Conferences and the CDT
As part of our PhD programme, our students are supported with attending a variety of conferences that cover the wide range of SLT subjects.
In November one of our students from cohort 1, Will, took a trip down to the Royal Society in London to attend the Validate AI conference
What Will said about the day;
‘It was a very unique conference to attend. This was because the sole focus of the conference was to try and answer the question of “how do we validate AI?”. There was a lot of discussion around this question and how it applies to particular industries, such as the automotive industry, financial sector and public sector.
Some of the common themes throughout the day included:
- Validation & verification of AI systems
- The triple helix (public, private and academic institutions cooperating)
- Regulation & ethics of AI
- Developing robust & explainable AI
Overall this was a really fascinating conference to attend with some really important questions being raised and a lot of people trying to think ahead for what are the challenges of the future in the field of AI. Many of these questions will have an impact on the field of speech and language technology in a profound way, particularly with regards to the tools we use and the way we handle the personal data involved in developing speech and language models.’