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MKAI July Expert Forum | Using Artificial Intelligence For Good

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MKAI July Expert Forum | Using AI for Good | How AI can be applied to solve some of our biggest challenges - Part 2

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Funding for Artificial Intelligence projects has until now been directed primarily at commercial applications. The level of alignment to the public interest when AI is used for weapons and advertising is questionable. In this event, we ask, could Covid-19 and other global changes start a movement of AI being used more for altruistic applications?

Times around the world:

  • 9-11am PDT (West Coast US)
  • 12-2pm EDT (East Coast US)
  • 5-7pm BST (UK)
  • 6-8pm CEST (Central Europe)

Agenda (all times in British Summer Time (BST)):

5:00pm: 🎙️Welcome and Announcements by host Richard Foster-Fletcher

5:10pm: 💻 Speaker 1 - Melissa Sassi, Chief Penguin, IBM Hyper Protect Accelerator and CEO & Founder, MentorNations

Presentation: Use Cases From the CodeTheCurve hackathon with UNESCO and SAP. Featuring Ali Serag, Co-Founder of Fostrum and Joaquin López Herraiz, Associate Professor at Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Melissa Sassi is a Startup Program Manager at IBM focused on empowering early-stage entrepreneurs through technology and business acceleration, IBM Cloud credits, comarketing, go-to-market strategy, and access to IBM’s partner ecosystem. Melissa is a division-level lead for Call for Code, an initiative aimed at preparing for and responding to disaster scenarios with technical innovation. Prior to joining IBM, Melissa spent several years in Microsoft's Airband Initiative where she was an impact investor focused on internet and energy access.

Melissa is Chair of IEEE's Digital Skills Working Group and is on the Steering Committee of the Coalition for Digital Intelligence with the World Economic Forum, OECD, IEEE, and the DQ Institute. She is and CEO of MentorNations, a youth-led digital skills movement, aimed at inspiring the lives of the underserved via access, skills, and utilization of technology. Melissa holds two master's degrees in supply chain and finance and is working toward her PhD in international business. Her research focuses on the digital inclusion of unserved communities.

5:30pm:💻 Speaker 2 - Professor Christoph Lütge, Director of the TUM Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence at Technical University of Munich

Presentation: The TUM Institute for Ethics in AI and Its Current Initiatives

Christoph Lütge is Full Professor of Business Ethics and Director of the Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence at Technical University of Munich (TUM). He has a background in business informatics and philosophy, having taken his PhD at the Technical University of Braunschweig in 1999 and his habilitation at the University of Munich (LMU) in 2005. He was awarded a Heisenberg Fellowship in 2007.

His most recent books are: “The Ethics of Competition” (Elgar, 2019) and “Ethik in KI und Robotik” (Hanser, 2020, with coauthors). Lütge has held visiting positions at Harvard, University of Pittsburgh, University of California (San Diego), Taipei, Kyoto and Venice. He is a member of the Scientific Board of the European AI Ethics initiative AI4People as well as of the German Ethics Commission on Automated and Connected Driving. He has also done consulting work for the Singapore Economic Development Board and the Canadian Transport Commission.

5:50pm:💻 Speaker 3 - Sharada Mohanty, Co-Founder at Aicrowd

Presentation: Crowdsourcing AI to solve real-world problems

Mohanty is CEO and Co-founder of AICrowd, an opensource platform for organising machine learning challenges on a variety of real-world problems.

While working on his PhD at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, he worked on a diversity of problems in Artificial Intelligence from image-based detection of plant diseases, to teaching simulated musculo-skeletal models how to walk using reinforcement learning. Mohanty took a leave of absence from his PhD to start and focus on AIcrowd.

Previously he was working at the Theoretical Physics department at CERN, on the CERN Public Computing Challenge, which was an experimental effort to crowdsource the compute requirements of physicists at CERN by allowing citizens all over the world to donate their unused computing power.

6:10pm:💻 Speaker 4 - Dr. Richard Benjamins Chief AI & Data Strategist, Telefonica

Presentation: AI For Good: Lessons from COVID-19

Dr. Richard Benjamins is Chief AI & Data Strategist at Telefonica. He is among the 100 most influential people in data-driven business (DataIQ 100, 2018). He is also cofounder and Vice President of the Spanish observatory for ethical and social impacts of AI (OdiseIA). He was Group Chief Data Officer at AXA (Insurance) and before that worked for 10 years at Telefonica on Big Data and Analytics.

He is the founder of Telefonica’s Big Data for Social Good department, a member of the B2G data-sharing Expert Group of the EC, and a frequent speaker on Artificial Intelligence events. He holds a PhD in Cognitive Science and has published over 100 scientific articles.

6:30pm: Panel discussion with all speakers

6:55pm 🔮 Roundup + What's next with MKAI

7:00pm Close

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