Keynote speaker Eleanor ‘Nell’ Watson is an esteemed Machine Intelligence engineer, an influential advocate for ethical technology, and a respected advisor in shaping the future of artificial intelligence.
Nell’s journey commenced at QuantaCorp, where she played a pivotal role in pioneering Deep Machine Vision. Her pioneering work revolutionized body measurement by enabling swift and precise analysis using just two photographs. Recognizing the importance of sharing her knowledge, she embraced the role of an author, crafting compelling Machine Intelligence coursebooks for O’Reilly Media.
Beyond her entrepreneurial endeavors, Nell actively contributes to the advancement of ethical standards in technology. As the Vice-Chairman of the IEEE P7001 Committee, she spearheads the creation of cutting-edge safety protocols for autonomous systems. Furthermore, she co-founded and presently chairs EthicsNet.org, a vibrant community focused on instilling pro-social behaviors in machines.
Nell’s expertise extends to her role as a Senior Scientific Advisor to The Future Society at Harvard, where she contributes her invaluable insights. She has also been honored with Fellowships from prestigious institutions such as the British Computing Society and the Royal Statistical Society, reflecting her remarkable contributions to the field.