Breakthrough Sessions: Scaling AI for Good

AI for Good is growing as a movement, and in the number of “for Good” applications and deployments.

This track asks: how do we scale the AI for Good movement to global capacity? More precisely, can we scale the number of applications and deployments further, to better meet the SDGs?

For starters, this is a community movement. And the AI for Good Global Summit has emerged as the annual synchronization of efforts among the community.

Next, we can track progress in a funnel for stages of each AI for Good project: (1) problem definition, (2) AI prototype, (3) initial deployment for product-problem fit, and (4) deployment at scale. Initial deployment is about  entrepreneurs work with AI researchers and problem owners to deploy the solution into the problem domain and iterate until the solution is truly useful in the field. Once we have legitimate product-market fit in one deployment, we scale it up to into more deployments in other jurisdictions, with problem owners for each jurisdiction. Scale-up is for is maximum impact in each jurisdiction, which may have different KPIs.

Finally, we can work to close the gap between problem owners and problem solvers with a combination of human-based approaches, “commons” public utility networks for data & AI, and other tools.

The aim of the Scaling AI for Good breakthrough session:

  • Inspire and teach the audience about successful projects that have scaled globally, such as in internet infrastructure or global supply chains.
  • Brief the audience about “for good” projects in AI that have identified the problem, created a prototype, and are in the process of deploying towards product-market fit. What lessons have been learned, what examples can we take from them?
  • Raise awareness of tools that can help at each of the steps of the funnel.
  • Briefs the audience about how data & AI commons can help scale up AI for Good.
  • Mobilize the community to lend support, in specific steps in the funnel and with tools and techniques — all towards scaling AI for Good.

Chairs

  • Trent McConaghy, Founder, Ocean Protocol
  • Alexandre Cadain, CEO, Anima

09:00 – 10:30 – Session 1: Inspiration of Global Scaling

Room 4, Level 0, CICG

This session aims to inspire and teach the audience about successful projects that have scaled globally, such as in internet infrastructure or global supply chains.Speakers include Pindar Wong on scaling up the internet, and how change-makers can act locally with solutions tuned to their jurisdiction, while thinking globally. Sebnem Rusitschka will share her experiences in scaling AI at industrial giant Siemens.

Speakers:

  • Trent McConaghy, Founder, Ocean Protocol
  • Pindar Wong, Chairman, VeriFi (Hong Kong) Ltd.
  • Derval Usher, UN Global Pulse, Head of Office for Pulse Lab Jakarta
  • Sebnem Rusitschka, CTO of EnergiMine and Founding Researcher Freeelio
  • Ricardo Baeza-Yates, CTO, NTENT & Director of Data Science, Northeastern Univ. at SV, USA
  • Francesca Rossi, IBM AI Ethics Global Leader
  • Amir Ansari, CTO and Co-Founder of Prodea Systems, Founder Telecom Tech Inc

Moderator:

  • Trent McConaghy, Founder, Ocean Protocol

10:30 – 11:00 – Coffee Break & Demo Stage

11:00 – 12:30 – Session 2: AI for Good Projects Moving Towards Scale

Room 4, Level 0, CICG

This session aims to brief the audience about “for good” projects in AI that have identified the problem, created a prototype, and are in the process of deploying towards product-market fit. What lessons have been learned, what examples can we take from them?

Speakers:

  • Manuel García-Herranz, Chief Scientist, Field Solutions, UNICEF
  • Marcel Salathé, Associate Professor and Head of Digital Epidemiology Lab, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL); Co-founder AICrowd
  • Victor Schmidt, PhD Candidate supervised by Pr. Yoshua Bengio, MILA
  • Francesca Rossi, IBM AI Ethics Global Leader
  • Tara Chlowski, Founder and CEO of Iridescent
  • Sebnem Rusitschka, CTO of EnergiMine and Founding Researcher Freeelio
  • Oliver Gilbert, Managing Director Next Billion
  • Franz MJ Pfister, MD, MBA, MSc, Founder & CEO, Digital Helix
  • Jennifer Marsman, Principal Software Development Engineer, AI for Earth, Microsoft Corporation

Moderator:

  • Alexandre Cadain, CEO, Anima

12:30 – 14:00 – AI for Good UN Partners meeting, Lunch & Demo Stage

AI for Good UN Partners meeting

*Invitation only

“Telecom Area” Level -1, CICG

14:00 – 15:30 – Session 3: Tools and Techniques for Capacity Building & Scale

Room 4, Level 0, CICG

This session aims to raise awareness of tools and techniques that can help at each of the steps.

Speakers include Joaquin Vanschoren who created the AI benchmarks platform OpenML, and Ashish Kapoor of Microsoft on tools for scaling AI safety.

Speakers:

  • Dan Hammer, CTO at Earthrise Alliance
  • Myriam Cote, Director AI for Humanity, Mila
  • Aimee van Wynsberghe, President & Co-Founder, Foundation for Responsible Robotics; Assistant Professor, Technical University of Delft
  • Joaquin Vanschoren, Assistant Professor of Machine Learning at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)
  • Ashish Kapoor, Microsoft
  • Jane Zavalishina, President & Co-founder, Mechanica.ai
  • Ekaterina (Katya) Vladislavleva, CEO & Chief Data Scientist, DataStories International NV

Moderator:

  • Trent McConaghy, Founder, Ocean Protocol

15:30 – 16:00 – Coffee Break & Demo Stage

16:00 – 17:30 – Session 4: Data, The Commons, and Mobilizing the Community

Room 4, Level 0, CICG

This session briefs the audience about how data & AI commons can help scale up AI for Good, including emerging commons platforms and how organizations can use these platforms to open data silos and connect AI problems to fundamental research in AI.

This workstream will end with a call-to-action to mobilize the community to lend support to specific steps in the funnel or for specific verticals.

Speakers include Dana Eleftheriadou who leads EC Advanced Technologies Team, Fields Medal winner Cedric Villani, and XPRIZE CEO Anousheh Ansari.

  • Rutger van Zuidam, Founder and CEO, Odyssey
  • Sherif Elsayed-Ali, Director of Partnerships, AI for Good at Element
  • Dana Eleftheriadou, Head of Advanced Technologies Team, European Commission
  • Steve Leonard, Founding CEO SG Innovate
  • Cedric Villani, AI Strategic Advisor to President Macron, Mathematics Field Medal Winner
  • Lav Varshney, Assistant Professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Yoshua Bengio, Founder and Scientific Director of Mila
  • Anousheh Ansari, CEO, XPRIZE, Space Ambassador; first female private space explorer

Moderator:

  • Alexandre Cadain, CEO, Anima

18:30 – 20:00 – Performances: AI pushing the limits of Artistic intelligence

Palais des Nations, Room XX (Salle des droits de l’homme), E Building, 3rd Floor – Door 40

Artists around the world have taken up the topic of Artificial Intelligence to explore and reflect our very own identity in the face of the coming change. As part ofthe AI for Good Global Summit 2019, the cultural event AI pushing the limits of Artistic intelligence will present leading international artists working at the intersection of performance arts and AI.

Moderated by LJ Rich, Inventor, BBC Click Presenter, the evening explores how man and machine could come together to augment the boundaries of human creativity and genius.

Performers:

  • Reeps One, Award-winning vocal and visual artist
  • Christian “Mio” Loclair, Creative director at Waltz Binaire, new media artist, computer scientist and choreographer
  • Robozee, Dance performer

The event is free but space is limited. All attendees are kindly requested to register here

20:00 – VIP evening reception

VIP evening reception

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