MIT professor of artificial intelligence gives a lecture at the University of Tartu on recent breakthroughs in the field
On 20 January at 13:30, the Institute of Computer Science of the University of Tartu (Liivi 2-L111) hosts a meeting with Patrick Henry Winston, who is Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and considered a godfather of artificial intelligence.
In his lecture, Professor Winston will deal with topics such as the history of artificial intelligence and recent breakthroughs, but also the reasons why the development of artificial intelligence can be considered hazardous. The lecture will be followed by a discussion and the professor will be open to questions regarding artificial intelligence.
Head of the UT Institute of Computer Science Professor Jaak Vilo says that Patrick Henry Winston is one of the remarkable professors of MIT who have interpreted the principal limitations for artificial intelligence and machine learning. “Today when computers are faster than the human brain and able to surpass human performance at many tasks, the interpretation of machine intelligence is more important than ever,” commented Vilo.
Winston’s field of research is related to how vision, language, and motor faculties account for intelligence. He also works on applications of artificial intelligence that are enabled by learning, precedent-based reasoning, and common-sense problem solving.
Professor Winston is also a cofounder of Ascent Technology, Inc., a company that produces sophisticated applications enabled by artificial intelligence technology that are in use at the world’s largest airports and also at the US Department of Defense.
In addition to the public discussion, Professor Patrick Henry Winston will also meet Raul Vicente, Senior Research Fellow in Computational Neuroscience at the Institute of Computer Science of the University of Tartu. The aim of the meeting is to support the relations between Estonia and the United States that enhance technological development. The meeting is supported by the United States Embassy in Estonia.