CISL Seminar Series: "AI - Augmented Reality"

01/16/2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
ML Main Seminar Room (MSR)

"AI - Augmented Algorithms"
Lars Kotthoff
University of Wyoming

Often, there is more than one way to solve a problem. It could be a different parameter setting, a different piece of software, or an entirely different approach. Choosing the best way is usually a difficult task, even for experts. AI and machine learning allow to leverage performance differences of algorithms (for a wide definition of "algorithm") on different problems and choose the best algorithm for a given problem automatically. In AI itself, these techniques have redefined the state of the art in several areas and led to innovative approaches to solving challenging problems.

In this talk, I will give examples of how AI can help to solve challenging computational problems, what techniques have been applied, and how you can do the same. I will argue that AI has fundamental implications for software development, engineering, and computer science in general -- stop making decisions when coding, having more algorithmic choices is better!


Lars Kotthoff is Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Wyoming, USA, and director of the newly-funded center on Artificially Intelligent Manufacturing (AIM). Previously, he held appointments at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and University College Cork, Ireland, and obtained his PhD at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. His research focuses on applying machine learning to improve the performance and ease of use of AI, machine learning, and engineering problems. Lars' more than 60 publications have garnered 1000 citations and his research has been supported by funding agencies and industry in various countries, including a recent NSF grant.

Refreshments will be served at 9:45 a.m.!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Mesa Lab, Main Seminar Room (MSR)