Dr Jacques Ludik is a smart technology entrepreneur, AI expert, investor and founder of Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA, President), Cortex Logic (CEO), Bennit AI (CTO), Data Science Academy, & Director at The Student Hub (ERAOnline). He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science (AI) and has 25+ years’ experience in AI & Data Science and its applications. MIIA is an innovative community for AI & Data Science Research & Applications to help transform Africa. Cortex Logic provides an AI engine for customers, advances AI and builds smart applications. Bennit A.I. provides an intelligent virtual production assistant for manufacturing.
Jacques was VP Data Science & CDO at JUMO, a company that provides the next generation mobile money marketplace for emerging markets. Jacques has also founded an AI company, CSense Systems where he was Executive Director (Joint MD, CTO, & COO) for about 14 years, that provides AI software, services & solutions to customers world-wide in a range of industries via an international reseller & solution partner network. CSense was sold to General Electric (GE) in 2011. At GE he held various leadership roles including Big Data & Analytics Leader and Director of GE Intelligent Platforms.
Jacques was also Senior Lecturer & Researcher at Stellenbosch University, where dozens of his papers on AI were published in Journals and International Conferences as well as a book published by Cambridge University Press (UK). Jacques holds a B.Sc. (Cum Laude), Hons.B.Sc. (Cum Laude), M.Sc. (Cum Laude), and PhD degrees from Stellenbosch University.
Operationalizing of AI and Big Data & Analytics to help businesses thrive in the Smart Technology Era
The value drivers for AI and Big Data & Analytics is the creation of strategic value (generating new opportunities; faster, better and proactive decisions), improving efficiencies (improve capabilities, increase automation, eliminate redundancies, improving processes and reducing costs), enhancing the customer experience, and targeted sales & marketing. For any business to survive and thrive in the Smart Technology Era, it needs to become not only data-driven, but apply AI technologies to unlock business value across the analytics spectrum. For proper extraction of value from all available structured and unstructured data, AI needs to be operationalized in an end-to-end, full stack, integrated, scalable, automated and secure manner.