Diana Maynard

Diana Maynard is a research fellow at the University of Sheffield, UK. She was born in Chertsey, Surrey, and spent her childhood in Surrey, Hampshire, Wiltshire and North Yorkshire. She acquired a BSc in Computational Linguistics and French from UMIST in 1995, an MSc in Cognitive Science from the University of Manchester in 1996, and a PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University in automatic term recognition in 2000. Her main interests are in information extraction, opinion mining, social media analysis, terminology and semantic web technologies. Since 2000 she has worked in the GATE team, where she leads the development of Sheffield’s open-source multilingual Information Extraction tools, and has led research teams on a number of UK and EU projects. She is chair of the annual GATE training course and leads the GATE consultancy on IE and opinion mining. She has published extensively, organised a number of national and international conferences, workshops and tutorials, and has given a number of invited talks and keynote speeches.

Axel-Cyrille Ngonga Ngomo

Axel Ngonga studied Computer Science and Physics at Leipzig University. He completed his PhD on the extraction of knowledge graphs from text corpora in 2009. His habilitation on data integration for the Web of Data was completed in 2018. He is now a full professor at Paderborn University, Germany, where he leads the DICE research group. In his research, Axel develops full-stack solutions for knowledge graphs at scale ranging from knowledge extraction from legacy data to scalable machine learning approaches. The evaluation of the veracity of facts in knowledge graphs is of particular interest to his team as a precursor to explainable and responsible AI solutions.

Toby Walsh

Preferences: Representing, Reasoning & Eliciting

Toby Walsh is a leading researcher in Artificial Intelligence. He is Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at UNSW and Data61. He was named by the Australian newspaper as a “rock star” of Australia’s digital revolution. He has been elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, and has won the prestigious Humboldt research award as well as the NSW Premier’s Prize for Excellence in Engineering and ICT. He has held research positions in Australia, England, Scotland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland and Sweden.

He regularly appears in the media talking about the impact of AI and robotics. He is passionate that limits are placed on AI to ensure the public good. In the last two years, he has appeared in TV and the radio on the ABC, BBC, Channel 7, Channel 9, Channel 10, CCTV, CNN, DW, NPR, RT, SBS, and VOA, as well as on numerous radio stations. He also writes frequently for print and online media. His work has appeared in the New Scientist, American Scientist, Le Scienze, Cosmos, the Conversation and “The Best Writing in Mathematics”. His twitter account has been voted one of the top ten to follow to keep abreast of developments in AI. He often gives talks at public and trade events like CeBIT, the World Knowledge Forum, TEDx, and writers festivals in Jaipur, Bhutan, and around Australia. He has played a leading role at the UN and elsewhere on the campaign to ban lethal autonomous weapons (aka “killer robots”).