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What is Artificial Intelligence?
Alan Winfield and Sir Malcolm Grant (Chair)

  • Saturday 16 June 2018, 11.00AM to 11.45am
  • Free admission
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  • Ron Cooke Hub, University of York (map|getting to campus)
  • Wheelchair accessible

Event details

Do you know what artificial intelligence (AI) is? Would you like to find out more? What should and shouldn’t we be worried about? Our keynote address by Alan Winfield of the University of the West of England (UWE) will introduce you to the world of artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomous systems. Find out about the robots that are already here and part of our lives, and discover what the future may hold. The session is chaired by Sir Malcolm Grant, Chancellor of the University of York. 

Brought to you in collaboration with the Assuring Autonomy International Programme, which is supported by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation and the University of York.

Assuring Autonomy International Programme

The Assuring Autonomy International Programme is a £12 million initiative funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation and the University of York to spearhead research, training and standards in the safety of robotics and autonomous systems (RAS). Our vision is to further enable the widespread and beneficial uptake of RAS by overcoming the obstacles to achieving regulatory and public acceptance.

About the speakers

Alan Winfield is Professor of Robot Ethics at the University of the West of England (UWE) where his work spans Research and Public Engagement. He conducts research in Cognitive Robotics within the Bristol Robotics Lab. Alan is also a member of the Science Communication Unit and undertakes public engagement work centred upon robotics. Robot ethics is a significant focus of his current work, including the development of new standards.

Alan is a Visiting Professor with the University of York’s Department of Electronics, and a  Member of the International Review Panel, NCCR Robotics, Switzerland; the British Standards Institute working group on Robot Ethics; the Ethics Advisory Board, EC Human Brain Project; the executive committee, IEEE Global Initiative on the Ethical design of Autonomous Systems; the World Economic Forum Council on The Future of Technology, Values and Policy; and the EPSRC ICT Strategic Advisory Team. He is an Associate Fellow of the Cambridge Centre for the Future of Intelligence and on the editorial board of the Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence and Frontiers in Evolutionary Robotics, for which is he an Associate Editor.

Professor Sir Malcolm Grant is currently Chairman of NHS England, which has responsibility for holding and investing the NHS budget to secure continual improvement in the quality of the health and healthcare for the population of England. He is also Chancellor of the University of York.  He served for 10 years as President and Provost of UCL, from 2003 to 2013, and was previously Pro Vice Chancellor of Cambridge and Professor and Head of Department of Land Economy. He is an Honorary Fellow of Clare College Cambridge.

Past roles have included service as Chairman of the Russell Group, of the Local Government Commission for England, and of the Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission. He has been a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and of the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong.

He has a strong interest in higher education globally, and is currently senior adviser to the President of Arizona State University; and President of the Council for the Assistance of At-Risk Academics (CARA); Chairman of the PLuS Alliance advisory board (Australia, USA and UK), and a member of the International Advisory Council of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology; and of the International Council on Global Competitiveness of Russian Universities (for the 5-100 project).

He is a trustee of Somerset House; a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation; a Bencher of Middle Temple; a British Business Ambassador; and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. 


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