The Digital World:AI

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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 - 08:45 Registration

08:45 – 09:10 Chairman’s Opening

David Cuckow, Head of Digital, BSI

09:10 – 09:40 Keynote speech

Haitham Bou Ammar, Director of AI Reinforcement Learning, Huawei

09:40– 10:05 Partner spotlight: The Data Breach vs. The Ethics Breach: How to Prepare for Both

Vipul Asher, Privacy Consulting Manager, One Trust

•Break down the difference between a data breach and an “ethics breach”
•Hear key insights from recent data breaches and learn how to avoid these mishaps
•Gain an incident and breach toolkit to prepare your organization ahead of a breach

10:05 – 10:40 AI & the Human Mind: Exploring Synergies

Viktor Dörfler, Senior Lecturer in Information and Knowledge Management, University of Strathclyde

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 to 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– 12:25 Liability issues with AI- who is liable when AI fails?

Sam De Silva, Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP 

12:25– 13:05 Promoting Ethical AI

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

Evie Kyriakides, Chief Data Protection Officer & Associate General Counsel Digital, Privacy, and Security, Mars Inc

GDPR seems as the ‘gold standard’ for data protection globally, but it is also viewed as potentially inhibiting the rollout 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 the industry.

14:50– 15:20 Afternoon break

15:20– 15:50 Procurement guidelines for AI

Jacqui Taylor, Founder, CEO, FlyingBinary

Procurement is often seen as a barrier to the adoption of AI in both the public and private sector. This session will discuss procurement guidelines which can be used to ensure procurement is an enabler, and how AI services can be developed using a societal approach.

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

Katherine Mayes, Programme Manager - Cloud, Data Analytics and AI, TechUK

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 organizations in the public and private sectors utilize AI.

16:25– 16:40 AI & Quality

Adam Leon Smith, CTO, Dragonfly

Lots of people talk about the need for trustworthy AI, and when you get to the bottom of what trustworthy really means, it's mostly about quality.  Machine learning is the most common AI method, and it is difficult to specify quality, and analyze how to test.  It’s not just quality specialists that think so either, research shows machine learning engineers agree.  Adam will talk about quality and testing in the context of AI-based systems, emerging best practices and international standardization efforts.

16:40– 17:00 Standards in AI

Milan Patel, Chairman, ART/1 Committee, BSI

Standardization 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 of different standards will bring to stakeholders and opportunities to get involved.

17:00 Chairman’s closing remarks and end of the 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 program 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


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The Digital World: AI
27 February 2020

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