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Artificial Intelligence for Interactions and Understanding

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On November 1st and 2nd, 2018, the American Alliance of Museums organized a two-day convening titled, Museums and New Intelligences. The event was hosted by the Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, Florida, and had more than 60 museum leaders, technologists, scholars, artists, and funders in attendance.

The keynote presentation on Thursday, November 1st was presented by Kristen Summers, Technical Delivery Lead, IBM Watson Public Sector*. She discussed how to use artificial intelligence for enhanced interaction, communication, and greater understanding. She described several notable examples of long-term, ambitious AI programs and the potential for more immediate, direct applications.


Kristen Summers | Summers is the Technical Delivery Lead for Watson implementations in the Public Sector at IBM*. She has been working in Artificial Intelligence and Human Language Technologies, with a primary focus on applied research, for the past 15 years. Her experience in this area includes leading projects on question answering, entity recognition, entity co-reference, machine translation, Optical Character Recognition (OCR), and other related topics. Before joining IBM Watson, she was the Technical Director in the Knowledge and Information Management Division Group at CACI. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University and a BA in Computer Science and English from Amherst College.

*As of 2019, Kristen Summer’s title is Technical Delivery Leader, IBM Data and AI, North America Government Expert Labs.

For additional information about the event, to watch the other keynote presentation, or to download a primer about new intelligences, please visit this page: Museums and New Intelligences.

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