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November CIC Research Seminar 2

Date: November 20, 2019
Location: Innovation Central Perth - Building 216 Room 204, Level 2 Curtin University, Bentley Campus
CIC Seminar | Networking

Artificial Intelligence – perception, expectations, and reality

Presented by Prof Lars Nolle


Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become part of the modern pop culture and is featured in many science fiction books or films, often together with evil robots or artificial lifeforms. This led to a certain perception of AI in the general public, frequently associated with menace and loss of control. Based on that perception, even well respected scientists and entrepreneurs from non-AI backgrounds, like Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, have warned that AI poses a threat to our very existence. In contrast, there are technology evangelists who now sell AI as the solution to all our problems. This again changed the perception of AI in the general public and increased the expectations people have. As a result, even big technology companies started to use the term Artificial Intelligence as a marketing buzzword, highlighting capabilities instead of threats. There is a huge gap between AI as perceived by laymen and what is actually happening in the AI community. In this talk we shall look at the different interpretations of the term AI before discussing potential dangers, threats and capabilities of Artificial Intelligence.


Lars Nolle graduated from the University of Applied Science and Arts in Hanover, Germany, with a degree in Computer Science and Electronics. He obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Software and Systems Security and an MSc in Software Engineering from the University of Oxford as well as an MSc in Computing and a PhD in Applied Computational Intelligence from The Open University.

He worked in the software industry before joining The Open University as a Research Fellow. Subsequently, he became a Senior Lecturer in Computing at Nottingham Trent University and is now a Professor of Applied Computer Science at Jade University of Applied Sciences.

After serving two years as Associated Dean of Research, Lars is currently Dean of Studies at the Department of Engineering Sciences. He is also currently President of the European Council of Modelling and Simulation. Lars’ main research interests are artificial intelligence methods for real-world scientific and engineering applications

The one hour presentation will be followed by a networking opportunity.