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The Future of Work and AI – Making Us and AI Smarter Together

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"The Future of Work and AI – Making Us and AI Smarter Together"

Speaker: Ayanna Howard

Dean of Engineering
Monte Ahuja Endowed Dean's Chair
College of Engineering

The Ohio State University

Abstract: There is both hope and fear regarding the advance of AI technologies: will they be our closest partners, or a threat to our jobs, safety, and well-being? In this talk, Professor Ayanna Howard focuses on the AI and robot technologies that can and will drastically change our lives and our jobs by: augmenting menial tasks, allowing knowledge workers to accomplish their goals more efficiently, and meticulously personalize learning. In this presentation, Howard draws on examples ranging from wearables to collaborative AI to emotional robots in order to demonstrate how machines can help improve our lives and assist us in doing better. She further discusses how we can develop strategies that mitigate empathy and reciprocate trust between machines and people by capitalizing on our own human strengths.

Bio: Dr. Ayanna Howard is the Dean of Engineering at The Ohio State University and Monte Ahuja Endowed Dean's Chair. Previously she was the Linda J. and Mark C. Smith Endowed Chair in Bioengineering and Chair of the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Howard’s research focus is on intelligent technologies, encompassing advancements in artificial intelligence, assistive technologies, and robotics. Dr. Howard received her B.S. in Engineering from Brown University, and her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. Dr. Howard is an IEEE and AAAI Fellow and recipient of the CRA A. Nico Habermann Award, Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award, and NSBE Janice Lumpkin Educator of the Year Award. To date, Dr. Howard’s unique accomplishments have been highlighted through a number of other public recognitions, including being recognized as one of the 23 most powerful women engineers in the world by Business Insider and one of the Top 50 U.S. Women in Tech by Forbes. In 2013, she also founded Zyrobotics, which develops STEM educational products to engage children of all abilities. From 1993-2005, Dr. Howard was at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.



Moderator: Samuel Graham

Eugene C. Gwaltney, Jr. School Chair and Professor
George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
Georgia Tech

Bio: Samuel Graham is the Eugene C. Gwaltney, Jr. Professor and Chair of the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also leads the Electronics Manufacturing and Reliability Laboratory, which focuses on the development of wide bandgap semiconductors and flexible electronics. He holds a courtesy appointment in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech and a joint appointment with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and serves on several federal and university advisory boards.

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