How are, how will, and how might new technologies change research development roles and work?

Dr Ipshita Ghose - Research Support Partner in the College of Social Sciences, University of Birmingham

What is the future of research development? New technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence could revolutionise all aspects of ‘white collar’ work, but what opportunities and potential threats are there for research development? Could we (and should we) all be replaced by machines? Or can our creative and cognitive abilities never be fully replicated by technology?

But perhaps the future is already here. We already have networking and collaboration tools that would have been unthinkable a decade ago. We also have comprehensive funding databases, high-performance computing for research data storage, and other online resources that enable and complement the services offered by research support professionals.  How are we using these tools, and what can we learn from each other?

This interactive session will be needs-and-wants-led rather than technology-led. It will focus on us and on our roles, what would we like to be able to do (or do better), and how current or future technology might help or hinder us. It will also consider the ‘human’ value we bring to the field of research development and encourage debate about whether this can truly be effaced by technological advances in the future.

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Room Menteith
Time 14:00 - 15:15
Date Tuesday 5th June, 2018
Theme Future Shape of Work
Style Workshop
Speakers Dr Ipshita Ghose - Research Support Partner in the College of Social Sciences, University of Birmingham

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