What we're about

A place for AI and Machine Learning boffins and get together and discuss how we're using Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing, AI Planning, Clustering, Reinforcement Learning etc to change the way our companies do business, invent new products, enhance existing ones or just make things work better.

If you're using AI / ML at work, are studying it at Uni or online, or have read (or written!) an interesting paper recently, come along and tell us about it!

Upcoming events (2)

FastAI study group

Alpha Works

We're thinking of running an AI study group for beginners for seven weeks from the 12th September 2019. The idea will be to study each module of the excellent (and free) Fast.ai online course each week and get together part way through each week to collaborate, help each other out and discuss what we're learning. The course is available here: https://course.fast.ai/ This event is a placeholder to gauge how many people are interested. So if you're interested, please sign up to this event. If you have questions, you can chat to us on our slack group: https://join.slack.com/t/brumai/shared_invite/enQtNjQxMjc4NTkxNjg3LWNiMjg4MjgzYjg2ZmEzNmQ1ODQxOTlhOGI1ZDg2ODM2NTI4NDVlY2U3OTFhOTU5MGMyOGE4MzVmZGFmYTA2M2M I've set up a channel on slack specifically for this study group. The study group will be free, and we'll be meeting at AlphaWorks in for a couple of hours a week for each of the seven weeks. We may nip out for beers afterward depending on numbers, but unlike our regular BrumAI events, these won't be catered. There are *some* pre-requisites for the fast.ai course, check 'em out here: https://course.fast.ai/. But essentially if you're some kind of coder, and can get some fluency in Python between now and September, you'll be fine, as this is quite a practical course that doesn't require much maths. Cheers!

Self-aware AI & Digital Immortality

Aston University Lecture Theatre MB419

Today, we'll have two talks and a group discussion. These have worked really well in the past, and so we'll be devoting 40 minutes to it this time. * Talk 1: Towards Self-Aware AI - Dr. Peter Lewis - 30 mins [Synopsis on its way] * Talk 2: From chatbots to digital immortality - David Burden - 30 mins David will speak about the work that his company Daden has done with Chatbots since the early 2000s, and where he sees chatbots fitting into a bigger picture of virtual humans and artificial intelligence. In particular, David will talk about Daden's work on virtual personas and semantic knowledge graphs the role they could play in corporate knowledge management, and the ethical issues they raise as pre-cursors to a form of digital immortality. * Group discussion: How will AI impact the structure of society over the next fifty years? - Peet Denny - 40 mins Dr. Peter Lewis is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at Aston University. Peter’s research advances our understanding of how to create autonomous, socially intelligent systems, that perform higher-level cognition like self-awareness. He is interested in where AI meets society, and how to help that relationship work well. In 2016, he co-edited a book on Self-Aware Computing Systems, and he contributed to a recent book on AI in Marketing. His research has been applied in smart camera networks, interactive music, manufacturing, cloud computing, vehicle routing, and mobile robotics. He is Director of the £1.7m Think Beyond Data initiative, that provides an artificial intelligence R&D capability to SMEs across the Midlands of England. Peter also co-founded the software house Beautiful Canoe, a student social enterprise whose vision is to develop the technology leaders of the future. David Burden has been involved in AI, VR and immersive environments since the 1990s. David set up Daden Limited in 2004 to help organisations explore and exploit the social and commercial potential of using chatbots, AI and virtual environments. David and his team have delivered over 50 immersive learning and chatbot projects for clients across the globe. David has led collaborative research projects funded by InnovateUK and the MOD, and Daden have won prizes for their work in the UK and USA, and have worked for clients as far afield as Oman and Hong Kong. David was a finalist in BCS’s Machine Intelligence competition, spoke at the inaugural TEDxBrum on Digital Immortality and has authored over a dozen papers on virtual worlds and AI and recently published a book with Taylor & Francis New York on virtual humans. Peet Denny is a consulting CTO and organiser of BrumAI. As CTO of Wealth Wizards he built an AI capability which brought an explainable financial AI product to market. With his consultancy move thirty-seven, he helps organisations figure out how what AI means for them strategically and how to get started. He speaks internationally on AI (including a TEDx talk) and has appeared on CNBC and the BBC. As usual, there will be pizza and beer courtesy of Wealth Wizards and move thirty-seven! Also, a few of us will be heading out for a cheeky pint afterward if you'd like to join in? ------- We have a slack group here: https://join.slack.com/t/brumai/shared_invite/enQtNjQxMjc4NTkxNjg3LWNiMjg4MjgzYjg2ZmEzNmQ1ODQxOTlhOGI1ZDg2ODM2NTI4NDVlY2U3OTFhOTU5MGMyOGE4MzVmZGFmYTA2M2M Thanks to Wealth Wizards and move thirty-seven for providing the refreshments! Thanks a lot to Sli.do for supporting our meetup by letting us use their awesome audience engagement tool for free! :) https://www.sli.do/ Wealth Wizards: The UK's leading RoboAdviser. Helping people get control of their finances through the application of AI, Algorithms and regulated financial planning move thirty-seven: A new AI consultancy helping SMEs get started using AI to revolutionise the way things are done.

Past events (24)

Workshop - medical predictions for beginners

Alpha Works

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