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Niels Peter Thomas

Niels Peter Thomas

Managing Director Books, Springer Nature
As Managing Director Books, Niels is responsible for Springer Nature’s books portfolio, spanning more than 300,000 academic books across all subject areas, and 13,000 new books each year. He is also in charge of more than 600 editorial colleagues worldwide, coordinating the books business across Springer Nature’s renowned book imprints, such as Springer, Palgrave Macmillan, J.B. Metzler, and others. His main tasks also include further development of print and electronic books, innovative technical features, new business models and workflows. Building on his former position as Chief Book Strategist, he is responsible for defining Springer Nature’s global strategy to shape the future of book publishing and reading. Niels joined Springer in 2005 and worked in various editorial and management positions in Heidelberg and Wiesbaden, Germany, as well as in Beijing, China. He holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering and a PhD in economics.

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AI Goes from Disruptive to Imperative


Release Date: 08/31/2020, Niels Peter Thomas, Mike Groth, Erin L. Cox, Josh Nicholson

In recent years, artificial intelligence (AI) has been tested in a handful of academic publishing processes: discoverability, peer review, recommending content, and improving efficiency. But now the technology has advanced to the point where user experience can be highly personalized, scalability can be achieved without sacrificing quality, and machines generate entire books. We are now at a high-tech crossroads and it’s time for publishers to leap. This panel of movers and shakers in AI will explore exactly what can be gained by wider adoption of AI-powered solutions into editorial and production workflows. Stakeholders will discuss real use cases where intelligent automation has freed up time for critical efforts requiring human analysis and subject matter expertise. More importantly, we will tackle head-on the many uncertainties raised by AI, from its mysterious workings and unintended bias to fears about computers replacing people. Bring your questions and prepare to have your anxieties calmed as we imagine a publishing ecosystem of rapid workflows, higher-quality content, and an enhanced experience for authors and readers.