Introduction

With expertise ranging from mental health to healthcare and climate change, the speakers will bring their knowledge to a range of sessions to inform lively, insightful discussions. These new speakers include:  

  • Ruby Wax OBE, Chancellor, University of Southampton. Ruby is a successful comedian, TV writer and performer of over 25 years, holds a Master’s degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy from University of Oxford, and was awarded an OBE in 2015 for her services to mental health. 
     
  • Dr Shakir Mohamed, Research Scientist at DeepMind. Shakir works on advancing machine learning principles, applied questions in healthcare and climate, and diversity and transformation. 
     
  • Danielle Belgrave, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research. Danielle’s research focuses on integrating medical domain knowledge, probabilistic graphical modelling and causal modelling frameworks to help develop personalised treatment and intervention strategies for mental health. 
     
  • Maggie Philbin, Co-founder of TeenTech. Maggie has worked in radio and television for over 30 years on a wide range of science, medical and technology programmes from Tomorrow’s World to Bang Goes the Theory. In 2008 she co-founded TeenTech, an award-winning organisation which works across the UK helping young people, their parents and teachers understand the real opportunities in contemporary industry.
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Clockwise from left: Danielle Belgrave, Ruby Wax OBE, Dr Shakir Mohamed, Maggie Philbin

Ruby will be moderating our session: 'Mental health – the new UK epidemic'. Now we are 12 months into life in lockdown, the UK’s mental health is in crisis. What role can AI and data science play in improving our mental health? Our panel of experts will explore research and applications of AI and data science to bolster and improve the mental health provision and services to UK society.
 
Alongside a variety of other influential panellists, Ruby will also feature in the final session of AI UK: ‘Through the looking glass’. This session will look 5, 10, 20 or even 50 years’ into the future to consider how society and industry could, and will, be different. Join this panel of creative thinkers and pioneering scientists for a dynamic conversation on far-reaching topics ranging from flying cars to immortality. 
 
Two other forward-looking sessions featuring at AI UK will touch upon the critical topics of the AI skills gap and climate forecasting. The panel discussion, ‘Mind the skills gap’, chaired by Dame Wendy Hall of the National AI Council, will consider if the skills we are cultivating today are enough to lead the UK to the future we are already committed to. The session ‘Modelling and predicting climate change’ will showcase the innovative methods of leading environmental scientists as they explore how we can monitor and forecast climate change, from the Antarctic to the forest floor.  

Find out more about the event and book your place. Join the conversation on social media using #AIUK.