AI for Social Good: Learning and Planning in the End-to-End, Data-to-Deployment Pipeline | Milind Tambe, Harvard SEAS


Friday, September 13, 2019, 1:30pm to 2:30pm


Harvard University, Maxwell Dworkin G115, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge MA

IACS seminars are free and open to the public; no registration required. Lunch will not be provided.

ABSTRACT: With the maturing of AI and multiagent systems research, we have a tremendous opportunity to direct these advances towards addressing complex societal problems. Professor Tambe's talk will focus on the problems of public safety and security, wildlife conservation and public health in low-resource communities, and present research advances in multiagent systems to address one key cross-cutting challenge: how to strategically deploy our limited intervention resources in these problem domains. He will discuss the importance of conducting this research via building the full data to field deployment end-to-end pipeline rather than just building machine learning or planning components in isolation. Results from deployments from around the world show concrete improvements over the state of the art. In pushing this research agenda, Dr. Tambe believes AI can indeed play an important role in fighting social injustice and improving society.

BIO: Milind Tambe is Gordon McKay Professor in Computer Science and Director of Harvard Center for Research in Computation and Society at Harvard University. Prof. Tambe's research focuses on advancing AI and multiagent systems research for Social Good. He is recipient of the IJCAI (International Joint Conference on AI) John McCarthy Award, ACM/SIGAI Autonomous Agents Research Award from AAMAS (Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems Conference), AAAI (Association for Advancement of Artificial Intelligence) Robert S Engelmore Memorial Lecture award, INFORMS Wagner prize, the Rist Prize of the Military Operations Research Society, the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation Homeland security award, International Foundation for Agents and Multiagent Systems influential paper award; he is a fellow of AAAI and ACM. He has also received meritorious Commendation from the US Coast Guard, LA Airport Police, and US Federal Air Marshals Service for pioneering real-world deployments of security games. Prof. Tambe has also co-founded a company based on his research, Avata Intelligence. Prof. Tambe received his Ph.D. from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.

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