AI Industry Forum (1 May 2024)

Emily Collins
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The University’s AI Industry Forum on Wednesday 1 May is set to bring together businesses and academic experts working in the field of artificial intelligence and data analytics to harness the transformative potential of AI. 

The Forum will provide businesses with an exclusive opportunity to share and discuss their unique challenges with researchers from the University’s Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics (AIDA) group and learn about the ways in which they can use AI to overcome them.  

Sessions will be dedicated to exploring AI applications in logistics, distribution and manufacturing; creative and digital; and life sciences and healthcare. There will also be a focus on enhancing data security and privacy with, and in the face of, emerging technology. 

Dr Daniel Soria, Senior Lecturer in Computing, said: ‘We hope the AI Industry Forum will be an opportunity for industries to come together to share the challenges they face when it comes to adopting AI, and to unlock exciting ways to overcome them with the skills and expertise available within the AIDA group. This will help strengthen existing collaborations between academia and industry, and forge new and successful ones.’

The Forum comes at a time when the UK Government is investing significantly in helping UK businesses to unlock the potential of AI through the Innovate UK BridgeAI programme which is currently enabling businesses to apply for up to £50,000 to carry out AI-related feasibility studies. Those attending the Forum will be advised on how Kent can support them to apply for programmes such as this, including the Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme for which Kent holds a 100% application success rate. 

AIDA are based in the School of Computing with expertise ranging from machine learning and trustworthy AI to cognitive robotics and natural language processing. Between them, they have a range of experience working with industry to solve sector problems and see the Forum as an opportunity to exchange knowledge and foster new industry collaborations. 

The impact that the School of Computing’s work has on society was recognised in the Research Excellence Framework which classified 100% of their research submissions as world leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*) for impact. Many of those in the School are also members of the University’s Institute of Cyber Security for Society (iCSS). Kent is one of just 21 institutions recognised as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR). 

The AI Industry Forum will take place on Wednesday 1 May in the Kennedy Building on Kent’s Canterbury campus. Register via the event page.