Challenges and opportunities in responsible and trustworthy AI development.


Professor Keeley Crockett


6:00pm – 8:00pm: Presentations and discussions

Free to attend and open to BCS members and non-members


The operationalisation of ethical principles, current and emerging legalisation, and the understanding and mitigation of potential consequences to individuals and society are key challenges in the design, development and deployment of Artificial Intelligence (AI) driven systems. Organisations developing AI solutions as a service or innovating novel applications will need to openly address ethical principles such as bias, fairness, explainability, transparency, data privacy, accountability, and safety through AI Governance.

In this talk I will briefly first overview ethical issues and emerging/current legalisation related to AI systems and the impact on people and society. Responsible innovation and ethical tech are essential to build public trust and meet legal obligations, yet how can businesses and researchers in academia harness People Power through participatory AI (co-design, co-production and public engagement)?

I will give some examples of research projects that bridge the gap between businesses, academia, and people and how the use of ethical toolkits such as consequence scanning and harms modelling that can help build public confidence and how enhance how academics undertake research.

About the speaker

Keeley Crockett

Keeley Crockett SMIEEE SFHEA is a Professor in Computational Intelligence at Manchester Metropolitan University and Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee SHIELD (Ethical, Legal, Social, Environmental and Human Dimensions of AI/CI).

She has over 27 years’ experience of research and development in Ethical and responsible AI (for both SME’s and an advocate for citizen voice), computational intelligence algorithms and applications, including adaptive psychological profiling, fuzzy systems, semantic similarity, and dialogue systems.

Keeley has led work on Place based practical Artificial Intelligence, facilitating a parliamentary inquiry with Policy Connect and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Data Analytics (APGDA), leading to the inquiry report “Our Place Our Data: Involving Local People in Data and AI-Based Recovery”.

She obtained STRENGTH IN PLACES POLICY funded engagement work with Greater Manchester businesses on “SME Readiness for Adoption of Ethical Approaches to AI Development and Deployment”. She is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) on the EPSRC “PEAs in Pods: Co-production of community based public engagement for data and AI research.” Grant, Co-I on Manchester City Council funded Peoples Panel for AI, which is a follow on from funding obtained from The Alan Turing Institute “People-powered AI: responsible research and innovation through community ideation and involvement”. She is currently PI on an Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership with My First Five Years and CI on Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership with COUCH.

She is Co-Lead for AI Stream within the Centre for Digital Innovation at MMU. She is currently on the Steering Group of the Government Inquiry on AI and Skills in the Digital Aid working with Policy Connect and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Data Analytics (APGDA) and a collaborator with HMG Cabinet Office.

Keeley was appointed to the UKRI’s AI & Robotics Strategic Advisory Team (SAT) on 1st April 2024. She is a member of the IEEE Computational intelligence Society ADCOM (2023-25), , a technical Co-Chair of IEEE-FUZZ at IEEE WCCI 2024, Japan and a U.K. STEM Ambassador. She is passionate about people.

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People Powered AI
Date and time
Tuesday 21 May, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Manchester Metropolitan University
Room E005, John R. Dalton Building
M15 6BH