Artificial Intelligence and Data - Disruptions to Society, Organisations and People

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The next generations of technological development driven by Artificial Intelligence (AI) are unlike anything we have seen before. Data is the fuel used to drive the developments in the Big Data era. Business leaders, policy makers and the public are only just beginning to grasp the unquenchable thirst algorithms have for data. Many human activities are already being tracked and traced using smart sensors, apps, mobile devices and wearable tech. As things we come into contact with become part of the internet of things, so our every move will generate more data about us, our behaviours, habits, preferences and displeasures. Our digital footprint appears to have no bounds to expansion.

There are a myriad of voices participating in the AI debate. Some advocate strongly that AI is a force for good. Machines can analyse greater volumes of data, at increasingly lower costs, and discern patterns and results faster than the human brain. People have information that is relevant to their needs even before they knew they had the need. Others argue that we are entering a brave new world where power and control is ceded to faceless private organisations, semi-governmental and governmental organisations. No company, institution or government appears to be accountable.

Peoples' personal data is being used in ways they don't understand or know about. The extent to which data is being used to generate fake news, manipulated to lead people to alter or reinforce beliefs and exploited to target individuals is coming to the fore. Global companies and industry bodies are setting up AI Ethics Committees, to examine and establish governance, ethical and moral standards only to shut them down in some instances. In any case, although AI Ethical Principles are being to emerge, there is no way to enforce adherence to these.

When: The conference will take place on from 11am to 5pm Wednesday 20th November 2019 followed by dinner and networking and on Thursday 21st November 2019 from 09.00 to 2pm including lunch.

Who Should Attend: Scholars with an interest in disruptive technologies and their effects on society, businesses and citizens. Researchers working in the areas of AI, big data, IoT, smart algorithms, Blockchain, virtual or augmented reality and their effects on society, organisations, people


Benefits of Attendance

There are a number of issues that societies, organisations and individuals have to address if they are to prosper in technologically turbulent environment. Topics to be explored include:

  • What risks do disruptive technologies have upon existing business models?
  • What new strategic capabilities should organisations adapt / develop?
  • How do organisations maintain market share and sustain competitiveness in their value chain using AI and other disruptive tech?
  • What opportunities and threats does AI pose?
  • How are supply chains / logistics operations going to be affected?
  • How will jobs be affected by these AI technologies? What new jobs will be created?
  • How do policy makers address ethical concerns raised by AI technology?
  • What governance mechanisms need to be introduced or amended?
  • What can be learnt from examples and cases studies of the use of AI?
  • How do organisations transform their internal operations?
  • How does AI change external relationships?

What are the human resource management challenges facing organisations implanting AI?


The Darwin Room
Brunel University London
Kingston Lane, Uxbridge

Special Issues

Relevant abstracts presented at the conference will be considered for two forthcoming special issues, which are open to a broad range of research methods:

Theme: Artificial Intelligence in Operations Management in The Annals of Operations Research submission deadline 15th February 2020

Theme: Industry experiences of Artificial Intelligence (AI): benefits and challenges in operations and supply chain management in Production Planning & Control submission deadline 30th November 2019