Salve hosting events focused on artificial intelligence, technology
Salve Regina will host a variety of events this week focusing on artificial intelligence, technology and the role they play in our increasingly global and digital world.
Humanities and Technology Association Conference
The Humanities and Technology Association, an interdisciplinary scholarly society that explores the impact of technology on human life from a broad range of perspectives, will hold its 40th annual conference at Salve Regina Nov. 1-3.
This year’s conference will consider the various ways in which technology and crisis interrelate. Nearly two dozen Salve Regina faculty, students and alumni are scheduled to participate as presenters and moderators, including undergraduates Timothy Jaeger ’21, Alex Azary ’21 and Chase Mulvaney ’21, who will present during the conference’s “Young Scholars” sessions.
Members of the Salve Regina community are welcome to attend any session of interest. Those who are planning to participate in most of the conference, including the lunches and Friday evening dinner, are asked to formally register and pay the appropriate fees.
To view the conference schedule, or to register, visit htaconference.salvereginablogs.com.
Shaping the Future With Artificial Intelligence
The evolution of artificial intelligence (AI) systems has been driven by the commercial marketplace. Google, Facebook, IBM and Amazon have each contributed to the application and integration of AI in system design and military battle space.
“The Evolution of Artificial Intelligence: Impacts on the Individual, Society and the Military” will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 in the Bazarsky Lecture Hall. The workshop will explore the applications, approaches and advances being made in the field of AI across academia, industry and government. Presenters will discuss how future capabilities are being designed and developed and analyze potential impacts on the individual, society and the military defense system.
Presenters include Dr. James Giordano from Georgetown University, Dr. Yang Cai from Carnegie Mellon University and Dr. Ryan McKendrick from Northrup Grumman Mission Systems.
To learn more, view the conference brochure.
Much like Wikipedia edit-a-thons, mapathons are crowdsourcing events where volunteers learn to edit and elaborate on portions of world maps that are sparsely detailed. Using OpenStreetMap, a free and openly editable map of the world, volunteers trace over buildings, roads, waterways, etc. in satellite images. These maps are then validated by experienced remote mappers and local volunteers.
Many areas of the world most affected by environmental and natural disasters, disease outbreaks and epidemics and violent conflict are under-mapped. In the course of crisis prevention and relief, humanitarian aid workers need access to detailed, accurate maps in order to plan risk reduction strategies and to seek out and navigate to people in distress.
Scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, the McKillop Library’s crisis mapathon will bring together HTA conference attendees and members of the Salve Regina and Newport communities to edit OpenStreetMap and begin work on a crisis response project identified by the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. Following the hands-on portion of the event, Dr. Suzanne Levi-Sanchez, assistant professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, will provide further context by describing the role mapping in crisis played in her work in the Middle East.
To learn more and register, visit bit.ly/salvemapathon2018.