Thursday, 13 August 2020

2020 Autumn Conference - Let's get Physical: DATA SCIENCE & AI

Let's Get Physical - Autumn 2020 
Held on 12th - 16th October 2020: Five days of Physics goodness on: 

DATA SCIENCE & AI

Data is everywhere and it contains hidden secrets - you can uncover them with Data Science

It was an action packed day as the conference culminated with sessions on data science and AI. It was fantastic to be joined by Prof Jesse Thaler, MIT’s Director of The National Science Foundation who presented, “Collision course – AI meets Fundamental Physics”. He talked about deep learning technologies; whether we can teach a machine to think like a physicist; dynamics of Jet formation as well as the fundamentals of physics such as dark matter and astrophysics. Jesse concluded by asking “what principles and strategies from physics could be incorporated into your research in data science and AI?” Let us know what you think in the comments below.

BT’s head of AI and Data Science Detlef Nauck introduced everyone to Data Science & AI within BT. Did you know, BT has the largest AI patent portfolio in the UK and that there are currently over 30 AI activities across BT Research? How amazing is that!

Prof Michael Luck, Kings College London, gave a perspective of AI, stating that you have to solve “The Turing Test” to determine when a machine is determined to be intelligent. He also explored the need for trust; the need for interaction and the need for transparency and accountability.

A lively debate with lots of challenging questions from the audience discussed “How do we know that AI does the right thing?”. Jesse, Detlef and Michael were joined by PwC UK’s Maria Axente and University of Essex’s Prof Lorna McGregor.

The conference was a massive success with over 900 participants from BT, academia and industry. It was recorded and you’ll see some highlights over the next few weeks, so make sure you catch them. Thank you to all those that attended and supported these amazing 5 days.



The full recording of presentations and forum discussion coming soon
Please visit the speaker pages for short bios, downloads and individual recordings (coming soon)

Final Keynote
MIT, Director, NSF AI Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Fundamental Interactions
"Collision Course - Artificial Intelligence meets Fundamental Physics"

Speakers

Detlef NauckBT, Head of AI & Data Science
"Data Science and AI at BT"

Forum
 
Maria Axente, Responsible AI and AI for Good Lead at PwC
Prof Lorna McGregor, Director, ESRC Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project at the University of Essex
Prof Michael LuckKings College London
Detlef Nauck, BT, Head of AI & Data Science
Prof Jesse Thaler, MIT, Director, NSF AI Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Fundamental Interactions

Full recording of the Data Science & AI presentations and forum discussion

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