Ethics in AI

Lord Clement Jones CBE - Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence and Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Digital Regulation

Lord Clement-Jones was made CBE for political services in 1988 and life peer in 1998. He is the Liberal Democrat House of Lords spokesperson for Digital. He is former Chair of the House of Lords Select Committee on AI which sat 2017-18 and Co-Chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on AI. He is a founding member of the OECD Parliamentary Group on AI and consultant to Council of Europe’s Ad-hoc Committee on AI. He is a former member of the House of Lords Select Committees on Communications and the Built Environment and current member of the Select Committee on Risk Assessment and Risk Planning. He is Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Music; Future of Work; Digital Regulation and Responsibility; Ticket Abuse; Performers Alliance; and Writers.

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He is a Consultant of DLA Piper where previous positions included London Managing Partner
(2011-16), Head of UK Government Affairs, Chair of China and Middle East Desks, International Business Relations Partner and Global Government Relations Co-Chair. He is Chair of Ombudsman Services, the not for profit, independent ombudsman service providing dispute resolution for communications, energy and parking industries. He is Chair of Council of Queen Mary University London and President of Ambitious About Autism.

Major General T R Copinger-Symes CBE - Director Strategy & Military Digitisation, Defence Digital, UK Strategic Command

Tom spent his early career on operations with The Rifles on operations in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan – including with 4 RIFLES on Op TELIC 10 and 5 RIFLES on Op HERRICK 15 - as well as operational and strategy posts at PJHQ and MOD. 

In 2014 he formed and commanded 1 ISR Bde, created to integrate the Army’s intelligence collection and exploitation capabilities.  In 2017, after a year as ACOS Ops in Army HQ, he led a four-month project to develop the Information Manoeuvre concept, commissioned by ECAB to explore the benefits of integrating the Army’s information-centric and digital capabilities. 

In his next post, as GOC Force Troops Command, he led 30,000 of the British Army’s specialist soldiers delivering Information Manoeuvre and Theatre Enablement as central contributions to the British Army’s approach to a new era of great power competition, culminating in the formation’s re-designation as 6th (UK) Division and the move of the Theatre Enablers to 1st (UK) Division.

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In August 2019 he took up his current post, newly created to accelerate Defence’s Digital Transformation and increase its adoption and exploitation of data and digital technology.  Subsequently he has also taken on both the Strategy and Digital Transformation portfolios.

Tom has a range of extracurricular responsibilities, including Assistant Colonel Commandant (Field Army) of The Rifles; Honorary Colonel of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry; and President of Infantry Football. He also is an Advisory Board member of Nimbus Ninety and a Trustee of Heropreneurs. 

Mivy James FBCS CITP - Digital Transformation Director, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Mivy James has been an IT professional for over 25 years. She is Digital Transformation Director and Head of Consulting for BAE Systems. Mivy helps UK government departments with their digital transformation journeys, focussing on enterprise architecture and technology strategy.

Mivy started her career as an analyst/programmer after completing a degree in Computer Science and Maths and soon moved into technical leadership and system design. Mivy has worked for a range of clients across UK government on everything from cutting edge technology research to the strategic design of multi-billion-pound programmes.

Mivy is enthusiastic about technology and particularly keen to encourage women to follow
careers in the IT profession, she is the founder & chair of Applied Intelligence’s gender balance network.

David Leslie - Ethics Theme Lead, Alan Turing Institute.

David Leslie is the Ethics Theme Lead at the Alan Turing Institute. Before joining the Turing, he taught at Princeton’s University Center for Human Values, where he also participated in the UCHV’s 2017-2018 research collaboration with Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy on “Technology Ethics, Political Philosophy and Human Values: Ethical Dilemmas in AI Governance.” Prior to teaching at Princeton, David held academic appointments at Yale’s programme in Ethics, Politics and Economics and at Harvard’s Committee on Degrees in Social Studies, where he received over a dozen teaching awards including the 2014 Stanley Hoffman Prize for Teaching Excellence.

He was also a 2017-2018 Mellon-Sawyer Fellow in Technology and the Humanities at Boston University and a 2018-2019 Fellow at MIT’s Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values.

Professor Debi Ashenden - DST Group-University of Adelaide

Debi holds the DST Group-University of Adelaide Chair in Cybersecurity. In addition, she
is Professor of Cyber Security at the University of Portsmouth and a visiting Professor
at Royal Holloway, University of London. Debi’s research interests are in the social and behavioural aspects of cybersecurity – particularly in finding ways of ‘patching with
people’ as well as technology. She is currently researching transdisciplinary approaches to modelling complex warfighting, how to fuse behavioural science with cyber deception, and the socio-technical aspects of designing complex military systems.

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Debi was previously Head of the Centre for Cyber Security at Cranfield University at the Defence Academy of the UK and was a member of the UK MOD’s Defence Science Expert Committee. She has worked extensively across the public and private sector for organisations such as UK MOD, GCHQ, Cabinet Office, Home Office, Euroclear, Prudential, Barclaycard, Reuters and Close Bros. She has had a number of articles on cyber security published, presented at a range of conferences and co-authored a book for Butterworth Heinemann, Risk Management for Computer Security: Protecting Your Network & Information Assets.

Professor Ian Bryant - Adjunct Professor, Cyber Security Centre (CSC), Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG)

Ian Bryant is one of the Adjunct Faculty at the Warwick Manufacturing Group’s (WMG) Cyber Security Centre, where he acts as the Principal Investigator for Understanding Cyber Risk, a Research Theme which takes a multidisciplinary approach to exploring the theoretical, empirical, and ethnographic, aspects of this field, on which he has been publishing for more than a decade.

He has spent many years as a peripatetic Principal Subject Matter Expert in a variety of organisations from both the UK Wider Public Sector, and in Academia, with a focus on introducing systems engineering approaches, such that a consensus can be used to balance the divergent imperatives of reductionism, and of complexity/emergence.

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In addition to his role at WMG, his current main activities are:
• Policy Lead for Information and Cyber Systems Protection, UK Ministry of Defence (MOD)
• Principal UK Expert, British Standards Institution (BSI) on both Information / Cyber Security and Trustworthy Systems, Chairing multiple UK Committees, and working internationally, predominantly with ISO/IEC and CEN/CLC
• Honorary Secretary, and Standardization Advisor, for the UK Advisory Committee on Trustworthy Systems (ACTS)

You may also encounter him as a speaker at a variety of conferences, or in elsewhere in academia as a Guest Lecturer.

Professor Colin Williams - Honorary Visiting Professor in the Cyber Technology Institute at De Montfort University

Colin Williams is an honorary fellow in the WMG Cyber Security Centre at the University of Warwick; an Honorary Visiting Professor in the Cyber Technology Institute at De Montfort University; and a DPhil candidate at the University of Oxford researching the history of cybernetics in Britain in the 1950s. Other areas of current interest are the (contextualised) history of computing, the history of AI, cyborgs and transhumanism.

He is a major in the Royal Signals reserves, and a member of Defence Digital’s Cyber Advisory Team.

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For twenty-five years, he was a director of a company focused on the provision of
specialist cyber security services and solutions to the UK public sector where he oversaw
the design, implementation and maintenance of several enterprise level projects and systems. He led the staging of the annual Cyber Security Professionals conference in York, and he was the editor in chief of the journal CyberTalk.

He speaks, writes and advises on cyber and cyber security. He delivers an annual guest lecture at the Universities of Warwick and Manchester, and a biennial series of public lectures at Warwick and De Montfort Universities. He teaches the module on PKI on the cyber security MSc at Warwick.

Alex Taylor, University of Bath

Alex Taylor is a PhD candidate in Artificial Intelligence - ART AI at the University of Bath working in collaboration with Rolls-Royce, researching “the application of artificial intelligence in safety critical engineering.

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In collaboration with Rolls-Royce, I am researching the applicability of machine learning in safety critical engineering. I am working on advancing the state of the art in this domain to meet the challenge of mitigating “worst case” performance in systems that must be trusted not to fail, for example in jet engines or in control systems for autonomous vehicles. I plan to develop new AI that will work with and for world leading engineering teams, helping them to make better decisions and improve design processes without sacrificing quality or safety.

I am working with data scientists in Rolls-Royce’s R2 Data Labs and with experts within the defence business, who can provide world-leading insight into how innovations in machine learning, data science and related technologies can be used in this domain.

As aerospace engineering is a highly regulated and safety critical industry, this project requires that the AI developed is accountable, responsible and transparent. There is a focus on understanding “why” an AI does what is does, what guarantees can be made of an AI’s worst case performance, and how this can be conveyed to regulators.

Lt Col Geraint Evans - British Army Directorate Information Capability

Lt Col Geraint Evans is the Information Research and Experimentation lead for the Army Directorate Information. A Capability and Acquisition specialist, he has been involved in C4ISR, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence programmes since 2005. His staff tours include Joint Force Headquarters (UK), SHAPE, Defence Equipment & Support and Headquarters US Central Command. He is a graduate of the UK Advanced Command and Staff Course and is currently conducting post-graduate research at Cranfield University.

John RidgeDirector Strategy and Enterprise Services, Strategic Command

John was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1995 and served as commanding officer of 26 Engineer Regiment in which role he was deployed to Afghanistan. He went on to become commander of 8 Engineer Brigade in October 2015 and in that role led the British response to Hurricane Irma, an extremely powerful Cape Verde hurricane that caused widespread destruction across its path, in September 2017. He went on to become Chief, Joint Force Operations at Permanent Joint Headquarters in Northwood in September 2017.

John left the Army in 2020 in order to join the Civil Service. He is currently Director Strategy and Enterprise services for Strategic Command.

Professor Patrick J Baker, Head Science, Air Information Experimentation RAF Rapid
Capabilities Office & Air Cdre Mark Phelps OBE MA MSc RAF, Deputy Director Legal Services RAF

Professor Patrick J Baker is currently the Head of Science for the Royal Air Force, Rapid Capabilities Office, Air Information Experimentation Division. Patrick until recently was the Scientific and Technical advisor to the United Kingdom, Land Environment Tactical Communications and Information Systems replacement programme – this is a 10 year £5 Billion pound Capability replacement programme. Patrick is also very active with Academia/Industry through the US/UK Distributed Analytics International Technology Alliance, where he is the Principal Technical Advisor – through this alliance he is currently co-authoring white papers in support of Software Defined Networking with a particular user case of Software Defined Coalitions with Yale University in the US and Imperial College in London.

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Patrick; has a large cohort of directly mentored students from undergrad through to PhD – he is a formal PhD marker for Loughborough University in the UK –Patrick often lectures in communications systems and technologies across a wide breadth of Government, Academia and Industry.

Patrick is often called upon to brief at the highest level – as an exemplar – early this year briefing General Terrance J O’Shaughnessy – USAF – Commander - United States Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defence Command on advances within Mesh Networking and applicability to military user cases. Patrick has had an interesting career spanning over 36 Years, initially within the Royal Air Force where he served in a number of communications engineering roles including directly with NATO. On leaving the service he has gone on to work with Boeing Satellite systems in the US, The United Nations - Balkans, The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks, Ericsson’s development centre in Sweden, Nokia’s development centre in Finland as examples . Patrick’s breadth of experience has enabled him to develop and deliver diverse solutions/capability from communications protocols/systems through to novel Bio-metric collection and transfer techniques.

In 2011 he was awarded a Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Prime Minister award for outstanding work in support of Counter Improvised Explosive Device - Information Management and exploitation.

Lee Glazier, Head of Service Integrity, Rolls-Royce

Lee is a member of the EU AI Experts Group and helps lead the continual development of the Artificial Intelligence Vision at Rolls-Royce to enable tangible business value. He also created the Rolls-Royce process and framework for Governing Data and AI Ethics and Trustworthiness - collaborating with HR, Ethics, Data Scientists, Manufacturing and the Trades Unions. This has now been released publicly under Creative Commons Licence as the Aletheia FrameworkTM. He understands the value stream associated with extracting the value out of big data, digital integration across the complete life-cycle and the digital twin.

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He has experienced the challenge of being in the middle of transforming businesses into the cloud - with all the necessary protection to ensure compliance with regulations (e.g. export control, GDPR etc), and balancing innovation and ethics integrity.

Specialties: Managing Projects and teams of extreme complexity and edge capabilities. Lee is also experienced in the pragmatic application of Systems Engineering techniques, and managing the challenge of ensuring that High Performance Computing delivers business benefit.

Dr Kevin Macnish - Senior Digital Ethics Consultant, Sopra Steria

Kevin Macnish is a Senior Digital Ethics Consultant at Sopra Steria. A former analyst and manager at GCHQ and the US DOD, Kevin gained his PhD in digital ethics from the University of Leeds in 2013 before working at the Universities of Leeds and Twente until 2021. He has been interviewed by BBC national television and radio and has spoken at both the House of Commons and the House of Lords in relation to digital ethics. Kevin is the author of one book on the ethics of surveillance and editor of another on ethics and data analytics. From 2018-21 Kevin worked on the SHERPA project, a €3m European Commission-funded Horizon 2020 project investigating the ethical impact of AI and big data.

Dr Darminder Ghataoura & Dr Keith Dear - Fujitsu Defence & National Security

Dr. Darminder Ghataoura is Head of AI and leads Fujitsu’s offerings and capabilities in AI and Data Science within the Defence and National Security space, acting as Technical Design Authority with responsibility for shaping proposals and development of integrated AI solutions.

Darminder also manages the strategic technical AI relationships with partners, academic institutions and UK government and is a Strategic Advisory Network member for the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems (TAS) Hub, advising on its research direction and identifying impact opportunities to accelerate the adoption of Trusted AI solutions developed within the Programme.

Darminder has over 15 years’ experience in the design and development of AI systems and
services across the UK Public and Defence sectors as well as UK and international commercial businesses.

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Darminder was awarded with the Fujitsu Distinguished Engineer recognition in 2020 and holds an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in Autonomous Military Sensor Networks for Surveillance Applications, from University College London (UCL).

Dr Keith Dear is Director of Artificial Intelligence Innovation at Fujitsu Defence and Security. Keith has served as an Expert Advisor to the Prime Minister on Defence Modernisation
& the Integrated Review, leading also on UK space strategy in No 10, and advising on national strategies on emerging technology. A former Intelligence Officer in the RAF, he has served in Iraq, completed three deployments to Afghanistan, deployed to Abkhazia (Georgia) with the United Nations, to Mali alongside the French, and served on exchange with US Air Force. He now continues his service as a Group Captain in 601 (Reserve) Squadron, leading on Science, Technology and academic liaison.

He is a Chief of the Air Staff’s Fellow, Research Associate at Oxford’s Changing Character
of War Programme and Associate Fellow at RUSI - where he guest-edited the Special Edition
on AI in November 2019. He speaks widely on AI, Big Data and Decision-Making and was named one of the most relevant voices in European tech by the leading business ‘Big Things’ Conference in 2019.

Keith holds a DPhil in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford. In 2011 he was awarded King’s College London’s O’Dwyer-Russell prize for his MA studies in Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism. He co-leads the Defence Entrepreneurs’ Forum (UK) and was founder and CEO of Airbridge Aviation, a not-for-profit start-up dedicated to delivering humanitarian aid by cargo drones

Courtney Bowman - Director of Privacy and Civil Liberties Engineering, Palantir

Bowman is Director of Privacy and Civil Liberties Engineering at Palantir Technologies. His work addresses complex issues at the intersection of policy, law, technology, ethics, and
social norms. As lead for Palantir Technologies’ in-house Privacy and Civil Liberties Team, Bowman works extensively with international, federal, state, and local government (including law enforcement, criminal justice, health and social services), commercial, and philanthropic partners to develop data governance practices technology-enabled solutions to the challenges of responsible data management and use. Bowman also works with the privacy advocacy world at large to explore privacy and data protection issues on the horizon and ensure that the broader concerns from the community are addressed in the design and implementation of Palantir’s software platforms.

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Bowman is co-author of The Architecture of Privacy, which provides a multidisciplinary framework for designing and building privacy- protective information systems. Prior to Palantir, Bowman earned degrees in Physics and Philosophy at Stanford University and spent several years at Google working on quantitative analytics, auction design, and pricing strategy.

Rob Solly - Director of Research Partnerships, Improbable

Rob Solly is Improbable’s Director of Research Partnerships. He leads Improbable’s internal research to improve the speed, validity, richness and effectiveness of complex simulations in collaboration with leading academics, research institutions and companies.

Rob joined Improbable from the UK’s Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), where he led the Defence and Security Analysis Division for six years, ensuring that Government decisions on operations, policy, force development and procurement, were well-informed by analysis and research into human science and emerging technology. Rob also led the planning for Dstl’s Exploration Division in 2020 and launched the Defence and Security Accelerator in 2016. Prior to that, as a senior fellow at Dstl, Rob led numerous studies using simulation and analysis to improve the capability, strategy and operational effectiveness of the UK’s armed forces and, through a secondment to the Pentagon, for the US. Rob is a Fellow of the Operational Research Society, past head of its special interest group for Public Policy Design, and is a regular contributor to the Society for Decision Making under Deep Uncertainty.

Colin Kelly, Linguistic Innovation and Research Team Lead, Adarga

Colin is the Linguistic Innovation and Research team lead at Adarga and chair of Adarga’s Committee for Responsible AI. He is passionate about using natural language processing and artificial intelligence to enable better decision-making and transform knowledge-based organisations. Prior to joining Adarga, Colin worked as an analytics consultant at IBM and PA Consulting, shaping and deploying analytics solutions for financial services, energy and public sector clients. He studied mathematics and computer science at the University of Oxford and holds a Masters and PhD in natural language processing from the University of Cambridge.