Dean University of Pittsburgh/School of Computing and Information
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The defining feature of our age may be the connectedness of systems. Changes to one system affect others, so complicated problems such as mitigating climate change and food insecurity are exercises in tradeoffs. In theory, models of complicated systems can help us evaluate tradeoffs, but in practice it takes years to build useful models, and integrating models — climate, weather, hydrology, crop yields, commodity markets, etc. — is rarely done. At DARPA and now at the University of Pittsburgh I am promoting AI technology to help humans build models of interacting, complicated systems. I doubt the job can be done without AI assistance. My talk will highlight some inspiring examples of AI that supports modeling, as well as some daunting technical challeges. The technology of AI-assisted modeling is young and active, with a growing community and a national conference. I hope you will join us!