Learn how York will expand artificial intelligence research and training at symposium

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A virtual symposium on Nov. 16 will launch the release of the York University Task Force on AI and Society’s recommendations report that details ways in which the University can work toward expanding and enhancing artificial intelligence-related initiatives going forward.

“Fostering the Future of Artificial Intelligence: Report from the York University Task Force on AI and Society” will run from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and will feature a keynote talk from Manuela M. Veloso, head of J.P. Morgan Chase artificial intelligence (AI) research and Herbert A. Simon University Professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.

The keynote talk will be followed by a panel discussion and Q-and-A moderated by the York University AI and Society Task Force co-chairs: Pina D’Agostino, associate professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, founder and director of IP Osgoode’s Intellectual Property Law and Technology Program; and James Elder, professor and York Research Chair in Psychology, Faculty of Health, and Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Lassonde School of Engineering.

Panellists include:

  • Neetika Sathe, vice-president Alectra GRE&T Centre;
  • James Goel, director of engineering technical standards, Qualcomm; and
  • Androu Waheeb, JD candidate 2023, Osgoode Hall Law School.

The event will also feature remarks from York University President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lenton, Vice-President Research and Innovation Amir Asif and City of Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti.

AI and society is a key area of opportunity for York; this report will influence the trajectory of AI research and scholarship at York going forward. York’s research in this area will contribute to core theory and technological applications, and aims to provide a broader human perspective, including the ethical implications of AI on humanity and society. The report also provides insights on York’s plan to expand its research and training capacity relating to AI and society. The goal is to explore the whole spectrum of possibilities for research, development and innovation in artificial intelligence, data governance and associated disruptive technologies as well as the impact of such technologies on society.

The report will be made available on the AI@York website.

To register for the event, visit this link.