Artificial Intelligence: What it is and Why does it Matter

Tuesday, Nov 28, 2023

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Lecture by:
Dr. Peter Van Beek

What is Artificial Intelligence (AI)? How are people different from computers? Can computers think? Such questions have been thought about from the earliest days of computers. In this talk Peter will present some of the recent successes of AI and why there is so much current excitement around it and why there may also be reasons for concern.

About The Lecturer

Dr. Peter Van Beek

Peter is an Adjunct Professor and a Professor Emeritus in the Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. He received his PhD in 1990 from the University of Waterloo and at that time joined the faculty at the University of Alberta. Ten years later he returned to Waterloo. His research interests span the field of Artificial Intelligence. He has co-authored seven research papers which have won awards and has served on the program committees of many conferences and on the editorial boards of several journals. Peter is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI); a Fellow of the Canadian Artificial Intelligence Association (CAIAC), and a Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association (AAIA).