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CLAIRE Symposium

Today, top AI researchers, experts, policy makers and stakeholders in artificial intelligence (AI) gather in Brussels to promote the development of artificial intelligence that complements, rather than replaces, human intelligence. It marks the inauguration of “CLAIRE”, the “Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe” recently launched by the European AI community.

Arvato CRM Solutions is one of the first industry sponsors of the symposium and a supporter of CLAIRE. Arvato CRM Solutions aims at driving innovation with a focus on the integration of virtual and human agents through AI and Machine Learning. You can learn more about Arvato's support for the CLAIRE initiative in their article at Future.customer. In addition, Arvato also published an announcement video on Twitter.

The initiative is also supported by Prof. Heike Trautmann and Prof. Jörg Becker, directors of the ERCIS research network. With its inter-disciplinary network of universities, individual researchers and companies, it is an ideal partner to strengthen the AI research in Europe.

You can learn more about the CLAIRE initiative and their supporters at claire-ai.org.

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PAMBOT: The University's First Chatbot

Throughout the Summer Term 2018, five Bacehlor students worked hard to develop the university's first chatbot. The chatbot provides students with a comfortable way to access their exam information. It answers questions such as:

  • When do I write my exams?
  • Where is my exam taking place?
  • What are the opening hours of the examination office?

As part of a project seminar, the students were supported by the ERCIS Omni-Channel Lab, Arvato CRM Solutions as well as the Examination Office (PAM) throughout the development process. To the best of our knowledge, the Unviersity of Münster is the first university to provide such a service to its students. The chatbot is available to all students of the school of business and economics at the University of Münster here: https://pambot.uni-muenster.de/

For more details on the project, we refer to Arvato's press release: https://crm.arvato.com/en/news-and-press/2018/arvato-crm-chatbot-university-muenster.html

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Omni-Channel Lab Annual Strategy Summit - Rothenberge

The Omni-Channel Lab’s annual summit took place in Rothenberge to review the Lab’s achievements of the last year and define the next steps for exchanging knowledge and potential collaboration with members of partner universities.

Writing the future of customer service

During the last 12 months, the Lab has focused on digital and data-driven innovation, from systems that enable automated monitoring on social media channels across brands and industries, to ever-more realistic chatbots and accurate recommender engines.

And we will be further exploring the potential of quantitative methods and cognitive science, including how the application of smart algorithms, such as recommender engines, can boost sales while also enhancing the customer experience.

Advances in artificial intelligence and digital communications are presenting new opportunities to deliver personalised and meaningful interactions with customers, and doing this consistently. However, they can also present new challenges as customer behaviours rapidly change and expectations continue to rise.

The partnerships created by the Lab will continue to help us to address such challenges and better realise new opportunities in the short and long-term.

Facing challenges together

One of the strongest aspects of the Lab, and which was clearly evident at the summit, is the partnership between the world of academia and private sector. This brings together the very best theoretical and practical experiences to fuel innovation, which can be implemented in the real world. 

This collaborative approach to sharing data and knowledge steers us towards new ideas that are relevant to engaging and servicing the needs of customers in an omni-channel world. It’s helping us to create prototypes, concepts, algorithms and overall solutions that meet both the challenges of businesses and customers.

The participants reflected the academic/industrial aims of the Lab and included members of the ‘core team’ - Karsten Kraume (CIO/CSO Arvato CRM), Prof. Jörg Becker, Prof. Gottfried Vossen and Prof. Heike Trautmann, Klaus Voormanns and Jiaqing Zhong from Arvato, and three PhD candidates (Matthias Carnein, Markus Heuchert and Leschek Homann) – plus external attendees including, Prof. Daniel Beverungen from the University of Paderborn, Prof. Stefan Stieglitz from the University of  Duisburg/ Essen, Dr. Michael Emmerich from the University of Leiden, Dr. Christian Grimme and Dr. Mike Preuss from the University of Münster, and Thorsten Hanisch, Oliver Geisser and Uwe Uhr from Arvato CRM.

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Where is AI heading? Artificial intelligence in customer service

Future.Customer. chats with Karsten Kraume, CSO/CIO at Arvato CRM Solutions, about the future of automation and its impacts on consumers and businesses a topic also researched in the Omni-channel lab.

https://www.future-customer.com/where-is-ai-heading-artificial-intelligence-in-customer-service/

 

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Designing customer journeys of today and tomorrow

In an ever-changing world where customers constantly switch between multiple channels and have an always-on expectation in terms of being heard and answered, both BPO providers and brands must work harder to deliver seamless customer interactions.

Digital must sit at the heart of customer-centricity and customer-first thinking must be aligned across internal stakeholder groups. Whether it’s IT, marketing or operations, all departments need to come together to develop customer journey models.

The partnership between Arvato and the European Research Center Information Systems (ERCIS) addresses such challenges in the Omni-Channel-Lab and has invited sixteen students to tackle the challenge of collaboration.

Eight bachelor students in Information Systems from Münster as well as eight MBA students from the University of West Georgia will meet at the ERCIS headquarters in Münster. Working closely with the Lab’s team, the students will explore ways to encourage and facilitate organisation-wide led approaches to customer-centricity. This will support the Lab’s mission to develop practice-oriented research that can be applied in today’s commercial operations.

The team will be working with the Lab from 23rd – 30th May 2018, with outcomes shared in the near future.

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