AI Con returns to examine application of Artificial Intelligence across society

AI Con, the leading Artificial Intelligence conference hosted by Kainos, returns next month to examine the application of the technology in society and its role in securing a healthier, safer, and more sustainable future.

Taking place in person at Titanic Belfast on Thursday 01 December, AI Con will also be broadcast live for over 300 attendees including those involved in AI application, policy, and regulation across Europe, the UK, and the US.

The conference will explore the continued evolution of AI as it heads towards mainstream adoption, and ways to responsibly and sustainably harness it’s potential to support progress across all areas of business and public life.

Robert Smith, Director of AI and Data Science at Digital Catapult UK, will deliver the keynote address to over 300 attendees. A widely respected leader in the field of AI, Robert authored Rage Inside the Machine which was shortlisted for the 2020 Business Book Awards, and has worked for over 30 years to improve the effects of AI on society.

At Digital Catapult, the UK authority on advanced digital technology, Robert works with high-growth potential start-ups and sits on the AI Ethics Committee, working to ensure responsible and ethical development of AI-enabled products and services.

Speakers at the full-day conference, which is sponsored by Ulster University, Digital Catapult, Matrix NI, Allstate NI and Innovate UK, include Jacob Turner, a leading barrister and internationally recognised expert on the governance of AI and author of Robot Rules: Regulating Artificial Intelligence.

A UNESCO and UN Human Rights Council speaker, Jacob advises on some of the leading Artificial Intelligence cases and consults with governments, including advising the Chinese government and military on the implications of AI on national security.

AI Con Hosted by Kainos will convene those involved in policy, regulation, application, and every senior technology role in between to get to the heart of AI’s relationship with data usage and privacy when it takes place in Belfast next month.

The virtual conference will also be streamed live around the world. For further information or registration details please visit:

Speaking at the launch of AI Con Hosted by Kainos, Ruth McGuinness, Data & AI practice Lead at Kainos said:

“AI Con has been a significant resource for those in the field for many years and I am thrilled to have played a part in curating the conference this year. Artificial Intelligence has expanded across all sectors to become a clearly recognised asset in many areas, from business and education to health. This year, we will investigate this acceptance and consider what’s needed to further public trust and integrate the technology responsibly and sustainably to improve and enhance more areas of life.”

“We are thrilled, given this new approach, to welcome Robert Smith from Digital Catapult UK as our keynote speaker. We look forward to his expert insight that will no doubt provide the perfect platform to bring debate, discussion, and ideas to a large audience on how best we can ensure ethical development and deployment of AI products and services.” 

Robert Smith, Director of AI and Data Science at Digital Catapult UK added:

“It is a privilege to deliver a keynote address at AI Con Hosted by Kainos. The effects of Artificial Technology are obvious right across society, which in many ways permeates all our lives irrespective of location or lifestyle. We as a sector therefore have a responsibility to act ethically and sustainably as we develop it. Collaboration is the best way to do this and coming together with senior professionals in all areas of AI will be particularly beneficial following the pandemic. I look forward to not only delivering my keynote address but engaging with the wider AI Con community when we unite in Belfast next month.”

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