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Subbarao Kambhampati, a Fulton Schools professor of computer science, has joined representatives of major technology companies, universities and private organizations on the board of trustees of the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society.

Formed several months ago, the nonprofit Partnership on AI aims to increase public understanding of artificial intelligence technologies and have a role in setting industry-wide best practices and ethics guidelines.

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Professor Subbarao Kambhampati (right) hopes to give ASU researchers a voice in shaping policy in the artificial intelligence field. Photographer: Rose Serago/ASU

Its board includes members from Amazon, Apple, Google/DeepMind, Facebook, IBM, Microsoft, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, Los Angeles, the MacArthur Foundation and the Peterson Institute of International Economics.

Kambhampati is the president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, the largest organization of scientists working in the field.

His research involves automated planning and decision making technologies, especially in the context of human-aware AI systems. It also encompasses robotics and analysis of unstructured data.

In addition, Kambhampati studies public perceptions and societal impacts of rapidly evolving artificial intelligence technologies.

The new partnership he will help to direct wants to also provide a platform for open discussion about the issues and concerns arising from advances in artificial intelligence. The inaugural meeting of the board of trustees was Friday, February 3, 2017 in San Francisco.

Kambhampati notes that there are multiple research groups at ASU, both within and outside the Fulton Schools, studying some of these issues, and says he hopes “to bring these groups together to help shape national policy in concrete ways.”

Read more on the Partnership for AI website.






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