Welcome to AI on Pi Day! This year, we are excited to explore the intersection of artificial intelligence and business. We will hear from experts in the field about the latest trends and developments in AI, and we will discuss how AI is being used to solve real-world problems.

Our speakers include:

  • Bill Higgins, Director of Research and Development for Watson at IBM.
  • Rob D. Thomas, Senior Vice President of Software and Chief Commercial Officer at IBM.
  • Jean-Georges Perrin, Founder and President of AIDAUG.


AIDA User Group, or the Artificial Intelligence, Data, and Analytics User Group, is a worldwide community of professionals passionate about artificial intelligence, data, and analytics. AIDA User Group was founded in 2021 to provide a forum for members to share knowledge, learn from each other, and collaborate on projects.

AIDA User Group has a strong focus on ethics and responsible AI. The organization believes that AI has the potential to be a powerful force for good in the world but that it is essential to use AI in a way that is ethical and responsible. AIDAUG members are committed to using AI to solve the world’s most pressing problems, such as climate change, poverty, and disease.

Speakers & Moderator

Bill Higgins is the Director of R&D for IBM Watson Core. He has over 20 years of experience in the field of engineering, artificial intelligence, and he is a recognized expert in innovative software engineering.

Rob D. Thomas is the Senior Vice President of Software and Chief Commercial Officer at IBM. He has been with the company for over 20 years and has held various roles in product design, product development, and business development. In his current role, he is responsible for leading IBM’s software business, which includes products such as Watson AI, Cloud Pak for Data, and Cloud Pak for Integration.

Jean-Georges is a leading expert in data architecture and engineering. He is the author of the second edition of Spark in Action (Manning), Data Mesh for all ages, and a contributor to Architecture Modernization (Manning). He is also the president and co-founder of AIDA User Group.

Our speakers are discussing the future of artificial intelligence and its impact on business. They are sharing their insights on how AI can be used to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems, and they will offer advice on how businesses can prepare for the AI revolution. This discussion was probably the catalyst for the IBM – Hugging Face partnership (see links).

I’m sure you’ll find their presentations to be both informative and inspiring. Interesting additional links & resources:

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