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Distinguished Speaker: Professor Ahmed H Tewfik Presents A Talk on Our Future: AI or Man-Machine Symbiosis


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Distinguished Speaker: Professor Ahmed H Tewfik Presents A Talk on Our Future: AI or Man-Machine Symbiosis

October 10, 2016 - 11:00 am
Winston Chung Hall, 205/206

ABSTRACT

 

Numerous articles in the general press warn against a dark future in which evermore powerful machines will displace humans. Yet, empirical evidence establishes that properly designed human – machine systems outperform man and machine and have the potential of increasing human creativity and cognitive abilities. In this talk, I will give examples of man-machine symbiosis and review recent work in the area. The talk starts by presenting a specific industrial setting, oil and gas production, and describing opportunities for man-machine symbiosis to enhance safety and productivity. Next, it will provide an overview of cognitive biases in human decision-making summarizing decades of research that indicate that humans are not rational decision-makers. It will then highlight the challenges that must be solved for optimal man-machine symbiosis, formulate solutions to these challenges and conclude with descriptions of initial successes.

 

BIOGRAPHY

 

Ahmed H Tewfik received his B.Sc. degree from Cairo University, Cairo Egypt, in 1982 and his M.Sc., E.E. and Sc.D. degrees from MIT, in 1984, 1985 and 1987 respectively. He is the Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering and the Chairman of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas Austin. He was the E. F. Johnson professor of Electronic Communications with the department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Minnesota until September 2010. Dr. Tewfik worked at Alphatech, Inc. and served as a consultant to several companies. From August 1997 to August 2001, he was the President and CEO of Cognicity, Inc., an entertainment marketing software tools publisher that he co-founded, on partial leave of absence from the University of Minnesota. His current research interests are in cognitive augmentation through man-machine symbiosis and mobile computing, medical imaging and brain computing interfaces. Prof. Tewfik is a Fellow of the IEEE. He was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Signal Processing Society in 1997 - 1999. He received the IEEE third Millennium award in 2000. He was elected to the position of VP Technical Directions of the IEEE Signal Processing Society in 2009 and served on the board of governors of that Society from 2006 to 2008. He has given several plenary and keynote lectures at IEEE conferences.

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