2 days / 20+ talks
Find best practices, new exciting AI start-ups, ask experts or find partners that can help you understand how to apply AI

October 14th and 15th, 2021, Zagreb, Kraš LIVE


Day 1

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Željko Krizmanić, Conference director


09:30 – 09:40 | Conference Room
Intro to AI2FUTURE 2021
MIslav Malenica, CroAI & Mindsmiths

CroAI – a year in review

09:40 – 10:00 | Conference Room
The time behind us was more than challenging. However, digital has never been more present in business and the community. Artificial intelligence is finally becoming mainstream in Croatia. The community gathered in the CroAI association did great things. Mislav will present the activities of the association that change the awareness of the most important technological area.
Marijana Šarolić Robić, CroAI


10:00 – 10:05 | Conference Room
Raising awareness and inclusion of key stakeholder is prerequisite for any advancement in society. Our intention is to gather the experts from different industries and with different background and use area of open dialogues to filter all topics related to Artificial Intelligence and its use for the good of Croatian society as whole.čić_w.jpeg?resize=160%2C160&ssl=1
Dejan Iličić, Director at Development Agency of Town of Lipik

Think big – How to become National AI center

10:05 – 10:25 | Conference Room
Can you become big if you are small and you have a minimal chances of achieving it? You can, if you dream big. This was shown by Lipik, the small town town in western Slavonia. They want to become a center for the development of artificial intelligence in Croatia. AI Lipik, a successfully designed and launched artificial intelligence education center, shows that they are serious.ćv-w.png?resize=160%2C160&ssl=1
Daniel Avdagic, CEO at AV Living Lab

Living Lab Services

10:25 – 10:40 | Conference Room
Slovenian AV Living Lab is an integrator and a unique world-class living lab. It is connecting multiple industries, advanced technologies, data, content and people rich ecosystem, physical and digital infrastructure to develop new breakthrough solutions for the future of mobility, tailored to your challenges. How they create they own sandbox?
Tomislav Vračić, Microsoft

Data Driven Nation

10:40 -11:00 | Conference Room
In his presentation, Tomislav will share experience of being part of very interesting projects in Latvia and Estonia, where their governments are taking decisive steps to enable IT companies to develop new innovative solutions on data. He will also explain what is Data Driven Nation concept and how this concept is being developed.
Milly Doolan, CroAI & Euronavigator

AI Sandbox for Innovation

11:00 -11:05 | Conference Room
Milly will present CroAI’s contribution to the European Commission’s proposed Artificial Intelligence Act and what the EU needs to do to stimulate innovation.
Goran Dautović, Project 3 Mobility (Rimac) / Martina Dragičević, A1 / Bojan Jerbic, FSB / Mislav Malenica, CroAI / Ivana Vukov, RH Government & MODERATED BY Jan Štedul, CROAI

Panel discussion: CROATIAN AI SANDBOX

11:05 – 12:00 | Conference Room
One of the main topic on the conference is how to build national AI sandbox, a secure environment for the development and application of artificial intelligence which is flexible enough to create new startups and globally competitive solutions.

Coffee Break

12:00 – 12:30 | Coffee Space
Davor Runje, airt

Croatia AI league – Medal award

12:30 – 12:50 | Conference Room
Last year at the conference we announced the launch of the AI League. The first task was to create an algorithm that would automatically recognize and identify dolphins. This year we are handing out medals to the best.
Hajdi Ćenan, CroAI & airt

PREMIERE – Croatian AI Landscape 2.0 & State of AI

12:50 – 13:10 | Conference Room
Premiere presentation of the 2021 research (state of AI in Croatia). Hajdi will show a unique overview of the Croatian AI landscape including stakeholders, AI companies, startups, academy and research institutions, associations, and the public sector. This landscape is a key foundation element for further AI development in Croatia.
Krešimir Žmak, Infobip / Ratko Mutavdžić, Microsoft / Davor Runje, CISEX / Damir Sabol, Photomath & MODERATED BY JAN ŠTEDUL, CROAI

Panel discussion: STATE OF AI – CROATIA

13:10 – 14:00 | Conference Room
Artificial intelligence (AI) has become an area of strategic importance and a key driver of economic development that can provide solutions to many societal challenges. Croatia has taken positive steps in building an ecosystem to support the development of AI, but now is the time to lay a solid foundation for cooperation between all key stakeholders, the AI community, academia, and the State. Through the discussion in this panel, we want to define the key determinants, obstacles, and opportunities for future national and EU development in the field of artificial intelligence.

Lunch Break

14:00 -15:00 | Lobby
TOP regional AI startups

CroAI startup pitch

15:00 – 17:00 | Conference Room
10 selected AI early-stage startups will have the opportunity to pitch in front of the jury of high-profile corporate and investors. Each one will get 3 minutes to impress the jury and 5 minutes to answer their questions.
Best three will get a special recognition.

Networking drink powered by APX & Porsche Ventures

17:00 – 18:00 | Conference Venue
APX is VC based in Berlin and backed by Axel Springer and Porsche. They fill like hanging out wit AI community and make new friends and partners.

Day 2

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Mirna Marković /Ema Šimon, Porsche Digital Croatia

Going back to basics – data-driven engineering in Porsche

09:00 – 09:30 | Conference Room
There is a famous saying: Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise. We are in the age of AI and Machine Learning, we are applying advanced algorithms and methods on complex problems from different fields. However, we are sometimes forgetting what are the fundamentals and what are the approaches which bring us long-term quality and results. In this keynote speech, we will cover the two concepts which we are trying to establish in Porsche data-driven engineering projects: quality and connections, and how they affect us on human and technical level
Ivan Jurin, Photomath

Improving Photomath’s math problem scanning with deep learning

09:30 – 10:00 | Conference Room
Talk will explain how we used complex deep learning model to significantly improve math problem understanding. Model combines state-of-the-art approaches in computer vision and natural language processing. All of this required a completely new inference engine to support the scale of the global no.1 math learning app.
Tomislav Strgar, TIS & Goran Krakar, Poliklinika Sabol

SENDD AI system detects infant’s neurological disorders

10:00 – 10:30 | Conference Room
During 2020, TIS started implementing a project in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare called SENDD – a system for early detection of potential neurodevelopmental dis-orders in infants. The result of this project will be a unique solution for assessing the quality of spontaneous movements in early infancy for the purpose of detecting and screening infants at high risk of neurodevelopmental abnormalities or expected normal outcome in a group of neuro risky children.
Davor Runje, airt

A stairway to SOTA

10:30 – 11:00 | Conference Room
Recently we achieved a state-of-the-art result in the highly competitive field of machine learning. In this talk, I’ll give you an insight on the process that led us to such a result, from early experiments to the actual industrial application and progressions that led to such a result. Deep learning kickstarted a revolution in natural language processing and today we have a successful general technique for tackling a wide range of problems, from simple ones such as sentiment analysis to complex ones such as text summarization and translations, all available with a few API calls to cloud services. Inspired by these NLP focused techniques, we started looking into how to tackle business related problems with a similar approach. The result of this research is a general technique for solving business related problems on event data, currently achieving the state-of-the-art result on a problem of fraud detection previously held by IBM.

Coffee Break

11:00 – 11:30 | Coffee spacežević-2w.jpeg?resize=160%2C160&ssl=1
Ivana Balažević, Google Deepmind

KEYNOTE: Knowledge Graph Representation: Capturing World Knowledge with Machine Learning

11:30 – 12:10 | Conference Room
The ability to reason about the world in terms of entities and relationships between them is an important aspect of human and machine cognition. Learning to mathematically represent entities and relations in a way that captures their meaning – the objective of knowledge graph representation models – is fundamental to the advancement of machine learning and natural language processing research.
Representations learned from knowledge graphs (i.e. large collections of real world facts) are used for various tasks, such as question answering, information retrieval, fact checking, and inferring new facts. In this talk, I will give an introduction to representation learning from knowledge graphs, followed by an overview of recent advances in the field, with the main focus on linear factorisation models.
Maroje Marohnić, Ascalia

Digitalization of manufacturing plants

12:10 – 12:40 I Conference room
Improvements of computing power of modern computers enabled development of computer vision algorithms.This greatly enhanced capabilities and accuracies of traditional machine vision applications. In this talk we will present the development of some of Ascalia’s solutions based on machine vision that increased efficiency and quality inspection of manufacturing plants.
Ivan Skender, A1

Enabling AI for everyone in organization – A1 checklist

12:40 – 13:00 | Conference Room
What if your core business was founded long before the age of AI but now you know that your company will benefit from it tremendously? How to introduce and enable AI in the company that was not „born“ with it? How to use AI for digitalization and optimization of internal processes and better customer experience? How to attract talents and how to democratize AI for all? Find out from Ivan Skender who will share the main learnings from A1 Hrvatska experience where they introduced AI two years ago and have a useful checklist to share.
Ante Laušić, Megatrend

How does computer vision help improve sales processes in the FMCG industry?

13:00 – 13:30 | Conference Room
Computer vision is an interdisciplinary scientific field which deals with ways in which computers can learn to recognize two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional objects from digital images or videos. Computer vision is part of a growing set of technologies that are recognized as artificial intelligence. By applying computer vision, we strive for computers to understand and automate tasks that until now could only be performed by humans (with their own developed visual system). With a brief introduction to how systems based on computer vision work, the presentation will show how computer vision is used to improve the sales process and help sales representatives in performing store control (planograms, product exposure, product share on the shelf, etc.)

Štrukli & Coffee Break

13:30 – 14:10 | Coffee space
Valentina Zadrija, Gideon brothers

3D scene understanding for autonomous robots at Gideon

14:10 – 14:40 | Conference Room
Nowadays, we can say that we have pretty good AI models which can tell us if there is a car, a traffic sign or Elon Musk in a 2D image. But the world that we live in is not 2D and what we really want is to understand the objects around us in 3D so that we can have autonomous robots in warehouses, self-driving cars and space exploration rovers. In this talk, I will describe some of the challenges of 3D scene understanding and 3D deep learning that we are dealing with at Gideon.šin.jpg?w=1200&ssl=1
Filip Mešin, MZLZ & Petar Pejaković, Poslovna inteligencija

Passenger Behaviour Measurement

14:40 – 15:10 I Conference room
Talk will be about the benefits Zagreb Airport has from Data Science. Filip on the client side will go deeper through the business requirements and client’s expectations from data science in general and will emphasize how projects like this can help their business and place them in front of the competition. After that, Petar will describe how the implementation went, what are the results and next steps.ć-2.jpg?resize=160%2C160&ssl=1
Ivan Anić, Infobip

How are we being manipulated by social media bots?

15:10 – 15:40 | Conference Room
On the one hand, there are seemingly benign-behaving bots used for alteration of TV and webshop’s review scores or Instagram like-bots which amplify content reach. But on the other hand, bots are being used for a myriad of malicious purposes, ranging from steering public opinion and influencing presidential election outcomes, spreading propaganda and misinformation, causing panic in emergency situations, or even influencing the stock market. Emotions on social media are contagious, and humans generally have a subconscious desire for belonging. Without enough awareness, public opinion is, and will keep on being silently distorted right before our eyes. Let’s begin changing that!



It is not just the most important conference about Artificial Intelligence in Croatia, it is also a great place where you can meet and greet people that are having the same interests as you! So, you will have networking opportunity to start the discussion and Networking Zone, where you can sit and chat with them.

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Some great speakers and moderators are coming your way! You will learn a ton from the presentation, but they are open to networking and your direct questions in the network zone.

Meet the speakers