A Celebration of Ada Lovelace
Monday 13 March, 2023, Somerset House, London
Ada Lovelace, a 19th century mathematics and computer science pioneer, is celebrated globally as a role model for women in STEM. In March 2022, a statue of Ada Lovelace was installed in the City of Westminster.
To celebrate the legacy and impact of Ada Lovelace, the Kindness Studio is hosting art and AI activities involving a community of artists and scientists to celebrate her legacy on 13 March 2023 at Somerset House in London. To make this event as accessible as possible, the University of Warwick and The Alan Turing Institute can support travel to/from the event when it takes place. Register below to secure your ticket and receive support with your travel.
Please join us to make connections and create further reaching and foundational networks in our Research and Turing community. This will be a day of celebrating Ada Lovelace and to realise the broader applications and importance of Data Science and AI, including in history and art, and for reaching further into public engagement.
The day will involve presentations on Ada Lovelace’s legacy, AI, and art, along with exhibits from AI and artists with a prize competition. It is designed to encourage networking and collaboration between the AI, science and medicine and artist communities. The event comes at a time when, according to the UK education hub, women account for only 11.4% of STEM starts (2019/20). Warwick and The Turing are pleased to support the travel support and access to this event.
The event is designed to...
Celebrate Ada Lovelace and discuss how the sculpture in Westminster will elevate woman progression in STEM
Provide a networking platform for fellows to exchange ideas
Promote creativity through art and breakthrough in science
Promote gender inclusivity within the STEM community.
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - ADA S.T.E.A.M WORKSHOP (The Courtyard Room)
An exciting art workshop exploring the future of art. Together we’ll explore emerging trends and technologies such as AI, and participate in hands-on activities and thought-provoking discussion. Gain a new perspective on the creative possibilities of tomorrow. Be a part of the next wave of art!
The workshop is designed by Freddie Lichtenstien. Freddie is a data scientist at CameraForensics, a company whose focus is on safeguarding children online. Freddie leads the research and development team where he specialises in computer vision technologies, the forensics of online imagery, and finding new connections in large datasets. He is interested in the intersection between AI and art, and how humans and machines can work together best. Please note this will be @ The Courtyard Room in Somerset House, whilst the rest of the event will be held @ The Lancaster Room.
2:00 - 2:30 PM - GUESTS ARRIVE & COMPLIMENTARY REFRESHMENTS
During this time there will be a showcase of Ai-Da’s portraits of Ada Lovelace that were recently exhibited in Oxford University, as well as photography of the Ada Lovelace statue at 9 Millbank.
2:30 - 2:35 PM – VIDEO PRESENTATION
Video Presentation of Ada Lovelace Sculpture.
2:35 - 2:50 PM – KEYNOTE: THE IMPORTANCE OF DS&AI for RESEARCH
Keynote Speaker: Assistant Professor in Mathematics at the University of Warwick and Turing Fellow Marya Bazzi.
Marya is interested in developing models and algorithms to extract and/or recover information from large time-dependent data sets. Her research interests also lie in novel tools to real-world problems in areas such as Sociology, Psychology, Biology, and Finance. Areas of particular interest include clustering, time-dependent networks, multilayer networks, stochastic block models, matrix completion, graph sparsification, combinatorial optimisation and spectral optimisation. Find out more about Marya's work at the Turing. View Marya's Warwick profile.
2:50- 3:20 – THE MAKING OF ADA LOVELACE
Speakers: Mary Millner & Etienne Millner (Visual Artist & Figurative Sculptor)
A presentation on the Ada Lovelace sculpture process from start to finish. Images of the sculpture through the process of making in the studio, with the model and dress, images of source material, right through to the casting in the foundry, ending with the installation on site.
3:20 – 3:30 – COFFE BREAK
3:30 – 4:25 – PANEL DISCUSSION
Speakers: Mary Millner, Etienne Millner, Elisabeth Rounis, Aidan Meller and Elena Kochkina
Panel Discussion on the challenges of Women in STEM and the future of technology and AI.
4:25 – 4:30 – WORKSHOP WINNERS ANNOUNCED - WINNER OF THE ADA LOVELACE WORKSHOP
The winner will receive a copy of best-selling books from Professor Sue Black
4:30 – 6:00 PM – NETWORKING & DRINKS
An opportunity for creatives, scientists and women in STEM to network and discuss new collaborations and potential projects.
Fair Shot Café will be providing catering at the event. Fair Shot Café is a London-based training café and social enterprise. It helps people with learning disabilities gain the skills they need to begin a career in hospitality.
Please only register if you intend to be at the event as places are limited. Travel and childcare support funding is available to qualifying registrants.
If you have any questions, please contact AlanTuringResearch@warwick.ac.uk.