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Masterclass on AI and Project Data: Myths and Realities.

Wednesday 25 October 2023, 6.30pm-9pm
School of Civil Engineering University of Leeds

Due to unforeseen circumstances this Masterclass is postponed. We will update the date as soon as possible. 


We have all heard the narrative that using data in decision-making will improve project and programme delivery performance. We are told that Artificial Intelligence will use our data to yield unbelievable performance improvements. Are these perspectives realities or dangerous myths?

Using her practical experience of using data analytics across a wide variety of sectors, Naomi gives an uncompromising review of the quality of project and programme data in our current management systems. Until data quality improves, she argues, using AI to improve delivery performance is pointless. Naomi delivers the disconcerting message that our data quality is so poor that we don’t even know whether our projects and programmes are success or failures. In the light of these data inadequacies, Naomi gives invaluable guidance to anyone tasked with improving performance in projects and programmes.

Speaker bio

Prof Naomi Brookes is an inspirational communicator with a global reputation for her work on the cross-sectoral comparisons of the performance of large and complex projects and programmes. She began her working life in the aerospace industry and completed her PhD with Imperial college whilst working full time on complex project delivery with Rolls-Royce. She moved from industry into academia and has taken up roles in both business and engineering faculties whilst still maintaining very strong links with practice. She has been the executive director of the Centre for Project Management Practice in Aston Business School, the European Construction Institute whilst at Loughborough University and was responsible for creating the Project Praxis centre at the University of Warwick.

She has received invitations to disseminate her research findings internationally to organisations such as the World Economic Forum, the European Investment Bank and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. I also undertaken collaborative research with the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, the National Audit Office and the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency.

Her recent research projects have looked at using data analytics in complex project delivery. She has collaborated with organisations such as Network Rail, Severn Trent and the Department for Education and has received funding from the Turing Institute and the Oakland Group.

The Oakland Group, which is a full stack analytics, process and governance company, will also contribute to the masterclass.

For whom is it relevant?The masterclass will be relevant to all who have the responsibility for project and programme delivery at a senior level.


18:30-19:00 Arrival and networking
19:00-20:00 Masterclass incl. Q&A
20:00-21:00 Networking and close

To register for the event please click on the Eventbrite link above (or here).


This masterclass is sponsored by The Oakland Group.