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Summer of AI, Part 1 | Carolina Data Science Now

May 25, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

The event will feature three lightning talks by professors and researchers in UNC-Chapel Hill’s academic community, centered around the study, use, and applications of artificial intelligence in the fields of philosophy, pathology, and physics. These talks will be followed by a guided panel, an opportunity for questions and answers with the speakers, and a discussion with the data science community at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Meet the Moderator

Isma Gilani
Director of Software Architecture Group, Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI)

Isma Gilani is Director of the Software Architecture Group, Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at UNC-Chapel Hill. Isma Gilani’s career in computer science, spanning multiple industries, has enabled her to build solid skills in key areas of software development ranging from requirements gathering and analysis, user centered design, solution development, and implementation. For the last five years, she has acted as a technical leader on various projects concerned with connecting research communities to cloud native computational capabilities and providing domain specific science workspaces. Isma previously participated in Carolina Data Science Now as a speaker for our July 2022 event. View her presentation here.


Our speakers for this month are as follows:

  • Thomas Hofweber

    Professor, Department of Philosophy; Director of the AI Project at UNC

    Dr. Thomas Hofweber a professor of philosophy at UNC and the director of the AI Project. He works in metaphysics, the philosophy of language, and the philosophy of mathematics, with a particular emphasis on ontology and on the role of conceptual and linguistic representation in metaphysics. He regularly teaches a class entitled “AI and the future of humanity”.

  • Aobo Li

    COSMS Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Physics and Astronomy

    Dr. Aobo Li received his B.S. in physics at the University of Washington in 2015, then did his graduate work at Boston University as part of the KamLAND-Zen collaboration. After getting his Ph.D. in 2020, Aobo joined UNC Chapel Hill as a Postdoctoral Research Associate and COSMS Fellow. Aobo has received many awards, including the American Physical Society 2023 Dissertation Award in Nuclear Physics, the UNC Postdoctoral Award of Research Excellence, and the NeurIPS 2022 ML4PS Workshop Outstanding Paper Award.

  • Katie Newhall

    Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics

    Dr. Katie Newhall is an associate professor of mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill working on a diverse set of interdisciplinary applied math problems ranging from magnetic systems to granular media and active matter. She is tackling difficult problems in the field of stochastic dynamics to understand the large-scale and long-time behavior of physical and biological systems described by high-dimensional equations that evolve randomly in time. The mathematical problems she works on also help to explain experimentally observable phenomena, exposing the underlying mechanisms to intuitively explain the system’s behavior.


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May 25, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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via Zoom