Augment 2020 AI & Machine Learning in Professional Services Firms

Event Details

Jun 04, 2020

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Chicago, IL

$395 USD

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The Thomson Reuters Institute is proud to announce the return of Augment — an interactive, peer-driven conference dedicated to the ongoing impact of artificial intelligence and machine learning on professional services firms today — in the heart of downtown Chicago. Our forum offers a unique opportunity to convene key decision makers and innovation leaders from across the corporate, tax and accounting, and legal sectors for a day-long examination of critical trends and drivers informing business strategy and growth.

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Group discounts available. Call 1-800-308-1700 for details.

Why You Should Attend

  • This conference offers a unique glimpse into the impact of AI and cognitive technologies on modern professional services organizations
  • Attendees will experience real-world, practical case studies that impact core business operations
  • Our faculty reflects a dynamic and increasingly diverse professional services sector with local and global reach
  • Attendees will depart with numerous takeaways for implementation within their respective organizations

    Who Should Attend

  • Data Scientists & Technologists
  • Professional Services Firm Leaders
  • Legal Practitioners
  • Tax & Accounting Professionals
  • Strategy Officers & Directors
  • Chief Operating Officers
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Chief Information Officers
  • Chief Technology Officers
  • Chief Security Officers
  • Event Details

    Thursday, Jun 04

    8:15 AM
    Registration & Networking Breakfast
    9:15 AM
    Opening Remarks
    9:30 AM
    Yesterday’s Future and Where We’ve Been: An AI Utilization Retrospective

    In recent years, it’s reasonably safe to say that no other emerging technology has quite captured the attention of corporate business professionals like AI. Questions over what AI is, what it can do, and its impact on business operations are par for the course. Yet, as we enter a new decade—and AI’s capabilities continue to mature, many organizations seek guidance around what the next era of cognitive computing may hold for modern business. This opening conversation offers a robust analysis of AI’s recent past in order to provide a practical take on optimizing AI’s future. Key discussion points include:

    • A brief history of AI within business operations
    • Real world case study examples of AI utilization prior to 2015
    • Why understanding AI’s origin and past is crucial for its future
    10:30 AM
    Morning Break
    10:45 AM
    AI for the Uninitiated: A Technophobe’s Guide to Deciphering AI’s True Potential

    We know, we know…you’re an accountant, a practicing attorney, an operations professional or, ultimately, an end user tasked with leveraging emerging business technologies, including AI. Although most roles do not require in-depth working knowledge of the systems behind AI, it is beneficial for users to understand how AI technology can open the door to even greater business operations enhancements and efficiencies. This session provides an introductory primer on the nuts and bolts of AI technology and offers practical ways for professionals to easily leverage AI for optimal performance. We’ll define and explain in layman’s terms:

          • Breaking down the basics of AI technologies and functionalities;
          • Primary forms of AI utilized in professional service firms;
          • Reactive Machines, Limited Memory, Theory of Mind, Self-Awareness – what these are and why they are critical for business professionals?
    11:45 AM
    The Human Element of Machine Learning

    Until recently, it has been largely held that computers are only as smart as their programmers allow. With the advent of artificial intelligence, however, and the enhanced capabilities of computers to actively “think” and “learn” and identify opportunities for greater efficiencies, is human input still required? Could AI potentially acquire and process required information on its own? And, looking a bit further, can AI potentially program itself more effectively than its human master? This engaging discussion addresses the current and future trajectory of man and machine interoperability…

    Talking points include:

          • Where the science fiction ends and the reality begins
          • Optimal utilization of AI to elevate the role of professionals – myth or just a talking point?
          • Training and development for professionals – what will be required?
    12:45 PM
    Networking Luncheon
    1:45 PM
    TR Innovation Showcase: AI in Practice

    Looking at the practical implications of using artificial intelligence technologies in everyday professional practice. We’ll look at some real life applications, what it took to get there, and what it looks like to build the infrastructure for future applications of these technologies. Key takeaways of the session include:

    • AI demo showcase
    • What does AI look like in practice?
    • What are some of the newest developments in these technologies?
    • What are the necessary social/regulatory questions needing answers to get ready for future AI applications?

    Aileen Schultz, Senior Manager, Labs Programs – Global, Thomson Reuters Labs

    2:45 PM
    Afternoon Break
    3:00 PM
    Risk vs. Reward: Weighing and Measuring the Long-Term Benefits, Value and Risks of AI

    For all the promise and possibility that AI holds toward enhancing and streamlining the efficiency of transaction-oriented business processes, AI is still a largely untested technology, especially when it comes to aligning or integrating with other technologies. This discussion takes an in-depth look at measuring and quantifying the currently known benefits, cost savings and risks of adopting AI. The session examines:

          • Effective metrics to accurately measure and quantify AI’s efficacy
          • ROI calculation – will AI yield veritable dividends?
          • Conducting a risk assessment of AI
          • Identifying unforeseen risks at present
    4:00 PM
    Closing Remarks & Networking Reception

    Please join us for cocktails as we wrap up the day’s proceedings.


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    233 S. Wacker Drive
    Willis Tower, 67th Floor
    Chicago, IL 60606

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