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Responsible Digital Innovation Lab

Setting the research and practice agenda for responsible digital innovation.

About

With the rapid adoption of technology in business and society there is a growing concern to safeguard the public interest. Researchers, policymakers and industry sharing this view convened to collectively identify key areas of focus in order to foster Digital Innovation - in a practical and empirically informed manner (Polle et al, 2021). From these discussions three themes emerged:

  1. Building public trust
  2. Accountability and Operationalisation
  3. Experimentation

The principal aim of the Responsible Innovation Lab is to facilitate experimentation that has accountability and operationalisation of research and ideas at its core. It is in this way that we will foster public trust, community building and communication. The Lab’s mission is also to provide thought-leadership in responsible digital innovation through experimentation.

Activities

The Responsible Digital Innovation Lab will be a self-sustained, free-standing initiative, becoming the de-facto the go-to place for informed, structured, and engineered standards on Responsible Digital Innovation. The lab will work with the scientific community and industry to set best practices that can be implement by third parties. The lab will also play the role of an independent organization that holds workshops for training, and re-skilling on trustworthy development.
The activities of the lab includes:

  • Digital Innovation Network
  • Workshops: training sessions to up-skill practitioners on responsible digital innovation.
  • Bespoke research: collaborative research projects with partners.
  • Knowledge-exchange
  • ‘UCL Digital Insights’: one-to-one and panel interviews featuring experts.
  • ‘The Algo Conference’: flagship event setting the research agenda of the year.

Topics

We take a ‘3D’ approach about the topics that we will cover in the lab. The axes are:

  • Sectors: Education and Healthcare
  • Technologies: AI and ML, Data, IoT, DLTs.
  • Pillars: Auditability, Transparency, Fairness and Privacy

2023 events

We look forward to welcoming you to the Centre for our responsible digital innovation events and workshops this year. The 2023 schedule will be announced soon, stay tuned! 

2022 events 

AI Transparency: What does it mean for your business? A fireside chat with experts from academia and the industry. 

Date: Wednesday, 16 November 2022

Time: 3:30 - 6:00pm 

Where: UCL Centre for Digital Innovation, IDEALondon - 69 Wilson St, London EC2A 2BB

How to engage: In-person, public event. Register now on eventbrite to secure your spot. 

Details: Transparency is of instrumental value to any product design and business strategy. It’s a means to an end of building trust with your customers and stakeholders. But what does this mean for your business? In this session we will cover how to operationalise risk mitigation in your AI product design, development and deployment as well as providing practical tips that can be implemented by businesses of all sizes. 

Speakers: 


2. AI Fairness and bias: What does it mean for your business? A fireside chat with experts from academia and the industry. 

Date: Thursday, 24 November 2022 

Time: 3:30-6:00pm 

Where: UCL Centre for Digital Innovation, IDEALondon - 69 Wilson St, London EC2A 2BB

How to engage: In-person, public event. Register now on eventbrite to secure your spot. 

Details: The use of AI is transforming all sectors of business and society. But there are countless examples of commercial AI use perpetuating unfair outcomes. This session will explore AI fairness and implications on business of all sizess. It will cover the ways of assessing, measuring, and mitigating bias, as well as the importance of having diverse and multidisciplinary teams, and robust governance and accountability frameworks. 

Chair

● Chair: Graça Carvalho, Director - UCL Centre for Digital Innovation

Speakers

● Olaf Hofmann, Director of Product Management, N26

● Dr Sara Zannone, Head of Research, Holistic AI

● Anna Thomas, Co-Founder and Director , Institute for the Future of Work


3.  AI Privacy: How to manage the privacy risks of AI systems. A fireside chat with experts from academia and the industry. 

Date: Wednesday, 30 November 2022 

Time: 3:30-6:00pm 

Where: UCL Centre for Digital Innovation, IDEALondon - 69 Wilson St, London EC2A 2BB

How to engage: In-person, public event. Register now on eventbrite to secure your spot. 

Details:  

Organisations use AI and machine learning to inform decisions and automate critical processes, like medical diagnosis. There are significant privacy risks, because large amounts of sensitive data is often processed and more data usually means better performing AI.

This session will explore the state-of-the-art privacy engineering techniques which practitioners can employ to mitigate the risks of AI systems, promote data minimization, and ensure AI is privacy-preserving by design. While, there can be trade-offs between safeguarding privacy and implementing wider responsible AI principles, like transparency and fairness, we will discuss sector specific best practices.

Speakers

● Chair: Graça Carvalho, Director - UCL Centre for Digital Innovation

● Dr Adriano Koshiyama, CEO & Co-founder - Holistic AI