Workshop
Mon May 6th 09:45 AM -- 06:30 PM @ Room R05
AI for Social Good
Margaux Luck · Myriam Cote · Kris Sankaran · Sean McGregor · Jonnie Penn · Virgile Sylvain · Tristan Sylvain · Geneviève Boucher · Rayid Ghani · Yoshua Bengio · Kentaro Toyama





AI for Social Good

Important information

Contact information: aisg2019.iclr.contact@gmail.com

Submission deadline: EXTENDED to March 22nd 2019 11:59PM ET

Workshop website

Submission website

Poster Information:

  • Poster Size - 36W x 48H inches or 90 x 122 cm

  • Poster Paper - lightweight paper - not laminated

Abstract

Our workshop “AI for Social Good” will focus on applying artificial intelligence to solve problems important for society. The focus is on machine learning for the following areas: health, education, protecting democracy, urban planning, assistive technology for people with disabilities, agriculture, environmental sustainability, social welfare and justice and, sustainable development. We believe that these fields are those where AI can have its strongest impact on society by reducing human suffering and improving democratic institutions. This workshop builds on our AI for Social Good workshop at NeurIPS 2018.

If managed correctly, the rapidly expanding field of AI has the potential to improve many aspects of our lives. However, two main problems arise when attempting to tackle social issues. First, there is often little incentive for researchers to tackle social problems as there are few conferences and journals that explicitly deal with such issues. Second, it is also difficult for researchers seeking to have a social impact to find problems to address. The convening of this workshop addresses these problems by networking impactful researchers and providing a venue for presentation.

This workshop brings together machine learning researchers, social impact leaders, stakeholders, government and policy leaders, and philanthropists to present and discuss ideas and applications linked to social issues, similarly to the AI Commons project. We are partnering with AI Commons so that accepted proposals are invited to submit their work there. Moreover, the workshop inspires the creation of new tools by the community to tackle critical problems. We also wish to promote the sharing of information and datasets that might prove relevant to researchers who share our goals.

We invite contributions relating to at least one of the previously mentioned domains. The models or approaches presented do not necessarily need to be of outstanding theoretical novelty, but should demonstrate potential for a strong social impact. We especially encourage work where machine learning and in particular representation learning could meaningfully amplify existing efforts for social good. We invite two types of submissions:

  • Short Papers Track (Up to four page papers + unlimited pages for citations) for oral and/or poster presentation. The short papers should focus on past and current research work, showcasing actual results and demonstrating beneficial effects on society. We also accept short papers of recently published or submitted journal contributions to give authors the opportunity to present their work and obtain feedback from conference attendees.

  • Problem Introduction Track (Application form, up to five page responses + unlimited pages for citations) which will present a specific solution that will be shared with stakeholders, scientists, and funders. The workshop will provide a suite of questions designed to: (1) estimate the feasibility and impact of the proposed solutions, and (2) estimate the importance of data in their implementation. The application responses should highlight ideas that have not yet been implemented in practice but can lead to real impact. The projects may be at varying degrees of development, from formulation as a data problem to structure for effective deployment. The workshop provides a supportive platform for developing these early-stage or hobby proposals into real projects. This process is designed to foster sharing different points of view ranging from the scientific assessment of feasibility, discussion of practical constraints that may be encountered, and attracting interest from philanthropists invited to the event. Accepted submissions may be promoted to the wider AI solutions community following the workshop via the AI Commons, with whom we are partnering to promote the longer-term development of projects.

11:00 AM Towards Responsible AI Organizations (Invited speaker)
@jackclarksf Clark
11:45 AM Because We Matter: Engaging with AI Governance (Invited speaker)
Joanna Bryson
12:15 PM AI Commons (Invited speaker)
Yoshua Bengio
12:20 PM Problem Introduction - Disaster Insurance: New parametric contracts based on satellite images (Contributed talk)
12:25 PM Problem Introduction - Decoding Hidden Language for Social Good (Contributed talk)
12:30 PM Problem Introduction - Planning in Home Health Care Structures using Reinforcement Learning (Contributed talk)
12:35 PM Poster session (Poster)
01:00 PM Lunch - on your own
02:30 PM Main conference
04:30 PM Poster Session (Poster)
05:00 PM A Pipeline for Emergency Response (Contributed talk)
05:10 PM Customizable Facial Gesture Recognition for Improved Assistive Technology (Contributed talk)
05:20 PM Visualizing the Consequences of Climate Change Using Cycle-Consistent Adversarial Networks (Contributed talk)
05:30 PM Deep Learning to Predict Student Outcomes (Contributed talk)
05:40 PM Towards the Standardization of Data Licenses (Contributed talk)
05:50 PM Open announcement
06:00 PM Best Paper Award and Poster Session (Poster session)