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    Before the First Three: Reckoning with Tech’s History and Realizing A Better Future
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2024-02-28) Bolton, Samantha ; Brinson, Alexandra ; Manning, Karen ; McGee, Alexandra ; Nwasike, Adaiba C. ; Onyia, Chisomebi B. ; Trotman, Camille
    The Library and the Library Engagement and Inclusion Council invites you to learn about the uncovering of a student’s family history at segregation-era Georgia Tech and the Archives' role in restoring the true story of desegregation at the Institute. Join Karen Manning, Engagement and Inclusion Librarian, Georgia Tech student and member of the Organization for Social Activism (OSA) Samantha "Sam" Bolton, University Archivist Alex McGee, Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Resident Alex Brinson, plus invited guests from Student Government Association and the NAACP for a discussion reflecting on the greater history of Georgia Tech prior to 1961. From there, they will explore the recent past, present, and the outlook for history and accountability -- including the shortcomings and significant progress for students and the institution.
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    The Nonlinear Population Dynamics Underlying Taste Perception and Action
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2023-10-30) Katz, Donald B.
    We study the neural ensemble dynamics of sensori-motor processes in awake rodents, combining behavior, multi-neuronal electrophysiology, complex analysis and modeling, pharmacology and optogenetics to probe ongoing spiking activity in real-time. Our goal is to eventually move our understanding of this activity forward to the point at which it can be understood online, in single trials, and without reference to external benchmarks (stimulus onset time, for instance) that the animal doesn’t actually know. The cornerstone of our work involves examination of the neural responses to gustatory (taste) stimuli, which are unique in their reliable non-arbitrariness: a gustatory stimulus hits the tongue laden with meaning—each causes an emotional response (yum or yuck), and each causes a behavior (consumption or rejection); much of our research plumbs these processes. Furthermore, the potency of taste stimuli is such that rats quickly learn about their properties—whether they poison or nourish—and readily learn ABOUT visual and auditory stimuli that are PAIRED with them. We study these processes as well…a pursuit which has led us into some experiments that don’t involve taste at all.
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    Choose your tokens wisely: How to achieve good transfer learning on neural datasets
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2024-02-19) Richards, Blake
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    Exploring Dual Perspectives in Computer-mediated Empathy
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2024-02-29) Lee, Sang Won
    A common belief is that technology can play a pivotal role in enhancing individuals' capacity to empathize with others. While it is true, it's worthwhile to adopt an alternative perspective that underscores the inherent duality of empathy and emphasizes the empowering aspect for the recipients of empathy. In this talk, I will focus on recent projects that explore how technologies can facilitate empathy. These approaches primarily focus on those who need to be empathized and help them express, reveal, and reflect on themselves. Through these works, I propose a new framework that offers various research topics relevant to enhancing computer-mediated empathy.
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    An Introduction to Healthcare AI
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2024-02-22) Braunstein, Mark
    Healthcare and AI have an intertwined history dating back at least to the 1960's when the first 'cognitive chatbot' acting as a psychotherapist was introduced at MIT. Today, of course, there is enormous interest in and excitement about the potential roles of the latest AI technologies in patient care. There is a parallel concern about the risks. Will human physicians be replaced by intelligent agents? How might such agents benefit patient care short of that? What role will they play for patients. We'll explore this in a far-ranging talk that includes a number of real-world examples of how AI technologies are already being deployed to hopefully benefit those physicians and their patients.
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    AI, Art, and Afrofuturism: STEAM learning with Dr. Nettrice R. Gaskins
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2024-02-08) Gaskins, Nettrice R.
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    Whose Responsibility? The Case for Responsible Data Practice
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2024-02-15) Wang, Ding
    Diversity in datasets is a key component to building responsible AI/ML. Despite this recognition, we know little about the diversity among the annotators involved in data production. Additionally, despite being an indispensable part of AI, data annotation work is often cast as simple, standardized and even low-skilled work. In this talk, I present a series of studies that aim at unpacking the data annotation process with an emphasis on the data worker who lifts the weight of data production. This includes interview studies to uncover both the data annotator’s perspective of their work and the data requestor’s approach to the diversity and subjectivity the workers bring; an ethnographic investigation in data centers to study the work practices around data annotation; a mixed methods study to explore the impact of worker demographic diversity on the data they annotate. While practitioners described nuanced understandings of annotator diversity, they rarely designed dataset production to account for diversity in the annotation process. This calls for more attention to a pervasive logic of representationalist thinking and counting that is intricately woven into the day to day work practices of annotation. In examining structure in which the annotation is done and the diversity is seen, this talk aims to recover annotation and diversity from its reductive framing and seek alternative approaches to knowing and doing annotation.
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    We, the Data: Human Rights in the Digital Age
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2024-02-15) Wong, Wendy H.
    Wong’s We, the Data is a rallying call for extending human rights beyond our physical selves — and why we need to reboot rights in our data-intensive world. Exploring the pervasiveness of data collection and tracking, Wong reminds us that we are all stakeholders in this digital world, who are currently being left out of the most pressing conversations around technology, ethics, and policy. By exploring data rights, facial recognition technology, our posthumous rights, and our need for a right to data literacy, Wong has crafted a compelling case for engaging as stakeholders to hold data collectors accountable.
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    Friendly green OWLS and sound sensing BATS: Biodegradable flexible acoustic sensor and a consumer centric approach towards sustainability
    ( 2024-02-08) Verma, Harsh Kumar ; Hester, Josiah ; Brettmann, Blair ; Arora, Nivedita
    With new technological advancements every decade, devices are becoming smaller, faster, and cheaper. The latest advances in flexible and wearable electronic devices have opened myriad opportunities for applications in fields like robotics, safety and security, healthcare, and IoT devices like flexible smartphones. While this has provided an opportunity to add computational capabilities to everyday objects, it has also made us think about their environmental impacts. Unchecked manufacturing and disposal methods still remain a major challenge. Not to mention the harmful waste from batteries and the electronic waste generated every year. To tackle these challenges, we must think about sustainability as a metric beyond performance and functionality. We must talk about sustainability at every stage of the life cycle of a device. In this project, we introduce a Biodegradable Acoustic Triboelectric Sensor (BATS), a biodegradable flexible microphone based on triboelectric nanogenerators. This project focuses on using environmentally benign processes and chemicals for manufacturing, combined with battery-free operation and biodegradable materials like silk, PLLA, and paper for convenient disposal. Additionally, to make sustainability a consumer-centric subject, we present an Open Way to Look at Sustainability (OWLS), a visual representation of sustainability for our microphone, emphasizing chemical usage, emissions, material selection, and the manufacturing and disposal processes. This idea takes inspiration from nutrition labels on food packaging and energy ratings on electrical equipment that allow a consumer to make the right choices for better nutrition or to save energy and can be more broadly applied to other consumer products in the future.