Join us for Explorathon 2020

The RAInS team are participating in two events as part of Explorathon 2020, Scotland’s participation in European Researchers’ Night, a European Commission funded initiative. Both events are open to the public, online, and free and will take place next week (23 and 27 November). Details for each event can be found below.

Event: When AI gets it wrong: Who’s to blame for technology’s failure?

When: Monday, 23 November 2020 @3.00pm
Where: Zoom
How: Register here
About the event:

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being increasingly used in applications from health care to transport to finance. But who do we hold to account when something goes wrong? As we work to remove the human from decision-making processes, what information do we still want to know about who decided how decisions should be made and how the machine is programmed to behave?

During this one-hour, interactive event, we will explore the decisions that are made in developing these systems – including the decisions made by the human designers, builders, and operators, and users of such AI systems and you will be given the chance to “vote” on the best outcomes for proposed scenarios before learning what is happening behind the scenes of those AI systems.

Register for this event at

Event: Scottish Research Showcase Flashmob

When: Friday, 27 November 2020 @TBD
[Note: the full event runs 9.00am – 9.00pm; our timeslot will be announced on Monday, 23 November]
Where: Twitter
About the event:
The Scottish Research Showcase, in collaboration with the Global Science Show, is reaching out to audiences around the Twittersphere to create a digital “flashmob” of science and learning. Throughout the event, researchers will showcase their work with the world by sharing short videos as part of a Twitter thread coordinated by the @ernscot account. This will create a chain of research from a wide variety of disciplines.

You can follow along by visiting the Explorathon Scotland Twitter account (@ernscot). We will also direct people to the event on our Twitter account (@RAInS_Project), so follow us there so that you don’t miss a beat!

Upcoming Event – AI: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, at Explorathon’19

RAInS is participating in Aberdeen’s Explorathon’19. Drop in to our interactive event, where we will explore the accountability and transparency challenges of AI, with particular focus on facial recognition technology. 

Admission is free and no booking is required.

When: Wednesday 25 September 2019 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Where: Aberdeen Central Library, Committee Room. Rosemount Viaduct, AB25 1GW.

Event URL:

Event Information: Algorithms and intelligent systems are everywhere; in the news, in our daily lives and hidden in plain sight. There is a rush to make use of these technologies in areas such as healthcare, transport and security, because of the many benefits that they can bring. However, when things do go wrong, how do we determine the cause of failure? Who might be held accountable? At this interactive event, we will explore the accountability and transparency challenges of AI, with particular focus on facial recognition technology. We ask: what are the legal ramifications if these systems result in harm?

RAInS Launched!

A new project has begun at the University of Aberdeen. Realising Accountable Intelligent Systems (RAInS) is funded by the EPSRC and is led by Professor Peter Edwards.

The RAInS project aims to realise processes by which intelligent systems can be made accountable, by developing an accountability fabric for use by a variety of stakeholders. The project will use computational models of provenance – as a substrate for enabling trust; such a mechanism facilitates transparency and accountability by recording the processes, entities and agents associated with a system and its behaviours-supporting verification and compliance monitoring.

This project is a collaboration between the University of Aberdeen, The University of Cambridge, and Oxford University.