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Newsletter, 26 May 2020



Calls & Opportunities


Call for applications: Theory & Methods Challenge Fortnights in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence


A call for applications for the 2021 Theory & Methods Challenge Fortnights in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (TCMF) will open on 1st June 2020.


TMCF is a Turing initiative that brings together experts from across the university partner network and external institutions for a multi-day research event on a specific theoretical or methodological challenge. For this event, members of the Turing research base will be invited to formulate proposals where they present one modern theoretical and/or methodological challenge, and set a plan and a team to start tackling it. The theoretical and methodological challenges can be drawn from any discipline in the remit of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.


Please contact Nathaniel Byrne for more information

News


Professor Aaron Sloman Awarded APA K. Jon Barwise Prize

The American Philosophical Association’s 2020 K. Jon Barwise Prize has been awarded to University of Birmingham Professor and Alan Turing Institute Fellow, Aaron Sloman. The prize recognises significant and sustained contributions to areas relevant to philosophy and computing. Professor Sloman's work aims to explain how evolution was able to produce extraordinary spatial intelligence, unmatched by current logic-based or statistics-based AI, and unexplained by current psychology or neuroscience; it also relates to a recent collaboration with another UoB Professor and Turing Fellow, Peter Tino, presented at their seminar at the University on 5th March, 2020. Congratulations!



Events & Conferences


Thursday 28 May 2020

Centre for Computational Biology Seminar Series

Dr Andrey Barsky, Research Fellow in CCB, has interests in artificial intelligence, deep learning and computer vision. He currently works on multimodal representation learning in medical imaging and clinical datasets. He will discuss his previous work in robotics, using neural networks for deep representation learning in manipulation and computer vision. Contact: Csilla Varnai to book and watch via Zoom.


Thursday 28 May 2020

AI UK | Data, privacy and public health: Countering COVID-19 with technology and trust

In this webinar, panellists will discuss the key challenges in ethics, privacy, and trust, in relation to the collection and analysis of data as a public health intervention for countering COVID-19. Panellists include:

  • Dr Simon Eccles, Deputy CEO of NHSX and National Chief Clinical Information Officer

  • Lord Jonathan Evans KCB, DL, Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life and Director General of the British Security Service MI5 from 2007 to 2013

  • Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo, Senior Research Fellow & Deputy Director at the Digital Ethics Lab, Oxford Internet Institute, and Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute

  • Professor Jonathan Crowcroft, Marconi Professor at the University of Cambridge and Researcher-at-large at the Alan Turing Institute


Tuesday 02 Jun 2020

AI UK | 2020 Digital poster exhibition

Join the interactive audience at this virtual exhibition to hear from the UK's next generation of data science talent on their research techniques and applications, and see what the future holds for artificial intelligence.


Tuesday 02 Jun 2020

AI in optimising the value of urban areas

The seminar will be given by Dr Chanuki Seresinhe and Dr Stephen Law on AI in optimising the value of urban areas. It will be followed by wider network updates and discussion chaired by Dr Ben Caldecott.


Thursday 04 Jun 2020

Challenging power in data science, with Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren Klein

This talk will draw on insights from D’Ignazio and Klein's collaboratively crafted book about how challenges to the male/female binary can challenge other hierarchical (and empirically wrong) classification systems; how an understanding of emotion can expand our ideas about effective data visualization; and how the concept of “invisible labor” can expose the significant human efforts required by our automated systems. Together, they show how feminist thinking be operationalized into more ethical and equitable data practices.


Monday 08 Jun 2020 - Wednesday 10 Jun 2020

CogX 2020

Join us as The Alan Turing Institute once again partners with CogX to curate and host the virtual research stage within the international festival of AI. 


Tuesday 16 Jun 2020

AI UK | Online harms and disinformation post COVID-19

Details coming soon


Tuesday 23 Jun 2020

AI UK | Smart cities

Details coming soon



12th International ACM Web Science Conference, University of Southampton


The ​12t​h International ACM Conference on Web Science in 2020 (WebSci’20) is a unique interdisciplinary conference facilitating creative and critical dialogue with the aim of understanding the Web and its impacts and reflecting on the most pressing questions facing the Web. This year the organiser particularly encourage contributions on the interrelationships between the Web, AI and other new digital technologies, exploring current theoretical, methodological, and epistemological challenges as well as the practices of individuals, collectives, institutions, and platforms.


The conference will be held at the University of Southampton and run between Tuesday 7 July 2020 - Friday 10 July 2020

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