological Data Analysis
  • TDA
  • Formal Logic

Don't Leave Data on the Table: Maximizing Value with AIoT

In the burgeoning field of the Internet of Things (IoT), connecting sensors to compute platforms is just the beginning. The real challenge – and opportunity – lies in effectively analyzing the collected data to extract maximum value. Too many IoT developments stop when they successfully deliver data to a compute platform. But analysis of that data is the "cherry on top". Don't leave valuable data just sitting on the table. Exploit it.

"Don't Leave Data on the Table" dives into the unique characteristics and opportunities of AIoT (Artificial Intelligence of Things), differentiating it from traditional AI applications and exploring strategies to harness its full potential. It underscores the immense potential of AIoT when effectively harnessed with analytics. By understanding and applying the unique aspects of AIoT, businesses and innovators can unlock new levels of efficiency and open doors to groundbreaking innovations.

Target Audience: Technology Professionals and Innovators; Business Leaders, Executives, managers, and strategists in various industries that are increasingly relying on IoT and AI; Academics and Researchers; Industry Analysts and Consultants; and Investors and Venture Capitalists.

Duration: 1 hour with time for questions

Attendee outcomes:
- What is AIoT (AI for IoT)
- What is special about AIoT compared to other kinds of AI.
- The role of edge computing
- Typical use cases for IoT and AIoT

Is Your AI Trustworthy?

As Artificial Intelligence (AI) is increasingly integrated into every aspect of our lives, the question of trust in AI systems has never been more important. This presentation, dives into the complexities of building, maintaining and evaluating trust in AI technologies. We explore the key dimensions essential for trustworthy AI: ethics, reliability, privacy, explainability, fairness, and accountability, each playing a critical role in how we perceive and interact with AI systems.

This presentation aims to foster a deeper understanding of what it takes to make AI systems trustworthy and aligned with human values and societal norms.

Target Audience: AI professionals, developers, ethicists, and anyone interested in the ethical, technical, and social implications of AI.

Duration: 2 hours with time for questions

Attendees outcomes:
- The multiple dimensions of Trustworthy AI.
- Ethical theories that help us differentiate right from wrong, good from evil, and virtue from vice.
- While Accuracy is a primary focus for AI developers, it alone is insufficient in today’s complex AI landscape.
- Privacy protection covers multiple ways users' privacy can be safeguarded.
- Explainability -- the ability to understand the internal workings and rationale behind AI predictions -- is increasingly important as AI systems become ever more intricate and opaque.
- Fairness and bias scrutinizes how AI systems treat different sub-populations, ensuring equitable treatment across various demographics, including race, gender, age and others.
- Accountability addresses the consequences and responsibilities when AI systems err or hallucinate.

Practical Guide to Using AI

Ready to unlock the power of AI for your business? This session equips you with the knowledge and tools to seamlessly integrate AI into your operations. This workshop takes you on a journey, equipping you with the knowledge and tools to seamlessly integrate AI into your operations. We'll start by demystifying the fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, ensuring everyone is on the same page.

Then, we'll delve deeper into Generative AI tools, empowering you to unlock their creative potential through the art of prompt engineering. But Generative AI is not the only important AI in today's world, so we explore the other current topic: AI for IoT. With powerful AI comes with responsibility, which is why we'll explore the crucial principles of Trustworthy AI. You'll learn how these translate into practical business guidelines, even crafting your own tailored framework to ensure ethical and effective AI use within your company.

Target audience: Executives, business leaders, manager and developers.

Duration: 1 hours with time for questions

Attendees outcomes:
- A view of the vast breadth of AI.
- Generative AI and Large Language Models have captured the world's attention. And while the tech is awesome, too many people are ignoring its risks.
- AI for IoT, the other current AI topic area the popular press isn't covering well enough.
- The multiple dimensions necessary for building Trustworthy AI.

Summit of Things 2024 Upcoming

October 2024 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

AI4 Upcoming

August 2024 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Intelligent Thinking AI Summit Upcoming

July 2024 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

SIM Tech Connect

"Practical Guide to Using AI Workshop"

Ready to unlock the power of AI for your business? This workshop equips you with the knowledge and tools to seamlessly integrate AI into your operations. This workshop takes you on a journey, equipping you with the knowledge and tools to seamlessly integrate AI into your operations. We'll start by demystifying the fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, ensuring everyone is on the same page.

Then, we'll delve deeper into Generative AI tools, empowering you to unlock their creative potential through the art of prompt engineering. But AI power comes with responsibility, which is why we'll explore the crucial principles of Trustworthy AI: fairness, explainability, privacy, and more. You'll learn how these translate into practical business guidelines, even crafting your own tailored framework to ensure ethical and effective AI use within your company.

April 2024 Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

Green Things Summit

"AIoT for a Smart and Sustainable Future"

Dr. Scott Gerard shares insights and ideas on how you can improve your business's sustainability efforts and goals using AIoT. Discover many different approaches to drive your business towards greener operations.

- Predictive maintenance
- Better forecasting
- More efficient ML
- Trustworthy AI

April 2024 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

AI Bootcamp

Dr. Scott Gerard presents a "Tour of AI", covering the broad view of AI in general, as well as diving into specifics of Generative AI and LLMs as well as Artificial Intelligence of Things and Trustworthy AI.

This was the second version of the AI Bootcamp

February 2024 Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

AI Bootcamp

Dr. Scott Gerard presents a "Tour of AI", covering the broad view of AI in general, as well as diving into specifics of Generative AI and LLMs as well as Artificial Intelligence of Things and Trustworthy AI.

This was the first version of the AI Bootcamp

February 2024 Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

IoT Emerging Trends

January 2024 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

State of Technology EXPONENTIAL

Datafication: Data Use, Analytics + AI/ML

June 2023 Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

Association of IT Professionals

During the 2nd month of COVID lockdown, I presented "Artificial Intelligence: Get a Grip". It covered the breadth of AI, Cognitive Computing, my Eldercare work and anomaly detection.

April 2020 Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

Scott Gerard

Founder and Chief AI Officer at Knowledge Reactor

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

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