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AI & Humanities, Help, Hype or Hassle

Thursday 7 April 2022
Het Kijkhuis
Vrouwenkerksteeg 10

The field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is fast developing in recent years. AI already influences our daily lives: in (data) security, in what news we read or what we buy online. This influence on the way we live, view ourselves and do research will only increase in the future.

The Faculty of Humanities, together with LURIS, organizes the event ‘AI & Humanities – Hassle, Hype or Help?’ During this event, researchers and artists who work with AI or critically reflect on AI will discuss what humanities research can do for the development of AI and, vice versa, what AI can do for humanities research. After this, the movie ‘Ich bin dein Mensch’ will be shown. 

For whom: Everyone interested in the possibilities of AI for humanities research.
Costs: Free of charge

The following speakers have been confirmed to give their perspective on artificial intelligence as a (societal) phenomenon and to reflect on what artificial intelligence can do for humanities research and vice versa:

  • Prof. dr. Haroon Sheikh

Senior researcher at the WRR and professor by special appointment of ‘Strategic Governance of Global Technologies’ at the Free University Amsterdam. He is co-author of the WRR report ‘Mission AI, the new system technology’. 

  • Jeroen van der Most

Artist who has created art with data, algorithms, and artificial intelligence for over 10 years. His current focus is on using AI to deepen the relationships with our natural surroundings.

  • Prof. dr. Stephan Raaijmakers

Senior scientist ‘Artificial Intelligence’ at TNO and professor by special appointment of ‘Communicative Artificial Intelligence’ at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics

  • Dr. Lauren Fonteyn

Assistant professor at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics. Her research is aimed at explaining how and why the grammar of living languages, such as English and Dutch, has changed (and will continue to change) over time.

  • Prof. dr. Rob Erdmann

Professor of ‘Conservation and restauration’, with a focus on computational material science at the University of Amsterdam.

  • Prof. dr. Robert Zwijnenberg

Professor emeritus ‘Art and Science Interactions’ at the Leiden University Centre for Arts in Society.

  • Dr. Peter van der Putten

Assistant professor at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science. Dr. Van der Putten focusses on the question ‘how can machines learn from interaction?’

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