Introduction

With the UK positioned at the heart of the revolution in artificial intelligence, The Alan Turing Institute – the national institute for data science and AI - has unveiled plans for a dynamic new event showcasing the best of UK’s AI research and innovation.

AI UK will feature keynote speeches and talks from influencers in the field, with leading British AI scientist Dr Stuart Russell delivering a prestigious Turing Lecture at the event.

The two-day event, 24-25 March 2020, will convene leading thinkers, policy makers, innovative businesses, tech specialists and third-sector bodies, to:

  • Showcase the UK’s state-of-the-art AI and Machine Learning (ML)

  • Connect UK academics working in AI and ML with research users from across industry, commerce and government

  • Facilitate new AI collaborations

  • Develop the public conversation about AI and its role in tackling some of the biggest challenges in science, society and the economy

Stuart Russel credit O'Reilly Internal
Leading British AI scientist Dr Stuart Russell will be delivering a prestigious Turing Lecture at the event. Image credit: Creative Commons/O'Reilly Internal

"An enthralling arena"

Renowned speakers, panellists, influencers and contributors to AI UK will include:

  • Tabitha Goldstaub, Chair of the AI Council for the UK government's Office for AI, working to champion a rapid and responsible adoption of AI. Tabitha is also an advocate for increased diversity in the industry.

  • Dame Wendy Hall – leading computer scientist, Professor of Computer Science at University of Southampton, and co-author of the UK’s landmark AI review

  • Paul Newman, BP Professor of Information Engineering at Oxford University and founder of Oxbotica, leading UK driverless car company

  • Ken Cukier, Senior Editor at The Economist and author of the best-selling book, Big Data

  • Luciano Floridi, Professor of Information Ethics at Oxford University, and Turing Fellow

  • Dr Emily Shuckburgh Director of Cambridge Zero at the University of Cambridge and Reader in Environmental Data Science at the Department of Computer Science and Technology

  • Neil Lawrence, DeepMind Professor of Machine Learning at Cambridge University and Senior Turing AI Fellow

The event takes place at The Brewery in London, and will feature demonstrations, innovations, and debates on key AI issues of the day, and poster sessions with students from across the UK. Panel discussions will include conversations on critical issues such as AI skills, climate change, diversity, bias, ethics, the national landscape, and the future of AI.

Professor Adrian Smith, Institute Director and Chief Executive, said: “We are in the middle of an AI revolution. Driven by the availability of big data, computer power, and new scientific breakthroughs, we witness on a weekly basis the development of AI systems that would have been unthinkable at the turn of the century. The UK is at the heart of this, creating new AI techniques, products and services – reshaping the way we live and work.”

Mike Wooldridge, Programme Co-Director for AI at The Institute, and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Oxford, said ‘AI UK will be a unique opportunity to meet, listen to and learn from those that are pushing the envelope of AI research in the UK’s academic community. It will be an enthralling arena for some of the most important technological opportunities and ethical challenges facing the UK.”

Early bird tickets are now on sale visit: turing.ac.uk/AI-UK 

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