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11:45 - 12:30 9 June 2017

How to Change the World Seminar Series: Machine Learning and AI for Public Policy


County Hall | etc.venues County Hall
Riverside Building, Belvedere Road | London | London | SE1 7PB | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: 0
Ticketing: Ticketed

Speaker information

Eddie Copeland, Director of Government Innovation, NESTA, Eddie Copeland is Director of Government Innovation at Nesta, an innovation foundation and think tank. He leads the organisation’s work on government data, behavioural insights, digital public services and digital democracy. Previously he was Head of Technology Policy at Policy Exchange, one of the UK’s most influential think tanks. He is the author of five reports on government use of technology and data, and a book on UK think tanks. Eddie is a regular writer and speaker on how government and public sector organisations can deliver more and better with less through smarter use of technology and data. He blogs at http://eddiecopeland.me and tweets @EddieACopeland
Shane Johnson, Director, UCL Dawes Centre for Future Crime, Professor Shane D. Johnson is the Director of the Dawes Centre for Future Crime at UCL and Deputy Head of Department at the UCL Department for Security and Crime Science. He has worked within the fields of criminology and forensic psychology for over 20 years. Alongside colleagues at UCL he has led research on the potential for predictive mapping approaches to reduce crime, working directly with UK police forces to spearhead radical trials to reduce burglary, which have since been trialled in Canada and the States. His work has been covered extensively in the press, including the Economist, the New Scientist, the Guardian and featured in a BBC iWonder website.
Andrew Mitchell, International Communications & Marketing Director, M-Is, Andrew Mitchell is a former diplomat turned director in an international communications and marketing business. Andrew worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in a variety of roles, including as Ambassador to Sweden, head of the government’s international effort for the London 2012 Games and as Director for the Foreign Office’s global economic work, where he looked after the FCO’s role on climate change and trade issues, among others. Andrew also served in Germany and Nepal. In his current role, Andrew advises cities and governments on strategic communications and leads on bid strategy for international events, including the Olympic Games.

Advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence are creating a huge range of potential applications across industry and the public sector, and shaping the world around us in the process. There are many potential applications across the public sector from healthcare to education and addressing social inequality. Building on recent work by the Royal Society that has highlighted the need for careful stewardship in the coming years to make sure machine learning can benefit all in society, this event will consider how technologies like machine learning and AI can be used for broad societal benefit, and the role of the public sector in making use of these technologies in the future.

This seminar is co-hosted by The Royal Society.

  • Please note, UCL students taking part in HtCtW are not eligible to attend the seminar series*

This seminar series is running in parallel with How to Change the World, a two-week design and problem-solving programme run by STEaPP for 750 UCL UG engineers.


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