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machine learning artificial intelligence retreat RIT 2017

Artificial Intelligence at RIT

Artificial Intelligence is one of the most exciting and transformative opportunities of our time. In recent years, there are enormous advancements in cognitive technologies, such as machine learning, neuromorphic computing, computer vision, natural language processing, data science, and robotics. These advancements will have profound impact on human computer interaction, computing paradigms, business, and economics. How will these changes influence the research and education at RIT?

“This isn’t human versus machine. It’s human and machine.” Cade Metz, "In Two Moves, AlphaGo and Lee Sodel Redefined the Future," Wired Magazine

Read "Move 78-A retreat focused on cognitive technologies for the RIT community," a recent post by Jeremy Haefner, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs.

Move78 Spring Semester Seminar Series

Noon -1:00 PM (Monday)

Location: Bamboo Rooms (Campus Center 003)

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost

Goal: The goal of this seminar series is to promote interactions among cognitive systems researchers at RIT and provide an effective platform for exchange of new ideas and technologies.

Format: Weekly research presentations either by graduate students or faculty working in AI related research topics. Speakers will present for 40 minutes and there will be open-ended discussion for 10-15 minutes. Pizza and drinks will be served.

Schedule for Spring Semester:

Date Speaker Research Labs
March 27, 2017 Matt Heunerfauth Human Computer Interface Lab
April 3, 2017 Bryan Reinicke COB
April 10, 2017 Reynold Bailey Vision Lab
April 17, 2017 PhD Student DPRL Lab
April 24, 2017 Hadi Hosseini GCCIS **
May 1, 2017 PhD Student K Lab

**Room chage on April 24th to Kelly Conference Room in KGCOE

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Agenda Retreat on Artificial Intelligence at RIT

Friday, February 17, 2017
Slaughter Hall, RIT

Continental Breakfast

Event Registration

8:00 AM


Retreat Overview and RIT’s role
Provost Jeremy Haefner

Overview of Retreat
Dhireesha Kudithipudi

8:30 - 8:45 AM

Keynote Speaker

AI 2.0: brains for bots
Max Versace, Ph.D.

Founder of the Boston University Neuromorphics Lab and co-founder and CEO of Neurala Inc.


8:45 - 9:30 AM



9:30 -9:45 AM


An Introduction to Quantum Computing in the D-Wave Universe (with ML application)
Bo Ewald, President

D-Wave Systems International, Inc.

9:45-10:30 AM
Overview of AI at RIT AI research explorations at RIT 10:30-11:15 AM

Networking Lunch
and Poster Session


11:15-12:45 PM


The Future of Artificial Intelligence
Roman Yampolskiy, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science at the Speed School of Engineering, University of Louisville and RIT Alum

12:45-1:30 PM

Focus Groups*

5 discussion groups - tentative topics listed below

  • Impact of AI on Education, Ethics, and Law
  • Vision and Language
  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • Cognitive Science and Bio-inspired Computing
  • Data Science Analytics

1:30-2:15 PM

Focus Group Summaries


2:15-2:45 PM

Closing Remarks

Jeremy Haefner

2:45-3:00 PM


Closing Reception – High Tea

3:00-4:00 PM


Speakers, Bios, and Event Videos


TITLE: AI 2.0: brains for bots

BIO: Massimiliano “Max” Versace is founder of the Boston University Neuromorphics Lab and the co-founder and CEO of Neurala Inc. After his pioneering research in brain-inspired computing and deep networks, he continues to inspire and lead the world of autonomous robotics. He has spoken at a number of events and venues, including TedX, NASA, The Pentagon, Los Alamos National Labs, Air Force Research Labs, HP, iRobot, Samsung, LG, Qualcomm, Ericsson, BAE Systems, Mitsubishi, ABB and Accenture. In addition, his work has been featured in IEEE Spectrum, New Scientist, Geek Magazine, CNN and MSNBC. Versace is a Fulbright scholar, has authored dozens of academic publications and holds several patents. He also holds two Ph.D.s: in Experimental Psychology from the University of Trieste and in Cognitive and Neural Systems from Boston University.


TITLE: An Introduction to Quantum Computing in the D-Wave Universe 

BIO: Bo Ewald has lengthy experience in the technology industry, as a user, engineer, customer and executive with some of the leading high performance computer systems and graphics companies.  He is currently the President of D-Wave International, the world’s first commercial quantum computing company.  Prior to that he was Chairman/CEO/President of Perceptive Pixel, the touch sensitive display company, computer graphics pioneer Silicon Graphics, and Cray Research, the first supercomputer company. Bo began his management career at the Los Alamos National Laboratory as the head of its Computing and Communications Division. He is involved in various industry organizations and was appointed to the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee by Presidents Clinton and Bush.  He has also served on the boards of several public and private companies.

ABSTRACT:  This presentation will review some of the thinking, fundamentals and activities behind quantum computing, starting with the ideas originally introduced by Richard Feynman in 1982.  We will look at different architectural approaches to quantum computing, and then describe the ideas that led to quantum annealing.  D-Wave has implemented the first commercial quantum annealing computer with initial customers Lockheed Martin/USC’s Information Sciences Institute, Google and NASA/Ames, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.  The D-Wave technology, system and the software environment will be discussed.  Some of the potential applications will also be presented, with some glimpses into how Machine Learning might fit in the quantum computing universe.


TITLE: Future of Artificial Intelligence

BIO:  Dr. Roman V. Yampolskiy is a tenured associate professor in the department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science at the Speed School of Engineering, University of Louisville. He is the founding and current director of the Cyber Security Lab and an author of many books including Artificial Superintelligence: a Futuristic Approach. During his tenure at U of L, Dr. Yampolskiy has been recognized as: Distinguished Teaching ProfessorProfessor of the Year, Faculty Favorite, Top 4 Faculty, Leader in Engineering Education, Top 10 of Online College Professor of the Year, and Outstanding Early Career in Education award winner among many other honors and distinctions. Yampolskiy is a senior member of IEEE and AGI; member of Kentucky Academy of Science, and research advisor for MIRI and Associate of GCRI. Dr. Yampolskiy’s main areas of interest are AI Safety and Cybersecurity. Dr. Yampolskiy is an author of over 100 publications including multiple journal articles and books. His research has been cited by 1000+ scientists and profiled in popular magazines both American and foreign (New Scientist, Poker Magazine, Science World Magazine), hundreds of websites (BBC, MSNBC, Yahoo! News), on radio (German National Radio, Swedish National Radio, Alex Jones Show) and TV. Dr. Yampolskiy’s research has been featured 700+ times in numerous media reports in 30 languages.

Dr. Yampolskiy has been an invited speaker at 60+ events including Swedish National Academy of Science, Supreme Court of Korea, Princeton University and many others.

Steering Committee Members: 

Cecilia Ovesdotter Alm, College of Liberal Arts
Ed Brown, Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Jeremy Haefner, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Christopher Kanan, College of Science
Dhireesha Kudithipudi, Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Fernando Naveda,    B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
Ray Ptucha, Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Leonid Reznik, B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
Carol Romanowski, B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
Richard Zanibbi, B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences


Contact the Move 78 organizers:

Dhireesha Kudithipudi
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Chair
Kate Gleason College of Engineering





Christopher Kanan
Assistant Professor
Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science