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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.

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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