Key Points
  • Automating UK Growth: Investment and Innovation in Robotics and AI
  • Rebalancing the Economy: The Transformative Potential of AI and Robotics
  • The Social and Ethical Dilemmas: Regulating the Robot Apocalypse
Guest of Honour

Marko Balabanovic Chief Technology Officer, Digital Catapult Centre

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Overview
Taking place a year on from the publication of the Commons Science and Technology Committee Report Robotics and Artificial Intelligence this forum will provide an opportunity to discuss and debate next steps for creating a policy and investment framework which supports growth and innovation, how the UK can exploit the benefits of AI and robotics for society and the economy, and the challenges and opportunities for skills, employment, governance and accountability.

Automating UK Growth: Investment and Innovation in Robotics and AI

Progress made since the Government announced Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) as one of its ‘Eight Great Technologies’; developing the UK’s RAS ecosystem through the Special Interest Group; understanding the transformative and disruptive potential of robotics, automation and artificial intelligence to the UK economy; and the impact of Brexit on funding and inward investment.

Rebalancing the Economy: The Transformative Potential of AI and Robotics

Understanding the transformative potential of automation and AI systems; overcoming barriers to development and deployment; and how key sectors are set to benefit.

The Social and Ethical Dilemmas: Regulating the Robot Apocalypse

Balancing the benefits of automation with the impact on jobs; the risk of digital exclusion in a highly-automated economy; the challenges and opportunities of embedding transparency, accountability and impartiality into AI systems; and building public trust in RAS technologies.


Agenda
Start

08:30 - 08:55
Coffee and Registration

 

08:55 - 09:00
Opening Remarks

 

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Lord Clement-Jones CBE Chair, Lords Artificial Intelligence Select Committee

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09:00 - 09:30
AI and Machine Learning: Can The UK Compete?

 

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Marko Balabanovic Chief Technology Officer, Digital Catapult Centre

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09:30 - 10:30
Automating UK Growth: Investment and Innovation in Robotics & AI

 
What progress has been made since the Government announced Robotics and Autonomous Systems as one of its ‘Eight Great Technologies’?
How successful has the RAS Special Interest Group been in driving cross-sector collaboration following the publication of RAS2020?
How successful have funding agencies been in identifying and supporting demonstrator and proof of concept projects?
How is the UK marketing itself internationally to attract inward investment in robotics and AI?

What is the latest thinking on developing a RAS Catapult in the UK to lead growth, research and investment?

What are the emerging skills requirements for the UK to lead in this sector, and to what extent is a lack of skills holding back the UK RAS sector?
How effective have the Industrial and Digital strategies been at prioritising the robotics and AI sectors in the UK, and what difference would an independent RAS strategy make?





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Andrew Tyrer Head of Enabling Capabilities, Innovate UK

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Paul Mort Chair, Northern Robotics Network

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Louis Barson Head, Future Sectors, Business Growth Directorate, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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10:30 - 10:35
Closing Remarks

 

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Lord Clement-Jones CBE Chair, Lords Artificial Intelligence Select Committee

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10:35 - 11:05
Refreshment and Networking Break

 

11:05 - 11:10
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

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Enrique Velasco-Castillo Senior Analyst, Research Division, Analysys Mason

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11:10 - 12:10
The Rise of the Robots: Transformative Opportunities for Business and the UK Economy

 
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 jobs and employment opportunities will emerge through the uptake of robotics and AI, and who is most at risk?

What are the emerging skills requirements for businesses to implement robotics and AI systems?



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Dr Paul Lewis Chief Technology Officer, Crossword Cybersecurity

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Alex West Principal Analyst, Smart Manufacturing & Industrial Communications, IHS Technology

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Shamus Rae Head of Innovation and Investments, KPMG

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12:10 - 12:55
Regulating the Robot Apocalypse: Addressing the Social and Ethical Dilemmas

 
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 sectors are most at risk of automation and what should be the Government’s response?

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?
What are the data protection implications of robotics and AI systems, explicitly the ‘right to explanation’?


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Andrew Joint Commercial Technology Partner, Kemp Little

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Dr Neil McBride Reader, Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility

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12:55 - 13:00
Closing Remarks

 

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Enrique Velasco-Castillo Senior Analyst, Research Division, Analysys Mason

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End

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Marko Balabanovic Chief Technology Officer, Digital Catapult Centre

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Louis Barson Head, Future Sectors, Business Growth Directorate, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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Lord Clement-Jones CBE Chair, Lords Artificial Intelligence Select Committee

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Sue Daley Head of Programme Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI, techUK

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Andrew Joint Commercial Technology Partner, Kemp Little

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Dr Paul Lewis Chief Technology Officer, Crossword Cybersecurity

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Dr Neil McBride Reader, Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility

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Paul Mort Chair, Northern Robotics Network

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Shamus Rae Head of Innovation and Investments, KPMG

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Andrew Tyrer Head of Enabling Capabilities, Innovate UK

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Enrique Velasco-Castillo Senior Analyst, Research Division, Analysys Mason

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Alex West Principal Analyst, Smart Manufacturing & Industrial Communications, IHS Technology

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Venue details

One Birdcage Walk 1 Birdcage Walk Westminster London SW1H 9JJ

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