Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Intelligent Process Automation (IPA) for Small Industries in BC (a mini workshop)

Kristina Cormier, Ajitesh Parihar, Mohamad Khajezade
Computer Science, Okanagan College

Sergey Zlobich, Product Owner of the EasyRPA platform, IBA Group

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Intelligent Process Automation (IPA) for Small Industries in BC (a mini workshop)

Time & Date: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 pm, Saturday, July 20th, 2024
Location: Room E-308 and online in Zoom, Okanagan College, Kelowna, 1000 KLO Rd, Kelowna V1Y 4X8
Registration (is open now):


In the ever-evolving landscape of corporate automation, the transition from Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to Intelligent Process Automation (IPA) is critical nowadays. Integrating Machine Learning (ML) technologies and sophisticated Generative Pre-trained Transformer (GPT) models reshape how financial institutions optimize their processes.

This workshop delves into Intelligent Process Automation, where traditional boundaries are surpassed, unlocking unprecedented possibilities. From task classification using ML algorithms to the revolutionary impact of GPT models, we explore each facet and unravel a narrative that underscores the transformative power of automation in the corporate sector.

During the workshop, we will discuss the following topics:

  •  The Shift from RPA to Intelligent Automation.
  • Classification Algorithms in Action — Illustrate how classification algorithms streamline corporate operations.
  • Information Extraction for Corporate Data — examine ML’s role in extracting data from unstructured corporate documents.
  • Signature Recognition for Enhanced Security: Explore the role of ML in recognizing and authenticating signatures in various corporate documents.
  • Revolutionizing AI with GPT Models — uncover the latest advancements in Generative Pre-trained Transformer (GPT) models, highlighting their impact on the corporate sector.
  • Delegating tasks to AI: Balancing Trust and Risk — emphasize the importance of understanding the cost of errors in each process.
  • Specialized Platforms for Corporate Automation — advocate for a balanced approach with a human-in-the-loop for continuous quality improvement.

A mini workshop Agenda:

  • A mini workshop Agenda:
    1. Welcome from Computer Science Department: Dr. Youry Khmelevsky, Chair (9:30 am – 10:00 am)
    2. An Invited Speaker from Industry: IBA Group (10:00 am – 11:00 am) (slides: EasyRPA_offering_v6)
    3. Coffee break (11:00  am – 11:30 am)
    4. An Invited Speaker from Academia:
    Mohamad Khajezade, Computer Science Department, UBCO and OC: Model Compression: Quantization and Knowledge Distillation (11:30 am – 12:00 pm, slides: model compression)
    5. COSC Students Capstone Project results presentation and demonstration (12:00 pm – 01:00 pm, slides: 20 July 2024 RPA Demo)
    -Introduction of Students
    -Introduction of Project
    -Machine Learning Team Roles
    -Information Extraction (IE) from Annual Financial Statements
          Step 1: Create a new document type
          Step 2: Collect & prepare a training set
          Step 3: Train Machine Learning (ML) model
    -Automation Process
    -Matching Purchase Orders with the corresponding Invoice using a Hybrid Process
    -DEMO Information Extraction Annual Financial Statements
    -DEMO Matching Purchase Order to Corresponding Invoice using Hybrid Process.



Kristina Cormier is a third-year Computer Science student at Okanagan College. She has a nursing background and recently discovered a passion for machine learning algorithms. Kristina is a board member of the Okanagan College IEEE Student Branch. She assists with organizing events and volunteering. Kristina truly enjoys being a mentor and helping others.

Ajitesh Parihar is a fourth-year Computer Science student and a Research Assistant at Okanagan College. He is a tech enthusiast who enjoys learning about innovations and technologies and is passionate about software engineering, cyber security, and algorithms. Ajitesh is excited to get more involved as a Board Member of the IEEE Student Branch and to meet and work with talented individuals.

Mohamad Khajezade is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia. His research specializes in the applications of artificial intelligence and language models in software engineering. Throughout his academic career, he has taught various courses at UBC and Okanagan College, including Java Programming, Digital Citizenship, and Android Programming. Mohamad is excited to begin his new role as a college professor at Okanagan College, starting on August 1st.

Sergey Zlobich is a Product Owner of the EasyRPA platform developed by IBA Group. With 27 years overall experience in the international IT industry, 7 years have been dedicated to RPA technology and products, including hands-on experience with Workfusion, Blue Prism, and Automation. Anywhere.
– Over 10 years of software development expertise, enabling influential contributions to diverse projects and technologies.
– Strong advocate for full automation, passionate about eliminating manual work through innovative solutions.
– Specialize in leveraging LLMs for natural language processing tasks and data analysis.
– Developed and maintained enterprise-level applications.
– Proficient in the entire software development lifecycle.

Sergii Baibara currently serves as the Director of IBA BGroup, a Regional office of IBA Group, a position he has held since July 2012. IBA Group—30 years in IT business, started as a JV with IBM. He has 26 years of experience in the IT software business, Including S&T AG and SAS Institute. Sergii has been developing RPA practices since 2016.

IBA Group (Security Services): 
IBA Group is one of the largest IT service providers in the CEE region and has a worldwide organizational structure. It offers a portfolio of proprietary products that address different customers’ needs. Its software products are designed using the latest technologies and proven techniques. The company’s more than 30 years of experience in software development have helped it solve diverse business problems.

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Pizza and Refreshments will be provided