2021 AI Symposium

Date: October 30, 2021 | 10 AM – 4 PM

The symposium aims to bring together participants from both academia and industry who are interested in the foundations or real-life applications of artificial intelligence.

This year the format for our symposium will be virtual. Our invited speakers and panelists will be presenting online (Zoom webinars). The poster session will be hosted on the Gather Town platform. Please familiarize yourself with the VirtualChair/gather.town platform by watching this intro video and the Virtual Chair Guide. For technical issues please email:

help+umich-2021-ai-symposium@virtualchair.net

Ready to join us? Please read the guidelines below:

The link to the virtual venue will be posted on this webpage in the morning at the event at 9am.

Call for Posters

The deadline for poster abstract submission has now passed. See the program below for the exciting list of posters that will be shared at the symposium.

Deadline for full poster submission is Oct. 25 at 11am ET.
Upload your full poster HERE

We use Gather as a platform for this session, please read the details about the poster format HERE
Poster presenters are not allowed to promote their company.

Symposium Registration

The symposium is free and open to the general public.

Registration is required, deadline: Oct. 28.
REGISTRATION

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

JULIE SHAH
Associate Professor
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MELANIE MITCHELL
Davis Professor of Complexity
Professor of Computer Science
Santa Fe Institute

Program

10:00 – 10:10 am

Welcome, Introduction to AI lab

Rada Mihalcea (Director Michigan AI)

10:10 – 11:10 am

Keynote Talk

JULIE SHAH: Human-Machine Partnerships and Work of the Future

Session chair: Joyce Chai (Michigan AI)

11:10 – 11:40 am

Theme: Human-AI Collaboration

Session chair: Emily Mower Provost (Michigan AI)

Xu Wang: Sourcing Student Open-Ended Solutions to Create Scalable Learning Opportunities

Odest Chadwicke Jenkins: Distributed Teaching Collaboratives for Addressing Systemic Disparities in Artificial Intelligence

11:40 – 12:00 pm

Lightning Talks: Rising AI Stars Talks

Session chair: Jenna Wiens (Michigan AI)

12:00 – 1:30 pm

Research Poster Session

1:30 – 2:30 pm

Keynote Talk

MELANIE MITCHELL: Why AI Is Harder Than We Think

Session chair: Rada Mihalcea (Michigan AI)

2:30 – 3:00 pm

Theme: Fairness and Human Values in AI

Session chair: Benjamin Kuipers (Michigan AI)

Lu Wang (Michigan AI): Convince Me If You Can: Natural Language Generation for Argumentation

Benjamin Fish (Michigan AI): The Value Gap in Human-Algorithm Interaction

3:00 – 3:30 pm

Theme: Trustworthy and Robust Machine Learning

Session chair: David Fouhey (Michigan AI)

Maggie Makar (Michigan AI): Causally Motivated Shortcut Removal Using Auxiliary Labels 

Michal Derezinski (Michigan AI): What is the Cost of Interpretability in Dimensionality Reduction?

3:30 – 4:00 pm

Birds-of-a-Feather Open Discussions (Parallel Sessions)

Melanie Mitchell

Julie Shah

Theme: Human-AI Collaboration: Xu Wang and Odest Chadwicke Jenkins (Michigan AI)

Theme: Fairness and Human Values in AI: Lu Wang and Benjamin Fish (Michigan AI)

Theme: Trustworthy and Robust Machine Learning: Maggie Makar and Michal Derezinski (Michigan AI)

4:00 pm Closing remarks

Call for Sponsorship

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the symposium, please contact us at: aisymposium@umich.edu

Call for Sponsorship

EVENT SPONSOR:

Organization

The symposium is organized by the Michigan AI Lab. Contact us at aisymposium@umich.edu.

General chairs: 
Joyce Chai, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering. University of Michigan

Rada Mihalcea, Janice M. Jenkins Collegiate Professor of Computer Science. Director of Michigan AI

Poster/Demos Session chairs:

Emily Bao (Michigan AI): yuweibao@umich.edu

Sarah Jabbour (Michigan AI): sjabbour@umich.edu

Local arrangement chair:
Aurelia Bunescu