Seminar 4

Pre-Meeting Seminar
Humans, AI, and Decision Making: How do we make use of data, text mining and machine learning for better decision making

“Some people call this artificial intelligence, but the reality is this technology will enhance us. So instead of artificial intelligence, I think we'll augment our intelligence.” —Ginni Rometty

When we hear the term artificial intelligence, we might think of Anthony Daniels’ unnecessarily effete C-3PO or the sociopathic HAL from 2001. The reality is that AI represents a suite of technologies that are already supporting and assisting human decision-making in a whole host of settings. In this seminar, we’ll discuss some of the ways in which publishers and institutions are using big data, semantics and analytics to make smarter strategic decisions. We’ll critically discuss business-specific use cases and attendees will learn what publishers and libraries should and should not expect to be able to achieve using these new technologies.


Phill Jones, Emerald Publishing


John Sack, HighWire Press, Inc.
John Sack is one of the founders of HighWire Press and focuses on market assessment, technology innovation, and the kind of thought leadership and industry-forward thinking that has defined HighWire's mission since 1995. While this frequently involves working with new technology, as often it involves working with publishers and editors on new ideas, opportunities, or problems they wish to address. John considers himself a futurist or trend-spotter, in that he tries to watch what is happening in consumer and scholarly services and identify patterns that are just beginning to emerge. Twitter Handle: @johnsack
Jon Stroll, Clarivate Analytics
Jon Stroll is the Director, Research Analytics of the Scientific & Academic Research business of Clarivate Analytics based out of our Philadelphia office. Before taking this role in December 2016, Jon led the Scientific and Academic Research team in Tokyo supporting research evaluation, analytics and discovery services from 2014 to 2016. Prior to the assignment role in Japan, Jon was the Key Account Manager based in our London office introducing research analytic solutions to customers in UK, Ireland, BeNeLux and Israel. Jon graduated from the University of Brighton with BA (Hons) in Social Policy and Administration. Jon is married with four children aged 0, 5, 7 and a stepson of 17. If time permits, he also enjoys cycling and cooking.
Isabel Thompson, Holtzbrinck Publishing Group
Isabel Thompson is Senior Strategy Analyst at Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, a media group dedicated to science and education. There her role focuses on strategic planning and investments, as well as product development and innovation. Isabel has a powerful interest in how technology and psychology interact, and so enjoys using these lenses to consider how businesses should define their strategies in an increasingly unpredictable world. She earned her BA in Classics from the University of Oxford, and then an MEd in Psychology and Education from the University of Cambridge, and was one of the Society for Scholarly Publishing’s Fellowship Award winners for 2016.
Pauline Crepel, MyScienceWork
Pauline holds a Master’s degree in Management of Biotechnology and Bio-industries from ESIEE Paris, a high-level management and technology school. She joined MyScienceWork’s team to bring managerial, scientific and business expertise that she developed during several missions she accomplished in France, South Korea and Japan for renowned research institutes (Institut Pasteur, Institut Curie…).