About ART-AI

We are a UKRI funded Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Accountable, Responsible and Transparent AI.

students interacting with an artificial intelligence

ART-AI exists to educate interdisciplinary professional experts to make the best, and safest, use of artificial intelligence (AI) and to explore the opportunities, challenges and constraints presented by the diverse range of contexts for AI. We bring together researchers from across the University to train the next generation of specialists with expertise in AI, its applications and its implications.

Now in our second year, over the course of the centre’s life we will recruit and train at least 60 PhD students from diverse backgrounds, including existing experts in AI, but also from engineering, social science and policy backgrounds to help ensure that developments in AI, and decisions on how and when to use it or not, are informed and ethical. ART-AI will produce interdisciplinary graduates who can act as leaders and innovators with the knowledge to make the right decisions on what is possible, what is desirable, and how AI can be ethically, safely and effectively deployed.

ART-AI draws together a wide range of topics: from algorithms to ethics; robotics safety to computational and public policy; probabilistic machine learning to symbolic AI; provenance, transparency and uncertainty quantification to intelligibility and trust in heterogeneous intelligent systems; reinforcement learning to emotion in human-machine interaction; and many others.


Research Themes Include

Transparency and Intelligibility

Making AI systems accessible, accountable, open to inspection and intelligible to diverse stakeholders.

Risk and Decision Making with AI

How to assess its risks and benefits, quantitatively and qualitatively.

Safety and Trust in Human-Machine Systems

How to approach diverse challenges from robotics safety to computational and public policy.

Policy-Making with and for AI

The effects of AI in public policy design as it becomes endemic in a broad range of work environments.

Innovation in Data-Driven & Classical AI

What innovations are needed to provide policy-driven, explainable and auditable support for human work.

Engineering Applications of AI

How to apply AI techniques to solve real world engineering problems .

Independent Advisory Board

Our Independent Advisory Board is a key part of our governance structure. The board monitors our performance and provides advice and support. Meet the Independent Advisory Board members and read about their backgrounds.

IAB Chair

Husna Siddiqi


IAB Members

Barry Brooks

Fiona Colquhoun

Rachel Free

Matt Griffith

Gail Kent

Oliver Lanning

Clara Neppel

Chris Rees

Len Rinaldi

Antony Walker

Phil Williams


Former IAB Members

Clive Hollick

Mark Coeckelbergh


 

Husna Siddiqi

IAB Chair

Husna Siddiqi (Platform Assurance Management Lead, KPMG International Services Ltd.)

Husna Siddiqi is an Information Protection Practitioner, currently leading Cloud Assurance Management at KPMG International Services Ltd. She has over fifteen years of experience in information security, data protection, IT risk and transformation program management across a number of sectors including Oil and Gas, Energy and Utilities, Consumer Business, Manufacturing and Professional Services.

Prior to becoming a consultant, Husna was a lecturer of undergraduate Computer Science and a software engineer.

Husna is a World Economic Forum (WEF) contributor with publications in a number of reputed forums including IAPP. Husna aims to increase security and privacy awareness among diverse audiences using relatable examples. She is actively involved in global initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion and address unconscious bias.

Husna Siddiqi
 

Barry Brooks

IAB Member

Barry Brooks (Director, Wychcote Ltd and former IET President)

Barry read Electrical Engineering at Imperial College, sponsored by the Royal Navy, and served at sea as submarine weapon systems and nuclear propulsion engineer, in R&D, Cabinet Office, MOD long-term resource planning, restructuring of procurement and through-life support organisations. Since 2002, he has worked for IBM, Hitachi and his own company, Wychcote Ltd, providing assurance for complex, high-risk, government engineering and change programmes – e.g. HS2. Director, Field Ventilator Ltd.

Since 2001, volunteering includes – IET:  President/Chairman of Board of Trustees 2013-14; Transport Sector Committee; founded Nuclear Engineering Technical Network;  Professional Registration (CEng / IEng) and Fellowship Assessor. City & Guilds of London Institute:  FCGI annual lecture-lunch at Imperial College. Bath University:  EEE IAB (2014-). IMarEST:  Council; Board of Trustees; Finance & Investment Committee (2017-). Worshipful Company of Engineers (2004-): Master (2019-2020); organises technical visits/seminars (e.g. AI / Cybersecurity) and external engagement. Engineers Trust Trustee; Coordinator Hawley Environmental Engineering Innovation Award.

Barry Brooks

Fiona Colquhoun

IAB Member

Fiona Colquhoun (CTO, Engineering & Technology Directorate, Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

After completing a PhD in Psychology at Durham, Fiona worked at the NSPCC and for the Metropolitan Police, where she was Head of Technology Research. Immediately before joining the FCO as Chief Technology Officer, she was an Innovation Partner at DSTL.

Rachel Free

IAB Member

Rachel Free (Patent attorney, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang)

Rachel is a partner in the patent team at International Law Firm CMS where she helps clients to protect their technology through patents. She has an MSc in Artificial Intelligence and a DPhil in Vision Science. She qualified as a European and UK patent attorney in the last century and has worked on AI patent drafting and prosecution through her career.

Rachel is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on AI (APPG AI), which advises parliamentarians regarding AI, and vice Chair of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) computer technology committee. She is mentioned in the 2019 legal 500 CMS entry for law firms with patent attorneys as having ‘deep technical knowledge’.

Rachel Free

Matt Griffith

IAB Member

Matt Griffith (Director of Policy, Business West)

Matt is Director of Policy at Business West, the UK’s largest Chamber of Commerce covering Bristol, Bath and the West of England and a wide range of business members across all sectors.  He is a specialist in economic policy and has a long history of economic and business research and work in government affairs. He has written reports for the Prime Minister on improving England’s economic performance, reports on improving city growth and several high profile housing reports. Matt also worked for several years supporting emerging market economies on trade negotiations at the World Trade Organisation and in European Union bilateral negotiations and as an advisor for the G33 and G90 group of countries. He has written and been quoted in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, Times and the BBC and has written articles for International Affairs and the Princeton Encyclopaedia of the World Economy.

Matt Griffith

Gail Kent

IAB Member

Gail Kent (Director in DG Human Resources at the European Commission in Brussels.)

Gail Kent has dual nationality (UK/ Luxembourg) and is a senior manager in the European Commission in Brussels. She is the Director responsible for the Account Management centres (HR implementation centres for groups of DGs). Previously she was Director of Data Policy/ Programming in one of the largest DGs and was also throughout 2016 the acting Deputy DG. She has more than 25 years of high level experience of managing large budgets, finance, compliance and HR in a multi-lingual, multi-cultural highly political environment.

Gail has the masters level FT diploma for NEDs, is Deputy Chair of Tavistock Relationships and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath.

Gail Kent

Oliver Lanning

IAB Member

Oli Lanning (Senior Principal Research Scientist, Dstl)

Dr Oliver Lanning is a Senior Principal Scientist based in the Cyber and Information Systems Division of the Defence Science and Technology Lab (Dstl), Porton Down.  Currently he leads Dstl efforts on the Future of Artificial Intelligence (AI), characterizing technical and theoretical advances that might impact future Defence operations, with a particular interest in the socio-technical challenges around AI. As part of this work, he has authored or contributed to a number of papers for UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) on AI applications, opportunities and threats. He also leads a number of engagements with Industry and Academia to deliver new and novel AI approaches.

Clara Neppel

IAB Member

Clara Neppel (Senior Director & Head of European Operations, IEEE)

After working with the European Patent Office (EPO), Clara joined IEEE in 2017 and serves as the Senior Director of the IEEE European office in Vienna, where she is responsible for the growth of IEEE’s operations and presence in Europe, focusing on the needs of industry, academia, and government. Clara serves as a point of contact for initiatives with regard to technology, engineering and related public policy issues that help implementing IEEE’s continued global commitment to fostering technological innovation for the benefit of humanity. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from the Technical University of Munich and a Master in Intellectual Property Law and Management from the University of Strasbourg.  Dr. Neppel is also a member of the Supervisory Board of European Institute of Technology  Digital, the Scientific-Industrial Advisory Board of Research Studios Austria FSG and the Software Competence Center Hagenberg Strategy Board.

Clara Neppel

Chris Rees

IAB Member

Chris Rees  (Past President of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT)

Chris Rees is Past President of the BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT. During his presidential year he took the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence as his presidential theme and gave presentations on it to BCS, professional and lay audiences in the UK, Europe, Sri Lanka, Mauritius and Australia. He continues to do so as Past President.

Chris Rees

Len Rinaldi

IAB Member

Len Rinaldi (Founder, theTULMGroup)

Len worked at Apple for 12 years, as CFO and GM (Western Europe Sales).  Before moving to Apple he spent 17 years in Telcom with AT&T and its spin off company Lucent Technologies. He is a non-executive director of Gfinity and AMAC (Apple stores in the Netherlands).  In addition, Len sits on the board of the University of Notre Dame (London).  He holds an MBA from FDU and Executive Leadership certificates from Wharton Business School and the University of Notre Dame.  He has dual USA & UK nationality.

Len Rinaldi

Antony Walker

IAB Member

Antony Walker (Deputy CEO, techUK)

Antony is deputy CEO of techUK, the UK’s leading digital technology trade association, which launched in November 2013. He is a member of the senior leadership team and has overall responsibility for policy work.

Prior to his appointment, he was chief executive of the Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG), the UK’s independent advisory group on broadband policy, and was closely involved in the development of broadband policy in the UK, authoring several major reports to government. He also led the development of the UK’s world leading Open Internet Code of Practice that addresses the issue of net neutrality.

Prior to setting up the BSG, he spent six years working in Brussels for the American Chamber of Commerce following and writing about telecoms issues and as a consultant working on EU social affairs and environmental issues. He has a history degree from Aberdeen and an MA from the Institute of European Studies at Leuven.

Phil Williams

IAB Member

Phil Williams (Managing Director, Team Defence Information)

Phil joined Team Defence Information (TD-Info) – the membership organisation formerly titled ‘UKCeB’ – as its Managing Director in June 2015, having spent 20 years serving as an Aerosystems Engineering Officer in the Royal Air Force, and the last decade in various business development roles within aerospace and defence companies. He also chairs the Integrated Product Support Council on behalf the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) and the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) of USA.

Phil Williams
 

Clive Hollick

Former IAB Member

Clive Hollick, Lord Hollick (House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology and IAB Chair)

Founder and Trustee of Institute for Public Policy Research. Director of BMG, Honeywell, Pro Sieben and BAE Systems. Member of the Royal Society’s Advisory Board. Former member of House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence. Former Governor of London School of Economics. CEO of United Business Media (1974-2005).

Clive Hollick

Mark Coeckelbergh

Former IAB Member

Mark Coeckelbergh (Professor of Philosophy of Media and Technology, U. Vienna)

Mark is based at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Vienna and member of the Austrian Council on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. Previously he was President of the international Society for Philosophy and Technology, member of the High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence for the European Commission, Professor of Technology and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University, Managing Director of the 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology in the Netherlands, and co-Chair of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society Technical Committee on Robot Ethics. He is involved in several European projects in the area of robotics and AI, and the author of numerous articles and books, including “AI Ethics” (MIT Press), “Introduction to Philosophy of Technology” (Oxford University Press), and “Growing Moral Relations” (Palgrave).