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Deep learning to fight cancer: Fireside chat

Peter Norvig (Google), Abu Qader (GliaLab)
9:25am–9:40am Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Location: Grand Ballroom B
Average rating: ****.
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Abu Qader’s personal experience is a testament to the increasing impact and accessibility of AI technology. As a high school student, he taught himself machine learning using open online resources and launched an AI company for breast cancer diagnostics. Peter Norvig sits down with Abu to share anecdotes, discuss the state of artificial intelligence, and explore where things are heading.

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Peter Norvig


Peter Norvig is a director of research at Google. In his prior role, as director of search quality, he directed Google’s core search algorithms group, which means he was the manager of record responsible for answering more queries than anyone else in the history of the world. Previously, he was the head of the Computational Sciences Division at the NASA Ames Research Center (NASA’s senior computer scientist) and received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Award in 2001. He was also an assistant professor at the University of Southern California and a research faculty member in the Computer Science Department at the University of California, Berkeley. He has over 50 publications in computer science, concentrating on artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and software engineering. He is the author of Paradigms of AI Programming: Case Studies in Common Lisp, Verbmobil: A Translation System for Face-to-Face Dialog, and Intelligent Help Systems for UNIX and coauthor of Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, the leading textbook in the field. He is also the author of the Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation and has written the world’s longest palindromic sentence. Peter is a fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and the Association for Computing Machinery. He holds a PhD from UC Berkeley, where he was recognized with a distinguished alumni award in 2006.

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Abu Qader


Abu Qader is the CTO of GliaLab, an artificial intelligence company utilizing artificial intelligence to build an image analytics platform that can detect and diagnose anomalies within a variant of medical images such as mammograms. Abu is an 18-year-old visionary and entrepreneur with a passion for innovating fields such as healthcare with cognitive science and artificial intelligence. He received the Fifty for the Future award, was featured at Google I/O, and spoke at TEDxTeen in London. Abu is a Posse scholar at Cornell University.