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19 November 2019

Joint public lecture explores relationship between Artificial Intelligence and healthcare

Along with its partners, the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences hosted a successful open lecture on AI

medical physics and artificial intelligence

Experts in artificial intelligence and healthcare came together for an inaugural joint lecture between the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences and Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).  

The evening featured presentations from experts in artificial intelligence including Senior Data Scientist at NVIDIA, Jonny Hancox; Senior Lecturer at King’s College London and Chief Technology Officer of London Medical Imaging and Artificial Intelligence Centre for Value Based Healthcare (AI4VBH), Dr Jorge Cardoso; and Clinical Director of Data Science and Consultant Neurologist at King’s College Hospital, Dr James Teo.

The presentations were then followed by a panel discussion which explored topical questions such as “AI safety in clinical settings – what issues should be addressed?” and “Should/will society embrace AI?”.

Current IPEM President Stephen O’Connor said the lecture was a stellar collaboration between King’s College London and IPEM, involving three established experts in artificial intelligence from the international stage.    

“AI in society and healthcare was described in an understandable way for the very broad audience ranging from students, researchers and healthcare professionals,” he said.

“As we move forward towards integrating artificial intelligence into healthcare, such events are important steps in clearly communicating the application of this type of technology.”

The evening’s panel moderator and Head of Medical Physics at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Steve Keevil said the lecture was a high impact event with a high-powered audience.

“What I really enjoyed about the evening was the way it brought together people from different backgrounds, all with a shared interest in the future of medical technology,” he said.

“The future of artificial intelligence applied to healthcare is a major topic at the moment, and something that both professionals and the public want to know more about.”

Approximately 200 attendees, ranging from students and researchers to chief executives and Deputy Masters, attended the lecture also leaving their thoughts on the event.

“Before the event I had really limited knowledge of AI. This event has given me enough motivation to research a bit more and be better informed,” one attendee said.

Head of School Professor Sebastien Ourselin said the joint lecture fortifies affiliations with external stakeholders.

“AI is transformative for healthcare at every level. This joint lecture is a prime example of how the School and its partners, like IPEM, can collaborate to disseminate insights on the latest healthcare engineering advancements while facilitating conversations with the wider public. I look forward to continued projects with IPEM and all of our valued partners and co-collaborators."

Professor Sebastien Ourselin