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Over the last 12 months if not longer, AI algorithms have come under more scrutinisation and criticism. A faceless complex black box technique that can sway elections, influence what you buy, tell you how you can live and predict A level student examination grades! This webinar was held on 6 April 2021.

AI algorithms touch every aspect of our lives including project management of major defence and engineering projects. There is much talk about AI ethics but what can you do when rival companies/countries employ AI algorithms ruthlessly without any ethical consideration?

In this talk, Dr Nira Chamberlain presented the challenges of AI both technically and culturally through research, personal experience and case studies.

Finally he ultimately put forward a Defence of AI algorithms!

Nira has very kindly allowed his presented material to be made available for viewing. The webinar recording on YouTube is now available in our APM resources area and also embedded below for reference.

The news article of the webinar, prepared by Paul Johnson, SWWE Branch committee member

Dr Nira Chamberlain PhD HonDSc

Nira is the Professional Head of Discipline for Data Science for SNC Lavalin Atkins. He is regarded as one of the UK’s leading professional mathematicians, is the President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Application (IMA) and is a Visiting Fellow of Loughborough University Mathematical Sciences Department. In 2019 the Inclusive Tech Alliance named Nira as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic leaders in the UK’s Tech.

Nira has two mathematical doctorates and is also listed by the PowerList Top 100 Most Influential Black Person in the UK for three years running (2018-2020). Other awards include; an Honorary Doctorate in Science from the University of Greenwich for his unique and inspirational contribution to the field of mathematics. In 2018, Nira was the Winner of the Big Internet Math Off title – World’s Most Interesting Mathematician, which was an invited international mathematical communication tournament and voted for by the general public.

He is also in listed by the Science Council as ‘one of the UK’s top 100 Scientist’ and in 2015 joined the elite list of distinguish mathematicians who featured in the biographical reference book Who’s Who. As well as this, Nira is one of the few British Mathematicians to feature in the Encyclopaedia of Mathematics & Society. The encyclopaedia highlights two of his mathematical models and their impact on the field of naval engineering.

Nira, has over 25 years of experience at writing mathematical models/simulation algorithms that solve complex industrial problems. He developed mathematical solutions within industries such as the defence, aerospace, automotive and energy sectors. This has included periods in France, the Netherlands, Germany and Israel. During his career Nira has been an invited to speak at several prestigious events such as the New Scientist’s Live, The Royal Society -Destination STEMM, Oxford University – Reddick Lecture, and at King College London – The Maxwell Lecture to name a few. Popular talks include; “Saving Aston Villa”, “The Black Heroes of Mathematics” and finally, “The Mathematics that can stop an AI apocalypse!”

As well as this, Nira is the author of the paper Long multiplication and percentages without a calculator, which is based on a method he invented, while teaching at an Inner-city Saturday school.

This event is suitable for professionals with an advanced level of experience.

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APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition reference

Section Description
3.3.5 Ethics and standards


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