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Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, 10:00AM

Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 10:00 AM until 11:30 AM
Virtual using Zoom
JihJen Joy Cheung
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William S. Levine, a TVIH member and Research Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering  at the University of Maryland, is our speaker for the “Empowering Yourself with Technology” series.

The history, fundamentals, present uses, and potential uses of Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be presented. Some examples that are in common use today will be described. Technical jargon and mathematics will be avoided.


Bill’s specialty is control systems and their applications. Some of the controls he has developed were for a synchrotron, a surgical robot (still in development), and piloted aircraft (tools for designing the controls). He has also used ideas from control design to study human locomotion, posture regulation, and speech production.

Bill will introduce “artificial intelligence” using layman’s terms. Do not miss this opportunity to learn from an expert in the field.

References (for AI talk)


•     Janelle Shane, You look like a thing and I love you, Voracious—Little Brown and Co., (2019). A book full of examples of (mostly) bad AI. It is written in a lively style and involves no math. She also has a Ted talk and a blog that are useful.

•     Michael O’Shea, The Brain: a short introduction, Oxford University Press, (2005). Part of a wonderful series of short introductions. These are a dilettante’s delight—brief readable introductions to many  subjects.

• A very detailed article providing a great deal of information about artificial neural networks, one of the two major components of contemporary AI. The article is largely academic. It lists academic, as opposed to real world, applications. This overstates the applicability of Artificial Neural Networks.

• A very detailed description of Artificial Intelligence. It takes a very expansive view of the subject. In particular, its list of applications includes, so far unsuccessful attempts at real applications.


Bill Levine is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Artificial Intelligence, 8/19, 10 AM

Time: Aug 19, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 813 8823 7662

Password: 317917

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