Watson Lecture - Artificial Intelligence: How it Works and What it Means for the Future

Wednesday January 13, 2021 5:00 PM
Speaker: Yisong Yue, Division of Engineering and Applied Science, Caltech
Location: Online Event

Over the past decade, artificial intelligence and the massive amounts of data powering such systems have dramatically changed our world. And as both the technology and the way in which scientists and engineers handle it becomes more refined, the impact of AI in society will become more profound. In this lecture, Yue will explore the key principles powering the current revolution in AI, consider how cutting-edge AI techniques are transforming the way research is done across science and engineering at Caltech, and what it means for the future of material design, robotics, and big data seismology, among other areas of investigation. Yue will show how, where human intuition breaks down, AI can guide scientists in finding data-driven solutions to complex problems.

This Zoom webinar is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required.


Each Watson Lecture will begin at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time as a Zoom Webinar
with live audience Q&A at the end. Please note the new start time. At 8 p.m. Pacific Time the recorded lecture (without Q&A) will be posted on Caltech's YouTube channel.

About the Speaker

Yisong Yue is Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences at Caltech.

About the Series

Since 1922, The Earnest C. Watson Lecture Series has brought Caltech's most innovative scientific research to the public. The series is named for Earnest C. Watson, a professor of physics at Caltech from 1919 until 1959. Spotlighting a small selection of the pioneering research Caltech's faculty is currently conducting, the Watson Lectures are geared toward a general audience, as part of the Institute's ongoing commitment to benefiting the local community through education and outreach. Through a gift from the estate of Richard C. Biedebach, the lecture series is able to highlight assistant professors' research each season.

Many past Watson Lectures are available in a playlist on YouTube.

Series Earnest C. Watson Lecture Series

Contact: The Caltech Ticket Office events@caltech.edu