Doctoral students and academics linked to two Doctoral Training Centers (CDT) in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Science met to discuss during the 2022 Artificial Intelligence Conference.
The free two-day event, at Swansea University’s Computer Foundry, brought together PhD students, supervisors, the Research Council and business partners associated with the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) CDT in AI, Machine Learning and Advanced Computing (AIMLAC) and the Data Intensive Science Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) TDC.
Also in attendance were researchers linked to CDT’s partner universities, including Swansea University, Aberystwyth University, Bangor University, Bristol University and Cardiff University.
External partners were represented, with speakers from Amplyfi, Elzware, Mobileum, Oracle and Welsh Water.
The conference allowed participants to discover the latest work in AI under three key themes:
- The future of AI;
- AI applications; and
- Impact of AI.
The program included an afternoon dedicated to the Wales Data Nation Accelerator (WDNA), presented by the project leader, Professor Roger Whitaker from Cardiff University, and included a networking session from the Alan Turing Institute on the expanding AI and data capabilities.
The conference also welcomed five visitors from Seoul, South Korea, as part of an exchange program on AI and machine learning in basic sciences, funded by the National Research Foundation of Korea, the Embassy UK in Seoul and the UK Science & Innovation Network.
As part of the CDT training program, PhD students were invited to co-organize the conference, helping them to develop their organizational and leadership skills.
One of the student organisers, Tonicha Crook from Swansea University, said: “Learning what happens behind the scenes at a conference like this has been a fantastic opportunity.
“It’s gratifying to know that everything went well, and I’m grateful for the experience, which included the opportunity to chair a session!”
Tabitha Lewis, a student at Swansea University, added: “Being part of the organizing team has been a unique and positive experience.
“Not only did it help me develop my skills, but seeing attendees enjoy the event made all the hard work worth it.
“I hope this is the first of many AIMLAC conferences to come!”
Professor Gert Aarts, Director of CDT AIMLAC, said: “After postponing the initial conference in 2020 due to the pandemic, I am delighted that we were finally able to bring together so many people face to face, allowing for stimulating discussions and networking opportunities.
“We all look forward to developing more new initiatives that have emerged from the conference.”
More information about the conference, including the official program, can be found on the AIMLAC website.