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'Data and societies of today and the future' - a conference

Leading specialists to gather at UEL to discuss the current and future role of data in society 

General elections, immigration, the economy, journalism, social media, and online consumer behaviour – the use and possible misuse of data is now at the very heart of society. And with new artificial intelligence, predictive modelling and data mining capabilities, we’re discovering previously hard-to-find insights from data. How is all this happening, why, and what sort of society are we shaping? This conference will address some of the major questions around data, big data and the societies of today and the future.

The conference will take place on 14 March at the University of East London, Docklands Campus, E16 2RD, WB.G.02


Tea and coffee served from 9.30am.

9.45-10.00: Introduction: Prof Allan Brimicombe

10.00-10.30: Tom Smith, ONS Data Science Campus: 'Data and the future of public services' (TBC)

10.30-11.00: Sarah Castell, Director, Ipsos MORI: 'Data ethics; what do the public think?'

11.00-11.30: Harry Carr, Head of Data, Sky News: ‘Public opinion research in journalism'

11.30-11.45: Panel Q&A

11.45-12.30: Lunch

12.30-13.00: Leila Haddou, Data Journalism Editor, The Times and Sunday Times: 'What data can and can’t do when it comes to journalism.'

13.00-13.30: Google DeepMind: 'How DeepMind AI is being applied to real-world problems' (TBC) 

13:30 – 13:50: Closing remarks: Prof Allan Brimicombe

*Speakers are correct at the time of promotion, changes and updates may be made before the event date. 

 This event is for UEL staff, students, and alumni. Non-University attendees by invitation only. 

Thursday, 14 March 2019