Date: Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The WCCI received just over 1400 pre-conference registrations, with a total of over 2000 attendees registering for the event. The conference lasted over 6 days and featured tutorials, workshops and special sessions which show-cased state-of-the art in computational intelligence technologies and applications and also allowed for a debate on the ethical, legal and social implications of using these technologies.

Within the iBorderCtrl hosted special session, the audience were very interested in latest face matching technology and the automated deception detection system and raised questions relating to false positives / false negatives and algorithm bias. There were also questions relating to the iBorderCtrl system as a whole and how risk would be calculated for a given Traveller on a given trip. The consortium members emphasized that that legal and ethical implications of the system had been and will continue to be reviewed and considered and that IBorderControl system was there to assist the border guards but ultimately, it was they who made the decision. The debate continued after the special session had finished and the audience were keen to find out more about the project. Below are some photos of the presentations.

Also within the WCCI conference, Keeley Crockett presented the paper below in the IEEE Workshop on the Social an ethical implications of Computational Intelligence which used iBorderCtrl, ADDS subsystems as an example of profiling and the challenges faced in providing an explainable decision to stakeholders.

  • Crockett, K. Goltz, S. Garratt, M.  GDPR Impact on Computational Intelligence Research, Author(s):   IEEE International Joint conference on Artificial Neural Networks (IJCNN), July 2018, in press.

The workshop was attended by 40 people and was hosted on the last day of the conference. Jonathan Stoklas was a very active member of the workshop and was able to provide expertise on GDPR from the legal perspective to an audience full of technical people.