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Livestream conference: Artificial Intelligence for Social Good

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06 June 2016



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Artificial Brain Simulation. Source: digicortex/YouTube

Artificial Brain Simulation. Source: digicortex/YouTube

The White House announced a series of public workshops on artificial intelligence (AI) and the creation of an interagency working group to learn more about the benefits and risks of artificial intelligence. The second workshop Artificial Intelligence for Social Good will take place on June 7 at The Willard Intercontinental Hotel, in Washington D.C. You can watch the livestream from 8:30 AM- 2:00 PM EDT.

From the website, “there has been a dramatically increasing interest in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in recent years. AI has been successfully applied to societal challenge problems, and it has a great potential to provide tremendous social good in the future. In this workshop, we will discuss the successful deployments and the potential use of AI in various topics that are essential for social good, including but not limited to urban computing, health, environmental sustainability, and public welfare.”

The two keynote talks will be from Lynn Overmann, Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Eric Horvitz, former CCC Council Member and Technical Fellow & Managing Director at Microsoft Research. The full agenda can be found on the website.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Eric Horvitz, Microsoft Research
    Keynote: Artificial Intelligence in Support of People and Society
  • Lynn Overmann, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
    Keynote: AI and Criminal Justice: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Roy Austin, White House, Domestic Policy Council
    Criminal Justice, Civil Rights and Big Data
  • Tanya Berger-Wolf, University of Illinois at Chicago
    Crowdsourcing, Computer Vision, and Data Science for Ecology and Conservation
  • Tom Dietterich, Oregon State University
    Understanding and Managing Ecosystems through Artificial Intelligence
  • Eric Elster, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
    Surgical Critical Care Initiative: Bringing Precision Medicine to the Critically Ill
  • Dan Hoffman, Montgomery County, Maryland
    The Interface between People and Their Government
  • Rayid Ghani, University of Chicago
    Doing and Teaching Data Science for Social Good: Challenges, Opportunities, and Lessons Learned
  • Henry Kautz, University of Rochester
    Mining Social Media for Public Health
  • Reuben Sarkar, The U.S. Department of Energy
    Getting SMARTer on Future Mobility and Energy
  • Suchi Saria, Johns Hopkins University
    Making ‘Meaningful Use’ Meaningful
  • Stephen Smith, Carnegie Mellon University
    Smart Infrastructure for Urban Mobility
  • Milind Tambe, University of Southern California
    Green Security: How AI can help protect endangered wildlife, fish, forests
  • Pascal Van Hentenryck, University of Michigan
    Reinventing Mobility with Artificial Intelligence
  • Hanna Wallach, Microsoft Research
    Big Data, Machine Learning, and the Social Sciences

Read all speaker biographies here. 

Questions during the event are to be submitted on Twitter @compcomcon using #AI4socialgood.

The first public workshop, held on 24 May, investigated AI law and policy. You can find the recorded workshop here. The next two workshops will focus on safety and control, and economics implications in the near-term with AI.


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