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TGGD #17: The Semantic Web and Artificial Intelligence with Dr. Sheila McIlraith

Toronto Girl Geek Dinner: The Semantic Web and Artificial Intelligence When: Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 Time: 6:30pm - 10:00pm Where: Fionn MacCools (181 University Ave at Adelaide) (map) Fee: $10.00 (This nominal fee holds your spot and covers for your first drink)
TGGD #17: Dr. Sheila McIlraith, Computer Science, University of Toronto What is the Semantic web and how will it change our lives and how we use the Internet? How far off is Artificial Intelligence - the stuff of dreams, books and movies? What type of research is happening in the robotics field right in our own city? We are pleased to welcome Dr. Sheila McIlraith, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto, as our featured speaker for our final Toronto Girl Geek Dinner of 2009. As our guest speaker, Sheila will touch upon the following topics: * cognitive robotics -- creating thinking robots * what cognitive robotics has to do with the semantic web * some of the long-term societal influences of AI research Sheila McIlraith is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto. Prior to joining U of T, Prof. McIlraith spent six years as a Research Scientist at Stanford University, and one year at Xerox PARC. McIlraith's research is in the area of knowledge representation and reasoning. She has 10 years of industrial R&D experience developing artificial intelligence applications. McIlraith is the author of over 50 scholarly publications. She is an associate editor of the journal Artificial Intelligence and past program co-chair of the International Semantic Web Conference. McIlraith's early work on Semantic Web Services has had notable impact. Her research has also made practical contributions to the development of next-generation NASA space systems and to emerging Web standards.
More TGGD Details: The formal portion of the program kicks off at 7:00. Folks usually gather between 6:00 and 7:00. Meals/drinks are cash & carry. We charge a $10.00 fee to sign up for the event. This money will be directly allocated to your first drink at dinner. If you sign up to attend, please come. Our events frequently sell out and we have many people on the wait list. If you can't attend, please change your RSVP asap so that it opens the door to others who might want to join us. Toronto Girl Geek Dinners are part of the global
Girl Geek Dinner movement. The goal of Girl Geek Dinners is to make technology accessible and interesting to all age groups and all people, particularly women. The rule is that guys are welcome as long as they are invited by a girl geek.

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  • Lisa H.

    An excellent speaker who presented a complex technical topic in a way that anyone could understand. Very interesting!

    December 10, 2009

  • Mandy W.

    Very interesting presentation.

    December 10, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    The speaker was very engaging and successfully transmitted very technical concepts in a way that was understandable to the audience without "dumbing" down her work. But more than that, she was very generous when answering questions, and not afraid to say "I don't know", which is refreshing! This was my first geek girl dinner, and I very much enjoyed meeting new women-in-technology. The whole informal and friendly setting is great and I plan to be a regular attendee. The only drawback was the feedback noise, but you know that already...

    Thanks for a great evening,
    Lysanne

    December 10, 2009

  • Connie C.

    I had been trying to understand the concept of the Semantic Web and it's implications. Dr. McIlraith's explanations were clear and helped me see the real world, practical implications of it. The talk about Artificial Intelligence was a nice bonus. Well done.

    December 9, 2009

  • Jen

    Awesome. Organized, friendly, great speaker, down-to-Earth people - very, very good. I'm so glad, because this was my first meetup with you guys. Looking forward to January 25th.

    December 9, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great content!

    December 9, 2009

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