Conversations with Cabrera: Dr. Ayanna Howard (HYBRID)

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Event Details

Join President Ángel Cabrera Wednesday, Nov. 18 in conversation with Dr. Ayanna Howard, Chair of the School of Interactive Computing and author of Sex, Race, and Robots: How to Be Human in the Age of AI, which explores how the tech world’s racial and sexual biases are infecting the next generation of Artificial Intelligence, with profoundly negative effects for humans of all genders and races.

The hybrid event includes seating for 25 in person, plus a virtual stream. Both have the opportunity to ask questions.

Unscripted and informal — unearthing leadership’s thinking behind the big ideas taking shape across the Institute and trends likely to define our future — this video series is meant to capture candid conversations between President Ángel Cabrera and thought leaders across Georgia Tech and beyond.

Discussions will revolve around various topics related to academics and research, as well as campus life and culture.

“I'm very much looking forward to exploring the multitude of voices and backgrounds that contribute to making Georgia Tech what it is and shaping the world we live in,” said President Cabrera. “Every day I am inspired by the talent I get to work with, and I’m excited to share it with our entire community.”


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About Dr. Ayana Howard:
Dr. Ayanna Howard is an innovator, entrepreneur, leader, and international expert in robotics and AI. Currently, Dr. Howard is Professor and Chair of the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Partnership on AI and Autodesk.

Prior to Georgia Tech, Dr. Howard was at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory where she held the title of Senior Robotics Researcher and Deputy Manager in the Office of the Chief Scientist. Her research encompasses advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), assistive technologies, and robotics, and has resulted in over 250 peer-reviewed publications. At NASA, she worked on designing advanced technologies for future Mars rover missions. Now, she works on projects ranging from healthcare robots to developing methods to mitigate bias and trust in AI. In 2013, she founded Zyrobotics, an education technology startup, which designs AI-powered STEM tools and learning games for early childhood education.