Application Keynote Lecture
Ralph Traphöner (Director of Technologies, Empolis Information Management GmbH, Germany)
20 Years of Industrial AI applications: From Case-Based Reasoning to Deep Learning
The notion of analogy was my first encounter with AI back in 1986. It was sticky enough to make AI my companion all the way along until today. This way led through two decades of concealing the term AI into these days where it is fashionable again. My talk will focus on the actual experiences which we made along that way in many different industries. Finally, we will have a look on the new fashion and its practical perception in industry. Maybe, it is more than the Emperor's new clothes.
Ralph Traphöner is Director of Technologies at Empolis Information Management GmbH. After studying computer science and business administration at the University of Kaiserslautern, focusing on practical applications in AI and Case-Based Reasoning, Ralph Traphöner co-founded the company TECINNO, today a part of Empolis, in 1991. He managed the EU funded projects INRECA I and II (Induction and Reasoning from Cases), was co-ordinating project manager of WEBSELL (Intelligent Sales Assistants for the World-Wide-Web), was project manager in SEKT (Semantic Enabled Knowledge Technologies). Up to today he has actively been involved in 15 European Projects throughout Framework Programmes 3 to 7. He also participated and managed other research projects funded by national institutions, such as the German research endeavour THESEUS.
Ralph Traphöner also acted as advisor, evaluator and reviewer for the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes and has contributed as an expert to the EP2010 study. Expertise: Case-Based Reasoning, Intelligent Information Retrieval and Search Technology, Electronic Commerce, Knowledge Management and Artificial Intelligence. He has given many tutorials in AI and has presented courses on knowledge management and related topics. The focus of his work during the last two years was on consulting clients with respect to applying AI to big data in the field of technical service and mechanical engineering.
Beyond AI he is a supporter of the FCK, i.e. the Kaiserslautern football team, a collector of mechanical computing machinery and loves to take photographs.