2017 ABTA Annual Lunch

2017 ABTA Annual Lunch


Association of British Turkish Academics’ 8th Annual Lunch will be held in London on the 18th of November 2017, Saturday, at University College London (UCL). This gathering at the beginning of each academic year has been a long awaited occasion among many colleagues who seek to develop new friendships and partnerships with fellow academics.

As in the previous years, the participants will enjoy a fine Saturday afternoon with fellow academics listening to a prominent expert on a hot, intriguing and often controversial topic while having a hearty lunch.

This year, Dr Yusuf Aytar* of Google DeepMind will address the audience on the Artificial Intelligence technology and groundbreaking developments that has taken place in the recent years which will impact far and large many sectors of society in the very near future.

ABTA is delighted to invite all academics and researchers in the UK to join us on this very special occasion.

The admission fee (Academics: £25, Students: £20) covers the refreshments during the reception and buffet lunch. Event reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis and online registration is required.


Programme details

12:00-12:45 – Registration and Reception
12:45-12:55 – Welcome Speech
12:55-13:15 – Keynote Speech**
13:15-14:45 – Lunch & Networking
14:45-15:00 – Closing Remarks

Date: 18/11/2017
Time: 12:00-15:30
Venue: Housman Room
                   University College London
                   Gower Street, London  WC1E 6BT

Admission Fee:
     Academics: £25
     Students: £20


* Dr Yusuf Aytar is a research scientist at DeepMind. He obtained his PhD in 2014 in the Visual Geometry Group at the University of Oxford. He later worked as a postdoctoral research associate in the Computer Science and the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT until 2017. His main research is concentrated around cross-modal learning, transfer learning, image/video understanding, object detection and deep learning in general. Outcomes of his research are published in major machine learning and computer vision conferences such as NIPS, BMVC, CVPR, and ICCV.

** Title: Artificial Intelligence in the age of information
Artificial Intelligence is one of the most debated topics of today's world. From Stephen Hawking to Elon Musk, Bill Gates to Mark Zuckerberg, people have a lot to say about AI. Will it change the humanity for the better? Will it destroy us or help us destroy ourselves? Or is it just another hype destined to be lost within the history of human kind. Dazzled among all these questions we often forget to see AI for what it is as opposed to what we think it would be. This talk will mainly discuss a series of topics concerning the history, challenges, misconceptions and recent promises of AI.



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