Institute for Mathematical Innovation

Machine Learning: Algorithms and Ethics

Campus-wide thematic semester at the University of Bath


Spring 2018

Machine learningFrom casual interaction like Netflix's film suggestions, to more profound decisions such as the length of jail sentences, the use of machine learning in decision-making is increasing.

This raises important questions about how to make sure we can understand and challenge these decisions, and ensure that we aren't simply forced to accept what an algorithm has decided.


An interdisciplinary approach

Bringing together a wide range of academic disciplines, this IMI thematic semester will shed fresh light on the rapidly growing field of machine learning, and the increasing use of algorithms in public and business decision-making. We'll talk about how this impacts on individuals, and how we ensure that algorithms generate meaningful answers that can be challenged.

Audience: FREE events at the University of Bath, open to all with a ticket


Take part in our programme of talks, seminars and workshops  


Wednesday Machine Learning Seminars 

Come along to our series of machine learning seminars bringing together academics from all disciplines to share knowledge, exchange ideas and stimulate new collaborations across departments. Each seminar will feature one or more speakers on a range of relevant topics. All seminars are held in from 2.15 - 4.00pm in 8 West, Room 2.1, University of Bath.


Media and artificial intelligence  25 April

Professor Nello Cristianini from the University of Bristol explores the interplay of artificial intelligence and the media. Full details and registration>>


Grand Public Debate on Machine Learning

9 May 2018, 5.15 - 7.00pm, The Chancellors' Building, The University of Bath

Rounding off the thematic semester on machine learning, IMI will host a large public debate about the performance, accountability and transparency of machine learning.

A panel of experts in the field will debate the wide-ranging implications of the rise in Machine Learning and AI with a chance for audience members to participate with questions and voting in real time. Full details and registration >>



Previous Events


Films of all previous events >>


AI, Machine Learning and Ethics: a University of Bath showcase 7 February - Full details and slides >>

Is a Mathematician a Robot? 13 February - Full details and materials >>

Machine Learning and its Ethical Dilemmas: an Introduction 14 February - Full details and slides >>

Good analytics needs good data and that needs good metadata 28 February - Full details and slides >>

From computational metaphysics towards computational pseudo-ethics 14 March Full details and slides >>

Machine Learning in Research at the University of Bath 21 March - Full details >> 

Data Governance: Arguing for greater transparency, accountability and means for citizen interventions 11 April - Full details >>

Is artificial intelligence prone to prejudice? 13 April - Full details >>

Of, for, and by the people: The legal lacuna of synthetic persons 18 April - Full details >>





Join the Machine Learning Thematic Semester

We warmly invite all academic staff, PhD students and anybody with an interest in machine learning to join the weekly Wednesday Machine Learning Seminars, taking place from 2.15 - 4.00pm, 8 West, Room 2.1, University of Bath.