Following the publication of the Industrial Strategy, and the Independent Review into Growing the UK’s Artificial Intelligence industry, this event will provide an opportunity to discuss and debate the next steps for creating a policy framework which delivers investment and supports innovation.

With the Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond MP announcing £75 million of investment in AI at his most recent budget speech, attendees will have the opportunity to consider priorities for funding and investment for AI research, skills and start-up’s in order to ensure the UK can lead the world in the development and commercialisation of AI technologies.

Time will be allocated to analysing how the UK can exploit the benefits of artificial intelligence and machine learning for society and the wider economy, and the challenges and opportunities for skills, employment, governance and accountability. Key stakeholders and industry leaders will share the latest use cases and best practice to demonstrate the transformative opportunities of AI, allay public fears about AI and machine learning and consider how existing regulatory frameworks might need to develop to keep pace with emerging technological developments.

Delegates will examine how key sectors are set to gain from AI, how to overcome deployment barriers, minimising the risk of digital exclusion in a highly automated economy and opportunities for overcoming the negative narrative of AI and machine learning to highlight the opportunities for growth, increased productivity, efficiency and innovation.


08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Coffee and Networking


09:00 - 09:05
Chair's Opening Remarks


09:05 - 09:35
A Strategy for Growth in AI


09:35 - 10:30
Growth, Investment and Innovation

  • What impact will the £75 million investment announced by the Treasury have on the UK’s AI sector?
  • What are the emerging skills requirements for the UK to remain globally competitive in AI development and deployment?
  • How successful have funding agencies been in supporting demonstrator and proof of concept projects?
  • What are the emerging priorities for investment in artificial intelligence and where would further funding have the most impact?
  • How does the UK compare globally in artificial intelligence and how can the UK maintain a competitive edge on the world stage?
  • How effective will the Industrial Strategy be in prioritising AI as a growth sector in the UK and what more can be done to develop a joined up strategy for growth bringing together academia, industry and policy makers?

10:30 - 10:35
Closing Remarks


10:35 - 11:00
Refreshment and networking break


11:00 - 11:05
Opening Remarks


11:05 - 12:00
Unlocking the Transformative Opportunities of AI - Commercial Opportunities, Use Cases and Supporting Adoption

  • Where is AI having the biggest impact and what sectors are set to benefit over coming years?
  • How are organisations implementing AI solutions to increase productivity and efficiency and what the skills and business process challenges?
  • How does the UK compare internationally in the deployment of robotics and artificial intelligence solutions across key sectors?
  • Which sectors are most benefiting from robotics and AI deployment and where will growth come from?
  • How are companies meeting the challenge of automation and what are the key priorities for restructuring the economy to maximise the benefit of emerging technologies?
  • How are robotics and artificial intelligence impacting on business processes and who are the trailblazers in implementing and commercialising RAS technologies?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities for RAS deployment across key sectors?
  • To what extent will new employment opportunities will emerge through the uptake of robotics and AI, and which sectors are most at risk of losing jobs to automation?
  • What are the emerging skills requirements for businesses to implement robotics and AI systems?

12:00 - 12:30
Addressing the Ethical Concerns of AI and Developing the Regulatory Framework

  • How can the UK exploit the benefits of increased productivity through the uptake of and AI in a way which has minimal impact on the workforce?
  • What are the opportunities for the sector to change the narrative from robots vs humans to machines supporting humans?
  • What are the implications of a highly automated society for those with poor digital skills?
  • How is safety and reliability being engineered into AI systems, and what is the latest thinking on the development and deployment of ‘kill switch code’?
  • How is the sector addressing a lack of decision making transparency, especially in high-stake sectors such as finance and health, so as to better understand the reasoning and rationale of AI systems?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities of testing the reliability, performance, safety and ethical compliance of AI and machine learning systems?


Simon Rogers Watson Global Privacy and Data Officer, ISO Privacy Expert Panel Member, IBM

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12:30 - 12:55
Policy Priorities for Global Leadership in AI and Emerging Technologies


12:55 - 13:00
Closing Remarks




Simon Rogers Watson Global Privacy and Data Officer, ISO Privacy Expert Panel Member, IBM

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