DOST 2-Day Conference on Artificial Intelligence Kicks Off in Davao City, March 14

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By EDD K. USMAN | Twitter: @edd1819 Instagram: @bluestar0910 | Facebook: SDN – SciTech and Digital News

DAVAO CITY, 13th March 2023 (SDN) — Needless to say, artificial intelligence (AI) will take center stage in the 1st Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Conference and Workshop 2023 here in the city of the South on March 14-15.

The Department of Science and Technology through its Innovation Council, the Philippine Council on Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology (DOST-PCIEERD) organized the event, which is on its inaugural run.

Headed by Executive Director Dr. Enrico “Eric” C. Paringit, the conference seeks “to raise public awareness of the benefits and potential uses of artificial intelligence and robotics in addressing urgent national issues.”

PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico ‘Eric’ C. Paringit. (Photo: SDN — SciTech and Digital News)

A high-level battery of speakers from both the public and private sectors, foreign and local personalities, will participate in the conference at Acacia Hotel (Agdao) with a theme revolving around “AI Pinas: Driving Transformation and Impact in the Digital Age”.

For the event’s opening on Tuesday, Paringit and Dr. Lyre Anni Murao, chancellor, University of the Philippines (UP)-Mindanao, will deliver the Opening Remarks; for the Welcome Message, Dr. Anthony C. Sales, CESO III, the regional director of DOST XI, Davao City Mayor Sebastian Z. Duterte, and DOST Undersecretary for Research & Development (R&D) Leah J. Buendia.

DOST Secretary Renato U. Solidum, Jr. will deliver the Keynote Message.

For the morning Plenary Session, attendees will listen to Global Trends in AI, with

  • Dr. Tau Leng, Senior Vice President, Super Micro Computer, Inc., United States, Advancing AI/ML Platform and Datacenter Infrastructure
  • Ms. Stephanie Sy, Thinking Machines Data Science, Philippines, AI Trends and Use Cases: An Industry Perspective
  • Dr. Junichiro Yoshimoto, Fujita Health University, Japan, Machine Learning for Diagnosis and Stratification of Depression
  • Dr. Moji Ghadimi, University of Queensland, Australia, The Impact of AI in Healthcare: How AI is Transforming Medical Recommendation Systems”

Topics on AI for Cross-Cutting Applications Platform will follow (also part of the morning session.

  • Project Leader Dr. Jose Ildefonso Rubrico, University of the Philippines (UP)-Mindanao, Philippine Sky Artificial Intelligence Program (SkAI-Pinas) ALAM-LSI 
  • Project Leader Dr. Franz A. De Leon, DOST’s Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), Philippine Sky Artificial Intelligence Program (SkAI-Pinas), ASTI-ALAM
  • Project Leader Dr. Jose Ildefonso Rubrico, UP-Mindanao, Autonomous Societally Inspired Mission Oriented Vehicles (ASIMOV) HAWKS
  • Project Leader Eng’r Peter Banzon, ASTI, Autonomous Societally Inspired Mission Oriented Vehicles (ASIMOV) ROAMER

In the afternoon, it will be AI for Health and Education:

  • Dr. Judith Azcarraga, De La Salle University (DLSU), Development of Multilingual Chatbot for Health Monitoring of Public-School Children
  • Ms. Kristine Mae Adlaon, University of Immaculate Conception (UIC), Project iWag: A Mobile Web Bidirectional Neural Machine Translation System for Filipino and Cebuano
  • Dr. Briane Samson, DLSU, Diachronic Representation and Liguistic Study of Filipino Word Senses Acrss Social and Digital Media Contexts
  • Eng’r Wencel Dacay, USTSP, SpaceBetweenUs: A Computer Vision Application for Physical Distancing Monitoring in Public Areas

Also in the afternoon, AI for Mobility, Environment and DRR:

  • Eng’r Junrie Matias, Caraga State University (CSU), Design and Development of Intelligent Traffic Control and Management System
  • Vladimer Kobayashi, UP-Mindanao, Cost-effective Technology for Monitoring and Quantifying Benthic Area Covered by Marine Litter in Shallo Coastal Areas
  • Dr. Prospero Naval, Jr.,UP-Diliman, Development of an AI-assisted Thunderstorm Early Warning System from Analysis of Doppler Radar Data

Then, AI for Industries:

  • Dr. Marnell Peradilla, De La Salle Araneta University (DLSAU)), Intelligent Structural Health Monitoring via Mesh of Tremor Sensors
  • Dr. Erika Fille Legara, AIM, Unistar Automated Repossessed Motorcycle Assessment System (Unistar ARMAS)
  • Eng’r John Paolo Ramoso, UP Los Banos, Development of a CNN and RNN Topology for Impedance Spectroscopy Analysis

Still more, AI in Smart and Sustainable Communities and Cities:

  • Dr. Czar Jakiri Sarmiento, UP Training Center for Applied Geodesy and Photogrammetry, A Link-Up of Geomatics and Social Science Research for the Development of Smart Cities (LUNGSOD)
  • Dr. Erika Fille Legara, AIM, PATURO: Platform for Assessment and Tracking of Urbanization-Related Opportunities
  • Prof. Christopher Monterola, AIM, MINERAVA: Monitoring of Indicators for Efficient Redevelopment and Value Assessment

Then, still more, Generative AI:

  • Dr.  Arnulfo Azcarraga, DLSU, Creative Machines with Generative AI

And, lastly, but not the least for the first day of the conference, AI Ethics and Govenance:

  • Dr. Kush Varshney, IBM, AI Ethics and Governance

For the Wednesday session, here’s what you can expect:

The morning session starts off with Ms. Edna C. Nacianceno, Chief Senior Research Specialist, Emerging Technology Development Division, for the Opening Remarks and Introduction of Guests and Participants; Workshop per Group on Priority Topics for Funding in CY 2025 (Review and Updating of the AI Roadmap); Presentation and Discussion of the Proposed Priority Topics per Group; Rationale and Mechanics of the Directed Project Proposal Workshop; Presentation and Discussion of the Proposed Topics/Concept; Closing Messages by Dr. Jose Ildefonso U. Rubrico, and Eng’r Ninaliza H. Escorial, PCIEERD deputy executive director.

And, arguably, the most awaited, Dinner and Socials. (✓)

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