Insight’s Trustworthy AI event a great success

Submitted on Thursday, 20/02/2020

A new European regulation in Europe, often referred to as a ‘GDPR for artificial intelligence’, is likely to come our way in the near future. It will affect every business in Europe that uses AI to engage with EU citizens.

Insight@UCC director Professor Barry O’Sullivan is vice chair of the EU’s High-Level Expert Group on AI (HLEG-AI) which published its ‘Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI’ in April of last year. In response to these guidelines, European Commission President Ursula Van Der Leyen pledged to issue plans for AI regulation within her first 100 days of office. Businesses that understand HLEG-AI guidelines and take a proactive approach to upcoming Trustworthy AI regulation will gain a competitive advantage in their sector, as well as an opportunity to build compliance early and cost effectively.

It was for this reason that Insight hosted a critical early information event ‘Trustworthy AI for Business’ on the 19th of February

The event, which took place at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, featured speakers with first-hand knowledge of Trustworthy AI guidelines and emerging regulation. Experts guided attendees through the main components of Trustworthy AI and provided insights into assessment procedures.

Hosted by Kathriona Devereux, the talks kicked off with a welcome from Insight CEO Professor Noel O’Connor. Professor Barry O’Sullivan then gave a talk about Trustworthy AI, its origins and the state of play today. He was followed by Dr Eoin O’Dell, Associate Professor in the School of Law, TCD; Dr Susan Leavy of Insight@UCD; Michelle Cuddigan, Life Science Consultancy Lead, EY Ireland and Aoife Sexton, Chief Privacy Officer with Truata.

In the second half of the event, Insight’s Professor Mark Keane, Niall Shanahan, Communications Officer with Fórsa Trade Union and John Dooley, Head of Digital Single Market and Digital Economy Policy, Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) spoke. A panel discussion chaired by Professor Barry O’Sullivan featured Insight’s Dr Derek Greene, Dr Amelia Kelly of Soapbox Labs, Allan Beechinor, CEO of Altada and Dr Marguerite Barry, School of Information and Communication Studies in UCD rounded off the event.

The talks and discussions were very well received and the event was a great success.