Robots and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are already having a major impact on our lives. Lecturers in this series will give their professional perspectives on what we can expect today and in the future.
Series Cordinators: Joan Irvine,
Carol Mair, Gord Edwards,
Lynne Celhoffer, Bill Celhoffer
What is AI? How are people different from computers? Can computers think? Such questions have been thought about from the earliest days of computers. In this talk Peter will present some of the recent successes in the field, explaining why there is so much excitement around artificial intelligence. He will also explore why there may be reasons for concern.
Peter Van Beek is a Professor in the Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, Co-Director of the Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute, and a Fellow of the Association for Artificial Intelligence.
AI researchers have struggled to make robots see for the last seventy years. A recent development called Deep Learning has produced some remarkable results, but robotic “vision” differs from human vision. This talk will explore where we are today in helping robots see and understand, what still needs to be done, and how current research will help create safe and robust autonomous robots.
John Zelek is an Associate Professor in Systems Design Engineering and the School of Optometry and is Co-director of the Vision & Image Processing Lab at the University of Waterloo. His research interests range from AI, robotics and autonomous vehicles to infrastructure monitoring and assistive technology. He has helped start 3 spinoff companies in Waterloo.
Big Data is everywhere. Should we be worried? This lecture will take you for a walk through the recent trends in Big Data and how big corporations are using your data.
Chris Dyck is the Program Coordinator and Full-Time Faculty for Big Data Analytics at Georgian College. Chris brings more than 25 years of experience from the Information Management industry. Early in his career he developed a groundbreaking company that changed the face of electronic publishing, and introduced the beginning of the eBook industry. Since then, Chris has worked with companies like: Microsoft, Apple, IBM, NASA, Sony, and RCA to name a few. Chris now spends his time developing strategies for education and dissemination of data management technologies.
More and more, personal digital devices—from wearable brain-computers to digital skin tech to implanted computer chips—are being invented, adopted and even celebrated before we have a chance to understand their likely impact on our lives. The rise of Artificial Intelligence is accelerating this process. Pedersen explores how immersive embodied technology may change how we act, interact with others, participate in cultures, and understand our identities.
Isabel Pedersen, Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media and Culture, is also Associate Professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). Dr. Pedersen was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.
This talk highlights the work of Geoffrey Hinton, based in Toronto and considered the godfather of Deep Learning. Adam will look at what Hinton has taught us about the learning power of machines, and how these machines are learning to do things like read X-rays, improve diagnostic accuracy and digitally summarize physician-patient interactions. Looking ahead, how will AI and technology continue to change the delivery of health care?
Adam Kassam, MD, MPH is Senior Resident, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Western University and Founder of Kassam Health. His background includes public health, global health, medical education, medical research and leadership.
Robots and AIs are starting to outperform human experts in an increasing array of narrow tasks. Can they invade your privacy without being sentient beings? Should they have moral and legal status? Professor Thomasen will challenge traditional views on such questions from both a legal and ethical perspective.
Kristen Thomasen is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor. Her research focuses on the legal, social and ethical implications of robotic technologies and artificial intelligence.
She is completing her Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa. Her thesis explores the implications of drone technology for privacy in public spaces in Canada. Her doctorate was supervised by Dr. Ian Kerr, Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law and Technology.
Prior to starting her Ph.D., Professor Thomasen clerked for the Honourable Madam Justice Rosalie Abella at the Supreme Court of Canada. She is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and holds a JD from the University of Ottawa and a MA from the Norman Paterson School of International Relations at Carleton University.