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Sat Dec 8th 08:00 AM -- 06:30 PM @ Room 517 B
AI for social good
Margaux Luck · Tristan Sylvain · Joseph Paul Cohen · Arsene Fansi Tchango · Valentine Goddard · Aurelie Helouis · Yoshua Bengio · Samuel Greydanus · Cody Wild · Taras Kucherenko · Arya Farahi · Jonathan Penn · Sean McGregor · Mark Crowley · Abhishek Gupta · Kenny Chen · Myriam Côté · Rediet Abebe

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AI for Social Good

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The “AI for Social Good” will focus on social problems for which artificial intelligence has the potential to offer meaningful solutions. The problems we chose to focus on are inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of seventeen objectives that must be addressed in order to bring the world to a more equitable, prosperous, and sustainable path. In particular, we will focus on the following areas: health, education, protecting democracy, urban planning, assistive technology for people with disabilities, agriculture, environmental sustainability, economic inequality, social welfare and justice. Each of these themes present opportunities for AI to meaningfully impact society by reducing human suffering and improving our democracies.

The AI for Social Good workshop divides the in-focus problem areas into thematic blocks of talks, panels, breakout planning sessions, and posters. Particular emphasis is given to celebrating recent achievements in AI solutions, and fostering collaborations for the next generation of solutions for social good.

First, the workshop will feature a series of invited talks and panels on agriculture and environmental protection, education, health and assistive technologies, urban planning and social services. Secondly, it will bring together ML researchers, leaders of social impact, people who see the needs in the field as well as philanthropists in a forum to present and discuss interesting research ideas and applications with the potential to address social issues. Indeed, the rapidly expanding field of AI has the potential to transform many aspects of our lives. However, two main problems arise when attempting to tackle social issues. There are few venues in which to share successes and failures in research at the intersection of AI and social problems, an absence this workshop is designed to address by showcasing these marginalized but impactful works of research. Also, it is difficult to find and evaluate problems to address for researchers with an interest on having a social impact. We hope this will inspire the creation of new tools by the community to tackle these important problems. Also, this workshop promotes the sharing of information about datasets and potential projects which could interest machine learning researchers who want to apply their skills for social good.

The workshop also explores how artificial intelligence can be used to enrich democracy, social welfare, and justice. A focus on these topics will connect researchers to civil society organizations, NGOs, local governments, and other organizations to enable applied AI research for beneficial outcomes. Various case-studies and discussions are introduced around these themes: summary of existing AI for good projects and key issues for the future, AI’s impact on economic inequality, AI approaches to social sciences, and civil society organizations. The definition of what constitutes social good being essential to this workshop, we will have panel discussions with leading social scholars to frame how contemporary AI/ML applications relate to public and philosophical notions of social good. We also aim to define new, quantifiable, and impactful research questions for the AI/ML community. Also, we would like as an outcome of this event the creation of a platform to share data, a pact with leading tech companies to support research staff sabbaticals with social progress organizations, and the connection of researchers to on-the-ground problem owners and funders for social impact.

We invite contributions relating to any of the workshop themes or more broadly any of the UN SDGs. The models or approaches presented do not necessarily need to be of outstanding theoretical novelty, but should demonstrate potential for a strong social impact. We invite two types of submissions. First, we invite research work as short papers (4 page limit) for oral and/or poster presentation. Second, we invite two page abstracts presenting a specific solution that would, if accepted, be discussed during round-table events. The short papers should focus on past and current work, showcasing actual results and ideally demonstrated beneficial effect on society, whereas the two page abstracts could highlight ideas that have not yet been applied in practice. These are designed to foster sharing different points of view ranging from the scientific assessment of feasibility, to discussion of practical constraints that may be encountered when they are deployed, also attracting interest from philanthropists invited to the event. The workshop provides a platform for developing these two page abstracts into real projects with a platform to connect with stakeholders, scientists, and funders.

08:30 AM Opening remarks
Yoshua Bengio
08:45 AM AI for agriculture, environmental protection and sustainability (Invited talk)
Ernest T Mwebaze
09:15 AM How AI can empower the blind community (Invited talk)
Anirudh Koul
09:45 AM Rural Infrastructure Health Monitoring System: Using AI to Increase Rural Water Supply Reliability (Contributed talk)
Girmaw Abebe Tadesse
10:00 AM Exploiting data and human knowledge for predicting wildlife poaching (Contributed talk)
Fei Fang
10:15 AM Inferring Work Task Automatability from AI Expert Evidence (Contributed talk)
Logan Graham
10:30 AM Poster session (Poster session / Coffee break)
Ralf Mayet, Paulo Orenstein, Heloise Greeff, Tomasz (Tomek) Rutkowski, Jiafan Yu, Milena Marin, Peter He, Jigar Doshi, Xavier Boix, Thom Janssoone, Aniket Kesari, Yunyi Li, Arbel Vigodny, Ellie Gordon, Zach Moshe, Sella Nevo, Harvey Wu, Jessica Lee, Noel Corriveau, Vincenzo Lomonaco, Yada Pruksachatkun, Naroa Zurutuza, Bhairav Mehta, Carolyne Pelletier, Yasmeen Hitti, Sophia Latessa, Gerard Glowacki, Alexis G Gkantiragas, Oliver Nina, Íñigo Martínez de Rituerto de Troya, Vedran Sekara, Michael Madaio, Eunbee (Andrea) Jang, Ines Moreno, Arnon Houri-Yafin, Claire Babirye
11:00 AM AI’s impact on economic inequality, class (Panel)
John Havens, Ifeoma Ajunwa
12:00 PM AI's Impact on Art, Music, and Culture, featuring Yo-Yo Ma, Element AI, and Special Guests (Demonstration)
01:00 PM Bias and fairness in AI (Panel)
Timnit Gebru, Margaret Mitchell, Brittny E Saunders
02:00 PM Anti-Malaria Operations Planning and Management (Use-cases)
Arbel Vigodny
02:15 PM A Wearable, Biomarker-Tracking Device Platform Using Machine Learning to Predict and Prevent Opioid Relapses and Overdoses in Real Time (Use-cases)
Ellie Gordon
02:30 PM Machine Learning-Based Screening for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (Contributed talk)
Chen Zhang
02:45 PM Enabling better pregnancy monitoring: The case of point-of-care diagnosis in fetal echocardiography (Contributed talk)
Arijit Patra
03:00 PM Poster Session (Poster session / Coffee break)
03:30 PM The role of civil society in the age of AI: Beyond buzzwords (Panel)
Kathleen Siminyu, Milind Tambe, Michael Skirpan, Dongwoo Kim
04:30 PM Improving Traffic Safety Through Video Analysis in Jakarta, Indonesia (Contributed talk)
04:45 PM Inverse Optimal Power Flow: Assessing the Vulnerability of Power Grid Data (Contributed talk)
Priya Donti
05:00 PM Academia, Corporations, Society, Responsibility (Panel)
David Danks, Julien Cornebise, lisa Di Jorio