7th Annual Bunshaft Lecture

Featuring Eliot Weinman ’77
Founder and Conference Chair, AI World
Executive Editor, AI Trends

Mr. Eliot Weinman

Monday, November 5, 2018
Campus Center, Assembly Hall
University at Albany Uptown Campus
10:00 a.m. - Check-in begins
10:30 a.m. - Lecture
11:30 a.m. - Reception to follow

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About the Speaker

Mr. Weinman is Founder and Conference Chair of AI World. For the past two decades Eliot has been a successful entrepreneur and veteran high tech market expert.  AI World was his fifth publishing start-up which he sold to Cambridge Innovation Institute.  AI World and companion online magazine AI Trends have become the nation’s largest independent AI business event and integrated media platform covering the enterprise AI market.  He previously founded and sold four leading publishing firms whose media products had become the largest in their respective industry. He has been a publisher, editor and author of numerous magazines, newsletters, books and research studies in diverse areas of advanced technology. His writings have appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Forbes, San Francisco Chronicle and The Washington Post.

Eliot received his M.S. in Computer Engineering from Boston University and completed a research fellowship in AI with GE and MIT where he worked on developing expert systems for the quality inspection of jet engine turbine blades. Before starting his first media business, he headed up the AI group at a top 10 property insurance company (Hanover Insurance) where he implemented one of the nation’s earliest commercial expert systems in underwriting and claims. He also headed advanced engineering groups at the MIT Draper Labs.

Eliot has created more than 200 events in emerging technology markets, including Mobile Commerce World, 4G World, Mobile Internet World, RoboNexus, RoboBusiness, Client/Server Computing and Application Development Conference & Expo. Mr. Weinman has partnered with, consulted to and sold his businesses to many of the industry’s leading computer hardware, software, publishing and research firms. He has taught courses at Northeastern University in AI and knowledge engineering. Previously he earned his B.S. in Accounting at the University at Albany, and was a CPA for several large CPA firms.


Over the past decade there have been major advances in fundamental computer software and hardware technologies, combined with the massive explosion of data.  Over the past few years, digital innovators like Google, Amazon, Facebook and others have transformed their entire corporate strategies from being mobile first to AI first.  As a result, the artificial intelligence (AI) marketplace has become the fastest growing technology market in the world.  During this time, more money has been invested in AI than any technology market in history.  In fears of being left behind, countries all over the world have now entered the fray to spark yet the next wave of AI competition.  Very quickly, AI is permeating almost every fabric of life. This presentation will cover an executive summary of the AI market and will focus on the current state of the market and state of the practice in today's business world.

The University at Albany Foundation logoEstablished through the generosity of Albert Bunshaft ’80 and Caryn Bunshaft ’82, The Bunshaft Endowment in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences provides support for this lecture, which was designed to provide information to the student community about a broad range of topics related to careers in computing science.