Blackett Lecture 2021


11 November 2021

Time: 17:00-18:45

Our annual Blackett Memorial Lecture provides a forum for leading industry figures to bring to your attention current affairs in the areas of analytics, data science and artificial intelligence.

This year's lecture will take place online via Zoom.

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Prof. Anthony Finkelstein CBE FREng DSc MAE FCGI will talk about 'A Systems View of National Security'

Our speaker will outline the challenges of national security in the context of rapid change in science, technology and the global order. This change has disrupted societies and along the way, the operational model in security and intelligence. We will consider how we should respond in the short, medium and longer term.

In particular, our speaker will set out how systems thinking and modelling can be vital tools in shaping a response. This lecture borrows heavily from the intellectual legacy of Patrick Blackett who first proposed extending scientific thinking and operations research to the national security domain.

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The lecture starts: 11 November 2021

Our 2021 Speaker

Prof. Anthony Finkelstein CBE FREng DSc MAE FCGI

Anthony Finkelstein is the President of City, University of London and Professor of Software Systems Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and also a Member of Academia Europaea, a Fellow of City & Guilds of London Institute and a Distinguished Fellow of RUSI (the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies). He has an Honorary DSc from City, University of London. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to computer science and engineering.

Until taking up the role of President, he was Chief Scientific Adviser for National Security to HM Government, a senior strategic and operational role that involves leadership of science, research and innovation across the UK's national security community. Whilst undertaking this role he retained a position at University College London (UCL) and as a Fellow of The Alan Turing Institute, the UK national institute for AI and data science, of which he was a founding trustee. Prior to this, he was Dean of UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences and before that Head of UCL Department of Computer Science. He held a Chair in Software Systems Engineering at UCL, having started his career at Imperial College, Department of Computing. He has established three successful ‘spin-out’ companies (including two ‘exits’).

 

What is the Blackett Lecture?

Our annual lecture provides a forum for leading industry figures to bring to your attention current affairs in the areas of analytics, data science and artificial intelligence.

The lecture is named in memory of Patrick Blackett, a physicist, Nobel Prize winner and one-time president of the Royal Society. Blackett was one of the pioneers of operational research (OR) during the Second World War, when he advocated the employment of scientists to advise on matters of strategy and tactics.

Find out more about Patrick Blackett in our animated video.

View previous blackett lectures here