Breakthrough Days: The Urgency of Science + Collective Problem Solving

Speakers, Panelists and Moderators

  • YOSHUA BENGIO
    YOSHUA BENGIO
    Founder and Scientific Director
    Mila - Quebec AI Institute
    Yoshua Bengio is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in artificial intelligence and a pioneer in deep learning. Since 1993, he has been a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Operational Research at the Université de Montréal. He is the founder and scientific director of Mila, the Quebec Institute of Artificial Intelligence, the world’s largest university-based research group in deep learning. He is a member of the NeurIPS board and co-founder and general chair for the ICLR conference, as well as program director of the CIFAR program on Learning in Machines and Brains and is Fellow of the same institution. In 2018, Yoshua Bengio ranked as the computer scientist with the most new citations, worldwide, thanks to his many publications. In 2019, he received the ACM A.M. Turing Award, “the Nobel Prize of Computing”, jointly with Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun for conceptual and engineering breakthroughs that have made deep neural networks a critical component of computing. In 2020 he was nominated Fellow of the Royal Society of London.
  • DARIO GIL
    DARIO GIL
    Director
    IBM Research
  • AMIR BANIFATEMI
    AMIR BANIFATEMI
    Chief Innovation Officer; Chair of the AI for Good Programme Committee
    XPRIZE
    My general focus is on identifying and developing emerging and transformative technologies that can impact society in significant and exponential ways. I do this by helping create interdisciplinary frameworks for understanding and planning new developments and the funding required to bring new innovations to market. I help start, grow, and run innovative ventures, and focus on working with startups and growth-oriented companies on products and initiatives that could trigger significant breakthrough with substantial economic and societal impact. Particular emphasis on machine learning and predictive systems, IoT, knowledge sharing and crowdsourcing, Education, and digital health. I usually help teams on initial market opportunity validation, product roadmap strategy, pricing and business model, go-to-market operations, fundraising and mentorship, Mergers and high-growth partnerships. I also have managed a few private and public technology investment and venture capital funds and know how to establish fund operations and their overall strategies and requirements. I enjoy teaching and have been a guest lecturer and adjunct professor at UC Berkeley, HEC Paris, Chapman University, Claremont McKenna College, and UC Irvine.

Hourly Schedule

17:00 - 18:00
Collective problem solving with AI
This talk will discuss a couple of projects at Mila aiming to leverage machine learning in the fight against Covid-19. The first project involves the prediction of contagiousness based on information available from users regarding their symptoms, contacts and pre-existing conditions, which would yield substantial reductions in the reproduction number of the virus. The second project involves the discovery of antivirals for Covid-19, either as combinations of existing drugs or through the search in molecular space using active learning and reinforcement learning. Both projects lead to a discussion about the need to change our economic and social structures to maximize collective well-being.
Moderator:
AMIR BANIFATEMI
Speaker:
YOSHUA BENGIO
18:00 - 18:45
The Urgency of Science
Keynote address
Moderator:
AMIR BANIFATEMI
Speaker:
DARIO GIL
18:45 - 19:00
BREAK
15min break / transition to workshop
19:00 - 20:30
Gender Equity Breakout
See calendar for the separate registration
19:15 - 20:45
Future of Food Breakout
See calendar for the separate registration
19:30 - 21:00
Collective Pandemic Intelligence Breakout
See calendar for the separate registration
AMIR BANIFATEMI
AMIR BANIFATEMI
Chief Innovation Officer; Chair of the AI for Good Programme Committee
YOSHUA BENGIO
YOSHUA BENGIO
Founder and Scientific Director
DARIO GIL
DARIO GIL
Director

Date

24 Sep 2020

Time

CEST, Geneva
17:00 - 21:00
Sessions

Topics

Health,
Inclusivity,
Pandemic

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