Course Title

The Use of Conscious AI to Improve Business Performance

Collaboration Overview

This course reviews up-to-date definitions of consciousness in artificial intelligence (artificial consciousness in neural networks). Then, related applications of conscious artificial intelligence is explored. This is a graduate-level class of MS and PhD students in Computer Science. With collaborating businesses/companies, the class will develop application prototypes and proof-of-concepts during Feb 29, 2020 through April 30, 2020. Interested businesses/companies are invited to propose application prototype development projects for collaboration. Application examples include (but not limited to) anomaly detection, predictions and predictive modeling, predictive alerts and sensitivity analysis, deep learning, decision making systems, data analytics, etc. Related tools that can be used in collaboration projects include but not limited to  Python, SciPy (NumPy, MatPlotLib, Pandas), SciKit, C/C++, GSL (GNU Scientific Lib), OpenCV (Image/Video/Stream Lib), pcap, strace/dtrace/syscall/kernel module dev, html, HTTP, RESTful, PHP, Javascript, Bash, Tensorflow/Keras/Sonnet, Colab/Jupitor, Git/Github, Tableau, SQL, NoSQL, Hadoop, Pentaho Kettle, BigQuery, Data Studio, Blockchain/Smart Contract Solidity, Remix, Oraclizer, NVD/ ExploitDB, Assembly and Code/Stack Injection, AWS, full-stack, Appian, Q Experience and/or Qiskit for Quantum Computing, etc.

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Engagement Format: Capstone

Small Team Consulting Project - Students work in consulting teams of 3-5 directly with faculty and client liaisons on developing real solutions to real-world challenges.

Timeline & Next Steps

  • December 20, 2019

    Collaboration request published. Companies may express interest in participating.

  • December 29, 2019

    School faculty will begin interviewing interested companies and discuss project ideas.

  • February 21, 2020

    Final date for companies to express interest in participating.

  • February 21, 2020

    OFFICIAL PROJECT LAUNCH: We’ll find a time on this day to web conference you into our class to kickoff the project.

  • February 28, 2020

    School faculty and project champion finalize project charter, legal documents, and background materials.

  • April 30, 2020

    OFFICIAL PROJECT END: We’ll find a time on this day to web conference you into our class to close the project.

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Account Management

Process Overview / Mapping
Software Suite Recommendations
Process Optimization

Corporate Social Responsibility

Strategy Development
Requirements Planning
Evaluation and Recommendations

Customer Service

New Business Opportunity Assessment
New Product/Service Development
Customer Discovery/Interviewing

Data Management

Data Scrubbing & Reorganization
Data Synthesis & Visualization
KPI Design Visualization

Growth Strategy

Business Opportunity Research
Prospecting New Relationships
Designing & Scaling Processes

International Affairs

Expansion Planning
Cultural Assessment
Strategic Entry

Legal, Regulatory, Compliance

Impending Regulation Assessment
Legal Documents & Legal Structure Audit
Prospecting Legal Firms


Branding Strategy/Redesign
Social Media Optimization
User/Customer Acquisition Strategy Development & Testing

Mergers & Acquisitions

Prospecting Acquirer Targets
Establishing & Validating Valuations
Researching Potential Acquisitions


Process Design Review
Scalability Assessment
Inter-Departmental Efficiency Assessment

Org Culture, D&I

Diversity Assessments
Inclusion Protocols
Training & Development

PR & Communications

PR Strategy Consulting
Communications Planning
Messaging & Tone Advancement

Product Design & Development

User Testing/Interviewing
Requirements Planning
Product Development/Extension

Purchasing, Logistics, Supply Chain

Sourcing & Distribution Analysis
Inventory Management
Distribution Optimization

Quality Control

Process Mapping & Checking
Document Validity Verification
Data and Fact Checking

Reporting, Financial Planning & Analysis

Growth Analysis
Valuations Assessment
Financial Performance Analysis​

Research & Development

Competition Due Diligence
Industry Size Assessment
Partnership & Channel Mapping

Sales & Business Development

New Business Opportunity Assessment
Market Testing
Customer Discovery/Interviewing

Software Design & Development

MVP Design & User Testing
Systems Integration
Technology Roadmap Planning

Talent Management

Talent Competency Mapping
Training & Development Curriculum Design
Talent Satisfaction Assessments

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Academic Program Details

SchoolUniversity of the District of Columbia (UDC)
CourseThe Use of Conscious AI to Improve Business Performance
Graduate / UndergraduateN/A
Students EnrolledN/A
Student Time Commitment4-7 Hours
Class Meeting Day & Time*N/A

*Note: Company, faculty, and students will finalize meeting and communication schedule after collaboration is finalized

Collaboration Requirements

Requested Industries
Accounting & Legal
Requested Company Size
  • Pre-Revenue Startup
Duration9 weeks (02/29/2020 - 04/30/2020)
Company Time Commitment1 Hour per week of mentoring, answering key questions, and providing access to helpful resources
Project Count2


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