ExIST explores artificial intelligence and robotics technologies in Exeter at a ‘state of the art’ venue

On Thursday 19th October, the Exeter Initiative for Science and Technology (ExIST) will be taking a closer look at AI and Robotics, focusing on emerging technologies, the sector’s impact on the workplace and the implications and effects of both on workplace and education needs currently and in the future.

Confirmed speakers for October’s quarterly event will include; Kate Doodson, Joint Chief Executive of Cosmic, David Ferguson, Head of Digital Innovation at EDF and John Laramy, Principal at Exeter College.

First on the agenda of speakers will be Kate Doodson, Joint Chief Executive at Cosmic and introducing the topic, Kate will be talking about the wider context of AI and automation in the workplace and other business applications which are applicable to smaller business's daily practice.

ExIST are also delighted to have David Ferguson, Head of Digital Innovation at EDF Energy to come and speak to the group. As an Advisor to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Artificial Intelligence, David will be exploring the ways in which AI is being applied across business, specifically at EDF Energy, and the ethical and policy questions this raises.

Finally, John Laramy, Principal at Exeter College, will be updating the group on how the College is investing in employer standard equipment to ensure it matches workforce expectations and preparation for learners for employment. John will also be updating on the fantastic new robotics facilities the College is now proud to possess. A tour of the robotics area will be available after the presentations.

Robert McIlwraith, chairman of ExIST, said “Our third event of 2017 will be covering a fantastic topic with a superb line up of speakers. AI and robotics are increasingly making their way into the day to day activities of many businesses and it’s exciting to know that this is happening in Exeter and the South West. We are pleased to have such a great array of speakers for the October event and encourage anyone with a business focus in science and technology, as well as an interest in the future development of Exeter, to come to the event.”

The event will be taking place at Exeter College’s Technology Centre, with a world-class, multi-million pound centre of excellence including cutting edge robotics and the latest engineering technology.

Julie Hawker, Joint Chief Executive of Cosmic, who is a keen advocate of innovative IT solutions which improve businesses and lives, will be chairing October’s event which will begin at 8.30am with breakfast and closes at 10.30am.  To view the full programme of speakers and topics please visit www.existexeter.co.uk
To book your place at the event please call Exeter Chamber on 01392 431133. Tickets cost £15 per person, including VAT.