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Doctorate: Panel debate: trends, innovations and human effects of artificial intelligence

Our expert panel, chaired by E&T Technology Editor, Tim Fryer, discusses AI aspects from relying on AI and workforce requirements to information sharing and their best tips. Available to watch without registration from this page.

The third in our series of E&T panel debates is about artificial intelligence. Our speakers will talk about trends, innovations and the human impact of AI, machine learning, edge computing and deep learning. Rather than focusing on a particular area of ​​AI, we’re talking about how all these different facets are connected.

The questions we ask our panelists include:


  • To what extent is AI really genuine intelligence?
  • What are the trends looking forward?
  • What are the implications of AI making decisions quicker than humans can check them?
  • How do we go about ensuring AI operates in a fair and ethical way?
  • Are designers aware of how to use AI in the products they design?
  • Do manufacturing engineers recognise the potential of AI?
  • What’s the ongoing effect of AI on tech jobs – additional knowledge & skills required?
  • How can SMEs get started? 
  • Is there tech being developed by large companies that could be transferred to non-competitive applications?

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The Speakers

Nadia Abouayoub FRSA, AI Strategist – Strategist and specialist in innovation for the financial sector. She is a member of the IET Expert Digital Panel and a member of the British Computer Society’s Artificial Intelligence Specialist Group Committee.

She is currently a lecturer/module leader on a newly created MSc in Data of Science at the University of London. Prof. dr. Nick Colosimo, BAE Systems – Principal Technologist – Disruptive Technologies, and Lead Engineer Future Combat Air System (FCAS) for technology.

He has designed, developed and in-flight tested a range of autonomous system technologies (including world firsts) using AI to provide a practical real-world perspective and systems engineering.

Jos Martin, MathWorks – Director of Engineering for Parallel Computing and Cloud Platform Integration. Jos previously worked as a consultant writing large-scale MATLAB applications, particularly in the financial and automotive sectors.

Jack Marshall, Beckhoff – An Applications Engineer at Beckhoff Automation, he helps users make the most of industrial automation controls, from network PLCs to Machine Vision.

dr. Philip Clarke, dSpace – Works for dSPACE, a company that provides technology and services for the development and testing of embedded systems in the automotive and aerospace sectors. Tim Fryer (Chairman) E&T Magazine, the editor of IET – Technology.

Tim trained as a mining engineer but built a career in technical journalism. He has edited titles in a variety of disciplines, including landscape architecture and facility management, but the vast majority of his 30-year career has been in the engineering sector.