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Machine learning and its ethical dilemmas

A practical introduction to machine learning and the ethical questions surrounding it - the perfect gateway to our themed season of seminars.

  • 14 Feb 2018, 2.15pm to 14 Feb 2018, 4.15pm GMT
  • 3 West North, 2.1, University of Bath
  • This event is free
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The increasing use of algorithms raises important ethical questions

AI and the use of machine learning algorithms have increasingly become embedded in everyday technology, influencing everything from Netflix's personalised film suggestions to how much your car insurance will cost. However, the increased use of algorithms raises important ethical questions about how society understands and scrutinises decisions made in this way.

Aimed at a broad scientific audience, this event is an opportunity to acquire a rapid overview of machine learning and the ethical questions that surround it, in preparation for the series of seminars planned for the semester.

The talk will include a guided practical session. Please bring your own laptop if you'd like to see algorithms in action!


  • 2.15pm - an introduction to machine learning by Professor Mike Tipping
  • 3.00pm - refreshments served in the 3 West North Foyer
  • 3.20pm - machine learning in practice
  • 4.00-4.15pm - ethical questions and overview of the thematic semester by Professor James Davenport

The event is free, but please register by 7 February 2018.

Speaker profiles

Mike Tipping is Professor of Data Science at Institute for Mathematical Innovation (IMI), working primarily in the areas of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Previous roles include eight years at Microsoft Research (Cambridge), six years running an independent statistical consultancy and, most recently, two years as Director of Science at a Cambridge analytics start-up.

Professor James Davenport is the Hebron & Medlock Professor of Information Technology at Bath. He is a BCS Vice-President (Academy Trustee) and runs the Bath Hub of Computing at School. James is Chair of the International Mathematical Union's Committee on Electronic Information and Communication and has held visiting positions in 15 overseas institutions.


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3 West North, 2.1 University of Bath Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY United Kingdom


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