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07/02/2019 09:0007/03/2019 23:00Europe/LondonMECSS 2019 ConferenceInspiring safer systems at seaAmerica Square Conference Centre, London, UKtrueMM/DD/YYYY
Trustworthy AI Systems - is this achievable in the maritime sector?
This year's panel debate entitled 'Trustworthy AI Systems - is this achievable in the maritime sector?' will undoubtedly help form opinion amongst the defence, naval and maritime sectors. Trustworth AI, about which the European Commission's High Level Expert Group on AI has produced 'Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI', has three components, which should be met through the system's entire lifecycle:
It should be lawful, complying with all applicable laws and regulations;
It should be ethical, ensuring adherence to ethical principles and values; and,
it should be robust, both from a technical and social perspective.
Each component is necessary, but not sufficient for the achievement of Trustworthy AI, ideally, all three work in harmony and overlap in their operation. As we see AI being introduced into the marine sector, what needs to be done to ensure it is 'Trustworthy AI'? One of the biggest issues will be demonstrating compliance with the legal and Classification requirements when we do not have a deterministic system, ethical principles are understood, but would you run over a pirate ship if you were under attack? Would the AI take the same decision as a human? What too does 'robust' mean in a marine context?
Once again, the Panel Debate will offer a highly stimulating 75-minutes with discussion on the subject undoubtedly continuing on the way to, and at, the Evening Reception at Trinity House.
Chair: Bernard Twomey
Bernard Twomey is currently undertaking a PhD at York University. He obtained his BEng in Electro-Mechanical Power Systems from Loughborough University after spending 13 years in the Merchant Navy. He then spent 23 years working for Lloyd’s Register as the Global Head of Electrotechnical Systems. Bernard is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the IET, IMarEST and MIMechE.
Panellist: Prof John McDermid OBE FREng
Professor of Software Engineering, University of York
Prof John McDermid was with the UK Ministry of Defence as a research scientist and spent five years in the software industry. He then moved to take up the position of Chair in Software Engineering at the University of York since 1987. He became Head of Department of Computer Science for the years 2006-2012 and 2016-2017. He is author or editor of six books and has published over 370 papers. He was a Vice President of the BCS from 2000 to 2003 and a founding member of the United Kingdom Computing Research Committee (UK CRC). He is a member of the Defence Scientific Advisory Council and the Rolls-Royce Electrical and Controls Advisory Board. He became Chairman of Rapita Systems in January 2014. He is regarded as a world-leading authorities in the area of safety-critical and real-time software.
Panellist: Dr Robert Oates
Head of Product Cyber Security (Civil Aerospace), Rolls-Royce
Dr Robert Oates is the Head of Product Cyber Security for Civil Aviation within Rolls-Royce. His specialism is the interaction between engineering for safety and engineering for security for cyber physical systems. He was the security lead for Sisu, the world’s first remotely operated commercial vessel, and has extensive experience in the transport, nuclear, and defence sectors. Dr Oates holds an Honorary Professorship in Safety and Security at De Montfort University and, prior to working at Rolls-Royce, was a Research Fellow at The University of Nottingham, looking at novel Artificial Intelligence algorithm design for industrial manufacturing systems.
Panellist: Dr Martin Guthrie
Martin Guthrie completed a PhD in Computational Neuroscience at Edinburgh University in 2006. His thesis focused on exploring action selection in the striatum using a network of biophysically-based medium spiny neurons. In his first post-doc he worked at the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at Rutgers University under Professor Mark Gluck. Here he expanded his model to explore behavioral deficits in Parkinson's disease on and off medication. After this he worked as a post-doc in the team of Professor Thomas Boraud at Bordeaux University on a combination of animal electrophysiology and computational modeling. Here he developed a new experimental platform to study primate spatial navigation and a computational model of action selection with interaction between cortico-striatal loops. He is now working on data analysis and computational modeling of decision making tasks.
Closing Summary: Capt Matt Bolton BEng(Hons), MSc, CEng, FIMarEST, FIMechE, Royal Navy
Captain Matt Bolton, is an accomplished naval engineer officer with over 36 years of technical, operational, management and leadership experience. He has a particular interest in technology, innovation, marine systems development and platform integration and is the creator and former Chairman of the Engine as a Weapon Symposium series. He now chairs the INEC advisory committee and oversaw the highly successful conference and exhibition in Bristol in 2016; he is also a member of the IMarEST Board of Trustees and Council. In addition to his extensive seagoing experience in Leander, Type 21 and Type 22 Frigates and Type 42 Destroyers he has had significant involvement in technology development, helping to shape the Royal Navy’s electric warship programme, managing the marine systems development programme, overseeing the introduction to service of the Type 45 destroyer (whilst seconded to BAE Systems), and leading the development of operating procedures for the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers. He has published 17 technical papers. In his second stage career, he has been responsible for technical and logistic support to all diesel engines and outboard motors across maritime defence; the delivery of maintenance, repair and upgrade of all Portsmouth-based ships, worldwide; the improvement of safety culture across the Fleet including the application of Duty Holding responsibilities, and; the engineering leadership, assurance and standards for the 49 warships of the Portsmouth Flotilla. Appointed to Navy Command Headquarters as Deputy Chief of Staff (Engineering Support) in Jun 2016, his broad portfolio now spans engineering strategy, doctrine and policy; future support solutions, innovation and information exploitation through to engineering branch leadership, whole force development and capability improvement. He is the FARADAY Programme Director, working to up-skill the Royal Navy’s engineering technicians, and he co-chairs the UKNEST People Programme. He is also Chairman of Warsash sea cadet unit, TS TORMENTOR.