Canada-UK Symposium on Ethics in Artificial Intelligence (EIAI-2019)

Sightline Innovation is proud to announce that our VP of Strategy, Dr. Jo Kennelly, will be participating in a panel at the Canada-UK Symposium on Ethics in AI on February 21, 2019.

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A two-day research symposium and networking event organized by the National Research Council Canada and Digital Catapult, the EIAI-2019, will be held February 21 and 22, in Ottawa, Canada.

It’s goal is to bring together people and organizations in establishing ethical artificial intelligence (AI) in Canada and the United Kingdom.

This includes, but is not limited to researchers, policy makers, human rights advocates, funding agencies, companies, educational institutions, and law enforcement.


February 21, 2019: Open symposium that includes keynote talks, invited talks, and panel discussions with experts from universities, industry, and government. A diverse group of participants are expected from various fields, including artificial intelligence (AI), computer science, law, ethics, humanities, and business. There will also be a poster session showcasing student work related to ethics in AI.

February 22, 2019: Closed-door workshop focusing on specific aspects of ethics in AI, such as accountability, privacy, explainability, fairness, and inclusion, among others - in moderator-facilitated joint discussions and break-out sessions. One of the goals is to generate concrete and actionable knowledge that practitioners of AI can actually use to ensure that their applications behave ethically. The expected outcome of the workshop is understanding of the landscape of supply and demand in ethical AI, and the proposal of new methodologies to fill the existing gaps. The format of the workshop will be somewhat open-ended and the agenda will depend on what attendees consider to be important.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Dimensions of ethical AI and how they can be evaluated (fairness, explainability, transparency, robustness, privacy, accountability, etc.)

  • Sources of potential ethical issues in AI systems (data, algorithms, etc.)

  • Existing solutions for mitigating problems, and their utility in industrial and governmental settings

  • Gaps in the existing solutions and requirements for new tools

  • Challenges to implementing ethical AI in practice

  • Determining appropriate trade-offs between system performance and ethical considerations

  • Policies for ensuring that ethical values are implemented and monitored

  • Mapping the demand for and supply of resources relating to ethical AI

  • Ethical AI best-practices

The National Research Council Canada (NRC) is the Government of Canada’s largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development, and fulfilling government mandates.

Digital Catapult is the UK’s leading advanced digital technology innovation Centre, driving early adoption of technologies to make UK businesses more competitive and productive and grow the country’s economy.