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John McCarthy AI Summer School

1st-2nd September 2022

AI for Tourism

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International John McCarthy AI Summer School

AI for Tourism

01 and 02 September 2022

2 half days | 18 keynote speakers | 2 research colloquia | 1 unmissable event

The event – who should attend?

We are delighted to announce that the following partners – RDI hub, Microsoft, Munster Technological University, The SFI ADAPT Centre for AI Driven Digital Content Technology, Tangent (Trinity’s Ideas Workspace) AI Ireland and IT@Cork Skillsnet will jointly host a blended AI Summer School on the 1st and 2nd of September 2022.

This 2 day event will include plenary lectures and roundtable discussions, on selected topics presented by leading experts in the field of Artificial Intelligence for Tourism.

The school is aimed at Professors, Post Docs, PhD students, researchers and graduate students in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing and computer scientists who have an interest in statistics and Machine Learning.

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The connection to the RDI hub

The RDI hub building is dedicated to John McCarthy as a tribute to the Stanford University computer scientist. McCarthy was one of the founders of the discipline of artificial intelligence and his father was born in Cromane, near Killorglin in Co Kerry. In the late 1950s McCarthy invented LISP which became the programming language of choice for AI applications.

AI is going to have a truly transformative effect on our lives in the coming years, Already it is a discipline which has risen to prominence in terms of the personalisation of content we interact with on a daily basis online but there is so much more AI can help us achieve in the Tourism space and we are looking forward to discussing its diversity with our speaker panel.

Our aim is that the John McCarthy AI Summer School will become a calendar moment for the development of AI and the sharing of knowledge.

You can look forward to...

2 half days of plenary lectures on selected topics presented by leading experts in the field

Networking opportunities with leaders from academia and public institution

Panel discussions and Q&A

Event Agenda

AI In Tourism, past, present and future

Ian Millar

Senior Lecturer Hospitality IT, EHL Switzerland

Using Sentiment analysis to pull smart insights from Tourism data

Célia Maria Quitério Ramos

University Of Algarve, Portugal

Smart Apps For Smart Tourism Intelligence Destinations

Francisco Javier Melero Rus

University of Granada and CEO Aumentur.

Data Cleaning to produce rich data insights

Arnaud Muller

UPMC Sorbonne Universitiés, France

Immersive, Multisensory and active digital tourism experiences

Niall Murray

Technological University Of the Shannon / ADAPT Research Centre

The future is Yesterday: Exploring the role of AI powered decisions to generate holistic data driven insights in a changing Tourism climate

Linda O Loughlin

Munster Technological University

Consequences of climate change on Tourism

Enda Mc Govern

Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut

MTU Research Colloquium Overview : Past, Present and Future Plans

Breda O’Dwyer

Director of CEED & Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurial Learning and Practice

MTU Research colloquium pitches

Dr Haithem Afli

Lecturer in AI | NLP/ML | Munster Technological University

How AI can help the talent crisis in travel and tourism?

Pete Syme

Disrupt Travel : Digital Leader Seeking Disruptive Challenges In Rebuilding Travel And Tourism

Virtual Reality Content Creation

Niall Campion

Virtual Reality Content Creation

Find the hidden wildlife of the Kingdom

Lena Angland

Founder, Wanderful

Immersive Experiences & Smart Cities

Michael Guerin

Founder, Imvizar

Great Visitor Experience

Ivan Tuohy

CEO, Great Visitor Experience

Marketing Artificial Intelligence for Travel, Tourism and Hospitality

Kevin Neary

Chief Executive at

The science of direct guest acquisition with

Frank Reeves

Founder & CEO, Avvio

Traveltech, Hotel CRM, Data For-Sight

Allan Nelson

CEO & Co-Founder, For-Sight Traveltech


Michael Wilson

Head Of Data Science, CarTrawler

Find RDI Hub

RDI Hub is just 15 minutes from Kerry Airport, 3 minutes from the bustling town of Killorglin, and 15 minutes from Killarney. You’ll find RDI Hub at the entrance to the charming town of Killorglin, on Killarney Road, V93 KP68.