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NULab Spring Conference 2023: Generative AI: Creative Potentials and Ethical Responsibilities

April 21, 2023

9:30am-3:30pm (Eastern)

Join us for the sixth annual NULab spring conference, featuring talks by Northeastern faculty, staff, and students about their work in digital humanities and computational social science. This year’s theme will be “Generative AI: Creative Potentials and Ethical Responsibilities” and will include a diverse set of interdisciplinary presentations on topics including creative uses and ethics of generative AI. Our keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Lara J. Martin, CIFellow Postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania. This event will be hybrid: join us in Raytheon Amphitheater on the Northeastern Boston campus, or by Zoom.

Registration is required for this event: RSVP here. If you are joining remotely, you can RSVP at any time to receive a Zoom link. If you will be attending in person and would like to join for lunch, please RSVP by April 14. 

  • 9:30: Light breakfast
  • 9:45: Welcome:
    • Dan Cohen, Dean of Libraries; Vice Provost for Information Collaboration; Professor of History
    • Uta Poiger, Dean, College of Social Sciences and Humanities; Professor of History
  • 10–11:30am: Panel: Making, Creating, and Experimenting with AI
    • Moderator: K.J. Rawson, English, NULab Co-Director
    • Lawrence Evalyn, English, “The Post-‘Weirdness’ Era of Machine-Generated Jokes: ubi sunt LOVE 2000 HOGS YEA?”
    • Kenna Cheverie, English, “The Student Writing Process and AI”
    • Nick Beauchamp, Political Science, “Fairness, Ideology, and Personality are Necessarily Connected”
    • Malik Haddad, Data and Computer Science, NCH London, “Using AI to Improve the Quality of Life of Powered Mobility Users”
  • 11:30am–12:30pm: Lunch
  • 12:30–1:45pm: Keynote by Lara Martin, “Digital Bards: How Dungeons & Dragons will Make for Better AI”
  • 2–3:30pm: Panel: Exploring the Ethical Contours of AI
    • Moderator: Moira Zellner, Public Policy and Urban Affairs, NULab Co-Director
    • Felix Muzny, Khoury College of Computer Sciences, “‘There’s No Right Answer’: Open-ended Discussion and Interpersonal Skills in Computing Classrooms”
    • Cansu Canca, Institute for Experiential AI, “Apocalypse Now? Responsible Reaction for Responsible AI”
    • Silvio Amir, Khoury College of Computer Sciences, “Large Language Models for Health: Challenges and Opportunities”
    • Dan Jackson, Jules Rochielle Sievert, and Miso Kim, NuLawLab, “What Could the Future Hold? Exploring the Potential Impact of Legal Design and Generative AI”

We will be including automated live captioning and ASL interpretation during the event. To make space for informal discussions, this event will not be recorded.

Keynote biography

Dr. Lara J. Martin is a 2020 Computing Innovation Fellow (CIFellow) postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania working with Dr. Chris Callison-Burch. In 2020, she earned her PhD in Human-Centered Computing from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she worked with Dr. Mark Riedl. She also has a MS in Language Technologies from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Computer Science & Linguistics from Rutgers University—New Brunswick. Dr. Martin’s work resides in the field of Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence with a focus on natural language applications. They have worked in the areas of automated story generation, speech processing, and affective computing, publishing in top-tier conferences such as AAAI, EMNLP, and IJCAI. They have also been featured in Wired and BBC Science Focus magazine.

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