Katie Atkinson

Katie Atkinson is Professor of Computer Science and Dean of the School of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Liverpool, UK. Katie is recognised internationally for her research contributions within the field of AI and Law over the past 18 years. Within this area, her specialism is on computational models of argument for modelling legal reasoning. She has published over one hundred and fifty articles in peer-reviewed conferences and journals and has also applied her work in a variety of collaborative projects with law firms. Her current research is focussed on explainable AI for legal applications. Katie was Program Chair of the fifteenth edition of the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law held in San Diego, USA in 2015 and she served as President of the International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law (IAAIL) in 2016 and 2017. In 2020 Katie was appointed to serve as a member of the Lawtech UK Panel, a government-backed initiative to help transform the UK legal sector through technology. Katie is also currently serving on the Computer Science and Informatics sub-panel in the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. Katie is passionate about bringing together all stakeholders interested in the development and deployment of Legal Technology and through this contributes to public engagement work, most recently featuring in the UK Royal Institution Christmas Lectures broadcast on BBC Four.

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