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Fall Forum 2021

Fall Forum 2021


Thank you to the contributors to the 2021 TDAI Fall Forum, including attendees, featured speakers and panelists, poster presenters, partners, and the planning committee members who put it all together.

Tuesday, Nov. 2

301 Pomerene Hall

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

320 Pomerene Hall

Opening and Welcome
A photo of Tanya Berger-Wolf smiling at the camera

Tanya Berger-Wolf, PhD
TDAI Director; Professor, Computer Science and Engineering; Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology; and Electrical and Computer Engineering

9:15-10:30 a.m.
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Prof. Joanna J. Bryson, PhD, Professor of Ethics and Technology, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin

About the speaker: Prof. Joanna Bryson is a transdisciplinary researcher and expert on intelligence, its nature and its consequences. Her studies on the structure and dynamics of human- and animal-like intelligence range from systems engineering of artificial intelligence through autonomy, cognition, robot ethics and human cooperation, on to technology policy. With degrees in social and computer sciences from Chicago, Edinburgh and MIT, her scientific research appears in venues from Reddit to Science, and her policy voice is heard in the UN, EU, CoE, OSCE and OECD.  

Dr. Bryson advises governments, corporations, and other agencies globally, particularly on AI policy, and is presently Professor of Ethics and Technology at Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, where she cofounded the Centre for Digital Governance. Since June 2020 she has served as one of nine German-nominated experts on the Global Partnership for AI, where she co-chairs the AI Governance committee. Her present research focuses are the impacts of technology on human societies, and improving models of governance for AI and digital technology. 

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10:45-11:45 a.m.
Session 1: Responsible Data Science

Panel Discussion

About the session: The organizing committee wishes to host the panel to discuss contemporary thinking, constraints/limitations, realities and strategies as they relate to misinformation and disinformation. We are particularly interested in discussing these topics as they relate to the tools and applications of data science/analytics, algorithms, computer science and platforms such as social media, etc. The committee’s guiding thinking included the questions “What can be done,” “What ought to be done,” “When, if ever, do you intervene” and “What is moral/ethical to be done.”


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Michal Lavi, PhD
Cyberlaw Research Fellow, Hadar Jabotinsky Center for Interdisciplinary Research of Financial Markets, Crises and Technology

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Ayse Deniz Lokmanoglu, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Communication and Public Policy, Northwestern University

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Sam Malloy
Project lead at MITRE

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Thomas Wood, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, OSU College of Arts and Sciences

Organizing Committee: Syedah Zahra Atiq, Raef Bassily, Audra Hanners, Margie Kelley, Abhishek Gupta, Bryan Weaver

11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Lunch and Poster Judging
1:15-1:45 p.m.

A welcome message from the Enterprise for Research, Innovation and Knowledge (ERIK)

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Peter Mohler, PhD
Interim Vice President of Research
Office of Research

1:45-2:45 p.m.
Session 2: AI and Healthcare

How AI and predictive models can be actionable in a clinical setting


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Jeff Caterino, MD
Attending Physician, Emergency and Internal Medicine, Wexner Medical Center

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Courtney Hebert, MD
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics, OSU College of Medicine

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Lang Li, PhD
Professor and Chair, Biomedical Informatics, OSU College of Medicine

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Xia Ning, PhD (TDAI Core Faculty)
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics, OSU College of Medicine, and
Computer Science and Engineering, OSU College of Engineering

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Ping Zhang, PhD (TDAI Core Faculty)
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics, OSU College of Medicine, and
Computer Science and Engineering, OSU College of Engineering


Organizing Committee: Courtney Hebert, Lang Li, Xia Ning, Laura Pomeroy

3:00-4:00 p.m.
Session 3: Art and Data

Sci-Fi Prototyping and Critical Optimism

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Sophia Brueckner
Associate Professor
Stamps School of Art & Design
University of Michigan




Organizing Committee: Kris Paulsen, Amy Youngs, Kelly Kivland

4-5 p.m.
Student Poster Awards and Networking Reception

Wednesday, Nov. 3

301 Pomerene Hall

9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Poster Session Open House

320 Pomerene Hall

9-10 a.m.
Session #4: Smart Mobility
Panel Discussion Topic: Smart Mobility: Social and Environmental Sustainability

About the Session: The organizing committee wishes to host a panel to discuss the ways in which current developments in smart cities and shared, automated, and eventually autonomous mobility solutions promote social and environmental sustainability as well as the risks associated with these technologies. The committee’s guiding thinking includes questions such as:

  • What developments do you foresee without policy adjustments?
  • What can or should be changed from a policy perspective?
  • What moral or ethical considerations should guide interventions?


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Chris Atkinson, PhD
Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, OSU College of Engineering

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Fredrick P. Salvucci
Senior Lecturer, MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics

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Shoshanna Saxe, PhD
Assistant Professor, Civil and Mineral Engineering, University of Toronto

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Vonu Thakuriah, PhD
Distinguished Professor and Dean, Rutgers School of Planning and Public Policy; Director, Rutgers Urban and Civic Informatics Lab

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Kari Watkins, PhD
Associate Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Tech


Organizing Committee: Qadeer Ahmed, Andre Carrel (Panel Moderator), Harvey Miller, Rabi Mishalani

10:15 - 11:15 a.m.
Session #5: Environment and Sustainability

Panel Discussion


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Deb Agarwal, PhD
Data Science and Technology Department Head, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

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Bhavik Bakshi, PhD
Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, OSU College of Engineering

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Bryan Mark, PhD
Professor, OSU Department of Geography, and
State Climatologist of Ohio

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Daniela Miteva, PhD
Associate Professor of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics; OSU College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

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Emily Stanley, PhD
Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, University of Wisconsin,


Organizing Committee: Gil Bohrer, Jim Hood, Justine Missik, Kaiguang Zhao

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Session #6: Foundations of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning


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David Banks, PhD
Professor of the Practice of Statistics, Duke University

Catastrophology:  Forecasting Trends

About the talk: Demography and climate will have major social implications for the world. The problems are already here, but things will significantly worsen by 2050, which is within the lifetime of many in this audience. I shall review the detailed implications of the current trends, discuss mitigation strategies, and end gloomily.

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Tatsunori Hashimoto, PhD
Assistant Professor, Stanford University

On the theory of foundation models and their application to privacy-preserving NLP

About the talk: Large, pre-trained foundation models have transformed NLP with their impressive empirical performance. Despite the clear success of these models, their inductive biases and limits remain poorly understood. In this talk, we shed light on the origins of why masked language models recover linguistic structures such as syntax and demonstrate that these same models can break a 'curse of dimensionality' for differential privacy, leading to a simple and practical approach to privacy-preserving NLP.

Organizing Committee: Sebastian Kurtek, Subhadeep Paul, Yu Su

12:30-2 p.m.
Lunch, Partner Networking and Closing