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Fall AI seminar series begins Sept. 2

Artificial intelligence (AI), a broad and booming subfield of computer science that includes machine learning, computer vision and natural language processing, is transforming the world — from sustainable agriculture and urban design to cancer detection and precision behavioral health. Building on Cornell’s strengths in AI, the university recently launched the Cornell AI Initiative under the “Radical Collaboration Drives Discovery” umbrella, bringing together AI scholars from across campuses to develop new applications in diverse fields and advance AI education and ethics.

This semester, the Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science is hosting a weekly conversation on Fridays about the future of AI with their Fall 2022 AI seminar series. Guest presenters include top industry leaders and groundbreaking researchers who are building the technology and examining its societal, legal and ethical impacts.

The AI seminars run each Friday from Sept. 2 to Dec. 2, 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET, in person at Gates 122 and streaming via Zoom. Everyone in the Cornell community is invited to attend and students can take the series as a one-credit class.

“We hope that the seminar series will further bring together the entire campus around the new AI initiative,” said Thorsten Joachims, associate dean for research at Cornell Bowers CIS and a professor of computer science and information science.

Oliver Richardson, a graduate student in the field of computer science, will be the first speaker on Sept. 2 with his talk, “Loss as the Inconsistency of a Probabilistic Dependency Graph: Choose Your Model, Not Your Loss Function.”

As part of the recently established five-year strategic partnership between LinkedIn and Cornell Bowers CIS, the series will feature invited guest Souvik Ghosh, director of AI at LinkedIn, on Sept. 9. Ghosh’s presentation, “Some challenges with Recommender Systems at LinkedIn,” will be the capstone to several days of innovative programming and events to elevate AI research at the college.

Learn more on the Department of Computer Science website.

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