AI for Good in Action – Crowdsourcing AI for Future Resilience – Part 3
The world has come together in an unprecedented way to fight COVID-19. One recent example is the Pandemic Response Challenge, launched by XPRIZE in partnership with Cognizant, ITU, Oxford University and other partners. This global challenge demonstrated how humans and AI could quickly join forces to take on one of the greatest challenges of our time.
In part 3 of this exciting 3-part webinar series, we will hear about from key partners that made the Pandemic Response Challenge a success and partners who have committed to continuing the work. We will be joined by representatives from the leading Evolutionary AI team from Cognizant, our data partner at Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government, and our implementation partner, the City of Los Angeles.
Speakers, Panelists and Moderators
RISTO MIIKKULAINENAssociate VP of Evolutionary AICognizantRisto Miikkulainen is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin and AVP of Evolutionary Intelligence at Cognizant Technology Solutions. He received an M.S. in Engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University) in 1986, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA in 1990. His current research focuses on methods and applications of neuroevolution, as well as neural network models of natural language processing and vision; he is an author of over 450 articles in these research areas.
TOBY PHILLIPS Executive Director of The Oxford Covid-19 Government Response TrackerUniversity of OxfordTOBY PHILLIPSExecutive Director of The Oxford Covid-19 Government Response TrackerUniversity of OxfordToby is the Executive Director of the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT). He was previously the Head of Research and Policy for Digital Pathways of Oxford (based at the Blavatnik School) and, prior to that, ran the research and policy team for the Pathways for Prosperity Commission on Technology and Inclusive Development, a two-year commission of inquiry – chaired by Melinda Gates, Sri Mulyani Indrwati and Strive Masiyiwa – that reset the global discussion on how developing countries can navigate and take advantage of technological disruption. Prior to joining Oxford University, Toby worked as a civil servant in the Australian government, holding roles across several departments (Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Attorney-General’s Department, and Department of Human Services). His government experience was focused on domestic policy: social security, aged care, disaster management, housing, higher education, and public finances. Toby earned a Master of Public Policy (MPP) with distinction from the Blavatnik School of Government. His first degree was in science, a BSc (hons) with first-class honours from Flinders University, specialising in organic chemistry and molecular biology, which included a year of original research on drug synthesis.
AMBER HARTLEYChief Strategy OfficerBurstIQAmber Hartley is the Chief Strategy Officer for BurstIQ, a Denver-based blockchain company that operates the LifeGraph® Network, a secure data exchange network that allows health and identity data to be trusted and connected at scale. The company's groundbreaking technology transforms data into smart data, allowing people to own and control their information across everything they do and allowing businesses to drive deeper engagement with the people, places, and things that touch their business. Prior to joining BurstIQ, Amber ran the national innovation center at Catholic Health Initiatives and has been leading partnerships for over 20 years at various biotechnology, high tech, and healthcare companies. She holds a B.S. in Animal Physiology & Neuroscience and a Master of Biotechnology.