AI in a Post-COVID World: A Virtual Conference

Conference Details

This event was originally held on May 13, 2021. To view the full playlist of recorded sessions, click the button below.

Conference Recordings

COVID-19 (or coronavirus) is the greatest public health crisis that the world has experienced in the last century. Even though the pandemic is by no means over, tackling it effectively and mitigating its spread requires the collective will of experts from a variety of disciplines. e.g., policymakers, researchers, medical practitioners, and industry professionals, etc.

In particular, Artificial Intelligence (AI) researchers have made significant strides in developing tools and techniques which can aid in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, a lot of efforts have been made by AI researchers in developing forecasting models for simulating the transmission of COVID-19. In addition, AI researchers have also proposed techniques for proposing viable vaccine alternatives. At the same time, we have not yet seen the enormous potential of AI research being leveraged to design decision support systems (e.g., in the allocation of limited healthcare resources such as testing kits) which can assist epidemiologists and policy makers in their fight against this pandemic.

More than one year into the pandemic, the Penn State Center for Socially Responsible AI hosts world-class researchers, industry professionals, and non-profit organizations for a single day event in which we introspect and discuss on how AI research has responded in the face of COVID-19, how has it changed, and how is it likely to change in the coming future (and the role that AI researchers can expect to play in that change).

Event Program

Welcome and Schedule Overview ... View session recording

  • Prasenjit Mitra, Director, Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence, Penn State; Associate Dean for Research, College of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State
  • Amulya Yadav, Seminar and Workshop Chair, Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence, Penn State; PNC Career Development Assistant Professor, College of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State

Penn State’s COVID Fight with Dr. Nicholas P. Jones ... View session recording

Keynote with Milind Tambe ... View session recording

  • Milind Tambe, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science & Director of the Center for Research in Computation and Society, Harvard University; Director, AI for Social Good at Google Research India

Keynote with Roozbeh Sadeghian ... View session recording

Health Equity and COVID19: A Report on PA DOH Task Force

The researches show COVID-19 pandemic has not impacted all Americans equally. The vulnerable populations are shown to be at higher risk due to several factors. This led the Pennsylvania Department of Health to create a task force to analyze the shortages and provide recommendations for rural area populations. The task force analyzed the problem based upon problems, challenges, and opportunities for improvement. The team worked from clinical care considerations to strategic communications and economic impacts. This talk is a report on these efforts and a road map to an AI based approach to get prepared for post COVID community.

  • Roozbeh Sadeghian, Associate Professor of Analytics, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology; Member, Pennsylvania COVID Task Force on Rural Health

Panel 1: AI Approaches for COVID-19 ... View session recording

  • Andrea Lodi, Professor, Department of Mathematical and Industrial Engineering, Polytechnique Montréal, Canada
  • Madhav Marathe, Professor, Computer Science, University of Virginia; Distinguished Professor in Biocomplexity, Biocomplexity Institute; Division Director, Network Systems Science and Advanced Computing Division, Biocomplexity Institute
  • Maimuna Majumdar, Faculty, Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital
  • Risto Miikkulainen, Professor of Computer Science and Neuroscience, the University of Texas at Austin; Director of the UTCS Neural Networks Research Group; AVP of Evolutionary AI, Cognizant Technology Solutions
  • Justin Silverman, Assistant Professor, College of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State

Panel 2: Synergistic AI and Government Response to COVID-19 ... View session recording

  • Nita Bharti, Huck Early Career Professor, Penn State University; Assistant Professor of Biology, Penn State University
  • Matthew Ferrari, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics; Huck Career Development Professor; Associate Professor of Biology, Penn State
  • Olly Oeschle, Senior Engineering Manager, Benevolent AI
  • B. Aditya Prakash, Associate Professor, School of Computational Science and Engineering, College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Roozbeh Sadeghian, Associate Professor of Analytics, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology; Member, Pennsylvania COVID Task Force on Rural Health

Panel 3: Funding Landscape Post COVID ... View session recording

  • Purush Iyer, Program Manager, US Army Research Office
  • Henry Kautz, Division Director, Information & Intelligent Systems (IIS), National Science Foundation; Professor, Department of Computer Science; Founding Director, Goergen Institute of Data Science, University of Rochester
  • Sophie Penney, Director, Foundation Relations, Penn State University
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