Once every week while school is in session, EECS invites a distinguished researcher or practitioner in a computer science or electrical and computer engineering-related field to present their ideas and/or work. Talks are generally targeted to electrical engineering and computer science graduate students. This colloquium series is free and open to everyone.

Upcoming Colloquia

AI Seminar: NSF National AI Research Institute on Adult Learning and Online Education

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Zoom: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/93591935144?pwd=YjZaSjBYS0NmNUtjQzBEdzhPeDZ5UT09

Speaker Information

Ashok Goel
Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
Chief Scientist, Georgia Tech Center for 21st Century Universities


NSF has announced the establishment of a National AI Research Institute on Adult Learning and Online Education (ALOE). The ALOE Institute seeks to address the societal challenge of lifelong learning, workforce development, and reskilling and upskilling of millions of American workers each year. Online education offers an affordable medium for taking education to workers where they live; however, there remain serious questions about the quality of online education. ALOE will develop new AI technologies that enhance cognitive engagement, teacher presence and social interaction in online education, and thereby improve its quality for adult learners in STEM disciplines at least to the level of face-to-face learning. In addition to these use-inspired AI techniques, ALOE will conduct foundational AI research on personalization of learning at scale, interactive machine teaching to enable teachers and learners to develop their own cognitive assistants, mutual theory of mind to enable humans and AI assistants to better understand one another, and participatory design of sociotechnical systems for responsible AI. I will describe ALOE’s vision, goals and plans, using examples from my own research for illustration.

Speaker Bio

Ashok Goel is a Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology and the Chief Scientist with Georgia Tech’s Center for 21st Century Universities. For over 35 years, he has conducted research into cognitive systems at the intersection of AI and cognitive science with a focus on computational design and creativity. Over the last decade much of his research has focused on AI in education and education in AI. Ashok is the Founding Editor of AAAI’s Interactive AI Magazine established in 2020 (InteractiveAIMag.org) and Editor Emeritus of AI Magazine. In 2019, he was a Co-Chair of the 41st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. He is a Fellow of AAAI and in 2019 he received AAAI’s Outstanding AI Educator Award.

AI Seminar: The Autonomous Weapons Systems Arms Race: Developments, Ethics and Advocacy

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Zoom: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/93591935144?pwd=YjZaSjBYS0NmNUtjQzBEdzhPeDZ5UT09

Speaker Information

Charlie Kawasaki, CISSP
PacStar (Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions)


To achieve and maintain warfighting overmatch the US DoD, our coalition partners and adversaries are racing to develop new generations of autonomous weapons systems and AI/ML based decision support systems. DoD planners expect these new technologies and warfighting tactics to increase decision-making speed, increase coordination across all domains (air, ground, sea, cyber, space), reduce the number of humans on the front lines, and improve the performance of weapons systems.

Next generations of all major US ground combat vehicle programs are under design with unmanned or optionally manned variants. These will be controlled and directed by new US DoD networks such as being developed by the Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) program, linking a global network of widespread sensors with commanders and warfighters, using AI/ML support in the cloud and in remote tactical settings. However, the US DoD is in its infancy in terms of technologies and development processes including validation and verification of these systems, calling into question the trustworthiness of these systems.

While the US DoD races forward with the development of AI-based solutions, it has put high level ethical frameworks in place to guide the development of these systems, though with substantial gaps largely unnoticed by the civilian population. In addition, significant work is underway at the U.N. and with numerous countries and humanitarian organizations to pursue bans on autonomous weapons outright or bans on certain aspects of autonomous weapons such as the automated targeting of humans.

This presentation will highlight select developments in US DoD autonomous weapons programs and networks and will provide a deep dive into US DoD AI ethics and developmental directives and their gaps. It will also cover current international advocacy efforts and comparisons is ethical frameworks and approaches.

Lastly, the presentation will outline several opportunities for researchers to engage in both technical and ethical advocacy efforts.

Speaker Bio

Charlie Kawasaki, CISSP (Charlie Kawasaki, CISSP | LinkedIn) has served as PacStar (Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions) CTO since 2004. He leads multiple innovation initiatives including development of cutting-edge tactical computing and networking systems used in-theater, on ground, air, and naval platforms including unmanned and robotic systems.

Charlie has over 40 years’ experience in cybersecurity, machine learning/AI, systems integration, software engineering, and network engineering. Prior to joining PacStar, Charlie provided his expertise to early stage technology companies, where he created dozens of software and networking-based products. Charlie served as CEO of RuleSpace, Inc., which created ML-based technology for Internet parental controls used by companies such as AOL, Yahoo, SBC, BellSouth, and Microsoft.

Charlie currently serves on the board of the Technology Association of Oregon, the OSU EECS Industry Advisory Board Executive Committee, the OSU ORTSOC advisory board and Mount Hood Community College Cybersecurity Advisory Board.  He also serves on boards and consults with multiple startup companies. He is a venture partner for Oregon Venture Fund.

Past Colloquia

He Zhu
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Saurabh Bagchi
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Sean Brosig
Monday, March 11, 2019 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Stefan Lee
Monday, March 11, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Yingyan Lin
Monday, March 4, 2019 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Abolfazl Asudeh
Monday, March 4, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Friday, March 1, 2019 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Renato Mancuso
Friday, March 1, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Xinyu Wang
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am