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HamburgAI # 10: Full House with FREE NOW, RISK IDENT and ARIC

Once a quarter, professionals from startups, companies, and academics exchange ideas and trends in the fields of artificial intelligence and data science at HamburgAI. At the tenth edition of the event on November 6th at WeWork Stadthaus, more than 100 participants listened to talks by FREE NOW and RISK IDENT. Moreover, we discussed the future of Hamburg as an AI hub with representatives of the newly founded Artificial Intelligence Center Hamburg (ARIC) e. V..

RISK IDENT: Artificial Intelligence in Fraud Detection

In the evening’s first contribution, Dr. Marco Fisichella shared insights into the development of AI-based solutions for online fraud detection. For this purpose, the doctorate data science expert and his team at the Otto Group subsidiary RISK IDENT rely on the open-source software platform Kubeflow. The algorithms of the Hamburg-based company are already successfully used by numerous well-known companies such as Vodafone, BonPrix and SIXT and protect more than 55 billion euros in sales each year.

Dr. Marco Fisichella, Head of Data Science at RISK IDENT
Dr. Marco Fisichella, Head of Data Science at RISK IDENT

FREE NOW: Driving Product-Based Products as a Product Owner

Second, Dr. Tereza Iofciu on stage. As a Lead Data Scientist at leading mobility provider FREE NOW, she shared her experience developing data solutions within corporations. She illustrated that not only technical challenges must be mastered in this role. Often product owners have to advocate within the organization to shed light on the new technologies and their potential.

Dr. Tereza Iofciu, Lead Data Scientist at FREE NOW
Dr. Tereza Iofciu, Lead Data Scientist at FREE NOW

ARIC e. V.: How can Hamburg transform into a leading Artificial Intelligence hub?

It should have become generally accepted in business and politics that Artificial Intelligence is more than a buzzword. This is also the case in Hamburg, Germany’s smartest city according to a recent study by the industry association Bitkom: Representatives from the city’s senate, industry and academics recently initiated the Artificial Intelligence Center Hamburg (ARIC) e.V.

Prof. Dr. Nick Gehrke, Dr. Lars Schwabe, Omar Kahwaji, Christin Martens, Dr. Tereza Iofciu and Marco Fisichella (from left to right) discuss the ARIC e. V. and the KI Hamburg site
Prof. Dr. Nick Gehrke, Dr. Lars Schwabe, Omar Kahwaji, Christin Martens, Dr. Tereza Iofciu and Marco Fisichella (from left to right) discuss the ARIC e. V. and the KI Hamburg site

Together with the association’s board members Dr. Lars Schwabe (Lufthansa Industry Solutions) and Prof. Dr. Nick Gehrke (zapliance), we discussed Hamburg’s future in the AI landscape and the importance of diversity in the still male-dominated high-tech area. Dr. Tereza Iofciu and Dr. Marco joined the panel. The session was moderated by machine learning expert Omar Kawahji along with former editor-in-chief of Business Insider Germany and communication expert Christin Martens (both collectAI).

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