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Innovation Forum/ICT Skillnet Briefing on the Ethics of AI

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Date: 05 September 2018
Time(s): 0800-1030
Venue: Ibec, 84-86 Lower Baggot Street, D2
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Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are increasingly being used to fuel the Digital Transformation of enterprises. Analysts are predicting that by 2021, 75% of commercial enterprise apps will use AI. Today, AI is being used extensively across every vertical in everything from HR and People Analytics to Robotic Process Automation in Manufacturing.

However, alongside the many examples of AI powering successful digital transformations, some problematic scenarios have emerged of AI applications delivering biased decisions or discriminating against minorities. Such outcomes have not just broken ethical norms but have had considerable negative impact on organisations' employee relations, customer satisfaction and share price.

This event, jointly hosted by Technology Ireland's ICT Skillnet and its Innovation Forum, is aimed primarily at C-Suite business decisions makers and will outline some of the areas of concern, related emerging regulations, potential pitfalls to avoid and emerging industry best practices to ensure the safe and ethical delivery of AI applications. The event will appeal to all industry sectors.

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Please note that once you have registered for this event with the ICT Skillnet, you will receive a "Username and Password" which you can then use for future joint ICT Skillnet/Innovation Forum events/workshops.


0800-0830 Networking – Teas/Coffees

0830-0840 Welcome – Dave Feenan Innovation Forum Manager

0840-0850 Introduction – Gerry Doyle ICT Skillnet Network Manager

0850-0930 "Ethics of AI" – Clare Dillon Tech Evangelist

0930-0950 "Practical Considerations and Ethics for Real-World AI and Data Science Projects"

Cronan McNamara CEO Creme Global and Organisers of the Predict Conference

0950-1010 "AI and Moral Frameworks: Do We Need To Protect Humans? – Dr. Martin Mullins University of Limerick 

1010-1030 Q&A/Close

1030-1100 Networking



Claire Dillon, until recently a key member of the Microsoft Ireland Leadership Team for 8 years as Microsoft transformed from a software product to a cloud services organisation, giving her first-hand experience of leading through times of change. Heading up the Microsoft Ireland Developer Experience she is now a Technology Evangelist, helping organisations capitalise on emerging tech trends.


Prior to founding Creme Global in 2005, Cronan McNamara worked in financial risk analysis and derivative option price modelling with Merrill Lynch Capital Markets Bank. Cronan then moved to Trinity College Dublin where he adapted the same predictive modelling methods to the food safety sector while developing the science and technology that underpins the highly successful Creme Global.


Dr Martin Mullins is Head of the Department of Accounting & Finance at the University of Limerick and a Director of Transgero. He is currently working on two EU Commission funded projects in the area of assisted driving technologies - examining issues around risk transfer and future ethical frameworks. He is leading the new Ethics module in the new MSc in Artificial Intelligence. He has also led a number of research partnerships between University of Limerick and industry partners including theaa Ireland and XL Catlin insurance.




Attached Documents

PDF icon 0850_Clare Dillon_Ethics in AI (0850_Clare_Dillon_Ethics_in_AI.pdf | 2.47 MB)


PDF icon 0930_Cronan McNamara_Ethics for Real-World AI & Data Science Projects (0930_Cronan_McNamara_Ethics_for_Real-World_AI_and_Data_Science_Projects.pdf | 2.29 MB)
PDF icon 0830_Susan_Kelly_Dave_Feenan_ICT_Skillnet_&_Innovation_Forum_Overview (0830_Dave_Feenan_Susan_Kelly_ICTSkillnet_and_Innovation_Forum_Overview.pdf | 799 kB)


PDF icon 0950_Dr. Martin Mullins_Governance & Ethics_Protecting Personhood in a Digital Age (0950_Dr._Martin_Mullins_GovernanceandEthics_Protecting_Personhood_in_a_Digital_Age.pdf | 550 kB)