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01/05/2019 - AI3SD Semantics and Knowledge Learning for Chemical Design Workshop

posted 9 May 2019, 06:13 by Nicola Knight

On the 1st of May AI3SD hosted a Semantics and Knowledge Learning for Chemical Design workshop at the Solent Conference Centre, Southampton. This full day workshop had five keynote talks from experts both from the computer science and chemistry areas of research. These talks covered a wide range of topics and provided lots of inspiration for the lively question sessions following the talks. Following the talks an open discussion was held talking about how semantics can help, what are the areas where there are currently difficulties and what could be done to improve these. 



Keynote speakers:

A report is currently being prepared for the workshop and will be posted here once completed. 

The original event page can be found here

08/04/2019 - AI3SD Attends Paperless Lab Academy

posted 16 Apr 2019, 04:09 by Samantha Kanza   [ updated 16 Apr 2019, 04:09 ]

In early April 2019, Dr Samantha Kanza and Dr Nicola Knight attended the Paperless Lab Academy. This was a fascinating conference with a strong focus on Research Data Management and different strategies to not only go paperless in the lab, but also how best to organise one's data. There were a range of talks and workshops/demos including some on FAIR data and the use of semantic web technologies both in conjunction with AI and for interoperability purposes.

We are currently formalising the report for this event and it will be posted here shortly. 

More information on the event can be found here.

19/03/2019 - AI3SD AI for Materials Discovery Workshop

posted 22 Mar 2019, 09:28 by Samantha Kanza   [ updated 15 Apr 2019, 08:50 ]

On the 19th March AI3SD hosted an AI for Materials Discovery Workshop at the University of Southampton. This was a very well attended workshop, with over 60 participants attending across the University of Southampton and representatives from many other Universities and Research Institutes, with some industry attendees also. This workshop ran across an afternoon and was made up of five keynote talks which generated a lot of questions and discussions! This was a great workshop for AI3SD as it brought in many new members and raised awareness of the Network+ across different research groups. 

The Keynote speakers were: 
We are currently formalising the report for this event and it will be posted here shortly. 

The original event page can be found here

13/03/2019 - AI3SD Attends Pistoia Annual Conference & SES Data Cafe

posted 22 Mar 2019, 09:14 by Samantha Kanza   [ updated 22 Mar 2019, 09:14 ]

On the 13th March Dr Samantha Kanza and Dr Nicola Knight divided and conquered to attend both the Pistoia Alliance Annual Conference (specifically their Lab of the Future session) and the SES Data Cafe which ran simultaneously to each other in different parts of London.

Nicola attended the Lab of the Future session to see how Pistoia is progressing in this area, as AI3SD is looking to run an Intelligent Lab Workshop in 2020, and Nicola, Samantha and Jeremy are all involved with a research project called Talk2Lab and have worked with Pistoia before (indeed Nicola and Samantha came 2nd in their Hack the Lab Hackathon last year) in these research areas, which led to an article in Scientific Computing World. More information about Pistoia's conference can be found here

Samantha meanwhile attended the SES Data Cafe to discuss Research Data Management. SES (the Science and Engineering South Consortium) brings together a number of Universities (Oxford, Cambridge, Southampton, Kings College London, Queen Mary University of London, UCL and Imperial College London). Samantha and Jeremy have extensively researched this area, and AI3SD is very interested in the management and preservation of scientific research and data. Quality and availability of data is an issue that arises at every single one of our workshops, and it is clear that until these issues are resolved, high barriers to utilising this data for AI/ML will remain. 

12/03/2019 - AI3SD Attends Pistoia Alliance Centre of Excellence for AI/ML in Life Sciences Workshop

posted 22 Mar 2019, 09:04 by Samantha Kanza   [ updated 22 Mar 2019, 09:06 ]

On the 12th March Dr Samantha Kanza attended the Pistoia Alliance Workshop on AI/ML in Life Sciences. This was a very interesting workshop comprising a combination of focused talks on applications of AI/ML to the life sciences in both academia and industry, and expert panel discussions; coupled with some detailed information about the virtual hackathon Pistoia ran over the last few months. This was a great place for us to promote AI3SD and gain some new contacts, and AI3SD will be hosting a joint hackathon with Pistoia later in the year. 

More information on this event can be found here

06/03/2019 - AI3SD & MDC AI in Drug Discovery & Drug Safety Workshop

posted 22 Mar 2019, 05:36 by Samantha Kanza   [ updated 22 Mar 2019, 05:38 ]

On the 6th March AI3SD teamed up with the Medicines Discovery catapult to run a workshop at Alderley Park Conference Centre on AI in Drug Discovery & Drug Safety. This was a very well received event, there was a strong industry presence among the attendees and several representatives from different Universities. There were four keynote talks and working group discussions on topics that were elicited from initial open discussions after the presentations.



The Keynote speakers were:
The key themes identified for working group topics were:
  • Skills and training 
  • Data Quality / Access / Collation / Reproducibility
  • Data Sharing / Interdisciplinary data - data interoperability 
  • Optimisation of Drug Discovery Process
  • Explainable AI / Models
  • Data Decisions & ML Trustworthiness 
We are currently formalising the report for this event and it will be posted here shortly. 

The original event page can be found here

06/02/2019 - AI3SD Molecules, Graphs & AI Workshop

posted 21 Mar 2019, 11:49 by Samantha Kanza   [ updated 9 May 2019, 06:22 by Nicola Knight ]

On the 6th February AI3SD hosted a Molecules, Graphs & AI Workshop at the picturesque Ageas Bowl in Botley. This was a lively workshop with a full day programme. The workshop had three keynote talks from experts across a variety of fields discussing the theory and applications of graphs in scientific research. Alongside the keynote talks there were a series of group discussions and breakout sessions for working group discussions on a number of topics that were selected from initial discussions. These breakout sessions brought together attendees from different backgrounds to discuss some potential applications for graph theory in scientific research as well as some of the more theoretical aspects of the methods. 


The Keynote speakers were: 
We are currently formalising the report for this event and it will be posted here shortly. 

The original event page can be found here

30/01/2019 - AI3SD Attends Recoding Black Mirror Workshop @ CPCD Conference

posted 21 Mar 2019, 10:09 by Samantha Kanza   [ updated 22 Mar 2019, 05:42 ]

In late January 2019, your Network Co-ordinator Dr Samantha Kanza attended the Recoding Black Mirror Workshop, which was part of the CPCD Conference 2019. 

This was a one day workshop that focused on the ethical and societal challenges of digital technologies, with a look to considering technological approaches to preventing us ending up in a dystopian future (much like the ones depicted in Black Mirror!). This was a fascinating workshop that focused on the socio-technical issues of AI. This was a great place to promote AI3SD as we are very interested in the ethical and societal issues of AI for Scientific Discovery, and we made some useful contacts here. 

More information on this event can be found here.

We are in the process of finalising our report for this event which will be posted here shortly. 

24/01/2019 - AI3SD Gives Tech Talk at Syngenta

posted 21 Mar 2019, 09:55 by Samantha Kanza   [ updated 22 Mar 2019, 05:42 ]

Professor Jeremy Frey, Dr Samantha Kanza and Dr Nicola Knight gave a Tech Talk at Syngenta about their work on the Talk2Lab project. This project is focused on bringing the laboratory into the 21st Century, through the use of Internet of Things devices such as sensors, Raspberry PI's and the Amazon Alexa. 

22/01/2019 - AI3SD Network+ Town Meeting

posted 21 Mar 2019, 09:36 by Samantha Kanza   [ updated 21 Mar 2019, 09:37 ]

On the 22nd January 2019 AI3SD Hosted a Network+ Town Meeting at the SCI in London. This purpose of this meeting was to give prospective applicants the opportunity to ask questions about our first funding call, and also to find other organisations to collaborate with. There was time set aside for specific networking to find collaborators, and upon request from our attendees we created a Collaborators Page on this website for members who are actively seeking collaborators in research areas linked to AI3SD (both for this funding call and in general). All questions and answers were written up and added to our funding call page as an FAQ. 

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