26 Jan 2022 / 13:00 - 14:30
Advances in AI methods, technologies and solutions
There is a long history of research into Artificial Intelligence (AI) with contributions from leading computer science researchers, including Alan Turing.
Despite stops and starts over a number of decades, the recent involvement of machine learning in tackling more traditional AI tasks has enabled significant advances in problems that had long seemed stubbornly beyond reach.The workshop will explore the background to this revolution both through the lens of the development of machine learning as well as in terms of what machine learning brings to the AI table. The emphasis will be on the conditions and paradigms that have led to recent advances and that bode well for further development of the field. The aim will be to throw light on the problems we can expect AI to solve in the near future, and on those that still appear remote, as well as on the question of how to distinguish between these two categories.
John is a professor of Computational Statistics and Machine Learning at University College London and Director of the International Research Centre on Artificial Intelligence (IRCAI) under the auspices of UNESCO at the Jozef Stefan Institute in Slovenia.
He has helped to drive a fundamental rebirth in the field of machine learning, with applications in novel domains including computer vision, document classification, and applications in biology and medicine focused on brain scans, immunity, and proteome analysis. He has published over 250 papers and two books that have attracted over 70000 citations. He has assembled a series of influential European Networks of Excellence. The scientific coordination of these projects has influenced a generation of researchers and promoted the widespread uptake of machine learning in both science and industry that we are currently witnessing. More recently he coordinated the X5gon (x5gon.org) European project developing infrastructure and portals for AI-enhanced delivery of educational materials. He was appointed UNESCO Chair of Artificial Intelligence in November 2018 and is the leading trustee of the UK Charity, Knowledge 4 All Foundation, championing the cause of open education and also helping to establish a network of AI researchers and practitioners in sub-Saharan Africa.