Dragutin Petkovic

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Toward AI Ethics: What, Why and How

Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods are rapidly gaining in importance in many critical applications in medicine, business, autonomous cars, banking, law etc. However, these AI methods are inherently complex and often difficult to understand and explain resulting in barriers to their adoption and validation. These concerns increased significantly in US among scientists but also among general public and politicians, evidenced in increased press and public attention to these issues. This led to the discussion of the need for more ethical AI. In this session we will explore issues related to AI Ethics: what AI ethics is, why it might be important and how to achieve, enforce and verify for it. After brief introduction to the topic we will engage the audience in the discussion addressing the above issues.

Dr. Petkovic obtained his Ph.D. at UC Irvine, in the area of biomedical image processing. He spent over 15 years at IBM Almaden Research Center as a scientist and in various management roles. His contributions ranged from applications of computer vision, to multimedia and content management systems. Dr. Petkovic received numerous IBM awards for his work and became an IEEE Fellow in 1998 and IEEE LIFE Fellow in 2018 for leadership in content-based retrieval area. Dr. Petkovic also had various technical management roles in Silicon Valley startups. In 2003 Dr. Petkovic joined CS Department as a Chair and also founded SFSU Center for Computing for Life Sciences in 2005. Currently, Dr. Petkovic is the Associate Chair of the SFSU Department of Computer Science and Director of the COSE Computing for Life Sciences. With colleagues from SFSU College of Business and Department of Philosophy, Prof. Petkovic is leading new SFSU cross-college graduate certificate program in AI Ethics. Research interests of Prof. Petkovic include Machine Learning with emphasis on Explainability.

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