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Applied Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the theme for this year’s “AI Fest”, an annual conference hosted by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) that explores the implications of AI for the defence and security sectors.

The conference on June 5 in Basingstoke will bring together Science and Technology (S&T), procurement and end users. The organisers’ aim; to showcase examples of how AI is being used in defence and security. Speakers from the Ministry of Defence and key external partners will provide perspectives using case studies to show the successes and challenges of delivering AI into operational use. Suppliers from industry, academia and subject matter experts are invited, to showcase their AI tech.

Dr Steven Meers, Dstl’s Head of AI Lab, said: “AI is one of the most exciting and rapidly developing areas of science and technology. Understanding how to responsibly exploit the benefits, but also how to counter the threats presented by AI, is a critical issue for the Defence and Security community; this is an area where we need to ensure we are working closely with our suppliers both in industry and academia.

“By broadening our supply base we will improve access to the best AI solutions for Defence and Security. There will be a lot to see at the event, including a large exhibition area with demonstrations and stands hosted by a wide variety of suppliers from academia, SMEs and larger defence contractors.”

The event is expected to attract more than 400; including military end users, MoD capability planners and acquisition staff, plus Dstl scientists and engineers besides international partners.

The conference is to run in two halves: the morning session as the main conference session with presentations to all government attendees. The afternoon will be broken out into eight syndicates to cover a variety of topics at greater depth – attendees will be signing up to these in advance.

At the lunch interval attendees can view the supplier exhibition area, which will remain open during the afternoon syndicate session slots.

To register your interest or to take part as a supplier, contact ai_lab@dstl.gov.uk. Closing date; April 18.


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