So what is the AI Innovator of the Year Award?

The AI Innovator of the Year Award is a fundamental part of the AIconics Awards. By establishing a unique award category for leading professionals in the field of AI evolution – we will bring to the fore and raise the profile of those who are making a change through AI initiatives.

The award will showcase projects that have made a significant impact on how businesses operate and run. This year for the first time we have opened the award up to recognise the distinct skills and experience of those in AI tech development and those in AI implementation.

ANNOUNCING THE SHORTLIST

AI INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR - SOLUTIONS PROVIDER

AI INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR - SOLUTIONS APPLICATION

Dr. Seth Dobrin, Chief AI Officer, IBM

Dr. Dobrin has created a new methodology for the design and execution of AI strategies at IBM that aims to address the most urgent challenges businesses face today around regulations, trust, AI Ethics, and business value.

 

Dominik Seisser, Head of AI, Cognigy

Dominik and his team of machine learning experts created the centre piece of Cognigy’s technology stack: A Natural Language Understanding (NLU) engine that leverages patent-pending AI algorithms to stand out from conventional NLU providers with exceptional performance.

 

Marco Varone, Chief Technology Officer, expert.ai

Marco’s concept and strategy around hybrid AI is the core principle behind the expert.ai platform. He has championed AI innovation by leading expert.ai through consecutive growth and helping businesses overcome their real-world challenges.

 

Jakub Nalepa, Head of AI Department, KP Labs

Jakub focuses on ML and nature-inspired algorithms and applies them to image analysis, allowing him to solve complex optimisation challenges. The results of his research are used in medicine, e.g. in the analysis of computed tomography and magnetic resonance images, satellite imaging, or environmental monitoring.

 

Fabiana Clemente, Co-Founder & CDO, YData

Fabiana combines data privacy with deep learning as her main fields of work and research. Her mission is to unlock data with privacy by design, and therefore developing synthetic data which has new ways for augmentation and AI acceleration not done before.

 

Gonca Gulser, Co-Founder, Quin AI

Gonca has recently been working on RNN based algorithm that can mimic the human brain to learn and act upon users behavioural patterns in real time. The product developed from this algorithm is Quin AI which aims to dominate AI based user behaviour prediction in markets such as e-learning and gaming.

 

Kit Ruparel, Chief Technology Officer, Recordsure

Kit incepted the idea to use AI to automatically watch evidence that subject matter experts were gathering to identify areas of compliance or non-compliance to financial regulations.

 

Shama Rahman, Chief Executive Officer, NeuroCreate

Shama has developed the FlowCreate Innovator – the first AI-powered creative collaborator for the knowledge-sector.

Ankit Chajer, AI Lead, NatWest 

Ankit has pioneered use of Conversational AI and Robotics across Natwest and supported millions of customers with most complex banking needs specially during COVID-19. He leads the strategy and AI team at NatWest that has increased the adoption of our virtual assistant Cora by over 400% now supporting over 25 million customer conversations.

 

Esther Gallo, Senior Vice President – Workforce Innovation, Mastercard

Esther is a tireless innovator who leverages the power of predictive analytics at Mastercard to think outside the box. During the pandemic, Esther’s innovative approach to remote working allowed the company to rethink work and gain a better understanding of pre-COVID office habits.

 

Tobias Mathur, Head of AI Operations, Uniper

Tobias heads up AI@Operations by Uniper to develop AI applications for power plant operations. A machine learning enthusiast he is currently working on projects related to innovation, digital transformation that show a significant increase in efficiency – and fewer flue gases and less CO!

 

Sholthana Begum, Head of RegTech, Bank of England 

Sholthana leads on RegTech and SupTech activities at Bank of England, including the PRA’s exploration of machine learning, AI, analytics, architecture, and visualisation. A trusted advisor to the business, Sholthana has a track record in delivering and is extremely effective at bridging the language gap between business and finance.

 

Christelle Bourdeu, Head of AI Platforms, Airbus

Sholthana leads on RegTech and SupTech activities at Bank of England, including the PRA’s exploration of machine learning, AI, analytics, architecture, and visualisation. A trusted advisor to the business, Sholthana has a track record in delivering and is extremely effective at bridging the language gap between business and finance.

 

Adri Purkayastha, Group Head of AI & Digital Risk Analytics, BNP Paribas Group

Adri focuses on developing, championing, and building an enterprise-wide understanding of AI/ML opportunities and risk, as well as establishing an end-to-end AI governance and operating model throughout the entire lifecycle.