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Ada Lovelace Distinguished Lecture Series

  • Prof. Bart Selman, Cornell University
12 May 2017
Distinguished Lecture followed by drinks
Gorlaeus Laboratories
Einsteinweg 55
2333 CC Leiden
Lecture room 2

The Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) is establishing a new Distinguished Lecture Series. You are cordially invited to attend the inaugural lecture:

The Emergence of Intelligent Machines: Challenges and Opportunities

Bart Selman, Cornell University (USA)

The development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology is accelerating. A range of transformative innovations now appear likely within the next decade, including self-driving cars, real-time speech-to-speech translation, fully automated image recognition, and autonomous ​assistive ​robot​ics​.

These technologies will have a substantial level of both autonomy and intelligence. Several of the world’s most prominent intellectual and technology leaders, including Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates, have recently suggested careful consideration of the potential impacts of intelligent machines on society.

​I will consider this issue from a range of perspectives, including machine ethics, human labor and employment, autonomous decision-making, as well as concerns about the potential emergence of superhuman intelligence.

About Prof. Bart Selman

Bart Selman is one of the world’s foremost experts on artificial intelligence (AI) and a Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University (USA). His research interests include computational sustainability, efficient inference procedures, planning, knowledge representation, and connections between computer science and statistical physics. He has (co-)authored over 150 publications, of which six best paper awards. His publications have appeared in venues spanning Nature, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, and a broad range of journals and conferences in AI and other areas of computer science.

Selman has received the Cornell Stephen Miles Excellence in Teaching Award, the Cornell Outstanding Educator Award, an NSF Career Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, and recipient of the inaugural IJCAI John McCarthy Award. He is a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Fellow of the ACM.

Ada Lovelace Distinguished Lectures

The Ada Lovelace Distinguished Lecture Series brings outstanding computer scientists from around the world to Leiden University. The lecturers will share exciting ideas and results from the forefront of computer science. Apart from computer scientists, alumni and students of computer science, anyone else with a serious interest in the field is invited to the Ada Lovelace Lectures.

Getting there

The Gorlaeus Laboratory, Einsteinweg 55, is easily reachable by public transport. From the Leiden Central Railwaystation, take bus no. 43  and get out at 'Universiteitsterrein'. Or take bus 30/31 and get out at 'Ehrenfestweg'.

Future talks

We expect to organise Ada Lovelace Lectures around two times a year. They will be announced via a new e-mail list LIACS Talks, along with other research talks. We encourage you to subscribe to this list.


Subscribe to the LIACS Talks list by sending an email to liacs-talks-subscribe@lists.liacs.nl, with the word 'Subscribe' in the subject field.