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Algorithm Conference

February 18 - 20, 2021

UTD - Dallas, TX

Program schedule

Subject to change, this page gives a preliminary program schedule for Algorithm Conference.

Click here to read each speaker’s bios and full description of their presentations.

Friday, Feb. 19, 2021

8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Registration and check-in

Check-in for all ticket holders.

8:45 a.m. - 8:55 a.m.
8:45 a.m. - 8:55 a.m.

Welcome address

Jose Ba, UTD CS student.

9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Non-algorithmic you: Why AI will never be sentient, creative or understand

Prof Robert J. Marks, Director, Walter Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence.

Author of The Case for Killer Robots: Why America’s Military Needs to Continue Development of Lethal AI.

9:35 a.m. - 10:05 a.m.
9:35 a.m. - 10:05 a.m.

DABUS, The sentient algorithm

Stephen Thaler PhD, President/CEO, Imagination Engines.

His patent applications for 2 inventions by DABUS are still pending with the USPTO.

10:10 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.
10:10 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.

TBA

Prof Ryan Abbott, Professor of Law and Health Sciences, University of Surrey (UK).

Heads a team of international patent attorneys working on DABUS' patent applications.

10:45 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.
10:45 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.

Break

Short break

10:55 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
10:55 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Creative algorithms and AI safety

Joel Lehman PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Uber AI Labs.

Co-inventor of the novelty search evolutionary algorithm and co-author of Why greatness cannot be planned.

11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

TBA

TBA

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch

Time for lunch

1:05 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
1:05 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

On this issue of generative AI systems as inventors and patents

Discussion panel

2:05 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.
2:05 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.

Back to Basics: Approaches to Machine Learning

Jigyasa Grover, Machine Learning Engineer, Twitter.

Red Hat Women in Open Source Academic Award Winner 2017.

2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Accelerate model development with AutoML

Karl WeinMeister, Cloud AI Advocacy Manager, Google.

2:55 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
2:55 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Do you just put 'Quantum' in front of everything?: Progress and hype in quantum computing

Anastasia Marchenkova, Quantum Researcher, Bleximo.

Formerly at Tech Quantum Optics & Quantum Telecom Lab, and Univ. of Maryland Joint Quantum Institute.

3:20 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
3:20 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Break

Stretch break.

3:35 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
3:35 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

TBA

More presentations TBA.

Register

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Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021

8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Registration and check-in

Check-in for all ticket holders.

8:45 a.m. - 8:55 a.m.
8:45 a.m. - 8:55 a.m.

Day's opening remarks

Jose Ba, UTD CS student.

9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

keynote TBA

TBA

9:35 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.
9:35 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.

Using bitcoin blockchain as part of a malware infrastructure

Kobi Eisenkraft, Malware Analyst and Cyber-security Guru, Check Point.

10:0 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
10:0 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

Smaller is better: Why machine learning on microcontrollers matters

Brandon Satrom, Senior Manager, Developer Relations, Particle.

10:25 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
10:25 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Personalized recommendation for Walmart online pages

Sneha Gupta, Data Scientist, Walmart Labs.

10:50 a.m. - 11 a.m.
10:50 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Break

Stretch break

11:05 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
11:05 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The military and lethal AI. Fait accompli?

Discussion panel

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch

Time for lunch

1:05 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
1:05 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

TBA

TBA

4:05 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
4:05 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Closing remarks

Jose Ba, UTD CS student

Coronavirus

Postponed due to covid-19

Due to the raging covid-19 pandemic, Algorithm Conference has been postponed until further notice. With two vaccines already approved and a couple more expected to be approved early 2021, many experts believe that we should begin getting back to normal by Summer, assuming the vaccination programs go as planned.

 

So tentatively, we should be able to host an in-person conference by Fall 2021. The good news is, people want to get together like during the pre-pandemic days, so we’re sure that when the conference eventually takes place, it will be a resounding success.

 

All things being equal, we’ll announce a new date by March 2021. Ticket sale is still ongoing, so you may buy your tickets very early now.