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Friday, 31 March 2017 17:36

RGU professor to explore the future of Artificial Intelligence

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An academic expert will discuss Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its future at a public event held at Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen.

Professor Chrisina Jayne, Head of the School of Computing Science and Digital Media at RGU, will deliver a professorial lecture on Wednesday, April 12 which will explore current trends in AI research and its impact on society.

The free event, which will take place at RGU’s Garthdee campus at 6pm, is part of a series of professorial lectures introduced by the university where a number of its experts discuss topical research issues.

Professor Jayne has more than 25 years’ experience in academia, teaching, designing and leading new programmes in the areas of computing, information systems and mathematics. Her research interests include developing and applying novel methods for modal learning in neural and deep neural networks.

In her lecture, Professor Jayne will explain the progress of AI with a focus on machine learning, the successes in practical applications and the possible challenges that lie ahead.

Commenting on her upcoming lecture, Professor Jayne, said: “AI could be described as machine intelligence, or a computer system that exhibits similar behaviour to a human being.

“AI technology is becoming increasingly part of our daily life. There are numerous examples such as Google search, Amazon recommendations, Apple Siri, and self-driving cars.

“Governments and industry across the world are investing in AI research and applications to secure competitive advantage and economic progress.

“AI has recently enjoyed a lot of attention in the media, which makes it a very topical subject to explore further in my lecture.”

Professor Jayne was appointed as Head of the School of Computing Science and Digital Media in 2015. She joined RGU from Coventry University where she headed up the Computing Department for four years.

Her professorial lecture will take place in the Sir Ian Wood Building at the Garthdee campus, and will include an opportunity for a Q&A which will be followed by light refreshments.

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