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Event report: The impact of AI on project management

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On Tuesday 29th October APM held its first ever Midlands Research Symposium - an event jointly supported by APM’s Research programme and the Midlands Branch - hosted at Loughborough University by Dr Karen Blay.
The symposium attracted over 60 delegates consisting of a mix of academics, students and project practitioners and led a variety of talks, workshops and discussions around the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Project Management.
The event kicked off with a group activity exploring What does AI in PM mean for my discipline & why is it important? and The meaning of AI in PM for my industry and organisation before we heard some of the latest research:

• Smart Cities by Dr John Israilidis Antoniou, Nottingham Business School
• To what extent can we black box Project Management as a Profession by Dr Ian Stewart, University of Manchester
• AI in Project Management by Dr Nicholas Dacre, University of Southampton

Delegates then had the chance to network and attend a workshop around a Transforming Construction Network Plus funded piece of research led by Loughborough University on Digital Enablers for Construction Transformation (DECONT).

The second half of the symposium saw doctoral students showcasing their research through posters as well as a panel discussion covering a range of questions from governance and AI, ethics along with questions from the audience.

We are looking forward to future symposia and research events both in the Midlands and beyond to get closer to try to help bridge the theory and practice gap.

Presentations from the evening can be obtained via APM’s Slide Share pages here.


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