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UKRI Artificial Intelligence Regional Workshops


UKRI Artificial Intelligence Regional Workshops

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced four regional workshops to seek input to the current UKRI Review of Artificial Intelligence (AI), which is anticipated to result in a UKRI strategy for supporting AI research and innovation in the UK.

The workshops, which will take place in May 2019, are designed to seek input from a broad set of stakeholders in the AI landscape, including stakeholders from academia, business, and policy. It is anticipated that the workshops will explore the current AI landscape, its future directions, current and anticipated needs and opportunities.

The dates are as follows:

  • 15 May 2019, Edinburgh
  • 20 May 2019, Bristol
  • 21 May 2019, Birmingham – location tbc, possibly wider Midlands
  • 31 May 2019, London

The objectives of the workshop are to work in partnership with stakeholders to:

  • Develop a clear understanding of the current UK AI research and innovation landscape.
  • Explore the areas of opportunity in AI research and innovation in terms of developing new AI technologies, areas of application of AI, and the broad potential socio-economic impacts of AI.
  • Understand the current challenges and barriers to progress in AI research and innovation in the UK, consider how these might be overcome, and the role of different stakeholders within this.

These workshops are not intended to lead directly to a specific funding call, they form part of the UKRI review of the AI landscape to enable future strategic direction setting.

Attendance is free of charge, but travel costs will not be reimbursed. Places are limited and to ensure an optimum mix of attendees, registration will be managed via an expression of interest process.

If you wish to attend a workshop, please complete this short form by 16:00 on 3 May 2019.

Expressions of interests (EoIs) will be reviewed by an internal UKRI selection process to ensure a diverse representation of attendees. We will select participants based on their justification of attendance as described in their EoI submission. In addition, UKRI will also ensure a balanced representation of organisation, expertise and career stage. UKRI are committed to a policy of equal opportunities. However, UKRI is hoping to improve attendance by underrepresented groups at workshops and will consider this when selecting attendees. Applicants will be advised whether their application to attend was successful by Friday 10th May 2019.

Who should attend?

We aim to seek input from people across the remit of UKRI who are able to give strategic advice on behalf of their community from a broad range of disciplines and sectors relevant to AI. Unfortunately, we are not able to consider students or the wider public at these workshops.

Disciplines and sectors like but not exclusive to (not in order of priority or preference):

  • Applied ethics
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Bioscience
  • Creative Industries
  • Cybersecurity
  • Economics
  • Energy
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Financial Services
  • Fundamentals of AI and applications of AI
  • Health and social care
  • Information and communication Technologies
  • Information technology and Electronics
  • Law, regulation and intellectual property
  • Manufacturing
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Medical Technologies
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Public service delivery
  • Quantum Technology
  • Responsible Research Innovation
  • Robotics and automated/autonomous systems
  • Scientific Discovery
  • Smart Infrastructure/IoT
  • Social Sciences
  • Transport


Renée van de Locht, EPSRC, email: renee.vandelocht@epsrc.ukri.org

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