International Museum Day
On May 18th the DECivil Museum will host “Técnico Museums: 1st Meeting” where museum professionals, researchers, as well as students and professors will share their projects around the numerous collections gathered over the years that represent the history, identity and culture of engineering in Portugal.
Several INESC-ID Researchers will participate in this event, for instance, at the Faraday Museum, you will travel through two centuries of innovation in electrotechnology guided by Moisés Piedade from Embedded Electronic Systems research line.
Also, Teresa Vazão, Computing Systems and Communication Networks research line, will showcase a collection of computer equipment collected over the past two decades at Campus Taguspark.
From Interactive Intelligent Systems action line, David de Matos will talk about the evolution of computer engineering at IST in the last 20 years and Rui Prada will tell you everything about the futuristic augmented reality game at the historical Faraday Museum.
The event begins at 10.00 a.m with the opening session conducted by José Pinto Paixão (Vice-rector of ULisboa) and Arlindo Oliveira (President of IST).
The event is free
Full program here:
Mathematics, Physics & Machine Learning Seminar Series (Online)
The Mathematics, Physics & Machine Learning seminar series has started on October 2020 and runs until March 2021.
The seminars aim to bring together mathematicians and physicists interested in machine learning (ML) with ML and AI experts interested in mathematics and physics, with the goal of introducing innovative Mathematics and Physics-inspired techniques in Machine Learning and, reciprocally, applying Machine Learning to problems in Mathematics and Physics.
Attendance is free but registration is required.
More information is available here.
IST /INESC-ID Distinguished Lecture – An Ethical Crisis in Computing?
Computer scientists think often of “Ender’s Game” these days. In this award-winning 1985 science-fiction novel by Orson Scott Card, Ender is being trained at Battle School, an institution designed to make young children into military commanders against an unspecified enemy. Ender’s team engages in a series of computer-simulated battles, eventually destroying the enemy’s planet, only to learn then that the battles were very real and a real planet has been destroyed.
The benefits of computing seemed intuitive to us. We truly believe that computing yields tremendous societal benefits; for example, the life-saving potential of driverless cars is enormous! Like Ender, however, we realized recently that computing is not a game–it is real–and it brings with it not only societal benefits, but also significant societal costs, such as labor polarization, disinformation, and smart-phone addiction.
The real issue is how to deal with technology’s impact on society.
Technology is driving the future, but who is doing the steering?
Moshe Y. Vardi is University Professor and the George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering at Rice University. He is the recipient of several awards, including the ACM SIGACT Goedel Prize, the ACM Kanellakis Award, the ACM SIGMOD Codd Award, the Blaise Pascal Medal, the IEEE Computer Society Goode Award, and the EATCS Distinguished Achievements Award.
He is the author and co-author of over 650 papers, as well as two books. He is a fellow of several societies, and a member of several academies, including the US National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Science.
He holds seven honorary doctorates. He is a Senior Editor of the Communications of the ACM, the premier publication in computing.