Keynote Speaker

Dr. Maria Gini, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota

Keynote Speech

Artificial Intelligence has made incredible progress in the last few years and is reaching the point where it has the potential to impact society in major ways. In the future intelligent systems and robots will become part of our daily lives, helping us with routine tasks, handling dangerous jobs, and keeping us company. But they could also become capable of making decisions that violate our ethical principles, take control of our lives, and disrupt society. In this talk we will explore the state of the art in intelligent systems and discuss future developments and open challenges.


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Maria Gini is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. She develops algorithms that allow robots to decide how to allocate tasks among themselves, explore unknown environments, work as a team in search and rescue operations, or navigate in dense crowds. She has published more than 50 journal articles, and more than 250 conference papers and book chapters, on these topics and others.

Dr. Gini is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, a Distinguished Professor of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota, and the winner of numerous University awards. She is Editor in Chief of Robotics and Autonomous Systems, and is on the editorial board of numerous journals, including Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems. She has a special passion for increasing the number of women and students from underrepresented groups in computer science.