There are no silver bullets in AI. The field of artificial intelligence (and the whole world with it) is moving forward at such breakneck speed that the only thing we can strive for is to learn, evolve and adapt. And this is precisely what I will help you to do.
I have almost 20 years of experience in AI as a researcher, entrepreneur, consultant, and executive. I have a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen (2004-2009), and I led the O2 AI Centre in Prague as its director and chief data scientist for 7 years up to 2022, when I founded my independent consulting business and an AI startup.
Here’s what I can do for you:
I offer a wide scope of AI-related services that you can explore on my website including prices. Here’s a brief overview:
I have almost 20 years of expertise as an AI researcher, entrepreneur, consultant, and executive. I'm also a runner, PADI divemaster, private pilot, philosopher, and a lifelong Atari enthusiast and vintage computer collector.
If you had asked me ten years ago where I envisaged my professional future, I would have said I wanted to become a prominent AI researcher in academia. Sure enough, I was still full of academic idealism at that time.
I conducted great research projects in the area of man-machine interaction, I was the head of a university department, I had a Ph.D. in AI, a master's in cybernetics, and another master's in philosophy, and I had just returned from an academic visit to Oxford University's Future of Humanity Institute. And I wanted to save the world.
However, the local academic treadmill of publish-or-perish culture turned out to be very distant from the real-world impacts I had imagined. So, in 2015, I decided to take a leap of faith and leave my senior academic and management positions at the university to join a corporation as a chief data scientist in O2 Czech Republic.
PPF and O2 Czech Republic
You may wonder why O2. I'll tell you. Because PPF at the time had recently acquired O2 and was damn well situated in the CEE region to make a real impact on things. They had no AI and very scattered and inefficient data science and big data teams here and there. So, I thought, what if we fix it? And why not build excellent AI competencies in O2 and PPF?
Dataclair.ai – center for artificial intelligence
Fast forward seven years to the spring of 2022, I was the founder and CEO of Dataclair — O2 and the PPF Center of AI Excellence. Dataclair has a fantastic team of 40 individuals and is making an impact in various industries, including telecommunications, finance and banking, media, transportation and mobility, ethical machine learning and privacy, and even oncology research.
I had wonderful teammates and wonderful people I reported to, and I learned so much from them. I had completed my mission. So, where should I head next?
Helping people with all things AI
How can I create an even greater impact? I want to help as many people as possible to prepare their businesses and lives for the world pervaded by AI. And I don't just mean technical and business AI. I take these for granted. I truly mean “all things AI,” which includes social, psychological, future-oriented, and risk-related aspects too.
That's why I decided to go the freelance way and dedicate one part of it to helping individual clients. So, now we can join our journeys through direct personal contact.
The AI community and startup projects
The other part of my current professional life is devoted to developing AI startup initiatives with significant societal impact. This is a natural continuation of my long-standing passion for safe, ethical, and useful AI. It stems from the same reasons that I cooperate with the Centre for Theoretical Studies at Charles University and the Czech Effective Altruism Group, as well as why I organize the Prague AI Safety Meetup.
Furthermore, I do my best to be helpful to the Czech AI Safety and Alignment community and I am involved in the global movement for the minimization of existential risks.
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What I appreciate about Jan, is that he can apply his superb knowledge of AI to business practice. At O2, Jan — among other things — built a credit-scoring model that has had a major financial impact. Moreover, working with him is very rewarding and pleasant.
I am extremely happy that Jan became one of the first Inspirators — people who are experts and at the same time great professionals in their field. Jan leads the Artificial and Natural Intelligence workshop for our participants.
Jan Romportl has an excellent background to become your general consultant for all things AI. We haven’t worked together on any specific project yet, but from our conversations, I’ve become convinced that he understands the AI field like few others and I have no hesitation in recommending him as an expert. In fact, he has been involved in AI for a long time at the level of academic research and public outreach, which is great in itself, but he is also putting the technology into practice as an entrepreneur and senior executive. He is therefore perfectly placed to bring this extremely challenging and wide-ranging topic to other entrepreneurs, managers, or investors while covering its many technical and theoretical aspects. Moreover, he is a very friendly and communicative person with whom you will probably get along very well.