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Centre for Artificial Intelligence Inaugural AI Futures Symposium



Our Centre invites you to participate in thought leadership seminars led by our members with invited subject area experts and leading organisations. 

Download a brochure on research seminars series: AI Thought Leadership Seminars: Winter Programme 2022

27 January 2022, 4pm-5pm: Transformational powers of AI in educational management

Date and Time: 27 January 2022, 4pm-5pm

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Andreas Breiter (University of Bremen)


The presentation will discuss the different speeds and its effects on educational management. By using examples of AI technologies. It will reflect its opportunities and risks. The focus is on the transformational powers on educational management:

• How do HEI react in their governance?

• Is the implementation of AI technologies changing the structures and processes in HEI, and what are forces of resistance?

• What are coping strategies of leadership, staff, and students?


Professor Andreas Breiter Professor Andreas Breiter is full professor for Information Management and Educational Technologies in the Department for Mathematics and Informatics at the University of Bremen (Germany) and the Chief Digital Officer . He is the scientific director of the Institute for Information Management Bremen and co-founder of the University’s Data Science Center. His research interests around the digital transformation encompass technological and organizational change as well as processes of deep mediatization in the educational systems.

The collaboration between University of Bremen and Brunel University London was facilitated by a small grant from the Young European Research Universities Network.

2 February 2022, 2pm-3:30pm: Autonomous vehicles: what can we learn from early attempts to deploy artificially intelligent agents in social settings?

 Date and Time: 2 February 2022, 2pm-3:30pm


Dr Chris Tennant (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Professor Shireen Kanji (Brunel Business School)


Autonomous vehicles promise to introduce artificially intelligent physical agents intouncontrolled social spaces for the first time. Public attitudes suggest uncertainty aboutthe technology, but existing research focuses too much on engineering public acceptanceinstead of engaging with public concerns. We suggest that autonomous vehicles are a testcase of the relationship between the public and artificial intelligence technologies and arguefor the importance of a deeper, more carefully theorized understanding of public responses.


Dr Chris Tennant is an honorary fellow at UCL’s Science and Technology Studies departmentand also a visiting fellow at LSE’s Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science.He worked for 25 years in the financial services industry in London before studying for adoctorate at the LSE. He was the research officer on UCL’s ESRC funded project DriverlessFutures? and is now a consultant for UCL’s participation in behavioural research on connectedand autonomous vehicles for the Department for Transport. His research interests are theinterplay between moral values and rational explanation, media representation of contestedscience, trust and accountability.

Professor Shireen Kanji is Professor of Work and Organization at Brunel University London.Her research lies at the intersection of gender, work, and social inequality, spanninginvestigations into the working hours of men and women, precarious work, and the linksbetween gendered educational pathways and labor market outcomes. She aims to makevisible the gender subtext of organizations and the hidden connections between work andcare.

24 February 2022, 4pm-5pm: Digital Platform Monopolies: What will the future hold?

Date and Time: 25 February 2022, 4pm- 5pm

Speaker: Dr Xia Han (Brunel Business School)


This presentation will discuss the rise of large-scale digital platforms such as Amazon, Uber,and YouTube, which have steadily transformed people’s daily life in the past decade. Nowadays,digital platforms are dominating many industries. On the one hand, these platforms offer veryefficient economic resource allocation, on the other hand we are seeing ethical concerns raisingfrom such centralizations. In this presentation will explore the following questions:

• Why are platforms so efficient in market acquisition?

• How are platforms established?

• What are the challenges facing digital platforms?

• Are there any remedies to reestablish trust towards a centralized digital platform?


Dr Xia Han joined the Operations and Information System Management Group of Brunel BusinessSchool in May 2021. He holds a PhD degree from Cambridge University, and an MSc degree inInformation Systems from the London School of Economics (LSE). Prior to his academic career,he had nearly a decade of corporate experience in the Automotive, Media and IT industriesin Europe and Asia. He has published articles and book chapters in peer-reviewed academicjournals and industry-oriented outputs such as the International Journal of Operations andProduction Management, the Tsinghua Business Review, and the Springer Books Series.

2 March 2022, 11am-12noon: Digital Health Provision through Telemedicine Ecosystem against Pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa

 Time and date: 2 March 2022, 11am-12noon


Dr Edward Asiedu (University of Ghana)
Dr David Botchie (Brunel Business School)
Dr Weifeng Chen (Brunel Business School)
Dr Shang Gao (Örebro University Sweden)


Funded by ITU’s Connect2Recover initiative 2022

Global health shocks have become rampant in the past few decades. The economic andsocial consequences of such events, even though non-trivial for many countries, are moredire for many developing countries. We aim to investigate how tele¬medicine ecosystems canbe leveraged to expand health service delivery particularly to the poor and the vulnerable(children, women and the elderly) in remote communities. Within our project, we examinethe state of the telemedicine ecosystem in Sub-Saharan Africa broadly, focusing on Ghanafor a more in-depth investigation. Therefore, the project would reveal the issues to thepolicymaker as well as the solutions to address it. Findings and recommendations will helpstrengthen the health system to with¬stand any future covariate health shock. To achievethe insights, the project team will use an in-depth review of secondary data and exploratoryapproaches to explore the telemedicine ecosystem.


Dr Edward Asiedu is a Development Economist based at the University of Ghana BusinessSchool (UGBS). His research is in the area of pro-poor policy design and analyses, healthand agricultural financing, migration and development, and experimental evaluation ofdevelopment interventions.

Dr David Botchie is a Senior Lecturer in Sustainability and Global Value Chains at Brunel BusinessSchool. He has worked on the DFID funded Internet Portals Evaluation Project in Ghana,Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda. He has also worked as a consultant for various internationalorganisations including the World Bank, United Nations Development Programme, and Foodand Agricultural Organisation. He is a member of the Brunel Centre for AI.

Dr Weifeng Cheng is a Reader in Innovation Management at Brunel Business School. He specialisesin technology adoption, business models innovation, digitalisation, and social transformation. Hiscurrent research focuses on the impact of disruptive technologies such as Artificial Intelligenceand Blockchain Technology on innovation related to new business models and ecosystem cocreationin global value chains. He is one of the founding members of the Brunel Centre for AI.

Dr Shang Gao is an Associate professor (Docent) in Information Systems at the School of Business,Örebro University, Sweden. He is specialized in mobile information systems, blockchain technology,information security management, enterprise modeling and technology diffusion. He obtainedhis PhD (2011) in information systems from Norwegian University of Science and Technology(NTNU), Norway, and his MSc (2006) in Engineering and Management of Information Systemsfrom the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden.

10 March 2022, 4pm-5pm: The ambivalent power of AI in the public sector

 Time and date: 10 March 2022, 4pm-5pm

Speaker: Professor Juliane Jarke (University of Bremen)

With the rise of (big) data and new analytical tools to process such data, public administrationshave begun to explore ways of making work processes more efficient, more effective anddecisions more reliable and transparent. AI-powered systems are deployed for prediction,pattern recognition, and scoring across a variety of domains such as social benefit fraud,social work, tax fraud, policing, job seeker training or immigration. They are being usedfor different types of ‘government problems’ such as resource allocation, experts shortage,prediction or the handling of large or diverse data sets. A number of studies have identifiedcases in which the reliance on such systems turned out to be highly problematic. In thesestudies, scholars have demonstrated how such systems discriminate against certain groupsand in so doing produce (new) inequalities. Others have demonstrated the ambivalentagency of AI-powered systems as they facilitate new forms of participation, transparency,care and responsibility. In my talk I attend to these ambivalences and consider what thismeans for new modes of datafied public sector governance.


Juliane Jarke
, PhD, is a senior researcher at the Institute for Information Management Bremen(ifib) and Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI) at theUniversity of Bremen. Her research focuses on public sector innovation, digital (in)equalitiesand participatory design. Her most recent book is Co-creating Digital Public Services foran Ageing Society (Springer, 2020, open access). The edited volume New Perspectives inCritical Data Studies: The Ambivalences of Data Power will be published open access early2022 (co-edited with Andreas Hepp and Leif Kramp, Palgrave).

The collaboration between University of Bremen and Brunel University London was facilitated by a small grant from the Young European Research Universities Network.


17 March 2022, 4pm-5pm: Regulating the Digital Giants in Europe

Time and date: 17 March 2022, 4pm-5pm

Speaker: Dr Lefteris Kretsos (Brunel University London)

Over the years, the issue of regulating Big Tech has attracted a lot of attention both in policycircles and in public domain. The growing economic and technological power of BigTech (usually mentioned with the acronym GAFAM or FAANG from the initials of Facebook,Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Microsoft and Google) creates a lot of questions for competitionauthorities and a lot of debates regarding the corrosive effect of GAFAM’s algorithms todemocracy posing issues of surveillance and manipulation.This event will discuss the evolution of Big Tech as gigantic and global conglomerates ofpower. It will also focus on the responses by governments and supranational regulatoryauthorities to deal with this new hegemonic condition. The presentation makes strongreference to European Union’s policy reactions in the wake of French Presidency in 2022and the relevant statements by President Macron that it is time to regulate and supervise themajor platforms of the internet, and culture in Europe.


Dr Lefteris Kretsos is Lecturer at Brunel Business School. He is a former Digital and MediaPolicy Deputy Minister in Greece. During his tenure he championed successful policies formaking Greece a global film friendly location and he was a key contributor in the Revisionof the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) at European level. He has significantstakeholder management experience and a proven record in policy analysis in government,intergovernmental and policy organisations. To date he has participated in 15 internationalresearch projects supported by a number of important institutions and funding streams,such as the European Commission and the European Regional Development Fund. He haspublished articles, co-edited books and book chapters in world leading academic journalsand academic presses.