Personal security in the age of AI

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Wednesday 29 January

The Library

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Credit: Michal Pěchouček


Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing the way we live. We spend more time online, with more devices connected than ever before.

How do we keep our personal data online private and secure from AI algorithms, both online and in the physical world?

Join Michal Pěchouček, a professor in artificial intelligence, as he discusses the role of AI, AI enabled cybersecurity problems and how we can increase our privacy and security online.

This talk is in collaboration with Czech Centre London and is a part of the AI Science Café Series 2020.

About the speaker

Michal Pěchouček is a professor in Computer Science at the Czech Technical University (CTU). He has run several research contracts funded by the FAA and has collaborated on two additional research grants funded by NASA.

He is the co-founder and investor of several successful start-ups in the field of artificial intelligence. He was a director of the R&D center of artificial intelligence and computer security of CISCO in Prague and a strategist for next technologies as well. He is also a Founding Director of the Open Informatics, a research-oriented computer science study program at CTU-FEL.

In 2015 he was in 'New Europe 100', the list of outstanding challengers who are leading world-class innovation from Central and Eastern Europe. Czech security giant Avast named Pěchouček as its new Chief technology officer from September 2019.


The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

About Science Café

Science Café is a new series of popular science presentations and talks by the best Czech scientists of today presented by the Czech Centre London. It aims to present current and timely topics alongside the proposals for innovative, bold and inspirational solutions to tackle key issues.

Inspired by the phenomenon of Cafe Scientifique which was first established in the UK in 1998 and spread across the world as a place where anyone could come to discuss the latest ideas in science and technology over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, Science Café is an informal forum for the discussion of current work and interesting scientific issues. Come and mingle with people with different interests while enjoying a glass of wine or beer. An informal presentation from the speaker introducing the topic will be followed by a discussion where everyone will have an opportunity to ask questions.


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