Walsh is one of the world's leading experts in artificial intelligence
(AI). He was named by the Australian newspaper
as a "rock star" of the digital revolution, and included in the
inaugural Knowledge Nation 100, the list of the 100 most important
digital innovators in Australia. Professor Walsh's research focuses on
how computers can interact with humans to optimise decision-making
for the common good. He is also a passionate advocate for limits to
ensure AI is used to improve, not hurt, our lives. In 2015, Professor
Walsh was behind an open letter calling for a ban on autonomous weapons
or 'killer robots' that was signed by more than
20,000 AI researchers and high profile scientists, entrepreneurs and
intellectuals, including Stephen Hawking, Noam Chomsky, Apple co-founder
Steve Wozniak, and Tesla founder Elon Musk. He was subsequently invited
by Human Rights Watch to talk at the United
Nations in both New York and Geneva. Professor Walsh is a Fellow of the
Australia Academy of Science, and winner of the Humboldt Award. His
book, "Machines that Think: The Past, Present and Future of AI" will be
published in early 2017 by Black Inc. His twitter
account, @TobyWalsh was voted one of the top ten to keep abreast of
developments in AI. His blog, thefutureofai.blogspot.com attracts tens of thousands of readers every month.
Barbara Plank is tenured Assistant Professor in Natural Language Processing at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
Her research focuses on cross-domain and cross-language NLP. She is interested in robust language technology, learning under sample selection bias (domain adaptation, transfer learning), annotation bias (embracing annotator disagreements in learning), and generally, semi-supervised and weakly-supervised machine learning for a variety of NLP tasks and applications, including syntactic processing, opinion mining, information and relation extraction and personality prediction.
Veronica Valeros is a hacker, researcher and intelligence analyst from Argentina. Her research has a strong focus on helping people and involves different areas from wireless and bluetooth privacy issues to malware, botnets and intrusion analysis. She has presented her research on international conferences such as BlackHat, EkoParty, Botconf and others. She is the co-founder of the MatesLab hackerspace based in Argentina. Since 2013 she is part of the Cognitive Threat Analytics team (Cisco Systems) where she specialises on malware network traffic analysis and threats’ categorisation at big scale. She is also part of the core team of Security Without Borders, a collective of cyber security professionals who volunteer assisting people at risk and NGOs on cyber security issues.