AI Fest 4: Trustworthy AI

AI Fest is a UK conference series run by Dstl that brings together science and technology and the end user communities to explore the transformational impact of AI on defence and security.

AI Fest is a UK conference series run by Dstl that brings together science and technology and the end user communities to explore the transformational impact of AI on defence and security. Speakers from the Ministry of Defence, key external international and national partners, and leaders from industry and academia provide a range of perspectives using real case studies and practical experience to highlight lessons that help attendees understand the successes and challenges of delivering AI into operational use.

AI Fest 3 was an enormous success tripling the number of days, attendees and speakers from AI Fest 2. Keynote speakers included Dame Angela McLean, MOD Chief Scientific Adviser, Dr Hannah Fry, data scientist and broadcaster, Prof. Chris Bishop from Microsoft Research and Vint Cerf, one of the “fathers of the Internet”.

Due to continuing COVID-19 uncertainty and precautions, AI Fest 4, like AI Fest 3, will be a virtual event. The theme of this year’s event is “Trustworthy AI”. It will explore the organisational and technological changes necessary to ensure that AI can be trusted; a key building block for the adoption of AI within Defence & Security. Trust encompasses topics such as security, safety, robustness, explainability, performance metrics, and countering bias.

Attendance at AI Fest is free, and is open through invitation and application. AI Fest is not intended for the general public, it is targeted at the following:


 UK Government – Defence and Security
 UK Government – wider departments developing AI & Data Science solutions
 Industry and academia with involvement in AI & Data Science
 Representatives from 5 Eyes partner nations, NATO and other allied nation


Whilst the main theme is on Trustworthy AI, there are also many opportunities to discuss other areas of AI relevant to defence and security. The conference will be structured around:

 Influential Keynote Speakers
 Speakers on Trustworthy AI and other thematic areas of AI
 Panel Sessions
 Posters
 Demonstrations


Presentations will comprise live and pre-recorded sessions, typically between 20-30 minutes including Q&A. Posters may take the form of static posters (e.g. PDF) or video with narration.

We are now looking for expressions of interest to present at AI Fest 4. For speaking opportunities or poster submissions, please provide an abstract of no more than 500 words by 31st July 2021 to [email protected]

As this is a closed conference all material supplied and any recordings made of live sessions will not be made available to the general public. IP of all material supplied will remain with the originator.


Event Info

Start Date 12.10.2021
End Date 13.10.2021
Start Time 9:00am
End Time 5:00pm

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