Registration open for symposium on AI, machine learning in science and society

Matt Swayne
January 07, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Registration is now open for the Institute for CyberScience (ICS) Symposium 2019, a one-day conference that will explore the use — as well as the legal and ethical implications — of artificial intelligence and machine learning in science and research.

The symposium, led by an interdisciplinary team of Penn State experts, will be held Monday, April 1, at Penn State’s Nittany Lion Inn.

“The ICS Symposium is designed to be a forum that helps researchers learn new ways to explore science and society’s biggest questions,” said Jenni Evans, professor of meteorology and atmospheric science and ICS director. “In the past, a lot of interesting partnerships have emerged from these symposiums and we’re really excited to see what types of collaborations this symposium will create, as well as watch how our researchers will use these lessons in artificial intelligence and machine learning to further their own investigations and what new discoveries that might prompt.”

Michael J. Franklin, Liew Family Chair of Computer Science and senior adviser to the provost for Computation and Data Science at the University of Chicago, will offer the symposium’s keynote address.

Franklin is also the co-founder and director of Berkeley’s Algorithms, Machines and People Laboratory (AMPLab), a leading academic big data analytics research center, which won a National Science Foundation CISE "Expeditions in Computing" award. He is also an entrepreneur, who founded Truviso, a data analytics company, and serves on the technical advisory boards of various data-driven technology companies and organizations.

The symposium will also include interdisciplinary panel discussions that cover the following topics:

Security, Fairness and Privacy of Machine Learning — coordinated by Patrick McDaniel, William L. Weiss Professor of Information and Communications Technology and director of the Institute for Networking and Security Research.

Science Applications of Big Data and Machine Learning —coordinated by Eric Ford, professor of astronomy and astrophysics.

Social Good — coordinated by Vasant Honavar, professor and Edward Frymoyer Chair of Information Sciences and Technology and ICS associate director.

Law — coordinated by Anne Toomey McKenna, distinguished scholar of cyberlaw and policy, Dickinson Law and ICS associate and professor of practice.

Immersive Technology — coordinated by Ping Li, professor of psychology, linguistics and information sciences and technology and ICS associate director.

Computational Materials Design & Machine Learning — coordinated by Susan Sinnott, department head and materials science and engineering professor, Materials Science and Engineering and Chemistry.

Students are invited to submit an entry to the symposium’s poster session. Two students will be awarded up to $750 in travel funds to be used at a conference where they plan to present their research.

There is a $75 per attendee fee to attend the symposium, however this will be waived for Penn State faculty, staff and students who attend.

To learn more about the symposium, or to register, please go to the event registration page here.

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Last Updated January 10, 2019