Friday Night AI

The Friday Night AI event series is organized by Michigan AI (the Artificial Intelligence Lab at University of Michigan, EECS CSE) and covers accessible and popular questions in the field of artificial intelligence (AI).

Designed for general audiences, these events aim to create an educational environment for the public while highlighting the research and perspectives of AI experts and their collaborators. The public has the opportunity to ask questions and interact with experts in AI who discuss their work in non-technical terms.

These events are free and open to the public. Moderator: Prof. Rada Mihalcea.

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List of Friday Night AI Events

June 7, 2024: “AI and the Future of Creative Expressions” with Prof. Garrett Schumann, Oana Ignat, and Prof. Rada Mihalcea
Event webpage | Video forthcoming

February 2, 2024: “Consciousness, Intelligence, and Theory of Mind in Generative AI” with Prof. Peter Railton, Prof. Benjamin Kuipers, and Prof. Rada Mihalcea
Event webpage | Video

October 6, 2023: “Generative AI for Teaching and Learning: An Opportunity or a Threat?” with Prof. Kevyn Collins-Thompson, Zara Burzo, Prof. Caitlin Hayward, Andrew Lee, and Prof. Rada Mihalcea
Event webpage | Video

May 12, 2023: “ChatGPT: What is it and what are its abilities and limitations?” with Prof. Dallas Card and Naihao Deng.
Event webpage | Video

November 11, 2022: “Is AI Robust Enough to Withstand Attacks?” with Profs. Necmiye Ozay and Atul Prakash 
Event webpage | Video

September 23, 2022: “The school year has just started. Can AI help?” with Profs. Xu Wang and Perry Samson
Event webpage | Video

July 1, 2022: “Language is everywhere — and AI models of language are not far behind” with Prof. Steve Abney and Ian Stewart
Event webpage | Video

April 8, 2022: “Faster than COVID – can AI predict a disease’s next move?” with Profs. Jenna Wiens and Karandeep Singh
Event webpage | Video

November 12, 2021: “AI in Advanced Air Mobility: Drones and More” with Prof. Ella Atkins
Event webpage | Video

September 17, 2021: “Racial Disparities in Legal Enforcement: The promises (and perils) of AI?” with Profs. David Jurgens and Nick Camp
Event webpage | Video

October 2, 2020: “Artificial Intelligence to Address Misinformation and Fake News” with Profs. Ceren Budak and Rada Mihalcea
Event webpage | Video

May 29, 2020: “Artificial Intelligence and COVID-19” with experts from Michigan AI & Michigan Medicine
Michigan AI: Nikola Banovic, Laura Biester, Charlie Welch
Michigan Medicine: Larry An, Brahmajee Nallamothu, Erkin Otles
Event webpage | Video

January 24, 2020: “Artificial Intelligence and Finance” with Prof. Michael P. Wellman
Event webpage | Video | In the news

November 22, 2019: “Teaching Robots through Natural Interactions” with Profs. Joyce Chai and John Laird
Event webpage |  Video 

September 27, 2019: “Artificial Intelligence, Personalized Technology, and Mental Health” with Prof. Emily Mower Provost and Prof. Melvin Mcinnis, Director of the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program
Event webpage |  Video | In the news

May 24, 2019: “Ethics and Self-driving Cars” with Prof. Benjamin Kuipers and Assoc. Prof. and CEO of May Mobility, Edwin Olson
Event webpage | Video | In the news


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