Secretary General, Irish Computer Society, Irish Computer Society
Mary Cleary is Secretary General of the Irish Computer Society and Chair of the Irish Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition. She has extensive expertise in and experience of representing the IT profession in Ireland, particularly at a European level, where she is Chair of the CEN TC 428, Digital Competences and IT Professionalism. She advises on European and national skills policy, advising the ICS CIO Forum on professionalism and Continuous Professional Development for all domains, with particular emphasis on eHealth. She holds a Master's Degree in Education, and has extensive experience of ICT professional programme design and implementation. She has worked on several national education initiatives, promoting ICT as a teaching and learning tool. She manages education outreach initiatives, as well as the professional and advocacy activities of HISI (Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland), and the delivery of 8 national conferences annually. She is a delegate to the NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland) ICT SCC, and a committee member of the Irish Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN).
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The rise of Big Data has caused a huge demand of data analysts, data scientists, data engineers and data-savvy business executives. As AI becomes transformational across end-markets from enterprise to consumer platforms, from cybersecurity to robotics, the demand for data scientists is growing exponentially. Universities across the world are rising to meet this demand with new degrees and courses. However, the unprecedented demand for data science talent is creating a considerable gap between the demand and supply of data scientists. A recent article in the New York Times estimated that only 10,000 people worldwide have the skills necessary to tackle serious AI research.
The objective of this session is to discuss the evolving nature of Data Science skills needed to deal with Big Data and AI technology. The session will enable a diverse group of cross disciplinary big data and AI stakeholders to network to discuss challenges and opportunities for Europe in Data Science Skills. The outcome of the session will support the Partnership on AI, Data and Robotics and the larger audience by gaining further information from stakeholders about the challenges for data science and AI skills. As a result of the three interactive debate questions, we will have an overview of the evolution, future role and skills required by data scientists, organisations and the wider society. We will have insight on the lessons learnt from the broader introduction of computer science skills into society.
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