AI Accelerator 2: 'Artificial Intelligence: How did we get here and where are we going?'

When: 27th Sep 2017, 18:00 - 27th Sep 2017, 20:00
Where: BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA
Town/City: London
Organiser: Joint BCS Women Specialist Group and SGAI, the BCS Specialist Group on Artificial Intelligence
Price: Free
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A joint event organised by the BCS Women Specialist Group and SGAI, the BCS Specialist Group on Artificial Intelligence.

Interest in Artificial Intelligence is constantly growing. The general public is intrigued and becoming more and more interested in this science. BCS Women and the BCS SGAI (Specialist Group on Artificial Intelligence), two bodies of the British Computer Society, have combined to provide free workshop sessions related to specific areas.

It is a great honour for us to present our next workshop: Artificial Intelligence: How did we get here and where are we going?, run by Professor Max Bramer (University of Portsmouth), Chair of the BCS SGAI Group.

The timetable will be as shown below:

  • 6pm: Door Opening
  • 6.30pm: Start and Introduction by Nadia Abouayoub
  • 1 hour Session run by Prof Max Bramer
  • Q&A and Conclusion: run by Nadia Abouayoub

Abstract
Professor Bramer joined the small Artificial Intelligence (AI) research community in Britain as a part-time PhD student in the early 1970s, just in time to see the field virtually wiped out in this country following a very hostile report to the main national funding agency.

AI techniques have become near-ubiquitous in recent years, often under other names such as Recommendation Systems, Intelligent Robotics, Conversational Agents or Big Data. It is now possible to discuss the idea of a machine possibly becoming intelligent in respectable circles and AI has gone from being dismissed as of no value 40 years ago to being denounced today as a possible threat to the survival of our species.

In this talk Professor Bramer will give a personal and highly selective view of the history of this important field and he will look at some of the ways in which AI is now in everyday use and some recent high-level applications, together with the issues of legal liability some of them raise. Finally he will consider some alternative possible AI futures and to what extent the warnings that are now being made about AI by some prominent people are justified.

Prof Max Bramer 

Max Bramer is Emeritus Professor of Information Technology at the University of Portsmouth. He is Chair of the British Computer Society Specialist Group on Artificial Intelligence (SGAI) and Vice-President of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), a consortium of around 50 national and international IT societies, including the BCS and the ACM. He is also a Chartered Fellow of the BCS.

Professor Bramer has been actively involved in the AI field since the early 1970s. He has led or supervised many AI projects since then, mainly in Knowledge Based Systems and the area that is now known as Data Mining or Big Data. He has written extensively on AI and other topics with over 200 publications, including many books and edited collections of papers. He has also presented well over 100 external lectures, seminars, etc. on a variety of topics, principally concerning Artificial Intelligence and the use of computers in education, including lectures in Denmark, Canada, Holland, Spain, Japan, the Republic of Ireland, the former Yugoslavia, France, Germany, Greece, Bulgaria, Poland, the United States, Ukraine, China and Australia. The third edition of his book 'Principles of Data Mining' was published in January 2017.

Nadia Abouayoub 

Nadia Abouayoub is a member of the BCS SGAI Committee and the BCS Women Group, which she joined to set up the international network. She is the co-organiser of the AI Accelerator program which is a joint initiative of both committees. She is a strategist and improvement lead in investment banking, and a graduate in Artificial Intelligence.