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The University of Southampton
The Alan Turing Institute

Seminar: Artificial Intelligence and Social Inclusion: how automating human decision-making can be empowering to all Event

12:00 - 13:00
21 March 2019
University of Southampton, Highfield Campus, Building 32, Room 2097

Event details

Dr Kaska Porayska-Pomsta from the London Knowledge Lab, University College London will be delivering a seminar on Thursday March 21 2019.

What is the talk about? Artificial Intelligence (AI) receives a lot of press, both for its potential to tackle social challenges and for the perceived threat that it poses to human identity and autonomy. This talk will examine how AI, especially as applied in Education and open learner modelling approaches, offers a ‘mirror’ on the biases emerging from our intellectual and empirical limitations. Diversity is needed to mitigate against biases becoming inbuilt into systems.

What are the key messages of the talk? AI exposes our pre-existent socio-cultural biases which hinder social inclusion, while also providing rigorous means for examining those biases and effectuating positive change.

What are the implications for practice or research from the talk? There are important possibilities for how AI can be used successfully in learning contexts and as a research tool to interrogate complex social questions.

Speaker information

Dr Kaska Porayska-Pomsta , London Knowledge Lab, UCL, holds a MA Joint Honours in Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence (1997) and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence (2003), both from the University of Edinburgh, School of Informatics. Prior to joining the UCL IOE in 2006 as an Research Councils UK Academic Fellow, she worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, Informatics. She is a member of the Management committee for the Centre for Educational Neuroscience and the Steering committee for the Institute of Digital Health.

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