Guest Talk: Frank van Harmelen "Hybrid Intelligence: AI systems that collaborate with people instead of replacing them"


The Department for Data, Knowledge and Process Management is pleased to announce the following talk by Prof. Frank van Harmelen from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam:

Hybrid Intelligence: AI systems that collaborate with people instead of replacing them

Much of current AI research is implicitly aimed at building systems that replace humans: self-driving cars to replace Uber drivers, translation software replacing interpreters, image analysis software replacing radiologists. But it's becoming increasingly clear that machine intelligence will be rather different from human intelligence. It is therefore more interesting to build AI systems that collaborate in hybrid teams of people and machine, in order to combine their complementary skills. This will require that we start asking a whole set of new research questions. How to equip AI systems with a "theory of mind" to make them collaborative? How to make AI systems adaptive to changes in the team and the environment? How to instil moral values into these systems? And of course how to make them explainable? We will outline a research agenda for hybrid intelligence and present some early results from researchers worldwide into hybrid intelligence.

Short bio: Frank van Harmelen has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from Edinburgh University, and has been professor of AI at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam since 2001, where he leads the research group on Knowledge Representation. He was one of the designers of the knowledge representation language OWL, which is now in use by  companies such as Google, the BBC, New York Times, Amazon, Uber, Airbnb, Elsevier and Springer Nature among others. He co-edited the standard reference work in his field (The Handbook of Knowledge Representation), and received the Semantic Web 10-year impact award for his work on the Sesame RDF triple store.  He is a Fellow of the European Association for Artificial Intelligence, member of the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences (KNAW), of The Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHWM) and of the Academia Europaea, and is adjunct professor at Wuhan University and Wuhan University of Science and Technology in China.

Date: Thursday 1st of September at 16:00

Location: the talk will take place at WU Vienna, TC.3.05 (Teaching Center)

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