On September 16th, 2019, ORBIT is proud to be bringing together some of the most eminent women working in AI ethics. Coming from all over the world, these women are working to ensure that tech works for the benefit of everyone in society. They represent some of the most insightful and brilliant minds leading the way in this difficult area, from fields including industry, professional services, academia, policy and civil society.

The conference is inspired by the work of Mia Dand, of San Francisco research consultancy Lighthouse3, who in autumn 2018 put together a list of 100 of the women doing this work. We are calling our conference 100+ because we wish the group to continue to expand and also recognise that there are more women doing wonderful work in AI and ethics than those on the original list.

We are seeking to create an exciting and collaborative event that looks to the future of artificial intelligence working in an ethical way with and for society. The aim of bringing this group of people together is to enable new connections, new insights and new opportunities. We hope that the multi- disciplinary nature of the conference will spark new connections and collaborations between the people doing such vital work in this space.

Keynote speakers

We are delighted to be joined by some passionate and high profile speakers for this event.

Dame Wendy Hall, DBE, FRS, FREng is Regius Professor of Computer Science, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International Engagement), and is an Executive Director of the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton. One of the first computer scientists to undertake serious research in multimedia and hypermedia, she has been at its forefront ever since. The influence of her work has been significant in many areas including digital libraries, the development of the Semantic Web, and the emerging research discipline of Web Science. Her current research includes applications of the Semantic Web and exploring the interface between the life sciences and the physical sciences.

Jacquelyn Krones is Principal for Ethics in the AI Perceptions and Mixed Reality Group at Microsoft. She helps teams uncover, prioritize, and address ethical challenges to align solutions with Microsoft’s values. She works on uncovering deep insights into people’s needs, desires, and motivations to position technology most helpfully within social systems.

Baroness Beeban Kidron is a British film director, children’s rights campaigner and member of the House of Lords. She is founder and director of the 5Rights Foundation, a civil society initiative that aims to make the digital world a more transparent and empowering place for children and young people. She is leading the passage of the Age-Appropriate Design Code through the legislative process to try and ensure that the online world is a safe space for children.

Programme

The day aims to hear from as many different voices as possible. With this end in view we will not follow a traditional conference format of a few talks and presentations, but will create smaller workshops and round-tables as well as mini-panels alongside a short number of longer talks. We wish to create as many opportunities as possible for people to have fruitful discussions and find areas for collaboration and mutual benefit. The final programme will be released closer to the time of the conference.

The venue

The one-day event will take place at Lady Margaret Hall College in Oxford. Lady Margaret Hall was the first women’s college at Oxford, and is alma mater to some of the UK’s greatest women scientists.

It retains its progressive approach, appointing the former editor of the Guardian, Alan Rusbridger, as its Principal in 2015. In 2016 it instituted a Foundation Year for under-represented students.

The location

Directions

By train

Oxford is easily accessible by train from most directions. The station is on the western edge of the city and from there you can take a taxi to the College (taxis are located outside the station at the front entrance). There is also a bus service, the 500 Park & Ride bus, that runs from the station up the Banbury Road every 15 minutes all day. You will need to alight at the Norham Gardens stop, just after the Engineering Department, and walk down Norham Gardens to the end.

Accessibility

Our aim is to make the day as inclusive as possible for everyone who would like to attend, so please do let us know any requirements you have, including allergies, breastfeeding or accessibility.

Accommodation in the College

One en suite room adjusted for wheelchair users is available on the ground floor, and four further lift accessible, fully fitted en suite rooms are available in the Pipe Partridge building. There are five rooms with visual and vibrating fire alarms, and three fully fitted communal disabled toilets. The Simpkins Lee theatre, Talbot Hall and the Porters’ Lodge are fitted with induction loops. Disabled parking can also be booked.

Meeting rooms

Most of the buildings at LMH were built between the 19th century and the 1970s, and this means that there are some areas where disabled access is not currently available. All meeting rooms in the Pipe Partridge, Deneke and Eleanor Lodge buildings provide flat, ground floor access. The Simpkins Lee Theatre has level access to the top of the auditorium and spaces for wheelchairs at this level.

Food and dining

Please let us know any individual needs. The College can provide full allergen information for all their menus, and are happy to meet any specific requirements.

Outputs

Not everyone will be able to attend, so we aim to produce a fuller programme than would be usual, containing bios for all the original 100 Women as well as their particular areas of interest – the aim is to create a reference document that could be used as a basis for further collaborations and projects.

All attendees will be able to submit papers for the ORBIT Journal (a gold-standard journal on the Directory of Open Access Journals). We plan to publish the outputs from the conference where appropriate, depending on the type of output.

We also plan to record the keynote talks as well as some other sessions – there will be a video available after the event with highlights.

There are many organisations working on the inclusion of women and diverse minorities in STEM, and on issues of responsible tech. Some of them are listed here, with their permission. Please do visit their websites (linked from their logos), as there is great work going on! And if your group/company/institution addresses these issues but is not listed here, please do get in touch and we will add your logo and website.

Conference sponsors

We are enormously grateful to our sponsors for this event, who have enabled us to reach a wider audience than would otherwise have been possible.