Invited Talk

Multi-Disciplinary Work in AI: Opportunities, Management, and Costs

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am PST, Feb. 23

Speaker: Claudio Pinhanez (IBM Research)


Abstract: In this talk I discuss the opportunities open by doing multi-disciplinary work in AI and possible impacts, positive and negative, in the career of the researchers involved. I will discuss those issues based on some of the multi-disciplinary projects I have been involved with during my career, including cases of artistic work, collaboration with museums and theme parks, corporate events, and university engagements. I will also provide some advice on how to manage multi-disciplinary teams.

Bio: Claudio Pinhanez is a scientist, innovator, and professor. He has been with IBM Research since 1999, and today leads research in Conversational Intelligence in the laboratory of IBM Research in Brazil. He is also the Deputy Director of the C4AI, the Center for Artificial Intelligence created by a partnership of University of São Paulo, IBM, and FAPESP. Claudio got his PhD from the MIT Media Lab in 1999. He is an expert in artificial intelligence, human-machine interaction, conversational systems, and service science. He has more than 120 papers published in journals and scientific conferences, and more than 30 patents issued in the USA, Europe, and Japan.