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2017 SSP 39th Annual Meeting

Concurrent 4F: A Long-Standing Promise Finally Fulfilled?…

Concurrent 4F: A Long-Standing Promise Finally Fulfilled? Bots, Agents, etc. – Artificial Intelligence on the Rise

Presenters will give a general introduction about what Artificial Intelligence (AI) is (and is not), potential applications, including what is already out there and what is still on the horizon. Focusing on the practical, speakers will provide the basic background knowledge that necessary to understand and evaluate AI, its potential and also its risks. Then presenters will look at what AI means or could mean for academic publishing, illustrating this with a real world example an AI created by the IET. Session organizers invite the audience share ideas, hopes, and concerns. (To finish off, speakers will switch on Skynet and destroy the world as we know it.)



David Smith, The IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology)
David is currently Head of Product Solutions at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (The IET). He’s responsible for most of the ‘techie’ things to do with scholarly product development. After he received his D.Phil. from the University of York, David decided to trade life as a scientist for a life in publishing. His introduction to scholarly publishing came via Vitek Tracz at Current Science Group and then BioMed Central. After that he spent 12 years in various roles at CABI in Oxfordshire before joining the IET. He’s been involved with the SSP for a number of years, first as an attendee of the annual meeting, then as an annual meeting committee member, as co-chair of the 32nd and 33rd meetings and most recently as Board Member at Large (2012 to 2015). When not involved in scholarly publishing, he likes to indulge in astronomy, tinkering with things, and restoring a 1960 1600 MGA that currently resides in his garage. Hes not on Facebook, but he does tweet (@drs1969).
Christian Kohl, Christian Kohl Consulting & Project Management
Christian is an independent Consultant and Project Manager for Digital Publishing and IT. Before that, he served as Director Information and Publishing Technology at De Gruyter for nearly 11 years.
Christian has worked extensively with service providers all around the world, leading many RFP processes, system migrations, system implementations, and consolidations as well as shaping and implementing the digital strategy of the company. Christian holds a masters degree in Computational Linguistics and has worked as project manager, software developer, server administrator, event manager, and researcher in previous lives.
Twitter Handle: chrkohl