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Second IADS sandpit event on Artificial Intelligence for Humanities and Social Sciences a success!

11 March 2021

Queen Mary's Institute of Applied Data Science delivered its second sandpit event this academic year on Thursday, 11 March 2021.

IADS sandpit events are a new initiative, started in academic year 2020/21 and led by Professor Adrian Bevan, Deputy Director of IADS and Head of Particle Physics Research Centre at Queen Mary's School of Physics and Astronomy. These events offer a networking opportunity for academics from across Queen Mary to pitch ideas for new cross-disciplinary research projects and set up new cross-Faculty academic collaborations.

The sandpit event with a theme on Artificial Intelligence for Humanities and Social Sciences, held today, provided a platform for researchers in humanities, social sciences and artificial intelligence technologies to expand their research horizons by combining diverse types of expertise and perspectives to offer research-led solutions to current and future research challenges.

The event was attended by over 30 academics from across Faculty of Science and Engineering and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Five proposals were pitched and further discussed:

  • Pitch 01: AI and the Legal Mind: Applying Alphazero Chess Cognition to Reasoning with Cases in the Common Law by Professor Maksymilian Del Mar (School of Law)
  • Pitch 02: Algorithms and Competition Enforcement: Promoting Digital Empowerment by Dr Maria Ioannidou and Professor Ioannis Kokkoris (School of Law)
  • Pitch 03: Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Person: An Interdisciplinary Study by Dr Guan Tang (School of Law)
  • Pitch 04: Unifying sound archives and printed collections for digital musicology by Dr Emmanouil Benetos and Dr George Fazekas (School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science)
  • Pitch 05: The Generation of Artificial Intelligence in Africa by Dr Kerry Holden (School of Geography)

The event finished with two presentations on current and future research funding landscape and opportunities: (i) Introduction to the UKRI Statement of Opportunities on AI: AI Review: Transforming our World with AI (delivered by Joseph Ellery, Senior Research Portfolio Manager: Technology, UKRI ESRC), and (ii) AHRC AI Funding Opportunities (delivered by Dr Claire Salinas, Investment Manager, and Dr Dawn Greenberg, Portfolio Manager, AHRC Creative Industries, Design, Arts & AI, UKRI AHRC).

Many thanks to participants for their interest in this event and active participation. Many thanks, particularly, to academic colleagues who presented their proposals and to colleagues from UKRI ESRC and UKRI AHRC for their participation and presenting funding opportunities to our academics.

Future sandpit events are planned in Q2 2021.

Contact: Dr Michal Filus
Email: m.filus@qmul.ac.uk

Updated by: Michal Filus