ORBIT Conference 2018 – Building in the Good: creating positive ICT futures

The pervasive nature of information and communications technologies (ICT) in all aspects of our lives raises many exciting possibilities but also numerous concerns. Responsible Research and Innovation aims to maximise the benefits of technology whilst minimising the risks.

The ORBIT team partnered with Microsoft Research to create this event looking at how to build in principles that aim to create a positive, ethical and socially desirable future in ICT. The conference brought together stakeholders from government, industry, education, funders, publishers and academia to explore how the advantages of ICT can be harnessed, while disadvantages can be identified and addressed. The speakers’ talks and slides are below – we hope you find them interesting and useful.

Welcome and plenary

Welcome to the conference from Martin de Heaver, managing director of ORBIT, and Dr Abigail Sellen, Deputy Director of Microsoft Research

Lord Tim Clement-Jones

Lord Clement-Jones is the former Chair of the House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence and is Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence. The House of Lords report earlier in 2018 made high-level recommendations to the government, to industry and to academe to try and ensure that the UK leads the way on safe, accountable and useful AI.

Dr Virginia Dignum

Dr Virginia Dignum is Associate Professor on Social Artificial Intelligence at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. From October 2018, she will be Professor of AI and Society at University of Umeå in Sweden. She is a Fellow of the European Artificial Intelligence Association (EURAI) and has been vice president of the BNVKI (Benelux AI Association). Currently, she is member of the European Commission’s High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence.

Maria de Kleijn-Lloyd MBA

Maria de Kleijn-Lloyd is Senior Vice President of Analytical Services at Elsevier. She is responsible for bespoke analytical services to universities, funding bodies and governments worldwide, advising them on research performance, international collaboration and research impact. In this role she is also responsible for Elsevier’s detailed pro bono reports like last year’s report on gender in research, and the upcoming report on Artificial Intelligence.

Sir Anthony Seldon

Sir Anthony is Vice-Chancellor of The University of Buckingham and also one of Britain’s leading contemporary historians and educationalists. He is the author or editor of over 35 books on contemporary history and his most recent work – The Fourth Education Revolution: Will Artificial Intelligence liberate or infantilise humanity? – calls on educators to recognise the impact that the AI revolution will have on the classroom.

Dr Neil Viner

Dr Neil Viner is the EPSRC Director of Programme Delivery – he is responsible for the development of strategy, delivery of the EPSRC programme, the day-to-day operation of EPSRC and for EPSRC’s Business Critical Projects Portfolio. As Project Director he led the creation of the Joint Venture that established the Alan Turing Institute at the British Library.

Panel session

Professor Marina Jirotka chairs the panel with Dr Katherine Flick, Dr Jack Stilgoe, Dr Neil Viner, Maria de Kleijn-Lloyd, Dr Cecily Morrison and Professor Virginia Dignum

Summarising the day – Professor Bernd Stahl

Some images from the conference.

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