Westminster eForum

Artificial intelligence and robotics: innovation, funding and policy priorities

Morning, Tuesday, 27th February 2018

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This timely seminar discusses priorities for developing the robotics and AI sectors in the UK.


It follows the publication of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, that builds on the independent review of the AI industry with an Artificial Intelligence Sector Deal - which will focus on making the UK a global leader in AI as well as boosting productivity, safe and ethical use of data, and skills. The seminar also follows the recent announcement of £75m investment in AI in the Autumn Budget.


Sessions will examine how the technologies fit into the Digital Strategy and Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, which seeks to increase investment for R&D, as well as the effect of the Sector Deal on innovation and investment in the industry and the priorities for the new £20 million GovTech Fund - aimed at boosting public sector productivity.


Delegates will also assess the impact on markets and competition, development timescales and the wider implications of the growth of AI and robotics for employment, cyber security and safety - set against the promise of greater productivity and closing the skills gap. Further sessions consider key priorities in the areas of investment, tech skills and partnerships, as well as the challenges for securing the UK’s international position and for exploiting export opportunities.



Guests of Honour

Professor Philip Nelson

Chief Executive, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Chair, Strategic Executive, RCUK

Professor Dame Wendy Hall

Professor of Computer Science, University of Southampton and Joint Lead, Government Review into Artificial Intelligence

Guests of Honour

Professor Dame Wendy Hall

Professor of Computer Science, University of Southampton and Joint Lead, Government Review into Artificial Intelligence

Professor Philip Nelson

Chief Executive, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Chair, Strategic Executive, RCUK

Keynote Speakers

Dr Rannia Leontaridi

Director, Business Growth, BEIS

Gila Sacks

Director for Digital & Tech Policy, DCMS

Rob McCargow

Artificial Intelligence Programme Lead, PwC

Chairs

Rt Rev the Lord Bishop of Oxford

Member, House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence

Lord Clement-Jones

Chairman, House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence

Speakers

Geoff Mulgan

Chief Executive Officer, Nesta

Joe Dromey

Senior Research Fellow, IPPR

Sue Daley

Head of Programme for Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI, techUK

Professor Chris Melhuish

Director, Bristol Robotics Laboratory

Matt Houlihan

Director, Government and Corporate Affairs, Cisco

Richard Moyes

Managing Director, Article 36

Andrew Joint

Managing Partner & Commercial Technology Partner, Kemp Little