Joint Event BCSWomen and the Edinburgh Branch: Marion Nicholson to speak on AI and Gender Balance
18:30 to 20:30
 AI and Gender Bias. Edinburgh. 7th Nov. Don’t miss out! Thanks to for partnering with us, and hosting , Fujitsu Distinguished Engineer, who will be discussing this subject. Sign up here:


Wed 7 November 2018

18:30 – 20:30 GMT  (Refreshments and networking from 6:00 pm.)


University of Edinburgh Informatics Forum

10 Crichton Street




Speaker: Marian Nicholson, Fujitsu Distinguished Engineer


We all come with an unconscious bias to decisions we make. Automating decisions can easily perpetuate that bias and data, i.e. statistics have always been used to reinforce a bias. In my view, as data scientists, we have an obligation to make our solutions as fair as possible. Artificial intelligence is often constructed from grossly biased and de-contextualised information and ideas that can be harmful when turned into automated decision making systems and this talk as an exploration of how we can reduce bias in AI.

About the speaker

Marian has over 25 years of experience working in computer science and educated to Masters level, with a degree in Computer Science. Currently, she works for Fujitsu, as a Lead Deal Architect designing solutions for customers, working with Fujitsu Laboratories, to fulfil the Fujitsu vision of Human Centric Innovation. Our research focus is on creating cutting-edge solutions that benefit society, with particular emphasis on healthcare, manufacturing and finance. Our specialist research teams are actively engaged in Artificial Intelligence initiatives, as well as security technology research, and advanced cognitive networks research. Working with customers, collaboration partners and society as a whole to drive the evolution of ICT and help realize a safer and more prosperous world. Open Innovation is an essential element working with some of Europe’s highest profile initiatives, including the 5G Innovation Center – the world’s first research center dedicated to 5G – and the European Union’s largest ever research and innovation program, Horizon 2020.


About the organiser: This event is organised by the BCS Edinburgh Branch in partnership with BCSWomen, find out more about the Edinburgh Branch at http://www.edinburgh.bcs.org/

Things to note:

For overseas delegates who wish to attend the event please note that BCS does not issue invitation letters.