Save the date! The ORBIT 2019 conference: 100+ Brilliant Women in AI & Ethics – 16/09/19, Oxford

ORBIT is delighted and proud to announce its conference for 2019 – 100+ Brilliant Women in AI & Ethics. The event will be based around the list of 100 Brilliant Women in AI & Ethics created by Mia Dand of Lighthouse3, a San Francisco-based research consultancy. The conference is entitled 100+ because we wish the group to continue to expand and also recognise that there are women other than those listed doing excellent work in AI and ethics.

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 women attending represent some of the most insightful and brilliant minds leading the way in ethical AI from fields including industry, professional services, academia, policy and civil 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.

The one-day event will take place in Oxford at Lady Margaret Hall College. This was the first women’s college at the University of Oxford and alma mater to some of Britain’s greatest scientists. It will be chaired by Professor Marina Jirotka, Professor of Human Centred Computing at the University of Oxford. Professor Jirotka was named on the list and will be sharing her insight into the future of responsible innovation and technological development.

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.

The day aims to hear from as many different voices as possible. With this end in view we will be creating workshops and round-tables as well as mini-panels alongside a short number of longer talks. We wish to create opportunities for people to have fruitful discussions and find areas for collaboration and mutual benefit. The event is generously sponsored by Microsoft and the University of Oxford’s Department of Computer Science.

Notes to editors

ORBIT is the Observatory for Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT. Led by Oxford and De Montfort Universities and funded in the launch phase by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), ORBIT provides policy advice, training on responsible research and innovation (RRI), consultancy, project assessment, support services, and an online community for ICT researchers.
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