Online Symposium on March 22: AI Technologies and Their Implications

When: Fri, March 22, 2024 1-5pm Eastern
Location: Online, live-streaming
Registration Link:

Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies have been advancing rapidly; and they have shown great promise in a range of areas. This online symposium explores the frontiers of AI technologies and their implications on individuals and communities by communicating AI with the public. We will bring in experts with a vareity of background from fields, including AI, science, law, arts, and education, together and have meaningful conversations on AI.

Organizing Committee
Ping Wang, UTK
Guoyu Lu, UGA
Weiyan Shi, Stanford
Anyi Rao, Stanford

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Our Speakers

Vasileios Maroulas, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Deputy Director of AI Tennessee Initiative; Professor of Mathematics, UTK
Vasileios Maroulas will talk about AI TENNessee: an open invitation for convergent collaboration.

Guoyu Lu, Assistant Professor of EECS, UGA
Guoyu Lu’s research focuses on computer vision, machine learning, and robotics. He will talk about his recent research on AI4Agriculture and self-driving cars.

Weiyan Shi, Researcher at Stanford NLP
Weiyan Shi got her PhD from Columbia University working on Natural Language Processing. She will talk about interactive AI Systems specialized in social influence.

Anyi Rao, Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford
Anyi Rao will talk about Intelligent Tools to Support Video Production and How AI will augment human creativity in video production.

Kevin Ashley, Professor of Law and Intelligent Systems at the University of Pittsburgh
Kevin Ashley holds interdisciplinary appointments as a Professor of Law and Intelligent Systems at the University of Pittsburgh, a Senior Scientist at the Learning Research and Development Center, a facutly member of the Graduate Program in Intelligent Systems, and an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science. He received his JD from Harvard Law School and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts. He will talk about AI and Legal Analytics.

Irene Lee and Helen Zhang, Researchers on Ethical AI and Responsible AI
Researchers, Irene Lee and Helen Zhang, will talk about AI+Ethics Framing and Its Integration in the Middle School “Developing AI Literacy” (DAILy) Curriculum from the MIT STEP Lab and Boston College.

Ping Wang, Research Associate at the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, UTK
Ping Wang will talk about her recent research on AI outreach.

Alan Lowe, Director of the American Museum of Science and Energy and K-25 History Center
Director Alan Lowe will talk about museums and AI.

Danielle Walters, the COIL Manager at the Global Engagement of UTK
Deanielle Walters will talk about global engagement and AI.

Nick Nugent, Assistant Professor of Law at UTK
Professor Nugent will talk about law and AI.

Lawrens Tan, Australian Sculptor
Lawrens Tan will talk about arts and AI.

Xiaopeng Zhao, Program Director of AI and Data Science, College of Emerging and Collaborative Studies, UTK
Xiaopeng Zhao will give a presentation on Collaborative AI and Robotics to Empower Persons with Dementia (CARE4PwD).

Yuanyang Liu, Assistant Professor at the Department of Business Analytics & Statistics, Haslam College of Business, UTK
Yuanyang Liu will talk about how AI technologies have changed the nature of work for people. For example, does AI decrease the barriers to job entry or does it diminish entry-level job opportunities? Is college not necessary or not enough in the age of AI? This presentation will delve into our latest research to address these pertinent inquiries.

This online symposium is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant EDU DRL #2314155.

This event is also supported by

  • NASA Space Grant Consortium at University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • College of Arts and Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • College of Emerging and Collaborative Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • AI Tennessee Initative, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • College of Engineering, University of Georgia

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this symposium are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation or NASA.



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