Artificial Intelligence Special Interest Group

The IST has recently established a new Special Interest Group to consider issues associated with the very broad topic that is referred to as AI (Artificial Intelligence).

AI is employed in increasingly diverse areas of society, including criminal justice, financial services, health and social care, digital and social media, energy and utilities, and many others. At the same time, data modelling methods employed by AI providers are often poorly understood by both users of the supplied technology and those people affected by its application. This lack of knowledge, and by implication transparency and accountability, in AI can be worrying. More should be done to ensure that AI is understood, its benefits harvested more readily and any risks mitigated.

The IST SIG on Artificial Intelligence will set out to explain and where necessary challenge the development of new such technologies where they relate to human-computer interaction. We hope the group will provide a unique vehicle made up of industry professionals, government representatives and academics that will help to drive the debate on AI from societal and technological viewpoints. The intention of an IST AI Group is to provide a cross-disciplinary forum for discussing actual and potential uses of AI.  We are also interested in exploring elements such as bias, transparency, explainability and policy in terms of AI development.

The SIG should appeal to IST members with a general interest in AI. The plan is to hold regular meetings and workshops on AI and AI-related topics of interest, and also aim to promote links with experts working in the field of AI.

AI has been termed the fourth industrial revolution taking what was started in the third, with the adoption of computers and automation, and enhancing it with smart and autonomous systems fuelled by data and machine learning.

Seminar Series 2021

Richard Saldanha
Seminar #1 – What is AI?

Dr Richard Saldanha – 22nd September 16:00 – 17:00
#1 Abstract
Pre-registration is required – REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Seminar #2 – Topic – Unlocking Innovation through Ethics in Tech

Olivia Gambelin – 27th October 17:00 – 18:00
#2 Abstract
Pre-registration is required – REGISTRATION IS CLOSED


Seminar #3 – Topic – RangL: A competition platform to accelerate progress in data-driven control problems
#3 Abstract
Prof John Moriarty – November 24th 16:00 – 17:00
Pre registration is required and registration is now open


Rosana de Oiveira Gomes
Seminar #4 – Topic – AI and Climate Change
Dr. Rosana de Oliveira Gomes – 15th December 16:00 – 17:00
Pre registration will be required and will be open soon