KCIS Distinguished Talk on "An AI Approach to Measuring Social Good"

"An AI Approach to Measuring Social Good"

By Professor Mark S. Fox

Date : 27 Feb, 2017

Time : 4:00 PM

Venue : 105 (Auditorium), Himalaya Building, IIIT-Hyderabad


Dear All, Kohli Center on Intelligent Systems (KCIS), IIIT Hyderabad and IT, Electronics & Communications Dept, Govt. of Telangana are jointly organizing the talk on "An AI Approach to Measuring Social Good" by Prof. Mark S. Fox. Mr. Jayesh Ranjan, IAS, Principal Secretary to Government of Telangana, Industries & Commerce (I&C) Dept and Information Technology, Electronics & Communications (ITE&C) Dept, IT E&C will be delivering the welcome address. The invite is open to all.

Abstract: Cities use a variety of metrics to evaluate and compare their performance. With the introduction of ISO 37120, which contains over 100 indicators for measuring a city’s quality of life and sustainability, it is now possible to consistently measure and compare cities, assuming they adhere to the standard. The goal of this research is to automate the longitudinal analysis (i.e., how and why a city’s indicators change over time) and transversal analysis (i.e., how and why cities differ from each other), in order to discover the root causes of differences. The first phase of this project focuses on the creation of standard representations of city knowledge (i.e., Vocabularies and Ontologies) that can be used to represent indicators and their supporting data and publish them on the Semantic Web. The second phase focuses on the development of consistency axioms that automate the determination of whether a city's indicators and supporting data are consistent with the ISO 37120 definitions, and whether they are longitudinally and transversally consistent. The third phase focuses on the development of diagnostic algorithms that identify the root causes of longitudinal and transversal differences. Due to the heterogeneity of the supporting data, the applicability of classical diagnostic techniques is limited.

Bio: Prof. Mark S. Fox is a distinguished Professor of Urban Systems Engineering, Professor of Industrial Engineering and Computer Science at University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute and Director, Centre for Social Services Engineering Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada. His current research applies Artificial Intelligence to Smart Cities. He received his BSc in Computer Science from the University of Toronto in 1975 and his PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1983, where he was an Associate Professor (tenured) of Computer Science and Robotics. He was a founding member of Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute. From 1981 through 1987, he founded and led the Robotics Institute’s Intelligent Systems Laboratory, and from 1987 through 1991, he co-founded and led the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Decision Systems. In 1993, Dr. Fox co-founded Novator Systems Ltd., a pioneer in out-sourced eRetail services and software. In 1984, he co-founded Carnegie Group Inc., one of the first companies to apply Artificial Intelligence to solving engineering, manufacturing, and telecommunications problems. Prof. Fox is a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and the Engineering Institute of Canada. He is also the recipient of the CP Rail Medal in 2011.

Prof. Mark S. Fox is a member of the Advisory Board of KCIS.


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