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Get ready for a night of AI at Ann Arbor District Library Friday

Robot. (Credit: Pexels)

ANN ARBOR – Artificial intelligence is a rapidly growing field, and researchers and companies alike in Ann Arbor are making strides in machine learning.

But the fact that robots are programmed to perform -- and are bound to -- specific tasks remains challenging for those trying to get AI systems to perform new, intuitive tasks.

Join two professors at the University of Michigan for a discussion titled “Teaching Robots Through Natural Interactions” in the Downtown Library’s Multi-Purpose Room Friday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Profs. John Laird and Joyce Chai will cover the following topics:

  • What is the state-of-the-art in teaching robots new tasks through natural interaction?
  • What are the key challenges?
  • What are the potential applications and who will benefit?

Read: Ann Arbor’s Clinc makes history, raises $52 million to advance its conversational AI technology

About John Laird

John Laird is the John L. Tishman Professor of Engineering in the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Division, University of Michigan, where he also directs the Soar Lab. He is a founder of Soar Technology, an Ann Arbor company specializing in creating autonomous AI entities.

About Joyce Chai

Joyce Chai is a Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Division, University of Michigan. She directs the Language and Interaction Research (LAIR) Group. Her recent work has focused on grounded language processing to facilitate situated communication with robots and other artificial agents.

The event is in partnership with U-M’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) program.


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