AI Challenge Days

This year, due to the Pandemic, the AI challenge days on Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th January 2021 were held online.

This year, due to the Pandemic, the AI challenge days on Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th January 2021 were held online.

ART-AI students came together virtually for this annual 2 day event. This year, in their peer groups, students attended 4 sessions spread across both days hosted by ‘table hosts’.  The objectives of these sessions were for ART-AI students to spend a thought-provoking hour discussing the host’s topic, discussing a ‘challenge’ and possibly relating it to the context of their research.  At the end of each session, the students gave feedback from their discussions.

Image of Graham King, Product Manager, DesAcc EMEA Ltd leading a discussion group

We were very pleased to welcome the following as table hosts at the event;

Wednesday 27th January

Malcolm Brown, Director of Mission and Public Affairs for the Church of England

Discussion Topic “How can ethics be built into AI if the world can’t agree what is ethical?”

Walter Maria Pasquarelli, AI Readiness & Data Governance Lead, Oxford Insights

Discussion Topic “AI-Powered Neural Implants: Ethical and Policy Implications of Governing Data about Thoughts”

Graham King, Product Manager, DesAcc EMEA Ltd

Discussion Topic “Health Data for the greater good – can we build a manifesto for ethical use of health data at scale?”

Data sharing during COVID-19 spotlights what’s possible when health data is openly shared. But for most other conditions, data is still bound by privacy protections. Patients, politicians, regulators and the public are concerned and attitudes to sharing health data vary widely depending on who is receiving it and their perceived motivations. Discussions of harms have focused on privacy breaches but what about harms caused by not sharing?

Thursday 28th January

Simon Fanshawe, Partner at Diversity By Design

Discussion Topic “Should we value personal experience more than technical expertise if AI is to serve everyone with integrity?”

Andreas Theodorou, Researcher in Responsible Artificial Intelligence, UMEA University

Discussion Topic “Technical and organisational approaches for actionable AI ethics”

Warren A. Connors – Group Leader, Mine Warfare, Defence Research and Development Canada, Atlantic Research Centre

Discussion Topic “On-line learning for behaviour arbitration in autonomy & remote applications of medical robotics; how nations could leverage this technology to provide high quality health care in difficult environments”

Marcus Donnelly and Fergus Cowie, SEA

Discussion Topic “Discussion based on the maritime domain and also the ‘land’ domain, including the use of drones and route planning/logistic supply applications”

The event was a success, and the feedback was positive. To quote some of our ART-AI students;

I enjoyed the focus provided by the fact that we had partners bring their problems/topics to discuss instead of us trying to come up with issues from such a broad field. It meant that we could go a bit deeper on topics instead of having superficial conversations which we have had before

Very enjoyable and informative event.

I thought the event was very well-organised with some interesting questions and thoughts raised by both the partners and students

We would like to thank all ART-AI students for their contributions and a very big thank you to all of our ‘table hosts’ for joining us with some very interesting discussion topics.

Feature Photo by Hello I’m Nik ? on Unsplash

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