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Imperial researchers are developing new technologies in AI, machine learning, data sciences and robotics, and The Forum is working with policymakers to enable our research to support building a dynamic and fair data-driven economy.

Imperial researchers are helping to better understand how AI, machine learning and data sciences will transform lives, environments and healthcare systems and build a digital world that is secure, inclusive and accessible, protecting individuals and creating benefits for society. Meanwhile, the government has ambitions for the UK to lead the world in artificial intelligence and data, creating thousands of high-quality jobs in a data-driven economy. The Forum is supporting researchers to work with policymakers, regulators and industry to solve key challenges around AI and data and their implications for healthcare, jobs and fundamental rights such as privacy and the prevention of harms.

What's on 

  • The Cabinet Office has announced measures to increase transparency of the public sector’s use of artificial intelligence. An algorithmic transparency standard will be piloted by several public sector organisations before being adopted more widely. Imperial’s The Forum held a policy hackathon with civil servants earlier this year organised with thinktank Reform to explore practical solutions to challenges around algorithmic transparency is explicitly mentioned as having informed this policy. 

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Discover our past AI and Data events

The future of wearable technologies (panel discussion) - June 2021

Imperial's Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering have written a Briefing Paper on what the blurring of the divide between wellness devices (for example, the Apple Watch) and medical devices could mean for data misuse and privacy. Considering there is already concern about what happens to a user’s personal data once it leaves a wearable device, the ability of future wellness devices to monitor more about us will only exacerbate this concern. Co-hosted with The Forum, this panel featured academics, policymakers and industry who debated the key issues.

Facial recognition technology: can it be used responsibly? (Panel discussion) - May 2021 

With the recent release of the European Commission's proposed rules and actions on the use of AI, The Forum hosted an expert panel discussion around how policymakers can approach regulating emerging technologies, focussing on the example of facial recognition technology. Do the benefits of the technology outweigh the risks, and how can we ensure that fundamental rights and privacy are safeguarded? Read more.

Melissa Heikkilä, AI Correspondent for Politico chaired the event. On the panel to discuss the issues were:

  • Dr Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics, Imperial College London and Special Adviser on AI and Data Protection to Commissioner Reynders
  • Karen Melchior, Lawyer and Member of the European Parliament; Member of the Committees on Legal Affairs
  • Professor Fraser Sampson, UK Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner and Honorary Professor, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Nathalie Smuha, Assistant Lecturer in Law and Ethics of AI and Technology, KU Leuven

Algorithmic transparency in the public sector (hackathon) - April 2021

Greater algorithmic transparency in the public sector was the focus of a policy hackathon organised by The Forum and the think tank Reform. Imperial AI and data academics Professor Aldo Faisal, Professor Rafael Calvo and Dr Rossella Arcucci joined a group of around 50 international experts including senior policymakers, regulators, industry leaders and think tank representatives, for solution-focused discussions on key policy questions posed by algorithmic transparency. Read more.

Smarter regulation of data-driven technologies for healthcare (hackathon) - July 2020

How we can bring more data-driven innovations into healthcare was the focus of a policy hackathon organised by The Forum and the think tank ReformImperial AI academics joined a leading group of experts including healthcare regulators, statutory bodies, NHS leaders and senior policymakers to debate and discuss factors that stifle innovation and how they can be addressed. Three Imperial academics joined the discussions: Professor Rafael Calvo, Chair in Design Engineering, Dyson School of Design Engineering, Professor Aldo Faisal, Professor of AI, Departments of Bioengineering and Computing, and Professor Anthony Gordon, Chair in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Department of Surgery & Cancer. Read more about the hackathon.

Social media and online harms (panel discussion) - June 2020

Preventing online harms, an issue at the forefront of health and digital policymaking, was the focus of The Forum’s first ever online panel event. The discussion explored social media, algorithms and online harms, seeking to answer how we can protect young and vulnerable people online. The panel consisted of Dr Nejra Van Zalk from Imperial’s Dyson School of Design EngineeringDr Dasha Nicholls from Imperial’s Department of Brain Sciences, Ali Shah from the Information Commissioner's Office and Ghislaine Boddington from BBC Digital Planet. Read more about the panel event.

Artificial Intelligence and the future of work (workshop) - May 2019

The threats and opportunities of Artificial Intelligence and robotics to the workforce took centre stage at May's policy workshop. Imperial researchers and peers from the private sector presented the latest research on AI and the future of work to civil servants. The workshop was attended by colleagues at Department for Education, Future Advocacy, Department for International Development, GO-Science, REFORM, Office for AI, Institute of Public Policy Research and Centre for London. Read more about the workshop.

Aritificial Intelligence and health (workshop) - March 2019

Our March workshop examined the intersection between Artificial Intelligence and healthcare. Three researchers from Imperial's Department of Computing discussed their research on how AI can be utilised in the context of health, ranging from its use in medical scans to introducing the concept of an 'AI clinician'. Attendees joined us from DHSC, GO-Science, Office for Life Sciences, Office for AI, Innovate UK, the Cabinet Office and the Academy of Medical Sciences. 

Personalised medicine (workshop) - November 2018 

In November the Forum hosted a workshop on the topic of Personalised medicine. Four Imperial academics presented their latest research, including how personalised medicine can be used to help treat diabetes, obesity and sepsis, how new DNA sequencing technologies can be used to analyse the human gut and conditions affecting it, as well as how AI and computational methods can make a difference in health and disease. The Forum hosted attendees from the Department of Health and Social Care, Office for Life Sciences, NHS Digital, REFORM, the PHG Foundation, Government Office for Science, Medicines Discovery Catapult, General Medical Council and the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.

Data privacy (workshop) - September 2018

This workshop explored the issue of Data privacy. During the workshop experts such as data security expert and special adviser to the EU Commissioner for Competition Dr Yves Alexandre de Montjoye presented their cutting-edge research. Other areas of world-class research at Imperial includes the use and regulation of algorithms, advances in biometrics and what this means for privacy, cyber security and defence, the challenges around health data, the internet of things and the risk/reward of this technology and the future for smart cities and implications for private data.