WIRN 2023

The Italian Workshop on Neural Networks

7 – 9 June 2023 – Vietri sul Mare (SA), Italy

Towards Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence enabled Multimodal Hearing Assistive Technologies

Prof. Amir Hussain

Edinburgh Napier University


World-leading multi-disciplinary research at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland is pioneering the collaborative development of trustworthy and responsible artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to engineer the next-generation of assistive healthcare systems. This talk will provide an introduction to these emerging technologies and outline a real-world use case focussed on multimodal hearing assistive technologies, including future research directions and challenges.
Amir Hussain obtained his B.Eng (1st Class Honours with distinction) and Ph.D from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK, in 1992 and 1997 respectively. Following a UK EPSRC funded Postdoctoral Fellowship (1996-98) and Research Lectureship at the University of Dundee, UK (2018-20), he joined the University of Stirling, UK, in 2000 where he was appointed Personal Chair in Cognitive Computing in 2012. Since 2018, he has been Director of the Centre of AI and Robotics at Edinburgh Napier University, UK. His research and innovation interests are cross-disciplinary and industry-led, aimed at developing cognitive data science and responsible AI technologies to engineer the smart healthcare and industrial systems of tomorrow. He has co-authored around 600 papers including nearly 300 journal papers and 20 Books and supervised over 40 PhD students. He has led major national and international projects, including the current COG-MHEAR programme (funded under the UK EPSRC Transformative Healthcare Technologies for 2050 Call) that aims to develop truly personalised hearing assistive technologies. He is founding Chief Editor of (Springer’s) Cognitive Computation journal and Editorial Board member for (Elsevier’s) Information Fusion and various IEEE Transactions. Amongst other distinguished roles, he is an executive committee member of the UK Computing Research Committee (the national expert panel of the IET and BCS for UK computing research). He served as General Chair of the 2020 IEEE WCCI (the world’s largest IEEE technical event on computational intelligence, comprising the flagship IJCNN, IEEE CEC and FUZZ-IEEE) and the 2023 IEEE Smart World Congress (featuring six co-located IEEE Conferences).