DawsonAI 2020 Speaker Series

Title: Applications of machine learning in education

Presenter: Sameer Bhatnagar (Physics teacher, Dawson College)

Abstract: This talk will be a brief overview of how Machine Learning techniques are applied to different systems in education. Latent Skill Estimation, Automatic Essay Scoring, Personalized Content Recommendation and Feedback, Early Identification of Students at Risk: these are all examples of how some core ML techniques are being used at scale today in different learning platforms.

Date: November 13, 2020


Title: What is AI and how can it be used for good?

Presenter: Charles C. Onu (Machine Learning Researcher & Vanier Doctoral Scholar, Mila & McGill University)

Abstract: Hearing the words “artificial intelligence” has almost become a daily occurrence. What really does the pursuit of artificial intelligence involve? What does it mean to build AI? How can this play an important role in social good, and specifically, in providing access to healthcare for millions? We will answer these questions during this talk.

Date: November 11, 2020


Title: Bible-Quran Link: Using AI to Promote Religious Tolerance

Presenter: Ahmad Banki (Economics Teacher, Dawson College)

Abstract: In this talk, Ahmad Banki will discuss how a comparative study of religious scriptures can be powered by AI and can help raise the level of religious tolerance. Ahmad will give us a glimpse of his work to develop a comprehensive map that links verses of the Quran to their equivalents in the Bible. The purpose of this map is to show how much similarity there is between these two religions.

Date: November 10, 2020


Ped Day 2020

Title:  Can Essays Written by AI Systems Be the Next Great Cheat Code?

Presenters: Cheryl Simon, Carl Saucier-Bouffard, Gregory Polakoff, Charles Le Guen, Daniel Pomerantz

Description:  Intelligent authoring systems are becoming increasingly sophisticated. The texts they generate are no longer tantamount to gibberish – rather, they can produce essays that rival that of college students in both quality of sentence structure and grasp of the topic at hand. In this session, participants will learn about the history of text-generating AI systems as well as what this means for them as they grade take-home essays, both today and in the future.

Date: October 14, 2020


Title: Are AI-Powered Exam Proctoring Systems the Answer We Have Been Waiting For?

Presenters: Jennifer Sigouin, Vanessa Gordon, Garry Chu, Carl Saucier-Bouffard, and Ahmad Banki

Description: To what extent can we detect and prevent cheating in exams through remote AI proctors? In this session, we will explore what is currently available, past experiences, and potentials for the future. We will highlight the practical and ethical concerns around monitoring students physically, as well as tracking their private data. We will also explore some alternatives to reduce cheating in exams.

Date: October 14, 2020


Dawson College – 50th Anniversary Talks

Title: Reimagining Education

Presenter: Prof. Ollivier Dyens

Date: 2018


Title: Education on the Edge of the Technological Singularity

Moderator: Sameer Bhatnagar

Panelists: Abhishek Gupta, Zhenglin Xiong, François Paradis, Sahir Bhatnagar

Date: 2018


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