Guest speakers

Dr Michael Wooldridge

Professor and Head of Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford

Dr Michael Wooldridge is a Professor of Computer Science and Head of Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford. He has been an AI researcher for 30 years, and has published more than 400 scientific articles on the subject. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Association for the Advancement of AI (AAAI), and the European Association for AI (EurAI).

From 2014–16, he was President of the European Association for AI, and from 2015–17 he was President of the International Joint Conference on AI (IJCAI).

Dr Bo Li

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Dr Bo Li is an assistant professor in the department of Computer Science at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. She is the recipient of the Symantec Research Labs Fellowship, Rising Stars, MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35, Intel Rising Star award, several Amazon Research Awards, NSF CAREER Award, and best paper awards in several machine learning and security conferences.

Dr Li was formerly a postdoctoral researcher in UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on both theoretical and practical aspects of security, machine learning, privacy, game theory, and trustworthy machine learning. She has designed several scalable frameworks for robust machine learning and privacy preserving data publishing systems. Her work havs been featured by major publications and media outlets such as Nature, Wired, Fortune and The New York Times.

Dr Xu Zhongwen

Principal Scientist at Sea AI Lab

Dr Xu Zhongwen is currently a Principal Scientist at Sea AI Lab, directed by Prof Yan Shuicheng. He worked at DeepMind as a Senior Research Scientist before he joined the Sea Group. Zhongwen obtained his PhD degree from University of Technology Sydney in 2017, and his Bachelor degree from Zhejiang University in 2013. During his studies, he visited Carnegie Mellon University, National University of Singapore, and worked at Google Brain and DeepMind. His research interests include deep reinforcement learning, computer vision, and general AI.

Dr Vanessa Evers

Professor, School of Computer Science and Engineering
Director, NTU Institute of Science and Technology for Humanity (NISTH)

Professor Evers is a Professor of Socially Intelligent Systems at the School of Computer Science and Engineering and she is the Founding Director of NTU Institute of Science and Technology for Humanity (NISTH).

She established to study the impact of technology on human society, and to bring industry, government and academia together to find ways to enhance the use of technology for the betterment of humanity. In addition, she is a chair and Professor of Human Media Interaction, University of Twente, the Netherlands. She is also the Scientific Director and founder of the DesignLab in the Netherlands, a centre for multidisciplinary projects with societal impact based on ‘Science to Design for Society’.

Prof Evers studied Information Systems at the University of Amsterdam and Business Information Science at UNSW, Sydney, and also has a PhD from the Open University UK. Previously, she worked for the Boston Consulting Group and was a visiting Scholar at Stanford University.

Her work exists at the intersection of Computer Science, Psychology, Design, and Electrical Engineering and focusses on human interaction with artificially intelligent systems and cultural aspects of Human Computer Interaction. It covers design of Artificially Intelligent systems that are able to interpret human social behaviours and respond to people in a socially acceptable way as well as the evaluation of the impact of such technology on people and society. She is a frequent public speaker in the media and at international forums such as the World Economic Forum at Davos.