AI Science Café Series

The Czech Centre in London organizes the AI Science Café Series (January-May 2020), which will host our researchers Michal Pěchouček, Tomáš Krajník and Michal Čáp from AIC and our dear former colleague Jonathan Ledgard. Jan Šedivý from CIIRC will also be presenting there. The series of discussion evenings with leading experts aims to reveal trends and probable development of artificial intelligence, which will bring about significant social and technological changes in the future. Two of these five popularization debates will be held at The Royal Institution, the others at the Czech Centre. You can look forward to the topics of cyber security, industry, mobility and other areas that will inevitably be influenced by artificial intelligence. Reservations are done through the Czech Centres website where you can also find annotations of all AI Science Café Series lectures.

 

SCHEDULE 

Personal security in the age of AI

Michal Pěchouček. Q&A chaired by Michael Luck
29 January 2020, 7pm (The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4BS)

Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the way we live. We spend more time online, with more devices connected than ever before. How do we keep our personal data online private and secure from AI algorithms, both online and in the physical world? Join Michal Pěchouček, a professor of artificial intelligence, as he discusses the role of AI, AI enabled cybersecurity problems and how we can increase our privacy and security online. 

 

Mobility - is autonomous driving an answer to reducing traffic congestion in our cities?

Michal Čáp
26 February 2020, 7 pm (Czech Centre at the Czech Embassy Cinema, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens, Kensington, London, W8 4QY)

Can car-sharing and ride-sharing reduce the number of vehicles in overly congested cities? What are the implications for policy making? The most widely discussed solution to reducing traffic and pollution and improving the efficiency of transport is urban on-demand mobility based on self-driving technology. But can we be safe in a centrally-controlled fleet of self-driving vehicles? Be part of this future-centred discussion! 

 

Conversational AI

Jan Šedivý
25 March 2020, 7 pm (Czech Centre at the Czech Embassy Cinema, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens, Kensington, London, W8 4QY)

Intelligent speakers are now paving the way in the AI scene. Alquist, a social chatbot designed by the Czech Technical University team of students under the leadership of Jan Šedivý, has won second place twice in a row in the Amazon Alexa Prize competition, while beating more than a hundred international academic teams. Come along and be part of the discussion about the development of dialogues for favorite conversational topics. 

 

Chronorobotics - enabling robots to adapt to changing environments

Tomáš Krajník
29 April 2020 (Czech Centre at the Czech Embassy Cinema, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens, Kensington, London, W8 4QY)

It is not just us, but also robots who need to adapt to the changes characteristic of natural and human-populated environments. Methods which enable robots to predict the future states of the environment they operate in also contribute to the lifelong learning of socially intelligent behaviours, improve the efficiency of robot operation and increase their acceptance by the people they work with. 

 

Species survival - how AI solutions can save wildlife in Africa and beyond

Jonathan Ledgard
20 May 2020 (The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4BS)

Is it possible to build a peer to peer network where one peer is another species? Would it be possible to send money via such a network and what forms of sensing and verification would be required of such interspecies money transfers? Jonathan Ledgard will outline the AI methodology and lay out possible first steps to a potentially transformative new system.