Bristol Robotics Laboratory professor in Westminster to advise on AI and automated vehicles

Issue date: 10 December 2018

Professor Alan Winfield

A leading academic from Bristol Robotics Laboratory has provided his expertise to two all-party parliamentary groups in Westminster.

Alan Winfield, Professor of Robot Ethics, addressed all-party parliamentary groups on artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics last week.

He spoke to the All Party Parliamentary Group on AI at the Houses of Parliament on Monday 3 December at an AI Christmas Reception, where the group's achievements of 2018 were discussed and an agenda for 2019 launched. The group was established in January 2017 with the aim of exploring the impact and implications of AI.

The following day, Professor Winfield gave evidence at an Automated Vehicles roundtable discussion organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Data Analytics. The event explored the themes of transparency, liability and accountability in a future of automated vehicles. The group connects Parliament with business, academia and civil society to promote better policy making on big data and data analytics.

Professor Winfield said: “AI and driverless cars are exciting technologies, but they are also disruptive, so we need to ensure they are used ethically and to the benefit of all in society. I am very pleased to support these parliamentary groups as they consider policy and regulation.”

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