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AI for Future Society Week 2019

The Web Science Institute (WSI) is presenting a week of keynote talks, lectures and workshops which aim to explore a key emerging research theme: AI for Future Society (AIFS). Building on WSI expertise in Web Science, AIFS Week 2019 will consider challenges and trends in Digital Futures, Machine Learning and Deep Learning, Ethics and the Future of AI from a sociotechnical perspective.

You can find out more about the Web Science Institute and AI for Future Society here.

2019 Programme: Monday 9th - Friday 13th September 2019

Sessions are open to University of Southampton doctoral researchers. 

Places are limited so please book via Gradbook using the links below.

If you have any dietary requirements, you can let us know using the link in your booking confirmation email.

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Book AIFS Week sessions - Mon 9 - Fri 13 Sept

Monday 9 September:  Digital Futures
Time: 11.00 - 15.00
Venue: B85, Room 2207

An exploration of digital futures from societal and industry perspectives.

Refreshments available from 10.30

11.00   Introduction: Professor Pauline Leonard
           Keynote: Digital Futures? The difference that Web Science makes
           Professor Susan Halford, University of Bristol
           Building on social science theory to evaluate current and future thinking about AI futures.
12.30   Lunch (B85 Foyer)
13.30   Keynote: The promise, perils and pitfalls of data science in industry, and how
           Web Science can help

           JP Rangaswami, Web Science Trust
           A multidisciplinary approach to addressing large scale current issues.
           Panel discussion: Chaired by Professor Pauline Leonard
15.00   Close

Tuesday 10 September: Machine Learning and Deep Learning
Time: 9.00 - 15.00
Venue: B59, Labs 2203/2213 (am); B85, Room 2207 (pm)

A high level overview of AI and its applications led by Professor Les Carr, Dr Adriana Chapman and Dr Pavlos Vougiouklis.

9.00    Introduction to Machine Learning and statistical analysis
10.30  Break (B53, Room 3028, Common Room)
11.00  A Python-based tutorial; Deep and reinforcement learning;
          natural language and text processing fundamentals; topic modelling on text

12.30  Lunch (B85 Foyer)
13.30  Lecture:  When should you use (and not use) Machine Learning
          How to apply Machine Learning to project work / Q & A
15.00  Close

Wednesday 11 September: Ethics for Researchers
Time: 9.00 - 12.30  
Venue: B85, Room 2207

A session about the application of Ethics in different contexts.

9.00    Introduction to Ethics
          The Web, AI and Society: the Ethical Dimension
          Dr Kieron O'Hara
          A talk exploring links between ethics, technology and innovation.
09.45  A Future of Biometrics
          Prof Mark Nixon
          From face and gait recognition towards soft biometrics.
10.30  Break
11.00  Workshop:  How to Advise
          Prof Les Carr & Dr Mark Weal
          A practical session about analysing information sources and presenting arguments to
          non-expert audiences.
12.30  Lunch (B85 Foyer)

Friday 13 September: The Future of AI
Time: 11.00 - 12.00   
Venue: B85, Room 2207

Get a global perspective on the potential influence of AI on future society from the co-author of the UK Government's AI Review.

Refreshments available from 10.30

11.00   Keynote: Web Science, AI and the Future of the Internet
           Professor Dame Wendy Hall
           A broad geopolitical perspective on the challenges of realising the social and economic benefits
           of AI.



Book AIFS Week sessions - Mon 9 - Fri 13 Sept
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