The ADAPT Centre will hold its annual ADVANCE event on Wednesday 7th June. Marking its third year, the forum brings together world-renowned academics and industry experts on artificial intelligence (AI) and serves as a platform for exchanging ideas, insights and the latest research findings, as well as a platform to discuss the future of AI.

Under the theme, Generative AI, Large Language Models and Beyond: Strategies for Adoption and Integration, renowned AI experts will discuss the various aspects of living and working with large language models (LLMs) such as understanding their impact on our world, exploring their potential applications across industries, developing ethical and trustworthy guidelines for their use, and discussing best practices for using them effectively.

This exciting half day conference will give attendees an opportunity to engage with the latest research developments in the area, and provide a comprehensive overview of the potential applications of large language models for a range of industries.


08:30-09:10    Breakfast / Tea / Coffee / Networking

09:10-09:15    Welcome and introduction
Declan McKibben, Executive Director of ADAPT

9:15-9:25        ADAPT and the AI landscape
Professor Dave Lewis, Head of Artificial Intelligence and Director of ADAPT

09:25-09:50    First Look at Large Pretrained Language Models
Professor Anya Belz, Professor of Computer Science at DCU.

09:50-09:55. Q&A

09:55-10:15   Industry insight: Leveraging Large Language Models (LLMs), at scale, in Microsoft 365.
Paul Barnes, Group Engineering Manager, Microsoft Europe Development Centre

10:15-10:20 Q&A

10:20-11:00   Panel 1: Generative AI: A disruptive impact on industry?
Chair: Jonathan McCrea

Panellists: Lúí Smyth, Director of Product, Generative and AI Tooling, Shutterstock; Dr Mary Coghlan, Head of Health Data and Analytics, Ernst & Young; Dr Robert Ross, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at TU Dublin.

A new race to create products and services based on generative artificial intelligence is upon us.  The potential for AI to revolutionise various aspects of our lives is evident in almost every sphere of society but alongside the promise of AI stand concerns about the ethical implications of AI.

This panel discussion will explore different perspectives on the opportunities, challenges and ethical considerations required when deploying generative AI in various industries.  Industry experts and thought leaders will delve into the various ways generative AI can revolutionise and shape the future of industries and consider its impact on society.

11:00-11:05    Q&A

11:05-11:20    Comfort Break

11:20-11:55    Generative AI – opportunities, challenges and future directions.
Professor John Kelleher, Hamilton Institute Professor of Computer Science, Maynooth University

11:55-12:00    Q&A

12:00-12:40    Panel 2: Data, Ethics and AI Regulation: A New World of Generative AI
Chair: Jonathan McCrea

Panellists: Dr Patricia Scanlon, Ireland’s AI Ambassador; Senator Malcolm Byrne; Aoife Sexton, Chief Privacy Officer and Chief of Product Innovation, Truata; Professor Dave Lewis, Head of Artificial Intelligence at Trinity College Dublin and Director of ADAPT Centre

As industries continue to digitally transform and data is used in increasingly sophisticated ways, it is important to stop and consider how it is stored and processed and for what purpose it is being used. 

The explosion of innovations coming from generative AI makes this an ideal time to consider the ethical use of data and how organisations can use it effectively within the parameters of current and impending regulations.

In this panel, we will explore the opportunities and challenges faced by organisations and data sharers and discuss best practice for operating in an ethical way. 

12:40-12:45    Q&A

12:45-13:00    Closing Remarks
Declan McKibben, Executive Director of ADAPT

13:00-14:30    Poster session, lunch and networking


To look back on ADVANCE 2022:

Register to attend in person here.

Register online here (online registration will receive a recording following the event)