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NISTH Think Out: AI & Regulation

Deliberation is essential for the development of new knowledge. The process of unpacking the causes and consequences of an issue lead to active learning and well-thought-out decision making. NISTH seeks to provide a platform for active discussion on dual perspectives, by leading researchers from across disciplines, to explore global challenges outside the box! Join our expert speakers as they discuss and deliberate on the subject contention.

AI & Regulation:

The world of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is evolving at exponential speed.  As companies and businesses begin to invest big money into AI and machine learning, governments are quickly assessing the need to put in regulations and frameworks to suit their country’s principles.

While some experts stress the need to regulate AI, especially in its impact on critical issues like privacy, security, human rights, crime, and finance, some argue that regulating it could hamper the development of AI to its full potential.

In this inaugural debate, we will feature two of our NISTH Societal Impact FellowsAssociate Professor Bo An and Associate Professor Hannah YeeFen Lim.

Speaker Biography

Bo An is a President’s Council Chair Associate Professor in Computer Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He received the Ph.D degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His current research interests include artificial intelligence, multiagent systems, computational game theory, reinforcement learning,  and optimization. His research results have been successfully applied to many domains including infrastructure security and e-commerce. He has published over 100 referred papers at AAMAS, IJCAI, AAAI, ICAPS, KDD, WWW, ICLR, NeurIPS, JAAMAS, AIJ and ACM/IEEE Transactions. Dr. An was the recipient of the 2010 IFAAMAS Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation Award, an Operational Excellence Award from the Commander, First Coast Guard District of the United States, the 2012 INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice, and 2018 Nanyang Research Award (Young Investigator).  His publications won the Best Innovative Application Paper Award at AAMAS’12 and the Innovative Application Award at IAAI’16. He was invited to give Early Career Spotlight talk at IJCAI’17. He led the team HogRider which won the 2017 Microsoft Collaborative AI Challenge. He was named to IEEE Intelligent Systems’ “AI’s 10 to Watch” list for 2018. He was invited to be an Advisory Committee member of IJCAI’18.  He is PC Co-Chair of AAMAS’20. He is a member of the editorial board of JAIR and the Associate Editor of JAAMAS, IEEE Intelligent Systems, and ACM TIST. He was elected to the board of directors of IFAAMAS and senior member of AAAI.

Hannah YeeFen Lim, trained in computer science and law, is an internationally recognised legal expert in Technology & Internet law including the policy and regulation of AI and blockchain, Intellectual Property Law, Data Protection and Privacy Law and E-commerce law. She wrote one of the pioneering books on Internet law, Cyberspace Law in 2002 published by Oxford University Press and her research has been cited with approval by senior judiciary, most notably by the High Court of Australia. She has published extensively in internationally well-respected refereed journals and she is the author of 6 scholarly books published by internationally established publishers, including. Her most recent books are Autonomous Vehicles and the Law: Technology, Algorithms, and Ethics (Edward Elgar Publishing, UK 2018) and Hannah YeeFen LIM, Data Protection in the Practical Context – Strategies and Techniques (Academy Publishing Singapore, 2017).Hannah is a sought-after speaker and has presented over 100 papers at international meetings, most of them invited and funded by the organisers. Hannah has served on the Law Reform Committee of Singapore, Academy of Law and she has assisted the Ministry of Law, Media Development Authority and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore on legal matters. Hannah is an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore. She was also a member of an International Working Group (IWG) on Big Data Ethics in Biomedicine which produced Ethics Framework for Decision-Making for Big Data in Health and Research and which has been adopted and used in Singapore and internationally by clinicians and medical researchers. Hannah has also been assisting the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law as well as Unidroit (International Institute for the Unification of Private Law) on the reform of treaties and international Model Laws).

Event Details
Date and Time
21 Oct 2020 (Wed)
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Event Format
Debate & Dialogue
NISTH Think Out Debate Series