Abstract: It often takes a long time for business users in enterprises to get the right data and insights, even if the data is well organized and structured. This is because they may not know where the data is located, how it is modeled, and how to frame the right queries for their needs. As a result, traditionally, access to data intelligence has been limited to power users, business analytics and specialist data scientists with varying degrees of analytical and technical skills. This is where conversational analytics comes in. Conversational analytics allows any user to become a citizen data scientist. They can ask voice or text questions of their data and receive back a natural language and potentially, a visual analysis of the most statistically relevant and actionable insight for that user. In this talk I shall describe some of the key AI technologies needed to deploy conversational analytics including natural-language processing (NLP), natural-language generation/narration, chatbots and AI/augmented analytics. I'll also show a demo of our vision of conversational analytics, and how users can talk with their data to access an infinite future.
Bio: Anand Ranganathan is a co-founder and the Chief AI Officer at Unscrambl, Inc. He is a data scientist, AI engineer, Big Data developer, architect and researcher rolled into one person. He is leading Unscrambl's product development in several cutting-edge areas, including natural language processing, conversational analytics, automated insights, real-time optimization and decision-making, and automated marketing optimization. He has worked with numerous customers worldwide to design, implement and deploy Big Data, Stream Processing and AI-based solutions. Before joining Unscrambl, he was a Global Technical Ambassador, Master Inventor and Research Scientist at IBM. He received his PhD in Computer Science from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and his BTech from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He also has over 70 academic journal and conference publications and 30 patent filings in his name.