AI: friend or a foe for future telecoms? Impacts of AI on security and privacy

Brought to you by The Artificial Intelligence Group, The Security, Privacy, Identity & Trust (SPIT) Group

As the capability of AI improves rapidly, we can expect it to be used increasingly in products & services. This seminar will discuss the importance of proactive strategies to address the security & privacy challenges posed by AI in the telecom sector and beyond.

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About the event

Discussions will be centred around the threats of bad actors weaponizing AI, development of robust encryption methods, the implementation of stringent access controls, and the incorporation of ethical considerations into AI deployment. The speakers will highlight how stakeholders can collaborate to navigate this complex landscape to protect networks and uphold user rights.

At this event we will be discussing challenging and thought-provoking topics related to privacy and security in future telecom networks. Example topics include AI's increased ability to gather, assemble and act on sensitive data about humans, AI’s role in either enhancing or challenging authentication methods, and the potential synergy of AI with quantum technology to potentially disrupt ciphering mechanisms.

Delving into the intriguing intersection of AI and quantum computing and its potential to disrupt conventional ciphering methods, how will AI algorithms, combined with the computational power of quantum computers, potentially challenge existing encryption systems, thereby necessitating the development of quantum-resistant cryptographic protocols?

Finally, we also intend to discuss some other topics like those involving pictures, videos and other information whose authenticity cannot be verified. Thanks to deepfake and other advanced manipulating software, the lines between fact and fiction have really blurred. Academia and industry are working on various evolving methods of voice, image, and data authentication enabled by AI. The speakers will look at approaches such as multi-modal biometric authentication, verification, and potential vulnerabilities disclosure to avoid a deepfake world where we do not know what to believe or who to trust?

Please note: CW (Cambridge Wireless) is co-hosting this event with Digital Catapult. By registering for this event your data will be shared both with CW (Cambridge Wireless) and Digital Catapult. Find out more about how your data will be processed here

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Hosted by Digital Catapult

Digital Catapult is the UK authority on advanced digital technology. Through collaboration and innovation, we accelerate industry adoption to drive growth and opportunity across the economy.

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09:00

Registration and networking

09:30

CW (Cambridge Wireless) welcome

09:40

Welcome from host, Linda Ligios, Senior Innovation Partner - Team Lead, Digital Catapult Digital Catapult

09:45

Scene-setting by James Crawshaw, Practice Leader, Omdia

10:05

Q & A

10:15

Fireside chat to be moderated by Peter Whale, AI SIG Champion: Dritan Kaleshi, Director of Technology – 5G, Co-Director of SONIC Labs, Digital Catapult and Rob Smith, Director of AI & Data Science, Digital Catapult

10:45

Refreshment break, networking and lab tours

11:15

Lory Thorpe, Quantum Safe Industry Lead, IBM; Advisory Board Member, UK Telecoms Innovation Network

11:45

Q & A

12:00

Ayan Ghosh, Vice President Product Engineering, Arqit

12:20

Q & A

12:30

Wrap-up and end of session

12:35

Lab tours

13:00

Event close

Speakers

James Crawshaw - Practice Leader, Omdia

James leads Omdia’s service provider transformation team, which covers telco IT (operations support systems, business support systems, and analytics) and telco cloud & automation (software-defined networking, network function virtualization, etc.). James’ own research focuses on operations support systems, including service assurance, orchestration, order management, inventory management, network security, self-organizing networks, and radio access network intelligent control.

Before joining Omdia, James led Heavy Reading’s communications service provider IT & automation research service. James holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering in electrical and mechanical engineering from the University of Manchester, England. Earlier in his career, while working as a financial analyst, James passed the three exams required to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst qualification. In addition, James has a Master of Science in electronic engineering from the University of Surrey, England. 

Ayan Ghosh - Vice President Product Engineering, Arqit

Ayan is the VP of Product Engineering at Arqit where he currently develops Arqit’s vision & capabilities in the Telecoms vertical serving Defence, CNI and commercial use cases.

He has spent the last 20 years in the Telecom industry designing, testing & deploying innovative solutions for vendors like Motorola & Nokia, operator like EE/BT and has provided consultancy services on emerging technologies to the Regulator- Ofcom and to the Ministry- DSIT.

After completing his BEng degree in IT and Masters in Computer Science from UMIST, Manchester, Ayan rolled out the first WiMAX network in the country. Over the years he has been involved in innovative wireless technologies for some of the most iconic stadiums, shopping malls and public buildings including Ascot racecourses, Wembley stadium & Heathrow Airport. Ayan tested and rolled out the first 4G network in the UK for EE and patented EE-BT’s Airmast solution involving drones & Helikites for which he received the Small Cell World Forum and MEC Award along with a nomination for the World Telecoms Award. Whilst at Ofcom, he worked on spectrum for UAV connectivity, private networks and supported the TSR & Diversification efforts.

Ayan has been championing the use of open architecture in Telecom networks from its very early days and was involved in shaping Government run competitions including the multi-award-winning project- Green Planet experience with Sir David Attenborough.

In his spare time, Ayan is a primary school Governor, plays cricket in the Gloucestershire League and coaches the U11s.

Dritan Kaleshi - Director of Technology - 5G, Digital Catapult, Visiting Research Fellow, University of Bristol (Communication Systems & Networks Research Group)

With 30 years’ experience as a technologist and researcher in communication networks, distributed system design and interoperability, Dritan is Director of 5G Technology at Digital Catapult and Co-Director of SONIC Labs. Dritan has established and leads the Future Networks 5G and Digital Infrastructure programs in Digital Catapult, delivering technology development and innovation in advanced ICT systems and their adoption in enterprise networks in the UK. He was a founder of the SONIC Labs and of UK Telecommunication Network (UKTIN).  An acknowledged thought leader in his field, Dritan has published over 75 papers, holds three patents and has edited two international standards on interoperability, and is often invited to speak on advanced digital infrastructure and communication systems. He has represented the UK in international standardisation bodies and served on/chaired international conferences and technical committees, and provided technical advice to industry and the UK government.  His focus is on national coordination and how to best support advanced digital infrastructure and connectivity technology uptake, growing UK capabilities in telecommunications R&D, as well as developing in Digital Catapult  technical advances on new 5G/6G network architectures, network and service orchestration, edge computing and IoT support.  Prior to Digital Catapult he was at University of Bristol, where he led a 15-strong research team, strategically combining network and distributed systems research with industrial collaboration, making a wide range of contributions and practical implementations in networking, interoperability, smart energy, cities and digital health.

Linda Ligios - Senior Innovation Partner - Team Lead, Digital Catapult

Linda leads the delivery of a number of Digital Catapult large-scale ecosystem building programmes in the areas of telecom and open infrastructure. She has a background in business and innovation consulting, R&D and digital transformation. She draws her experience from 15+ years of commercial and stakeholder management expertise working in various capacities for some of Britain’s most iconic institutions including BBC, British Library and King’s College London. Linda has participated in several European and national R&D programmes focusing on the development of advanced digital technologies and ecosystem building. This includes the industrial 5G Testbeds & Trials Programme set out by DCMS (now DSIT) to demonstrate the value of 5G in manufacturing and logistics and the SONIC Labs programme delivering advancements in Open RAN technology, a key pillar in UK Government’s 5G Diversification Strategy.

Robert Smith - Director of AI & Data Science, Digital Catapult

Robert Smith oversees the AI and machine learning team, the flagship Machine Intelligence Garage programme – which supports high-growth potential startups working with AI & ML – and the prestigious AI Ethics Committee, established in 2018 to advise organisations working with Digital Catapult on how to ensure responsible and ethical development and deployment of AI-enabled products and services. An eminent computer scientist and widely respected leader in the field of evolutionary computation, Robert has over 30 years of experience working in academia, directly with industry, and as an entrepreneur himself. Robert is author of the acclaimed book Rage Inside The Machine: The Prejudice of Algorithms, and How to Stop the Internet Making Bigots of Us All, Senior Research Fellow of the Computer Science Faculty at University College London (UCL), and a Founding Trustee of We and AI, an organisation dedicated to improving AI’s effects of society. Robert has also worked with companies across the private and public sectors in both the US and UK including the US Navy, Boeing, Airbus and BT.

Lory Thorpe - Quantum Safe Industry Lead, IBM

Lory Thorpe is an Executive leader with over 20 years senior level, global experience in telecommunications and digital transformation, with a technology, innovation and partnership background in next generation networks, security and connectivity enabled verticals across Private and Public sector.  Her experience includes both operator and vendor roles, working formajor telecommunication companies such as Ericsson, Nokia and Vodafone.  Lory was previously leading the IBM Consulting Global Strategy and Offering Portfolio Telco Transformation and has recently transitioned into the IBM Quantum team, leading the Quantum Safe for Telco agenda. She is the chair and one of the founders of the GSMA Post Quantum Telco Network Task Force. She was previously leading the IBM Consulting Global Strategy and Offering Portfolio Telco Transformation. Lory is based in London, UK.

Peter Whale - Founder & CEO, Vision Formers

Peter is Founder & CEO of Vision Formers, the specialist consultancy that supports and mentors leaders of visionary technology businesses get product to market and turn ideas into reality.

Vision Formers works with start-ups and scale-ups, providing significant expertise in accelerating business growth through a focus on developing a robust product strategy, growing and coaching product and development teams, and providing operational excellence. Peter has a long track record of conceiving, developing and marketing successful technology-based solutions, deployed at scale, globally. Innovative products Peter has brought to market in digital, cloud, AI, consumer electronics and telecommunications have been used by countless millions of people on a daily basis globally, badged by the world’s leading digital and technology brands.

Peter also works with Digital Catapult as Programme Manager for UKTIN, working with partners and stakeholders to deliver UKTIN’s mission to transform the UK telecoms innovation ecosystem, capitalising on the country’s strengths in technology, academia, and entrepreneurialism, while positioning it for growth as new opportunities emerge in the industry.

Peter is a board member of CW (Cambridge Wireless), a Fellow of the IET, a Chartered Engineer, and a member of the Association of Business Mentors.

SIG Champions

Darendra Appanah - Senior Test Engineer, Cambridge Consultants

Darendra is part of the Systems Engineering & Test department, where he applies his expertise in Digital Security Testing to various technologies, including Machine Learning and AI. He has a background in Software Test Automation of wireless communications protocols, such as satellite communications and LTE. He enjoys defining and developing testing strategies for cybersecurity challenges and ensuring the quality and reliability of innovative solutions.

Maria Axente - Head of AI Public Policy & Ethics, PwC UK

Maria is a globally recognised, award-winning AI ethics public policy expert, a member of various Advisory Boards - UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on AI (APPG AI), NATO EDT & SKEMA AI Institute, and Chair of techUK Data and AI leadership committee. In her current role as Head of AI Public Policy and Ethics, she aligns PwC's AI strategies with ethical considerations and regulatory trends, fostering collaboration with external stakeholders and leading PwC's responses to public policy consultations and initiatives. Maria's commitment to responsible AI has made her a recognised thought leader and influencer in the field. Maria is a passionate advocate for children's rights in the age of AI, serving as a member of the Advisory Board for UNICEF #AI4Children and World Economic Forum Generation AI programmes. She also serves as an Intellectual Forum Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge researching human-centric AI and the intersection between tech policy and ethics.

Phil Claridge - Founder, Mandrel Systems

Phil Claridge is a ‘virtual CTO’ for hire within Mandrel Systems covering end-to-end systems. Currently having fun and helping others with large-scale AI systems integration, country-wide large scale big-data processing, hands-on IoT technology (from sensor hardware design, through LoRa integration to back end systems), and advanced city information modelling. Supporting companies with M&A ‘exit readiness’, due-diligence and on advisory boards. Past roles include: CTO, Chief Architect, Labs Director, and Technical Evangelist for Geneva/Convergys (telco), Arieso/Viavi (geolocation), and Madge (networking). Phil’s early career was in electronics, and still finds it irresistible to swap from Powerpoint to a soldering iron and a compiler to produce proof-of-concepts when required.

Parminder Lally - Partner, Appleyard Lees IP LLP

Parminder is a patent attorney based in Appleyard Lees’ Cambridge office, and helps companies to protect their technological innovations. She has built a substantial reputation working with high-growth start-ups, spin-outs and SMEs in Cambridge, and has in-house experience. She specialises in writing and prosecuting patent applications for computer-implemented inventions. Her work includes patenting AI-based technologies, including new machine learning frameworks and applications of machine learning in image classification, human-computer interactions and text-to-speech. Parminder also writes her own AI blog on LinkedIn, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys’ Computer Technology Committee.

Simon Thompson - Head of AI, ML & Data Science, GFT Financial Ltd

Simon leads a team that develops AI and ML solutions for large financial institutions. Before joining GFT he was the Principal Investigator for BT’s AI program. Before that he was the Head of Practice for Big Data and Customer Experience at BT and BT’s lead for collaborations with MIT, and the first industry fellow at the Alan Turing Institute. Simon is interested in practical application of AI technology and the practice and process of AI and ML projects. His book “Managing Machine Learning Projects” was published by Manning Books in 2023.

Peter Whale - Programme Manager, UKTIN, Founder & CEO, Vision Formers

Peter is Founder & CEO of Vision Formers, the specialist consultancy that supports and mentors leaders of visionary technology businesses get product to market and turn ideas into reality.

Vision Formers works with start-ups and scale-ups, providing significant expertise in accelerating business growth through a focus on developing a robust product strategy, growing and coaching product and development teams, and providing operational excellence. Peter has a long track record of conceiving, developing and marketing successful technology-based solutions, deployed at scale, globally. Innovative products Peter has brought to market in digital, cloud, AI, consumer electronics and telecommunications have been used by countless millions of people on a daily basis globally, badged by the world’s leading digital and technology brands.

Peter also works with Digital Catapult as Programme Manager for UKTIN, working with partners and stakeholders to deliver UKTIN’s mission to transform the UK telecoms innovation ecosystem, capitalising on the country’s strengths in technology, academia, and entrepreneurialism, while positioning it for growth as new opportunities emerge in the industry.

Peter is a board member of CW (Cambridge Wireless), a Fellow of the IET, a Chartered Engineer, and a member of the Association of Business Mentors.

Zahid Ghadialy - Principal Analyst & Consultant, 3G4G

Zahid is a technologist with a deep understanding of architecting world-class mobile products and solutions. With over 20 years of experience in the telecom industry in various roles, he has been an evangelist for mobile and wireless technologies. Over the years he has accumulated a vast following on his blogs and social networks with simple explainer posts and videos.

His 3G4G blogs are widely read where he looks at different aspects of mobile technology and especially 5G and 6G nowadays, including the architecture, deployments, use cases, applications, etc. His YouTube channel is also very popular where he explains many new features expected as part of 5G in the future. While his style and content is unique, he also references many industry publications and provides slides that are very useful to view online.

He is also very active on Twitter under his @3G4GUK brand helping disseminate the benefits of 5G and why 5G will be needed in the long run. He covers a very wide portfolio of 5G related information that is hard to find otherwise.

Until recently, Zahid was a Senior Director looking at Technology & Innovation Strategy in Parallel Wireless. As a brand ambassador, he represented the company in various Open RAN discussions and also created tutorials on Open RAN and O-RAN which are being used as reference for new starters on the topic.

Richard Jacklin - Business Development - Commercial Lead, Plextek

Richard is the Commercial Lead for Plextek Services, helping customers design and produce highly innovative electronic, radar and radio communications enabled solutions. His career, now over 30 years, has included sales management, product management and engineering leadership in companies including Ericsson, Samsung, UL, Keysight, PPM and NI. He has presented and contributed to many forums including Cambridge Wireless, GSMA working groups, and Satellite Innovation Group. Richard graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a degree in Electronic Engineering, he was also awarded Chartered Engineer status and Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Bob Oates - Associate Director, Cambridge Consultants

Bob Oates is a specialist in the interaction between safety and security for operational technology, critical infrastructure, and IoT devices. He works within the Engineering Assurance Team at Cambridge Consultants, ensuring that intelligent, AI-enabled systems are safe and secure. In addition to his academic background, Bob has over a decade of industrial experience working in the critical national infrastructure, defence, aerospace, nuclear, and maritime domains, including acting as the head of security for the development of the world’s first commercial remotely operated ship. He holds an Honorary Professorship in Safety and Security at De Montfort University.

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