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02 December 2021
13:00 UK / 08:00 EST

#WeThe15 in AI Webinar

UCL's Centre for Artificial Intelligence and the GDI Hub presents #WeThe15 in AI on 2nd December 2021

In celebration of the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities, UCL's Centre for Artificial Intelligence and the Global Disability Innovation Hub are proud to present #WeThe15 in Artificial Intelligence, an online event to discuss the power of AI in transforming the lives of people with disabilities. The webinar will feature a keynote speech by Prof. Cathy Holloway, Academic Director GDI Hub as well as presentations and panels covering a range of subjects from AI technology supporting the disabled community to lived experiences of those at UCL as part of the 15% of the global population who live with a disability.

Event Schedule

13:00 Welcome

13:05 Presentation by Luis Canto E Castro from City Maas

A company that uses AI to help wheelchair users navigate city landscapes

13:30 Presentation William Dudley, Imperial College London

An AI research student at Imperial College London who has cerebral palsy and will share his lived experience as a member of the disabled community and researching in AI

13:55 Presentation Prof Marie Schaer & Dr Thomas Maillart, University of Geneva

Looking at their recent paper using AI image processing to help diagnose autism in young children.

14:20 Panel -Autism and AI

Chair: Alice Renard, Autistic Society, UCL

Panellists: Suzanna Chen (Autistic Society, UCL), Luke Muschialli (Autistic Society, UCL), Dr Larissa Romualdo Suzuki (Head of Data and AI, Google Cloud), Dr Joe Mintz (Institute of Education, UCL), Prof Marie Schaer (University of Geneva) and Dr Thomas Maillart (University of Geneva)

15:15 Key Note: Prof Catherine Holloway, UCL - "Disability Innovation: AI and Assistive Technologies"

15:40 Panel: AI-Powered Disability Innovation

Chair: Daniel Hajas, GDI Hub Innovation Manager at GDI Hub

Panellists: Mr Klaus Höckner, CEO, Austrian Association for Blind and Visually Impaired, Mr Bernard Chiira, Director at Innovate Now, Co-Founder Inclusive Education Network, Prof Aldo Faisal, Imperial College London

More panellists TBC

16:35 Presentation by Prof Aldo Faisal, Imperial College London

"AI for Disabilities: from Assistive Technology to Human Augmentation"

17:05 Closing remarks

A headshot of Professor Catherine Holloway in black and white filter
Prof. Catherine Holloway
Cathy Holloway is Professor of Interaction Design and Innovation at UCL’s Interaction Centre and the Academic Director and co-founder of the Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub). GDI Hub exists to accelerate disability innovation for a fairer world and Cathy’s research revolves around supporting this aim. GDI Hub is part of a partnership which has grown out of the Paralympic Legacy and crosses traditional discipline boundaries to pool expertise to tackle the issues faced by society in realising the Sustainable Development Goals.