United States of America

Daniela Rus

Director of Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT

Daniela Rus is the first woman to be Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT and she is paving the path for a future where robots will naturally integrate into the fabric of human life. As a technology-optimist, Rus shares her excitement and extensive knowledge of what lies ahead for the future of humanity. Her leading edge research and work in new technology will paint a world of efficiency and the automation of menial tasks. She is especially interested in how machines collaborate with each other and with people in order to achieve a common goal, to be weaved into society, improving the livelihoods of many. As Director of CSAIL, which is MIT’s largest research organization with over 1000 researchers, Rus and her team focus on inventing the future of computing and making the world better through computing. In 2019, Rus became the Deputy Dean of Research for MIT’s Schwarzman College of Computing. Her groundbreaking research at MIT in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and robotics, aims to create a future in which machines support people with cognitive and physical tasks. Rus’ work gives a glimpse of what technology means for the future of humanity and the work of the future, and sees the role of machines as supporting people in their work by taking on the routine aspects of work. Her innovative work in AI and robotics allows an opportunity to bridge the gap between machines and people. For example, leading the MIT Fifth Sense Project team with the Andrea Bocelli Foundation, Rus’ project of developing wearable devices for blind and low-vision people is only the start of revolutionizing daily life. Th se devices combine sensing, computation and interaction to provide the wearer with timely, task-appropriate information about their surroundings which is crucial information that sighted people receive from their visual sense, without any conscious effort.

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17 OCT
1:30 pm
1:50 pm

Empowering Digital Cities with Robots and AI : Opportunities and Perils

Digital Cities x AI
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20 OCT
1:00 pm
1:45 pm

Self-Driving Cars Are Coming

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20 OCT
3:15 pm
4:00 pm

Latest advancements in AI robotics

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18 OCT
11:20 am
11:40 am

Latest advancements in Ai, machines learning, robotics (Topic TBC)

Data Economy
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17 OCT
4:10 pm
4:55 pm

FIRESIDE PROVOCATIVE TALK AI singularity: Are we creating human race’s greatest and last accomplishment?

Digital Cities x AI
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