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Keynote Lectures

Evolving Art
Penousal Machado, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Available soon
Carla Gomes, Cornell University, United States

Understanding future technologies through 
Agent-Based Simulation
Michal Pechoucek, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic

Available soon
Lambert Schomaker, University of Groningen, Netherlands

 

Evolving Art

Penousal Machado
University of Coimbra
Portugal
 

Brief Bio
Penousal Machado leads the Cognitive and Media Systems at the University of Coimbra. His research interests include Evolutionary Computation, Computational Creativity, and Evolutionary Machine Learning. In addition to the numerous scientific papers in these areas, he is the recipient of scientific awards, including the EvoStar Award for Outstanding Contribution to Evolutionary Computation in Europe and the award for Excellence and Merit in Artificial Intelligence granted by the Portuguese Association for Artificial Intelligence. His works have been presented in venues such as the National Museum of Contemporary Art (Portugal) and the “Talk to me” exhibition of the Museum of Modern Art, NY (MoMA).


Abstract
Evolutionary Computation techniques have been applied to several fields in the Arts in recent years. This talk overviews how they have been used to create different types of artifacts, and how past developments relate to current approaches, trends and challenges. The focus is to address a main challenge in the field, fitness assignment, analyzing this from the perspective of the interplay between the evolutionary system and the user, and discussing how Machine Learning, Evolutionary Computation and HCI techniques can be combined to create Computer Aided Creativity systems that allow the users to express their artistic or aesthetic intentions.



 

 

Keynote Lecture

Carla Gomes
Cornell University
United States
 

Brief Bio
Available soon.


Abstract
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Understanding future technologies through 
Agent-Based Simulation

Michal Pechoucek
Czech Technical University in Prague
Czech Republic
 

Brief Bio
Prof. Ing. Michal Pechoucek, M.Sc, Dr. is a full professor in computer science at the Czech Technical University (CTU). He is the Founder and Head of the Artificial Intelligence Center and the Chair of Department of Computer Science at CTU. He is also a Director of the Research Center for Informatics, Center of Excellence, and  a Founding Director of the Open Informatics, a research oriented computer science study programme at CTU-FEL. Michal Pechoucek has been a Principal Investigator (PI) on more than 30 research contracts and grants provided by US Air Force, US Army CERDEC and Office for Naval Research. He has been a PI on two projects funded by the Czech Science Foundation (GACR). He has been running several research contracts funded by the FAA and has collaborated on two additional research grants funded by NASA. His research has been also funded by industry including Google, FOXCON, Procter&Gamble, Rockwell Automation, FOXCON, Denso AUTOMOTIVE, CADANCE Design Systems, SAAB and others. Michal Pechoucek is the author of more than 200 papers, including 47 WoS impact-factor journal publications, his H-index is 29/13/13 (Google Scholar/WoS/Scopus) and number of citations is 3397/427/744 (Google Scholar/WoS/Scopus). In 2015 he has been put on the New Europe 100, the list of outstanding challengers who are leading world-class innovation from Central and Eastern Europe. He has been jointly with his colleagues a recipient of many awards for technical excellence and best paper awards. He served as the chairman of the board of directors of European Association for Multiagent Systems (EUMAS) and is a member of the board of directors of International Foundation of Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (IFAAMAS). He is a honorary member of Artificial Intelligence Application Institute at University of Edinburgh. He is the co-founder of Cognitive Security (acquired by CISCO Systems in 2013). As a result of the acquisition, Michal Pechoucek have build and directed CISCO Systems R&D Center (until 2016), specialised in machine learning analytics for cyber security. Besides, he also co-founded AgentFly Technologies and BlindSpot Solutions.


Abstract
Current world is driven by data and superb analytical capability provided by state-of-the-art machine learning research. We assume that there exist classes of important prediction problems related to interaction among autonomous rational entities, for which statistical data analysis is not sufficient enough (such as understanding of future operation of drones in urban environment or massive deployment of autonomous vehicles in existing car traffic). We propose to complement modern data analysis with state-of-the-art procedural and decentralised computational modelling methods referred to as agent-based simulation. We argue that agent-based simulation can help us to understand and to solve the problems of near future for which there are no empirical data yet available. During the keynote talk we will discuss concepts, results as much as deployment visions and open problems and challenges of agent-based simulation.



 

 

Keynote Lecture

Lambert Schomaker
University of Groningen
Netherlands
 

Brief Bio
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Abstract
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