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Collaborating to Bring a Customized AI Co-Pilot Experience to a Gallery Exhibit

75-minute session

Location: Hilton Albany, Governor E

Day/Time: Tuesday, April 9 // 10:45 AM - Noon

About: Helping visitors meaningfully interact with the breadth of information in archives is a perennial challenge for the museum field. In 2023 miSci and Nowigence Inc. partnered to bring an AI co-pilot to miSci’s Ground to Gourmet exhibition that answers visitor questions utilizing sources and supporting information from the museum’s exhibit research. Come learn about the process of bringing the exhibit research into the system, the results of the collaboration, and discuss the potential future opportunities for museum archives when paired with developing information technology.


Kurt Beecher, Vice President of Exhibit Development, miSci

Kurt Beecher is the Vice President of Exhibit Development at miSci. He has been with the Museum since 2017 and has been part of the traveling exhibits program since 2020. During that time he has been a part of the writing, research, development and building of the miSci-curated Engineering the Perfect Shot, Seeing Ourselves, Let’s Connect, and Ground to Gourmet exhibits.

Chris Hunter, Vice President of Collections & Exhibitions, miSci

Chris Hunter is the Vice-president of Collections & Exhibitions at miSci. He oversees miSci's archive of materials relating to innovation and GE, including 2 million photographs, hundreds of collections of local executives, engineers and research scientists, and 15,000 technology artifacts. He is a graduate of the University at Albany with an MA in History.

Anoop Bhatia, CEO, Nowigence Inc.

Anoop has worked for over two decades in various GE companies across different countries – from the United States to India, The Netherlands, Germany. In 1996, he played a key role in establishing GE Silicones Private Limited as the first-ever wholly-owned foreign subsidiary for any conglomerate in India. He received his Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from BITS at Pilani in India and his post-graduate studies in management from Heriot-Watt at Edinburgh in Scotland.

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