Fueled by the rapid growth in big data, the rise of automation and robotics is increasingly changing the way we work.
With the increase in connected devices and advancements in image and speech recognition being introduced daily, AI and big data is becoming a major disruptive force in an increasingly wide range of industries from health care through to the automotive sector, to retail and security. The opportunities and challenges emerging from these phenomena impact us all and are both complex and immense.
This joint event with Institute of Directors and University of Bath, Executive Education brings together leading experts from the worlds of science, technology, mathematics and business to debate what it really means for the way business will operate in the future, and what we need to do now to gear up for the changes it represents.
The evening agenda consists of:
David is Professor of International Security and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Bath. He is also the Director of the Centre for Security and Technology at the University of Bath.
He received his PhD at the University of Leeds and has since worked at the Universities of Sheffield and Aberdeen. His work research has focused on the conflict, security and military force often in connection to innovations in science and technology. He has also worked extensively on security and conflict in the former Soviet Union, but especially in the Baltic Sea region and more recently in Ukraine.
He is the former Editor-in-Chief of European Security (2009-2015) and of Defence Studies (2014-2016) and is currently Associate Editor of European Journal of International Security (2016- ).
His work is most recently funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and he is currently the Leadership Fellow for the Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security (PaCCS). He has also been funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) as well as the British Academy and Leverhulme Trust.
His most recent work has been published in Europe-Asia Studies, Defence Studies, and Southeast European and Black Sea Studies and he is co-editor (with John Deni) of the Routledge Handbook of Defence Studies (Routledge, 2018).
Jonathan is Professor of Applied Mathematics and Director of the Bath Institute for Mathematical Innovation (IMI) which he co-founded in 2015. IMI’s mission is to lead a step-change in activity at the interface between the mathematical sciences and industry. IMI carries out mathematical research and consultancy projects with both SMEs and multinationals in sectors including agri-food, automotive, communications, healthcare, and insurance. He is currently a member of the EPSRC Strategic Advisory Team for the Mathematical Sciences and his research is funded by EPSRC, the Leverhulme Trust and the Royal Society.
Merje Shaw is the Managing Director of Path59, a Shoreditch-based consultancy which helps large corporations think like startups and improve their digital presence and customer engagement. Clients include international charity ActionAid, leader in pest control Rentokil Initial, and British conservation organisation The National Trust. She started her career in customer support at Skype, and wanted to combine her experience in successful start-ups with large corporation consultancy to bring start-up level disruption and agility to traditional industries. Alongside Path59, Merje is also the founder of Scandiscapes, the UK’s first dedicated online platform for Scandi design-lovers seeking to reconnect with nature through stylish biophilic décor products.
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