Tuesday, 12 March 2019 20:00 - 21:00
The Edge Arts Centre
University of Bath Campus, Bath, GB

In 1983, the acclaimed science fiction author Isaac Asimov wrote an article predicting the world of 2019. Focusing on three topics, in addition to the prospect of nuclear war and the utilisation of space, he devoted much attention on the rôle of computers and Artificial Intelligence in our lives. Aside from the interest in the accuracy (or otherwise) of his predictions, many of the topics raised are very much now in the public consciousness and ideas that were definitely science fiction are now discussed and debated up to the highest levels of government. We will use this as a back-drop to discuss the past, present and potential futures for AI including an interactive discussion with questions from the audience.

The panel members are made up of the Artificial Intelligence and Visual Computing research groups in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bath chaired by the University’s Head of Public Engagement.


Dr Neill Campbell is a Royal Society Industry Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Visual Computing and Machine Learning. He is particularly interested in how machine learning can be used in computer vision (processing images from the real world) and computer graphics (creating and manipulating new images). Moreover, computers interacting with people in creative tasks asks the question of how we can automate without limiting creativity.

Dr Ozgur Simsek is a Senior Lecturer in Machine Learning in the Department of Computer Science and Deputy Director at the Institute for Mathematical Innovation at the University of Bath. Her research is on artificial intelligence, with an emphasis on learning from interaction (reinforcement learning). She is particularly interested in achieving open-ended developmental learning in complex environments. 


Dr Tom Fincham-Haines is a Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bath. He applies machine learning to a wide selection of problems, particularly those involving computer visions and graphics. He has a strong interests in graphical models, Bayesian non-parametric models, directional statistics and active learning.

Dr Helen Featherstone (chair) is Head of Public Engagement at the University of Bath. Helen has extensive experience of public engagement through both research and practice. She brings over 14 years practical experience in creative STEM engagement alongside a PhD exploring public engagement with climate change. Her research, teaching and practice focus on the publics' experiences in direct and interactive public engagement.



How much do the tickets cost?

The tickets are free of charge, but we do have an option for you to give a donation towards the organisation of the Festival. The Bath Taps into Science Festival is run by the University of Bath, but is funded through sponsorship and donations. You do not have to give a donation, it is completely optional.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No, the talk is suitable for people of all ages although very young children may struggle as it will be a one hour talk.


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is avaible at the University of Bath, which is free after 5pm, otherwise there are pay and display spaces avaible. For more details see the University of Bath parking webpages.

Buses run regualrly to the University of Bath from the centre of Bath. All the details of how to get to the University are on the University travel information webpages.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Ideally you will bring a printed ticket or use the Eventbrite app so we can check you in. If you don't have either on the day don't worry, we can check you in manually using your name.


Can I update my registration information?

Yes, you can update your information on the eventbrite page up until the event.


Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes, that is not a problem.


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

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