Our overall theme for this conference will be:
Artificial and De-Personalised Decision-Making: Machine-Learning, A.I. and Drones
Professor Katie Atkinson
Katie Atkinson is Professor of Computer Science and Head of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Liverpool, UK. Her research concerns computational models of argument, with a particular focus on persuasive argumentation in practical reasoning and how this can be applied in domains such as law, e-democracy and agent systems. Katie gained her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Liverpool in 2005. She has published over one hundred articles in peer-reviewed conferences and journals, both specifically within the field of AI and law, and more generally within the topic of artificial intelligence.
Katie’s work covers both theoretical and applied aspects; recent collaborative projects have concerned the development of intelligent tools for a law company, and realisation of tools to support e-democracy and legal knowledge-based systems. Katie was Program Chair of the fifteenth edition of the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law held in San Diego, USA in June 2015 and she currently serves as President of the International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law (IAAIL).
John McNamara is a Senior Inventor and Innovation Centre Technologist Lead at IBM. John is responsible for a team of technologists in the IBM Hursley Innovation Centre where his team utilises an array of technologies including Watson, IoT, Messaging, Integration, Analytics and Cloud. He also creates One of a Kind projects using newly released IBM technology, in partnership with universities. These projects have included an Internet of Things Space probe, a Cognitive Search and Rescue Drone.
The opportunities and risks posed by algorithms, machine learning and artificial intelligence are seldom far from the news. This one-day conference will consider technological developments - such as algorithmic decision-making tools, automated profiling and autonomous vehicles - and how they can best be deployed and regulated to ensure their use benefits society and the public good.
The use of digital devices, Big Data and artificial intelligence to take decisions previously made by humans represents one of the biggest challenges of our age. Seldom has technology had as much potential to benefit humanity and at the same time, to disrupt it. By delegating decisions to machines, do we rid ourselves of bias or instead, codify it, and how should the law, regulation and practice respond to the opportunities and risks presented by A.I.
Who should attend?
The conference is open to policy-makers, practitioners, academics and research students and in particular those working in law, computer-science, data science, information rights, privacy, compliance, statistics, law enforcement and justice, behavioural science and health & social care.
Standard conference rate: £100 (Student/unwaged/low-waged: £59)
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