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The University of Oxford is to showcase artificial intelligence (AI) research across the whole University with a one-day expo on 27 March 2018. The event will bring together Oxford’s AI and machine learning thought leaders, providing a unique opportunity to hear from them about their work and their vision for the future.

The day will include briefings by the experts, panel question and answer sessions, demos, poster presentations by students, and an opportunity to talk one-to-one with professors at the heart of the AI revolution. It will be held at Worcester College’s stunning new Sultan Nazrin Shah Conference Centre.

Topics to be covered include robotics, driverless cars, medicine and healthcare, scientific discovery, employment, finance, privacy and ethical issues. The event is aimed at industry, commerce and government. Members of the press will be invited.

The University of Oxford is one of the world’s leading centres for AI research, and has witnessed a sharp increase in interest in it over the past few years from industry, commerce and government.

‘Although it is important not to get too carried away with the AI hype, the truth is that AI and ML have seen impressive advances over the past decade. That doesn’t mean that we will see robot butlers anytime soon, or that conscious machines are on the horizon. But AI and ML techniques are proving themselves in a huge range of new application areas, and this is genuine cause for excitement,’ said Professor Mike Wooldridge, Head of the Department of Computer Science at Oxford.

‘This event will debunk the myths about AI, and show you the reality of AI today: what is possible and where the technology is going.’

Professor Steve Roberts of Oxford's Department of Engineering Science, an expert in machine learning and Director of the Oxford-Man Institute, added: 'We are in the midst of an information revolution, where advances in science and technology, as well as the day-to-day operation of successful organisations and businesses, are increasingly reliant on the analyses of data. The Oxford AI and machine learning community is rich in the breadth of its talent across all domains: there has not been a better time to lay the foundations for large-scale growth in this area.'

Provisional speakers are:

  • Professor Paul Newman, leader in robotic technology and autonomous systems, and cofounder of driverless car company Oxbotica (www.oxbotica.ai)
  • Professor Steve Roberts, machine learning expert and co-founder of Mind Foundry
  • Professor Mike Osborne, co-author of the celebrated report on AI and employment, and co-founder of Mind Foundry
  • Professor Andrew Zisserman, leading computer vision researcher and scientist at DeepMind (deepmind.com)
  • Professor Mihaela van der Schaar, leading expert on AI in medicine and healthcare
  • Professor Shimon Whiteson, machine learning expert and founder of Morpheus Labs (morpheuslabs.co.uk)
  • Professor Michael Wooldridge, head of Department of Computer Science and leading expert on cooperating AI systems.
  • Professor Peter Donnelley, Professor of Statistical Science and Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics

Further information and registration: www.ml.ox.ac.uk

Enquiries: aioxford@cs.ox.ac.uk

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