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Alka and Sanjeev Khanna Feb 08, 2023
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Dr. Gopal Gupta, UTD Professor Feb 15, 2023
Artificial Intelligence - The Road Forward

Gopal Gupta is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas and co-director of its Center for Applied AI and Machine Learning. From 2009 to 2020, he served as head of the CS department at UT Dallas. His areas of research interest are in automated reasoning, explainable machine learning, computational logic, and AI. His group has published extensively in these areas and has authored many software systems, several of which are publicly available.  His current research is focused on automating commonsense reasoning with the goal of achieving advanced general intelligence (AGI). To reach this goal his lab has developed several advanced reasoning systems and applied them to solving practical problems in AI. His lab has also developed explainable/interpretable AI systems. His research work has also resulted in commercial software systems that have formed the basis of start-up companies. His group has won several best-paper awards as well as the ICLP 2016 test-of-time award. Recently his research group was selected to compete in the 4th Amazon Alexa Prize Socialbot Challenge for 2020-2021. His research is currently supported by the US National Science Foundation and DARPA. He obtained his MS & PhD degrees from UNC Chapel Hill and his B.Tech. in Computer Science from IIT Kanpur, India.

Topic: Artificial Intelligence: The Road Forward

Abstract: The field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) holds great promise and is currently receiving a lot of attention.  Two major components of intelligent behavior are the ability to learn and the ability to reason. In the context of AI, these are referred to as machine learning and automated reasoning, respectively. I will give an overview of machine learning and automated (commonsense) reasoning and discuss their promise and limitations. Today, the pendulum has swung so much in the direction of machine learning that AI has become synonymous with machine learning. We will argue that both machine learning and automated (common sense) reasoning are essential for the success of the AI enterprise in achieving advanced general intelligence (AGI).

Lawrence Mann Feb 22, 2023
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