Invited speakers

Keynote speakers

​Dr. Harri Valpola

CEO, Curious AI, Finland

Keynote on June 16, 13:00 - TITLE

Harri Valpola, Ph.D. is a Finnish expert in Machine Learning, Theoretical Neuroscience, and Cognitive Robotics and is the CEO of the Curious AI Company, which he cofounded in 2015. He is also one of the founders of ZenRobotics since 2007. Both of the companies commercialise the results of the research groups Harri has lead at Aalto University.

Harri’s research interests also include development of representations, cognitive architectures, neuro robotics, and artificial intelligence. His interest is also in Ecoenergy and has been, between 1999 and 2014, the managing director of Enespa, a company specialised in energy saving, and is a member of the board of executives in a private wind power company Lumituuli (Finnish for Snow wind). Among these he is also interested Social Issues and Languages.

Bio and photo from: https://lifeboat.com/ex/bios.harri.valpola


Prof. Hector Geffner

Department of Computer and Information Science, Linköping University, Sweden.

Keynote on June 17, 09:00 - TITLE

Hector Geffner got his Ph.D at UCLA with a dissertation that was co-winner of the 1990 ACM Dissertation Award. He then worked as Staff Research Member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in NY, USA and at the Universidad Simon Bolivar, in Caracas, Venezuela.

He is currently a researcher at the ICREA and a professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. He is a former Associate Editor of Artificial Intelligence and of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research where he is a member of the Advisory Board. He is also a member of the EurAI board, a Fellow of AAAI and EurAI, and author of the book ``Default Reasoning: Causal and Conditional Theories'' , MIT Press, 1992, editor of "Heuristics, Probability, and Causality: a Tribute to Judea Pearl" along with R. Decther and Joe Halpern, College Publications, 2010, and author with Blai Bonet of "A Concise Introduction to Models and Methods for Automated Planning", Morgan and Claypool, 2013. Hector is interested in computational models of reasoning, action, planning, learning, and social interaction that are domain-general and can scale up, among many other things.

Bio and photo from: https://www.dtic.upf.edu/~hgeffner/


Prof. Dr. Kristian Kersting

Computer Science Department and Centre for Cognitive Science, TU Darmstadt, Germany.

Keynote on June 16, 10:50 - TITLE

Kristian Kersting is a Full Professor (W3) at the Computer Science Department of the TU Darmstadt University, Germany. He heads the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AIML) lab and is also a Deputy Director of the Centre for Cognitive Science. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Freiburg in 2006, he was with the MIT, Fraunhofer IAIS, the University of Bonn, and the TU Dortmund University. His main research interests are statistical relational artificial intelligence (AI), probabilistic programming, and deep probabilistic learning. Kristian has published over 170 peer-reviewed technical papers and co-authored a book on statistical relational AI.

Bio from: https://ml-research.github.io/people/kkersting/index.html


Luka Crnkovic-Friis

CEO, Peltarion, Sweden

Keynote on June 17, 11:15 - TITLE

Luka Crnkovic-Friis is the Co-Founder of Peltarion an AI company specializing in neural networks and deep learning since 2005. He has more than 15 years of experience with neural networks and their industrial applications. Peltarion’s mission is the democratization and industrialization of AI - both making it more accessible and more scientific. The company is currently developing an industrial grade SaaS platform that aims to significantly lower the bar of entry for AI while making it reliable enough for real world industrial applications.

Bio and photo from: https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/ict/events/digitalisation/speakers/Pages/Luka-Crnkovic-Friis.aspx



Speakers​ at the Ethics Workshop

Dr. John Danaher

School of Law, NUI Galway, Ireland

Ethics Workhop on June 17 (13-15) -
Robotics, AI and the Culture of Moral Agency

Abstract: Two claims are argued. First, that humans live and operate in distinct moral cultures, characterised (in part) by different attitudes to agency and responsibility, and that since the Enlightenment Europeans have generally lived in moral cultures that value individual agency and responsibility. Second, that widespread adoption of AI and Robotics disrupts our current moral culture and might shift us toward a culture of patiency, i.e. a culture in which the well-being of individuals trumps individual agency and responsibility. The talk ends with a discussion of how this might happen and whether it should be welcomed or resisted.


Bio: John Danaher earned his PhD from University College Cork in 2011. He was lecturer in law at Keele University from 2011 until 2014, and then went on to his present position as a lecturer in the Law School at NUI (National University of Ireland) Galway. His research interests are in the areas of legal philosophy, emerging technologies and the future of human society.


Prof. Anna-Sara Lind

Department of Law, Uppsala University, Sweden

Ethics Workhop on June 17 (13-15) -
AI, rules and rights – Reflections of law

Bio: Anna-Sara Lind is a Doctor of Laws in Constitutional Law (2009) and became Associate Professor (Docent) in Public Law in 2014. She is currently the scientific leader of the Centre on multidisciplinary research in religion and society. She is the PI of two major multidisciplinary projects; Contributivism (financed by the Swedish Research Council) and Artificial Intelligence, Democracy and Human Rights (financed by the Wallenberg foundations). Her research focuses on public law, fundamental rights and welfare law and the interactions with European law.


PhD. Sven Nyholm

Department of Philosophy, Utrecht University, Netherlands

Ethics Workhop on June 17 (13-15) -
Can robots act for reasons?

Abstract: Some recent criticisms of “machine ethics” (= the project of creating artificial moral agents) involve the claim that robots cannot act for reasons. The idea is that if some entity cannot act for reasons, it cannot be a moral agent. I will first discuss the question of whether robots can act for reasons, and then suggest that it is better to ask whether human-robot teams can act for reasons.


Bio: Sven Nyholm is an assistant professor of philosophy at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He has published on a wide range of topics in ethics and applied ethics. His second book, Humans and Robots: Ethics, Agency, and Anthropomorphism, was published in April 2020.



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Published: Mon 01 Jun 2020.