Digital Twins: The Next Phase of the AI Revolution?

Time: 18.00 - 21.00

Venue: Lecture Theatre B; University Place; University of Manchester

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The idea of an Intelligent Digital Avatar conjures up many images from a complete virtual world that one can safely define, develop and play in to rogue robots running amok and destroying mankind. The reality is much less dramatic but no less far reaching and exciting.

This talk will discuss Digital Twins and chart their history to present day technological capability and present some of the advances being made and the opportunities along with the open challenges faced to realise the potential of Digital Twins.

Headline Speaker: Mark Girolami

Mark Girolami is an academic statistician who worked with IBM for ten years as a Chartered Engineer. In march 2019 he was elected to the Sir Kirby Laing Professorship of Civil Engineering (1965) within the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. He also holds the Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Data Centric Engineering at Cambridge. Girolami takes up the Sir Kirby Laing Chair upon the retirement of Professor Lord Robert Mair. Prior to joining the University of Cambridge Professor Girolami held the Chair of Statistics in the Department of Mathematics at Imperial College London.

The research of Professor Girolami lies at the intersection of the Statistical, Mathematical, and Computing Sciences, where he has made major contributions to the development of Machine Learning and applications in the Engineering and Natural Sciences.

He was one of the original founding Executive Directors of the Alan Turing Institute the UK’s national institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, after which he was appointed as Strategic Programme Director at Turing, where he established and continues to lead the Lloyd’s Register Foundation Programme on Data Centric Engineering. Professor Girolami is an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, he was an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow (2007-2012), an EPSRC Established Career Research Fellow (2012-2018), and a recipient of a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.

He delivered the IMS Medallion Lecture at the Joint Statistical Meeting 2017, and the Bernoulli Society Forum Lecture at the European Meeting of Statisticians 2017. Professor Girolami currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Statistics and Computing and the new open access journal Data Centric Engineering published by Cambridge University Press.

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