Wharton Workshop: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (AI)

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Saturday, November 13, 2021
9:15am— 5:00pm
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1501-02 Hong Kong Club Building
3A Chater Rd
Hong Kong
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The Wharton Club of Hong Kong is delighted to launch our first "Wharton Workshop" series on Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, on November 13th (Full Day from 9:15 AM to 5:00 PM including Lunch) by fellow Wharton alumni Kevin Pereira W'06, who also teaches undergraduate and MBA courses on AI and ML at HKUST and HKU business school.

The Wharton Workshop series aims at providing deep subject matter expertise to Wharton Alumni and is focussed towards serious learning, targeting a standard comparable to what one would expect at a Wharton class in Philadelphia. 

Content Summary:  
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been heralded by many as the next big technological jump for humanity and its practical applications will span across almost every aspect of business and our lives in the future. In this workshop, we will introduce some key branches of AI, discuss important use cases to highlight capability, and dispel common myths. We will then focus on how AI will affect careers going forward and delve into how we can start to future-proof ourselves in a workforce where AI and humans will work together. This workshop is specifically geared to those who are new to AI and will NOT focus on coding/programming (future workshops may cover such topics based on alumni interest). Also, no prior technology or coding knowledge is required. Rather, we will look at the topic from a business perspective with the goal of raising awareness and decreasing the fear that is commonly associated with AI.  
Venue: 1501-02, Hong Kong Club Building, 3A Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong
Price: HKD 1,500 including a Yumcha Lunch @ Centricity
Guests: Guests of Wharton Alumni are welcome, but preference will be given to Alumni
Dress Code: Business Casuals / Informal
VERY IMPORTANT Covid Protocols: All participants need to follow all applicable social distancing norms that the venue would impose as per the prevailing Social Distancing norms of the Govt of HK-SAR on the day of the event, including but not limited to: being fully vaccinated prior to the date of the event, using the Leave Home Safe App / QRCode for proof of vaccination, No fever or symptoms, No contact with Covid Suspect, Haven't travelled outside HK in last 14 days, Haven't been in close touch with anyone who has traveled outside HK in last 14 days. Please note that proof of vaccination will be checked at the venue.
Agenda (Full Day 9:15 AM - 5:00 PM): 
Registration / Housekeeping (9:15 AM - 9:30 AM)
Session 1 (9:30 AM - 11:00 AM) Introduction to AI and Machine Learning
Why has AI recently become more prominent?
What makes AI truly powerful?
What is Machine Learning?
What are Neural Networks and Deep Learning?
Statistical methods and Algorithms used in Machine Learning
Break (11:00 AM - 11:15 AM)
Session 2 (11:15 AM - 12:30 AM) Introduction to Natural Language Processing (NLP), Machine Vision and Robotics 
What is Natural Language Processing
What is Machine Vision? 
What is Robotics?
What are use cases of the above in business and our personal lives?
Lunch break (12:30 PM - 1:45 PM): Yumcha Lunch at Centricity, Chater House (5 minute walk from Workshop venue)
Session 3 (1:45 PM - 3:00 PM) The AI ecosystem
Who are the main providers of cloud and AI services?
Introduction to a technology stack and its main components
What is edge computing and why might some businesses use that instead of the cloud?
Break (3:00 PM - 3:15 PM)
Session 4 (3:15 PM - 5:00 PM) Our future with AI
Job/Task Automation - What will go, what will stay, and what new jobs might we see?
AI's impact on our careers - How do we future proof ourselves?
What is 5G and how will it be an enabler for AI?
Faculty Bio:
Kevin Pereira W'06, is currently a Managing Director at Blu Artificial Intelligence, a consulting firm that specializes in Artificial Intelligence. After growing up in Hong Kong, he started his career in Private Banking with Citi in New York. He then moved back to Hong Kong and joined Bank of New York Mellon’s Asset Management business, where he helped to start a new group that specialized in products tailored to High Net Worth Individuals. After obtaining his MBA, Kevin worked at a technology startup in Myanmar that was building internet infrastructure which included fiber optic, cell towers and data centers. Kevin is also a Part-time lecturer at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), where he teaches an MBA course titled, “Artificial Intelligence for Business Leaders”. At the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), he teaches “Big Data in Finance” and “AI in Marketing” to MBAs and other Masters’ students.

Kevin graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics with concentrations in Finance, Management and Marketing from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He also has an MBA from INSEAD.


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1501-02 Hong Kong Club Building

3A Chater Rd, Central,, Hong Kong, Hong Kong,
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