November 3, 2016

Computing in the 21st Century 2016


Location: Seoul, Republic of Korea

Venues: Main Auditorium at Yonsei University

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Science fiction has given us many examples of what it would look like if machines manifested our worst fears. While entertaining, this well-worn narrative gives humanity very little credit. In truth, scientists around the world strive to create machines that represent our highest values and aspirations. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is no longer just a fantasy of authors and film directors – it is an established phenomenon that is having an increasingly major influence on the daily lives of people around the world. What once seemed magical is becoming reality, with self-driving cars, autonomous appliances, and all kinds of bots. Previously developed for highly specialized tasks, the scope of AI is broadening and becoming more relevant to the fields of education, healthcare, agriculture, transportation, and more. As such, the relationship between people and their machines is now a vital topic for exploration.

AI’s greatest value lies in improving human life, and it is most efficient in this role when it is complemented with the creativity, judgment and wisdom of human intelligence (HI). Together, AI + HI creates a harmonious relationship founded on augmented reality. With this approach, AI maintains its usefulness by incorporating the best parts of human ingenuity.

Microsoft Research Asia’s biggest annual event, Computing in the 21st Century Conference, will be held in Seoul, Korea on November 3, 2016 and will explore the theme “Human and Machine Working as a Team”. The conference features global computer science pioneers and industry leaders as keynote speakers and panelists. These thought leaders will share their visionary ideas, provide insights from their research, and discuss how AI and HI can function in tandem to answer some of the biggest questions facing the world today.

Computing in the 21st Century Conference, an academic event hosted yearly by Microsoft Research Asia since the lab’s inception, is one of the largest and most influential conferences on computer science education and research in China and the Asia Pacific region. To date, 17 sessions have been held throughout China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and other countries and territories, with a combined audience of more than 40,000 people. Over 140 distinguished speakers have attended the conference, including more than 30 (person-time) Turing Award winners.

Conference Chairman

Wei-Ying Ma
Assistant Managing Director
Microsoft Research Asia


Time Session Speaker
09:00-09:15 Opening Speech 21ccc-yong-hak-kim Yong-Hak Kim

President, Yonsei University

09:15-10:00 Chasing the Next Big Thing: Why Top Companies are Betting on Research 21ccc-peter-lee Peter Lee

Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Research NExT
Fellow of ACM

10:00-10:45 IoT: The Insecurity of Things 21ccc-adi-shamir Adi Shamir

Professor, Computer Science Department, Weizmann Institute of Science
2002 Turing Award Recipient

10:45-11:30 Learning at Scale as a Driver of Innovation 21ccc-marti-a-hearst Marti A. Hearst

Professor, School of Information and EECS Department, UC Berkeley
Fellow of ACM

11:30-12:00 Q&A with Keynote Speakers
12:00-13:30 Lunch
13:30-13:45 Microsoft Research Asia Fellowship Award Ceremony
13:45-14:30 A Science of Cyber – Security? 21ccc-fred-schneider Fred Schneider

Samuel B. Eckert Professor and Chairman, Department of Computer Science, Cornell University
Fellow of ACM, Fellow of IEEE

14:30-15:15 Democratizing Urban Data Analysis 21ccc-juliana-freire Juliana Freire

Professor, Computer Science and Engineering and Data Science, New York University
Fellow of ACM

15:15-16:00 Co-Evolution of Artificial Intelligence and Human Intelligence 21ccc-hon Hsiao-Wuen Hon

Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Asia-Pacific R&D Group and Microsoft Research Asia
Fellow of IEEE

16:00-16:30 Q&A with Keynote Speakers
16:30-17:15 Panel – Engaging with AI: How Human and Machine can Work Together to Shape the Future 21ccc-baining-guo Baining Guo

Assistant Managing Director, Microsoft Research Asia
Fellow of ACM, Fellow of IEEE

21ccc-seong-whan-lee Seong-Whan Lee

President, Korea AI Society
Professor, Korea University
Fellow of IEEE

21ccc-jin-hyung-kim Jin Hyung Kim

CEO, AIRI (Artificial Intelligence Research Institute)
Professor Emeritus, KAIST Computer Science Department
Chairman, Korea National Open Data Strategy Council

21ccc-seung-won-hwang Seung-won Hwang

Professor, Yonsei University

21ccc-hideyuki-tokuda Hideyuki Tokuda

Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance / Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University