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AI Club 2018 Recap

Written on December 12, 2018 by Campus Life in Professional

The AI Club celebrates it’s first birthday! It’s been a productive year and we had the honor to host inspiring speakers. Here’s a recap of 2018:

We started the year discussing about the role of AI in the gaming industry. Attendees had a first hand experience with Xbox One X, an AI enabled video game. 

On March 2018, we hosted a workshop on Watson Analytics together with the IE USA Club. Luis Reina, Big Data Architect at IBM Watson explained us how is Natural Language Understanding applied to Watson, followed by a debate about applications in other industries.
We also had a former alumni as a speaker at the event “From MiM to AWS: What does AI means to Amazon?”. Alessandro Favia shared some valuable insights about how AWS disrupted the data storing business, and how is it to work there. 

After the Club Fair and an AIcebreaker to welcome new club members, we co-hosted James Murray, the co-founder of OffWorld, together with the Technology & Innovation, Air & Space and Energy Clubs. James showcased us how deep learning is helping OffWorld’s robots to be ready to perform tasks in other planets, such as mining and construction.

Finally, the AI club participated in the event “How to Organize Product Management around AI Initiatives”, with guest speaker Aarthi Srinivasan, Director of Product Management at Target. With over 70 attendees, Mr. Srinivasan gave valuable insights about how to successfully incorporate AI in a company.

We’re proud for all the 2018 events. A big thank you to everyone who attended and supported the AI Club events this year. Looking forward for 2019!

Blog post by Julia Barros, Coordinator of the IE AI Club



Written on July 12, 2018 by Campus Life in Professional

I predict that one day when we’ll go to an hospital, we will enter a small room where a machine will take our blood sample, scan our internal temperature with thermic cameras, identify what’s wrong with us and direct us to a specific department or even prescribe directly a treatment. But even if we are slowly going there, the medical industry collaboration with artificial intelligence is progressing with baby steps. However, it is already amazing to see how the current applications some companies created are already bringing results.

I have argued many times with my father about how artificial intelligence can have an impact in the medical industry and whether it is science fiction to think a computer can actually replace doctors. I don’t blame anyone for being pessimist regarding this, however we need to differentiate internet forums low accuracy in terms of medical advices and artificial intelligence powered medical tools. They are not related as medical forums are just content written by anyone and the actual algorithm behind an artificial intelligence framework is based on medical verified resources.

This is not the future, this is now. Here are three concrete applications within the medical industry that help doctors to increase the efficiency of their diagnosis. Those start-ups and big companies are using the concept of deep learning technology to increase the medical research and medical treatments by submitting a large amount of data to identify patterns.

Google AI & Verily : Identify cardiovascular diseases

Scanning patient’s eyes to predict cardiovascular diseases with the help of artificial intelligence. To achieve this, the companies fed their deep learning framework with an input data of 284000 of retina pictures. From this, the algorithm can assimilate patterns with different input such as :
• Sex
• Age
• Smoker or not
• Blood pressure
• If they had Cardiovascular accident or not

Those information are used by doctors to predict future cardiovascular issues that there patient can face.

Constitute a giant DNA database to detect rare diseases: Sophia Genetics

The Swiss startup Sophia Genetics raised $ 30 million last September. Its niche: to propose a genetic database that health professionals can consult to “search for the specific molecular characteristics of a tumor or a congenital disease”, explained his boss at Le Temps. Its strength is based on its database which grows more and more, analyzing “the DNA of 8000 patients each month”, able to identify recurring patterns and anomalies.

Being able to determine if you will die in five years:

Researchers published a study on May 10, 2017 in Scientific Reports that shows that it is possible to predict the life of a patient by having chest scanners read by an algorithm.

Precision Radiology: Predicting longevity using feature engineering and deep learning methods in a radionics framework

The goal is to save doctors time by letting the machine analyze the scans itself and provide predictions. The longer-term goal: to succeed with a single scan to predict future diseases, so that doctors can intervene as soon as possible.

Identify signs that a patient health is getting worse in hospitals.

DeepMind, the Google lab dedicated to artificial intelligence research, has a new, large-scale project: helping doctors find patients who “sink” before it’s too late to save them. 700,000 patient records will be read and analyzed by the algorithm developed by Google to train it to detect signals that indicate that a person’s health is deteriorating.

The goal: to reduce the percentage of deaths in hospital space that could have been avoided if physicians had been able to observe the patient’s health decline in time (11%). DeepMind gives the example of an operation such as the replacement of a hip that can cause kidney failure, impossible to detect with the naked eye.

Other interesting reads about medical and AI applications:

DeepMind develops AI to diagnose eye diseases
How AI is transforming the future of healthcare


From the MiM to AWS – What does AI mean at Amazon?

Written on July 12, 2018 by Campus Life in Professional

On last Wednesday, June 20, IE AI Club hosted “From the MiM to AWS – What does AI mean at Amazon?” event, from 7pm to 8pm at MM31. Even during a busy week of deadlines and exams, there were approximately 50 people who registered, including students and professionals from different programs such as IMBA, MiM, and MBD.

This event featured Alessandro Favia, Client Executive at Amazon Web Services, who is also a former Master’s student at IE Business School. During his studies at IE, Alessandro became increasingly curious about the pervasiveness of technology and its exponential growth. This curiosity brought him to Amazon Web Services, a company that was able to disrupt the paradigm of doing business thanks to the scalable in-the-cloud infrastructure services.Along the same lines of interests, he decided to be an active contributor to the Italian online magazine IL PROGRESSO but also to work on a personal startup project which will be selected to be part of the Innovation in Retail Center T-ZIR, a startup accelerator supported by Telefonica.

Alessandro started his talk with a fun and interactive Kahoot game to engage our participants, with some interesting facts about Amazon and Amazon’s Web Services.

Then the event was followed with a presentation on topics such as Amazon’s Artificial Intelligence Flywheel, the AI offering at AWS, as well as some AI applications to real business cases. Our participants could also learn from Alessandro’s insights and experience on how his career at AWS looks like.

Our event was finalized with a highly interactive Q&A and networking session, where our attendees could share their ideas, expectations and questions on the newest AI technology applications on different areas and industries.

As we are approaching the end of the semester, IE AI Club would like to thank for the support of all members and attendants, and we are looking forward to organizing more interesting events in the upcoming term. Stay tuned!


On February 28th, the IE USA Club and IE AI club hosted it’s first tech speaker session. It was an interesting opportunity to meet our guest speaker Joel Curado, a technology Strategist at Cisco and get inspired by his 10 years + experience in this field. Here are some highlights from our event…

Mr. Curado gave the IE community a glimpse of the latest trends in technology as well as how corporations innovate, strategize and engage from an internal and external perspective.

Being an expert in digital transformation, he shared some real experiences from his current position in Cisco Switzerland on how they deal with high tech customers in enabling their digital strategy with their latest software.

Joel also talked about his involvement in new solution creations and strategy in the IoT space for Smart Cities, to create new business models and market strategies, together with startups and accelerators around the world.

After this, we discussed career opportunities with the aim for Joel to educate and connect IE students to this sector by giving them insights on how to position themselves in the field and what skill-sets are valued in the IT sector.

We hope everyone enjoyed the event as much as we did and look forward to seeing you all at our next one!


IBM Watson Analytics Workshop

Written on April 23, 2018 by Campus Life in Professional

Wednesday, 7th March, the IE AI Club in collaboration with the IE USA Club hosted a IBM Watson Analytics Workshop with Luis Reina, one of IBM’s leading Big Data architects at IBM Spain. The event is part of AI Club’s Tech Speaker Series.

Watson Analytics uses Natural Language Understanding and variety of Predictive Analytics to discover relationships, different facets and anomalies in Big Data. It could be applied in absolutely different industry and business problem. And the most attractive point is that it doesn’t require a lot of coding skills for develop your own solution. 

During the workshop, Luis presented Watson Analytics and Watson Data Platform to a packed classroom of business students at IE Business School. Being a part of IBM’s Academic Initiative, faculty and students at IE get access to tools to develop the next great thing. At the end of event, students had the opportunity to network with people from IBM and received special credits for IBM Cloud for their future projects and learnings.

We want to thank our members for being active in the Club’s activity. We are looking forward to meeting you all at our next events! Keep an eye for update in your inbox!

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