As an award-winning documentary filmmaker, Barrat has made a career from introducing audiences to complex ideas in engaging and provocative ways. His films have set ratings records for National Geographic, Discovery, PBS, other broadcasters in the US and Europe. As a speaker, Barrat shines a light on AI’s soaring potential in science, medicine, ‘smart’ cities, and more. But he also explores the technology’s dark side, one you’ll never hear about from Google, Apple, Facebook, or Amazon. Why have Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Stephen Hawking raised the alarm about the dangers of artificial intelligence? It began with Our Final Invention — named a 2013 Huffington Post Definitive Tech Book — and Barrat’s quest to engage the world in the most important conversation of our time.
Chris has served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Foundations of Educational and Psychological Assessment, a member of the U.S. Department of Education’s Expert Panel on Technology, and a member of the 2010 National Educational Technology Plan Technical Working Group. In 2013, he co-convened a NSF workshop on new technology-based models of postsecondary learning; and in 2015 he led two NSF workshops on data-intensive research in the sciences, engineering, and education. His edited books include: Scaling Up Success: Lessons Learned from Technology-based Educational Improvement, Digital Teaching Platforms: Customizing Classroom Learning for Each Student, and Teacher Learning in the Digital Age: Online Professional Development in STEM Education, and Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Realities in Education.
Stephen Downes works with the Digital Technologies Research Centre at the National Research Council of Canada specializing in new instructional media and personal learning technology. He is one of the originators of the first Massive Open Online Course, has published frequently about online and networked learning, has authored learning management and content syndication software, and is the author of the widely read e-learning newsletter OLDaily. Through a thirty year career Downes has contributed pioneering work in the fields of online learning games, learning objects and metadata, podcasting, open educational resources. Today he is developing gRSShopper, a personal learning environment, offering a course on new e-learning technologies, and supporting research and development in the use of distributed ledger technology in learning applications. He is a popular keynote speaker and has spoken in three dozen countries on six continents.
Nevena Francetic is a Senior Data Scientist at Shopify. Her main focus is on industrial applications of machine learning. Recently, she has been working on building the predictive models which power Shopify products such as Shopify Capital and Order Fraud Analysis. Nevena has a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Toronto. Before Shopify, she was a post-doctoral fellow and research scientist at the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, DND – Cora in Ottawa, and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
She received her PhD from the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, studying computer vision under Fei-Fei Li. Her thesis pertains to data mining large scale publicly available images to gain sociological insight, and working on computer vision problems that arise as a result. The Economist and others have recently covered part of this work. Some of the computer vision areas she is interested in include fine-grained image recognition, scalable annotation of images, and domain adaptation. Prior to joining Fei-Fei’s lab she worked at Apple designing circuits and signal processing algorithms for various Apple products including the first iPad. She also spent an obligatory year as an entrepreneur (as all Stanford undergrads seem to do). Her research was supported by the NSF foundation GRFP fellowship and the Stanford DARE fellowship
He is also the founder of the AI Ethics community in Montreal that has over 710 members coming from diverse backgrounds including AI, law, sociology, bioethics, neuroscience, policy-making, business, etc. that meet once every two weeks to discuss different aspects of the ethical development of AI and offer public consultations to initiatives across the world.
His recent work, including his book, Robot Law, studies the delegation of human tasks and decision making to machines with the aim of developing frameworks for the governance of robotics and artificial intelligence.
Matthew’s writing has appeared in The Globe & Mail, The Conversation (Canada), The National Post, The Toronto Star, The Ottawa Citizen, The Hill Times, rabble.ca, Popmatters, and This Magazine.
Alastair Summerlee. An innovative leader with significant managerial experience in the post-secondary system including a strong record in fund-raising; an active teacher and researcher with substantial past and current research programs; a passionate humanitarian and community leader; and a tireless advocate for education, education for the future and for the role of the postsecondary system as the social and moral conscience of society.