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The Digital World:AI

Venue: The Royal College of Pathologists- Events@ No6, Alie Street, London, E1 8QT

Date: 27 February 2020

The Digital World: AI

BSI is running a FREE full day event exploring artificial intelligence on 27 February 2020. This is in response to the burgeoning national strategies and proliferating papers on the subject of AI.

These are driven both by AI’s great opportunities for economic growth, potentially comparable in scale to the agricultural or industrial revolutions; as well as by its potential to disrupt a great many professions – from the low skilled through to the highly skilled.

National strategies are specific to the countries which develop them, but nevertheless

  • Share a focus on the need for high quality academic research
  • Recognize the need for a current and future workforce skilled with an understanding of AI
  • Accept the need to adapt regulation and build standards which can raise the bar for all


Why should you attend this event?

The event will look at different facets of AI such as machine learning and big data and review the rapidly growing market for artificial intelligence, answering key questions such as:

  • Differing governmental approaches to AI and the consequences for business
  • How to solve the ethical issues around AI
  • Dealing with AI and data protection
  • The UK Government’s approach to AI

The goal is to deepen attendees’ knowledge of what’s happening in the AI market, including the key current and emerging issues.  




08:00 - 08:30 Registration

08:30 – 08:40 Chairman’s Opening

08:40 – 09:20 Keynote speeches

09:20 – 10:10 Governmental approach to AI

Harry Armstrong (Head of Technology Futures, NESTA)

Over recent years many different governments have launched AI strategies, there are some clear similarities, but also some unique approaches to AI.  This session will provide insight into the rationale behind the different approached and what it can tell us about what legislation/regulation may be coming in AI in the future.

10:10 – 10:25 Partner Spotlight

10:25 – 10:40 Partner Spotlight

10:40 – 11:35 Solving the problem of ethical AI – regulation or standards?

Justin Anderson, Permanent Advisor, All Party Parliamentary Group on AI

Within the AI community there has been a recurrent discussion on the need to build an ethical and open approach into AI.  This session will look at how best to achieve this and how the approach will vary by sector.  It will also discuss whether new laws are needed or existing legislation on, for examples sex discrimination, is sufficient or is in fact stifling innovation.

11:35 – 12:00 Morning Networking Tea & Coffee break

12:00– 12:15 Partner Spotlight

12:15– 12:25 Partner Spotlight

12:25– 13:05 Promoting Ethical AI

Carly Kind, Director, Ada Lovelace Institute

Robbie Stamp, CEO, Bioss

The public needs to be brought into the discussion on AI to ensure they understand the technology – both from a positive and negative perspective.  Given the complexities of AI this is not a simple task.  This session will discuss what approaches have been well received by the public and how companies can ensure the undertake and communicate an ethical approach.

13:05 – 14:05 Networking Lunch

14:05-14:50 AI and data  protection

Reuben Binns, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Artificial Intelligence, Information Commissioners Office

GDPR is seems as the ‘gold standard’ for data  protection globally, but it is also viewed as potentially inhibiting the roll out of AI.  This session will discuss whether GDPR does inhibit AI or merely sets out a clear framework to ensure privacy is protected with AI.  The session will also discuss the various initiatives the ICO has already put in place to help industry.

14:50– 15:05 Partner Spotlight

15:05– 15:20 Afternoon break

15:20– 15:50 AI sector deal

The AI Sector Deal is the UK’s flagship approach to AI.  This session will discuss the progress to date, lessons learned and what is happening in the market that can help businesses grow their AI capability.

15:50– 16:25 Practical use of AI in local government

Local government is perceived to be constrained both in terms of resource and technical staff.  However, AI can be used to deliver better, faster and cheaper services to the public.  This talk will discuss case studies of AI being used in practice or at the research level.  It will also discuss the lessons learned that can help organisations in the public and private sectors utilise AI.

16:25– 16:40 Partner Spotlight

16:40– 17:00 Standards in AI

Tim McGarr, Sector Lead (Digital), BSI

Milan Patel, Chairman, ART/1 Committee, BSI

Standardisation in AI has been going on for a few years, however it can be hard to see the ‘wood for the trees’ for those not involved in the development.  This talk will discuss what is taking place, the benefits different standards will bring to stakeholders and opportunities to get involved.

17:00 Chairman’s closing remarks and end of event

Who should attend?

Content will be relevant to all sectors including government, academia and business, specifically:

  • CTOs, CIOs, CDOs and COOs
  • IT directors and management
  • Heads of data and insights
  • IT architects and programme managers
  • R&D managers
  • Line of business managers and directors
  • Service providers
  • Business intelligence managers
  • Data analysts and scientists
  • Marketing directors and managers
  • AI consultants
  • AI policy staff
  • Senior staff looking to input/adapt AI into their business
  • AI researchers
  • AI standards’ developers


Sponsoring the The Digital World: AI conference or taking an exhibition stand is an excellent way of increasing your company’s profile within the market and creating greater awareness of your brand, showcase new and existing products and service offerings.

We tailor our sponsorship and exhibition packages to help you meet and influence the people who are going to ensure the growth of your business. We will work in partnership with you to develop a bespoke package that meets your objectives. Ensuring you achieve all the benefits of sponsoring our The Digital World: AI conference. For more details please email

Book now

To book your place simply click on the 'book now' button below. 

Please note, one delegate per organization.

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The Digital World: AI
27 February 2020

  • Free To Attend                                                              


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