C4AI Perspectives in AI: Kristian Kersting

The Perspectives in AI seminar of the C4AI will host Prof. Kristian Kersting, (Technische Universität Darmstadt and hessian.AI) on October 21th, 11h – 12h30​​ Brasilia time (10am – 11:30am EST), talking about “The Third Wave of AI”.

Title: “The Third Wave of AI”
Date:  October 21th, 11h – 12h30​​ Brasilia time (10am – 11:30am EST)

Available at C4AI Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2r5Oo0YyKUk

Abstract: Most of AI in use today falls under the categories of the first two waves of AI research. First wave AI systems follow clear rules, written by programmer, aiming to cover every eventuality. Second wave AI systems are the kind that use statistical learning to arrive at an answer for a certain type of problem. Think of image classification system. The third wave of AI envisions a future in which AI systems are more than just tools that execute human programmed rules or generalize from human-curated data sets. The systems will function as partners rather than as tools. They can acquire human-like communication and reasoning capabilities, with the ability to recognize new situations and to adapt to them. For example, a third wave AI system might note that a speed limit of 120 km/h does not make sense when entering a small village by car. In this talk I shall argue that it is time to usher in the third way of AI. We have deep models, even deep models that know when they do not know. We have the first models that combine learning and reasoning. We have machines that capture our moral compasses. We have machines that engage with us in order to be right for the right reasons.

Short Bio.: Kristian Kersting is a Full Professor (W3) at the Computer Science Department of the TU Darmstadt University, Germany. He is the head of the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AIML) lab, a member of the Centre for Cognitive Science, a faculty of the ELLIS Unit Darmstadt, and the founding co-director of the Hessian Center for Artificial Intelligence (hessian.ai). After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Freiburg in 2006, he was with the MIT, Fraunhofer IAIS, the University of Bonn, and the TU Dortmund University. His main research interests are statistical relational artificial intelligence (AI) as well as deep (probabilistic) programming and learning. Kristian has published over 180 peer-reviewed technical papers, co-authored a Morgan&Claypool book on Statistical Relational AI and co-edited a MIT Press book on Probabilistic Lifted Inference.