Provost’s Lecture Series upcoming events

The Provost’s Lecture Series continues with upcoming sessions that look at how “big data” is influencing research in economics and artificial intelligence.

On Wednesday, March 20, Vincent Conitzer, the Sally Dalton Robinson Professor of Computer Science at Duke will speak on “Algorithmic Economics: How Computer Science Lets Us Put Economic Theory to Work“.  Professor Conitzer will discuss several examples where computer scientists and economists have joined forces to build markets driven by algorithms and data, such as online ad auctions and kidney exchanges, and on algorithms that are now used to strategically schedule, among others, checkpoints at LAX and Federal Air Marshals on flights, based on game theory.  The event will be held in the Social Sciences Building, room 136 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm and will be open to the public.

David Ferrucci will speak on “AI: In and Out of Jeopardy” on Tuesday, April 16.  Dr. Ferrucci will shed light on how he, as lead researcher, took on the Jeopardy Challenge, creating the landmark Watson project that could answer rich natural language questions with precision and accurate confidence in seconds.  This event will be held from 4:00 to 5:30 pm in 217 Perkins Library.

This year’s series of Provost’s Lectures on topics of major campus and broader societal importance is focusing on the theme of Information Futures.  The lectures are free of charge and open to the public.  More information on the sessions and the series is available at the Provost’s Lecture series website.