TechConnect brings students and employers together for networking, education and connections. Twice each year, employers connect with Engineering and Computer Science students in an open, dynamic networking environment. Students come prepared with resumes to meet industry and tech representatives and learn about employment opportunities available, the characteristics employers seek, and also a realistic and insightful view of the job market and career paths for students interested in engineering and technical careers.
The large amount of language available online today makes it possible to think about how to learn from this language to help address needs faced by society. In this talk, I will describe research in our group on summarization and social media analysis that addresses several different challenges. We have developed approaches that can be used to help people live and work in today’s global world, approaches to help determine where problems lie following a disaster, and approaches to identify when the social media posts of gang-involved youth in Chicago express either aggression or loss.
The past few years have seen a startling and troubling rise in the fake-news phenomena in which everyone from individuals to state-sponsored entities can produce and distribute mis-information. The implications of fake news range from a mis-informed public to an existential threat to democracy, and horrific violence. At the same time, recent and rapid advances in machine learning are making it easier than ever to create sophisticated and compelling fake images and videos, making the fake-news phenomena even more powerful and dangerous.
I will present the 'virtual democracy' framework for the design of ethical AI. In a nutshell, the framework consists of three steps: first, collect preferences from voters on example dilemmas; second, learn models of their preferences, which generalize to any (previously unseen) dilemma; and third, at runtime, predict the voters' preferences on the current dilemma, and aggregate these virtual 'votes' using a voting rule to reach a decision.