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Jack travels to Canada for AAAI-24

Cohort 2 AgriFoRwArdS Student Jack Foster has the opportunity to travel to Vancouver in Canada this February to attend the Thirty-Eighth AAAI (Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence) Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-24).

The Conference, which took place at the Vancouver Convention Centre on 20th to 27th February 2024, promotes research in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and fosters scientific exchange between researchers, practitioners, scientists, students, and engineers across the entirety of AI and its affiliated disciplines.

Jack was successful in having his paper ‘Fast Machine Unlearning Without Retraining Through Selective Synaptic Dampening’, which he wrote with his Primary Supervisor Dr Alexandra Brintrup, accepted for a poster presentation at the conference. The poster was well received by both industry and academic attendees. The premise is that with AI becoming increasingly prevalent, and regulation emerging as a result, the need to forget private or copyrighted information is more important than ever. Jack’s approach allows a machine learning model to forget such information, in a fast, economical and effective way.

When asked about the conference, Jack said:

“I think the best thing is that it was a chance to see how relevant your research was. We spoke to a bunch of people in industry who happened to be researching similar topics, which we didn’t expect, and added some extra credibility to our work.”

Thanks to Jack for sharing his research and experiences.

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