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Harnessing AI For A Better Scotland:Industry / Academia Match-Making Event

  • Merchiston Campus, 10 Colinton Road Edinburgh Napier University Edinburgh (map)
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Free Event

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a broad area: it covers reasoning, planning, knowledge representation, sensory perception, language understanding, machine learning, optimisation and other related areas, and has been approached in a variety of ways, ranging from biologically inspired ideas (including neural networks), to logic (of various sorts), to emulation of experts.

Scottish Universities in the SICSA network are all involved in some aspect of AI, with strong links to other SICSA themes such as Data Science and Robotics. With recent advances in computing power and data storage, capabilities that were previously impractical have become not only possible, but are now commercially viable. This recent wave of AI has been likened to the new industrial revolution with companies tapping into AI to enhance and develop their businesses in areas such as finance, medicine, commerce and many more.

With SICSA experts at the doorstep of Scottish businesses, in this workshop, we are looking to open up new doors to enable companies, businesses and organisations to exploit recent advances in AI through collaborative research with Scottish universities.

In this “speed-dating” event, those outside academia can present key problems they require solutions to, while academics present “techniques/expertise” for solving such problems. The first part of the event will consist of a series of “lightning” talks, grouped by themes, in which “problem-owners” and “problem-solvers” have 2 minutes to describe their work or issue. This will be followed by a facilitated networking session where people will be encouraged to pair up and form collaborative working partnerships.

The target audience is those working in industry or the public-sector, and academia. AI lies at the heart of a world driven by data, making using of that data to enhance decision making, improve system performance, and has applications with social, environmental and economic benefit. We expect around 50 people, with equal representation from both sides.

The event will take place at Edinburgh Napier University (Merchiston Campus, 10 Colinton Road) in the evening (e.g. 5.30-7.30pm)