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3 October, 2018 - 11:59 By Tony Quested

OKRA CEO helps shape EU governance of AI

The CEO of a Cambridge-based Artificial Intelligence startup is helping to fashion pan-European governance and regulation of the rocketing technology segment.

Dr Loubna Bouarfa of OKRA Technologies is one of 52 thought leaders on the advisory brains trust – the EU High-Level Expert Group on AI – and spent a week at a Brussels summit.

Discussions were held in the European Parliament covering topics from programming bias, data security, error accountability and responsible workflows.

As the founder and CEO of OKRA, a St John’s Innovation Centre company, Dr Bouarfa represents AI practitioners and the healthcare space in particular.  She said: “It is an honour to represent the innovative AI startup ecosystem, balancing an operational mindset with my ethical convictions. In my work at OKRA and beyond, ethical considerations around responsibility, transparency and accountability are always top of mind.”

The High-Level Expert Group was assembled by the European Commission. It has 52 experts in total, representing academia, civil society, as well as industry.

The group’s general objective is to support the implementation of the European strategy on AI. They inform policy development by making recommendations on ethical, legal and societal issues related to AI.

OKRA Technologies is an artificial intelligence tech company for healthcare, supporting healthcare professionals to save and improve human lives. Its artificial intelligence methodology can predict future outcomes based on historical data. The platform is live in-market and has already generated over a million answers and predictions.

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