E58 Pat O’Connor, MD & Co-Founder of VRAI and Bibhas Bhattacharya, Business Group Leader of Azure in Microsoft Ireland

    Welcome to episode 58 of the AI Ireland podcast, the show that explores the applications and research of Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence on the island of Ireland.

    Our mission is to increase the use of AI for the benefit of our society, our competitiveness and everyone living in Ireland.

    Today’s guests are Pat O’Connor, Managing Director and Co-Founder of VRAI, and Bibhas Bhattacharya, Business Group Leader of Microsoft Azure in Ireland. VRAI are creating data-driven VR simulation training for high hazard environments.

    They have created HEAT, which combines authentic virtual training environments with cutting-edge data capture and analytics capability. HEAT allows organizations whose activities are Risky, Remote or Rare to train in a more authentic, memorable and measurable way.

    In the podcast, we cover:

    • How VRAI started.
    • What business problems are they addressing through data and VR Simulation to provide authentic and memorable training experiences for employees.
    • How important is Security and Trust while choosing a Hyper-Scale cloud partner (Microsoft – Azure).
    • Why a Build vs Buy decision is so important for start-ups to consider.
    • How Microsoft for Startups has helped VRAI through this journey.



    Today’s podcast has been supported by Microsoft, we would like to say a big thank you to Pat and Bibhas for being this week’s guest on the AI Ireland Podcast.

    Finally, if you would like to hear more from AI Ireland, please reach out to us to learn more about AI Ireland membership and how to get involved with the 2021 AI Awards by contacting mark@aiawards.ie.

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