Northern Ireland

Experts to examine impact of Artificial Intelligence on education

Experts from academia and industry will examine the impact of Artificial Intelligence at a major conference at Ulster University's Magee campus in Derry.
Experts from academia and industry will examine the impact of Artificial Intelligence at a major conference at Ulster University's Magee campus in Derry. Experts from academia and industry will examine the impact of Artificial Intelligence at a major conference at Ulster University's Magee campus in Derry.

International experts from academia and industry are being brought together for a major conference examining how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionising how students learn, are taught and are assessed.

Speakers from Microsoft and other key players in the field will address the conference at Ulster University’s Magee campus in Derry next month.

AI, or machine and software intelligence, has started playing a much greater part in education and learning. Students already use models such as ChatGPT as a matter of course.

Next month’s Generative Artificial Intelligence in Education (GenAIEdu) conference (September 11 to 13) has lined up some of the leading voices in Ireland and Britain to examine what education will look like in a AI future.

A spokeswoman for Ulster University (UU) said speakers from Microsoft, the National Centre for AI and the UK digital data and technology agency among other organisations have already been confirmed for the conference.

“Attendees will explore cutting-edge technologies and large language models such as ChatGPT, Bard and Claude and how these tools and natural language processing capabilities enable personalised and interactive learning experiences through a series of keynotes, talks, discussion panels and hands-on workshops, demonstrations and networking events with leading academics, researchers and industry experts,” the spokeswoman said. 

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Reader at UU’s School of Computing, Michael Callaghan said the conference would explore the impact of AI on students and educators.

“Generative AI offers unprecedented opportunities and challenges for transformation in education which we must navigate carefully,” Mr Callaghan said.

Further details about the conference is available at: ulster.ac.uk/conference/genaiedu-2023.