In the year 2031, or 2040 and beyond, there are outstanding questions to consider to explore significant advances in learning and reasoning.
Join host and AFOSR program officer for the Science of Information, Computation, Learning, and Fusion, Doug Riecken, on October 27, 2021 from 2-4pm EDT for a lively discussion with A.I. leaders: Randall Davis, Yann LeCun, Tom Mitchell and Steven "Cap" Rogers as they debate the next big question in the science of artificial intelligence.
This is the first in a series of 2-hour sessions with thought leaders on the subject.
Guests are welcome to join a live stream on AFOSR's Facebook page.
Welcome from AFOSR Dr. Shery Welsh, AFOSR Director and Dr. William “Pat” Roach, AFOSR Chief Scientist
Outlining Goals Doug Riecken, AFOSR
Remarks and Panel Discussion
Each speaker will present in ~7-8 min their question(s) and a couple of comments to communicate the key ideas – then at least two or more of the other four speakers will comment on the question(s) for ~7-8 min in order to explore more details. Speaking order:
Randall Davis, MITYann LeCun, NYUTom Mitchell, CMUSteven “Cap” Rogers, AFRLDoug Riecken, AFOSR
OPEN DISCUSSION BY SPEAKERS WITH ALL ATTENDING
We invite all attendees to pose questions/topics for the panel speakers
Davis has been a seminal contributor to the fields of knowledge-based systems and human-computer interaction, publishing some more than 100 articles and playing a central role in the development of several systems. He and his research group are developing advanced tools that permit natural multi-modal interaction with computers by creating software that understands users as they sketch, gesture, and talk. Full bio
Yann LeCun, NYU Center for Data Science and Facebook
LeCun's current interests include AI, machine learning, computer perception, mobile robotics, and computational neuroscience. He has published over 180 technical papers and book chapters on these topics as well as on neural networks, handwriting recognition, image processing and compression, and on dedicated circuits and architectures for computer perception. The character recognition technology he developed at Bell Labs is used by several banks around the world to read checks and was reading between 10 and 20% of all the checks in the US in the early 2000s. His image compression technology, called DjVu, is used by hundreds of web sites and publishers and millions of users to access scanned documents on the Web. Since the late 80's he has been working on deep learning methods, particularly the convolutional network model, which is the basis of many products and services deployed by companies such as Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Baidu, IBM, NEC, AT&T and others for image and video understanding, document recognition, human-computer interaction, and speech recognition. Full Bio
Tom Mitchell, School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University
Mitchell's research lies in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and cognitive neuroscience. His current research includes developing machine learning approaches to natural language understanding by computers, as well as brain imaging studies of natural language understanding by humans. A pioneer in artificial intelligence and machine learning, Mitchell’s research focuses on statistical learning algorithms for discovering how the human brain represents information and for enabling computers to understand the meaning of what humans say and write. His work with colleagues in the Psychology Department produced the first computational model to predict brain activation patterns associated with virtually any concrete noun, work that has since been extended to other word types, word sequences and emotions. His Never Ending Language Learner is a computer program that searches through web pages 24/7 as it teaches itself to read. Full Bio
Doug Riecken, AFOSR program officer for the Science of Information, Computation, Learning, and Fusion
Riecken is a trained concert pianist with a B.A. from the Manhattan School of Music and studies at the Julliard School of Music. He spent many years performing classical, jazz, and rock styles on international concert tours with world-renowned artists before he switched to a career in cognitive and computing science. He received his PhD from Rutgers University under thesis advisor Dr. Marvin Minsky from MIT; a founding father of artificial intelligence. Riecken and Minsky spent 30+ years in friendship researching learning and the mind. Riecken is a thought leader in the areas of big data analytics and machine learning, human-computer interaction and design, knowledge discovery and data mining, global cloud enterprise architectures, and privacy management. He joined the Air Force Office of Scientific Research as a program officer in 2014 and is a senior member of the AFRL ACT3 team. Full Bio
Stephen "Cap" Rogers, AFRL Automatic Target Recognition and Sensor Fusion
Cap serves as the principal scientific authority and independent researcher in the field of multi-sensor automatic target recognition and sensor fusion. He initiates, technically plans, coordinates, evaluates, and conducts research and development to advance the knowledge of interdisciplinary ATR and sensor fusion systems for all Air Force aircraft, missile and space systems. Rogers leads collaboration across AFRL in object detection, tracking, geo-location, identification and supporting technologies. He also conducts research and development activities in the broad area of ATR and sensor-fusion technology including phenomenology modeling, model-based and learning algorithms, evaluation and tracking. He also conducts research and development in image and signal processing, synthetic target and scene modeling, resource allocation and evidence accrual aimed at decreasing the cost and improving the performance of Air Force and Department of Defense systems. Full Bio