Creating a Humane Society through Computational Social Science

(CSE Distinguished Lecture Series)

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Raj Reddy

Raj Reddy
Carnegie Mellon University
Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 11am
Fung Auditorium, Powell-Focht Bioengineering Hall

Creating a Humane Society through Computational Social Science

Abstract:  Computational Social Science is the use of web Intelligence and the tools and technology capable of monitoring, analyzing, diagnosing, and resolving day-to-day problems of society. CSS is the development of intelligent systems and solutions to address the critical problems of the society such as poverty and hunger, slavery and torture, disease and suffering, and create tools that enable an illiterate person to be as productive as a PhD. CS and AI must embrace CSS as the next frontier and be at the forefront of inventing that future.

Bio: Dr. Raj Reddy is the Moza Bint Nasser University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Stanford from 1966-69 and a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon faculty since 1969. He served as the founding Director of the Robotics Institute from 1979 to 1991 and the Dean of School of Computer Science from 1991 to 1999.

Dr. Reddy's research interests include the study of human-computer interaction and artificial intelligence. His current research interests include: Technology in Service of Society, Voice Computing for the 3B semi-literate populations at the bottom of the pyramid, Digital Democracy, and Learning Science and Technologies. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was president of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence from 1987 to 89.

In 1994, he was received the ACM Turing Award, the highest honor in Computer Science, for his contributions to the field of Artificial Intelligence. He served as co-chair of President Clinton’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) from 1999 to 2001. In 2006, he was the recipient of Vannevar Bush Award, the highest Award of the National Science Foundation in the United States, for “lifetime contributions to science and long-standing statesmanship in science and on behalf of the nation”. Dr. Reddy was awarded the Legion of Honor by President Mitterand of France in 1984, Padma Bhushan by President of India in 2001, the Okawa Prize in 2004, and the Honda Prize from Japan in 2005.


Faculty Host: Pavel Pevzner (CSE), Vish Krishnan (Rady) and Brad Voytek (Cognitive Science)