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Humans, Data
and Machines

A Series of 6 Lectures Exploring Our World and Ourselves

The University of Arizona College of Science, Spring 2018

MONDAYS 7PM - JANUARY 22 TO FEBRUARY 26

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Humans, Data
and Machines

A Series of 6 Lectures Exploring Our World and Ourselves

The University of Arizona College of Science, Spring 2018

MONDAYS 7PM - JANUARY 22 TO FEBRUARY 26

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Series Overview

In our automated lives, we generate and interact with unprecedented amounts of data. This sea of information is constantly searched, catalogued, analyzed and referenced by machines with the ability to uncover patterns unseen by their human creators. These new insights have far reaching implications for our society. From our everyday presence online, to scientists sequencing billions of genes or cataloging billions of stars, to cars that drive themselves – this series of six lectures will explore how the confluence of humans, data and machines extends beyond science – raising new philosophical and ethical questions.

JANUARY 22

Stephen Kobourov
Problem Solving with Algorithms

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JANUARY 29

Mihai Surdeanu
The Minds of Machines

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FEBRUARY 5

Nirav Merchant
Working Alongside Thinking Machines

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FEBRUARY 12

Luis von Ahn
What Humans Do that Machines Cannot

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FEBRUARY 19

Jane Bambauer
Machine Influencers and Decision Makers

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FEBRUARY 26

Vincent J. Del Casino Jr.
There Is No Such Thing as Big Data

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Location

Centennial Hall
Lectures will be held at Centennial Hall on the campus of the University of Arizona.
View Map. Centennial Hall now performs bag checks. Click here for more information.
Please note, bags larger than 12” x 6” x 12” are not permitted.

Parking
Parking is available on a pay-per-use basis in the Tyndall Avenue Garage.
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Time and Cost
All lectures begin at 7PM and are free to the public.

For Educators

Course Description:
Regardless of the hype surrounding big data, the reality is that there is a great deal more data now than at any time in the past. A few decades ago, there simply was not enough data available to begin to address many fundamental problems, from the genetic causes of disease to the human impact on climate change. However, in recent years, everyone–from individuals logging their entire lives, to biologists sequencing millions of genes, and astronomers recording billions of stars–is generating data at unprecedented levels. Humans are not good at analyzing, mining and searching for patterns in huge volumes of data and this is where machines and artificial intelligence come into play. Together, humans and machines will use data in an attempt to solve humanities grand challenge problems.

Course Goals:
From the perspective of an educator, this lecture series will be rich in content that can be used in your classrooms and the primary goal of this experience is to work on doing just that. Teachers who participate will attend each lecture as well as an exclusive post-lecture Q&A session with each speaker. We will explore strategies for taking content from the lecture and working into the classes you teach regularly creating a conduit between the incredible science presented and our local classrooms.

Instructions for signing up are available to download here.

John Pollard
Course Instructor

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Vincent J. Del Casino Jr.
There is No Such Thing as Big Data

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FAQ

How much are tickets?

Free! Thanks to our underwriters, every lecture is free to attend.

Where are the lectures held?

The lecture series is held in Centennial Hall on the University of Arizona Campus. Centennial Hall now performs bag checks. Click here for more information.

When do the lectures begin?

Lectures begin at 7:00 PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM and we encourage you to arrive at Centennial Hall before 6:30 PM, as seating is limited.

Where should I park?

The closest parking garage is the Tyndall Avenue Garage. There are two more nearby garages at Main Gate and 6th Avenue. You can find a campus map here.

Will there be an overflow site if Centennial Hall is full?

Yes, there will be an overflow location within a short walking distance from Centennial Hall.

Will the lectures be streamed or taped?

Yes, each lecture is streamed live by AZPM.YouTube video links are generally posted on this website within one to three days after each lecture.

How many years has the lecture series run?

The 2018 lecture series marks our 13th year and our 14th lecture series. The first year we held a fall and a spring series.

How do I support the Lecture Series?

Thank you! Donations can be made here. If you have questions about other ways to give please contact us.

Contact

For additional information please call 520-621-4090 or email us at uasci@email.arizona.edu