Trilateral Research leads discussions on responsible AI at ISNR Abu Dhabi

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Date: 28 May 2024

Trilateral Research’s CEO Kush Wadhwa and Director of Sociotech Innovation Dr Hayley Watson were in attendance at the International Exhibition for National Security and Resilience (ISNR) to deliver talks at the Rabdan Academy-hosted conference, on Trilateral’s work in Responsible AI.

Held in Abu Dhabi on 21-23 May 2024, the ISNR brings together international stakeholders, from across security and defence and both public and private sectors, to enhance industry leadership and showcase innovation. In previous years, the ISNR has attracted around 20,000 attendees – this year was no exception. The ISNR 2024 Conference by Rabdan Academy was opened by James Morse (President, Rabdan Academy), attracting leaders from across the UAE with a range of engaging talks and panels, including, HE Dr Mohamed Hamad Al Kuwaiti (Chairman, UAE Cyber Security Council), HE Major General Dr Jassim Mohammed Al Marzouqi (Commander-in-Chief of the Civil Defence), HE Lieutenant General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri (Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police) and HE Major General Maktoum Ali Al Sharifi (Director General of Abu Dhabi Police) amongst others.

During the event, Kush Wadhwa and Dr Hayley Watson met with His Majesty’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Edward Hobart. Ambassador Hobart was very responsive and supportive of Trilateral’s approach to responsible AI and the opportunities to export UK technology and skills to the UAE, recognising the UAE’s position as a vibrant leader in AI.

CEO Kush Wadhwa and Director of Sociotech Innovation Dr Hayley Watson with with His Majesty’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Edward Hobart.

Trilateral was formally invited to speak on both its groundbreaking sociotech approach to the development of responsible AI, how this approach can drive innovation, and the role of government in advancing responsible AI in the region.

Addressing the international audience, Dr Hayley Watson highlighted the need to take a sociotechnical approach to the design and uptake of AI in the policing, public safety and crisis management domains. Providing insight into CESIUM, Trilateral’s flagship child safeguarding AI solution, along with Trilateral’s work with STRIAD:AIR, in the space of air pollution and public health, Dr Watson demonstrated the opportunities of AI and the importance to sociotech methods in AI that achieves operational efficiencies and enhanced outcomes in complex areas.

Kush Wadhwa highlighted that investment in Responsible AI methods leads to better innovations. Outlining what responsible AI means in practical terms, he demonstrated how greater operational efficiencies and better outcomes could be achieved in the context of security and defence, giving recommendations on how to take a responsible approach to AI in the public sector.

On the importance of showcasing Trilateral’s sociotech methods to an international audience, Dr Hayley Watson commented,

Sociotech methods are a key enabler for developing and delivering responsible AI within the security sector, particularly policing. It was a pleasure to be invited by Rabdan Academy to share our experience in this space. CESIUM clearly demonstrates how sociotech methods can be used to develop AI that can transform safeguarding through enhanced capacity and risk assessment methods for practitioners, and crucially, improved outcomes for the protection of children.



On how Trilateral’s approach will continue to drive AI innovation, Kush Wadhwa commented,

Responsible AI does not hinder innovation. In fact, the opposite is true. Embedding ethical, safe and inclusive practices into the development of AI lays a foundation that allows for continuous innovation and scalability. This week’s conference has been a great opportunity to showcase the Trilateral approach, and why it’s fundamental to the growth of Responsible AI. The Trilateral team and I truly appreciate the invitation to provide insight into our groundbreaking methods.


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