Doctoral researchers and academics associated with the Doctoral Training Centers (CDT) in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Science came together to exchange ideas at the 2022 Artificial Intelligence Conference.
The free two-day event, at the Swansea University Computing Foundry, was attended by PhD researchers, supervisors, research council and commercial partners associated with the UKRI Research and Innovation (UKRI) CDT in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Advanced Computing (AIMLAC) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) CDT in data-intensive science.
Also in attendance were researchers associated with 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 attendees to learn about the latest work in the field of artificial intelligence under three main themes:
- the future of artificial intelligence;
- Artificial intelligence applications. And the,
- The effect of artificial intelligence.
The program included an afternoon dedicated to Wales Data Accelerator (WDNA), presented by the project leader, Cardiff University professor Roger Whitaker, and incorporated a networking session with the Alan Turing Institute on expanding AI and data capabilities.
The conference also welcomed five visitors from Seoul, South Korea, as part of an exchange program on artificial intelligence and machine learning in basic sciences, funded by the Korean National Research Foundation, the British Embassy in Seoul, and the UK Science and Innovation Network.
As part of the CDT training program, PhD researchers are invited to participate in the organization of the conference, helping them develop their organizational and leadership skills.
One of the student organizers, Tonisha Crook of Swansea University, said: “Learning about what goes on behind the scenes at a conference like this was a great opportunity.
“It is rewarding to know that everything is going smoothly, and I am grateful for the experience, which included the opportunity to chair a session!”
Swansea University Student Organization Fellow, Tabitha Lewis, Added: “Being part of the organizing team was a unique and positive experience.
“Not only did it help me develop my skills, but watching the attendees enjoy the event made all the hard work worth it.
“I hope this is the first of many upcoming AIMLAC conferences!”
Professor Gert Arts, Director of AIMLAC CDT, said: “After postponing the original conference in 2020 due to the pandemic, I am delighted that we were finally able to bring so many people together face to face, allowing for stimulating discussion and networking opportunities.
“We all look forward to continuing to develop the new initiatives that have emerged from the conference.”