Institute of AI and Data Science Launches Speaker Series – UB Now: News and Views for UB Faculty and Staff

Last year, UB merged two institutes on data science and artificial intelligence to form a new institute for artificial intelligence and data science.

Its goal is to help UB develop its research and teaching expertise in AI and data science, which are at the forefront of innovation in key sectors for the future economy and security of states. -United.

Now, the institute has launched a series of conferences designed to bring the most challenging leaders in the fields to UB.

“Artificial intelligence and data science offer hope for solving the world’s most pressing problems, such as climate change and the development of new treatments for diseases. It is therefore fitting that UB provides a forum for some of the most accomplished scholars in these fields to discuss how their innovative work can reshape the world,” says Venu Govindaraju, Vice President for Research and Economic Development.

The series aims to bring a new speaker to UB on the third Tuesday of the month, virtually or in person. The lectures are free and open to the public. Participants must register.

“We want to bring the brightest minds in artificial intelligence and data science to UB,” say series co-hosts David Doermann and Nalini Ratha. “Events like this spark ideas and foster connections that help change the world.”

Doermann is Director of the Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Data Science and Empire Professor of Innovation in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Ratha is Empire Professor of Innovation in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

The series kicked off on March 15 with a talk, via videoconference, from Alex Pentland, Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, titled “Building a New Economy: Data as Capital.”

Other speakers include Milind Tambe, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Center for Research in Computation and Society at Harvard University. He will deliver a talk titled “AI for Social Impact: Deployment Results for Public Health and Conservation” at 3:00 p.m. April 19 at 330 Student Union.

Closing the series for the semester will be provided by Yann LeCun, Silver Professor of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. LeCun, who is also vice president and chief AI scientist at Meta, will give a virtual talk at 2:30 p.m. on May 17.

For more details on the series, visit the Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Data Science website.

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