The winners of the world’s only independently-judged awards celebrating Artificial Intelligence for Business, the AIconics, were announced this week at The AI Summit London, at the Business Design Centre in Islington.
With over 100 entries across eight award categories, the third edition of the AIconics awards set the bar at an unprecedented high. With a range of innovators from start-ups through to leading organisations competing against each other, the judges faced their toughest task to date.
The world-class judging panel for the London 2017 awards included leaders from major global enterprises, venture capital firms, pioneering research bodies and academia.
Always fiercely competitive, the Best AI Start-Up award was won by StatusToday, who have developed an AI-powered Insights Platform that understands human behaviour in the workplace, helping organisations ensure security, productivity and communication. There were separate awards recognising the best innovations in NLP and Deep Learning, with Arria NLG and Gluru coming out on top in these respective categories.
Following the significant advances made in chatbot technologies and applications in 2016, the Best Chatbot Experience award category was added to the AIconics repertoire in London, showcasing providers focused on revolutionising interaction between humans and machines across industries.
Reflecting the increasing interest and uptake in this market, it proved to be a very popular and closely contested category, but it was Artificial Solutions that took home the award for their ‘Teneo’ solution, which is able to understand more than 34 languages, including Japanese. After having demonstrated Teneo’s capabilities in a keynote earlier in the day, Artificial Solutions’ CSO Andy Peart delightedly accepted the award on stage.
While the companies that entered are largely focused on commercial applications, the Best Application of AI in the Enterprise award celebrates those putting forward the most comprehensive and effective solutions to the market across any industry. Luminoso won this flagship category for the combination of their two key products, Luminoso Analytics and Luminoso Compass. By quickly finding meaning and actionable insights in text-based feedback, these solutions enable enterprises to become customer-centric and remain competitive.
Daniel Pitchford, Director for the AIconics stated: “Since the first edition of the awards in London last year, we have grown from five categories to eight, and from 30 entries to more than 100. This growth is reflective of an AI ecosystem that is rapidly advancing in capability and enterprise application.” He added that “with the standard higher than ever, it was a big challenge for our judges to select the most innovative solutions that are transforming global businesses.”
The finalists and winners for each category are below.
| Category Shortlists |
BEST AI BREAKTHROUGH
BEST AI START-UP
BEST INTELLIGENT ASSISTANT INNOVATION
BEST INNOVATION IN NLP
BEST APPLICATION OF AI IN THE ENTERPRISE
BEST AI APPLICATION IN HEALTHCARE
BEST INNOVATION IN DEEP LEARNING
BEST CHATBOT EXPERIENCE
Paw Project for Awesome
Investment Director & Head of Research
Professor of Computer Science & President SAIG
University of Lucerne
Deep Learning Research Fellow
University of Surrey
Willis Towers Watson