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  POSTED ON: Wednesday, March 16, 2022 9:05 AM by

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Naval Academy’s Computer Science Department invites the public to attend a lecture by Dr. Jeannette Wing, Tuesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in Mahan Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Wing has been Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Research, a faculty member and department head in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, and served as Assistant Director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation. She is currently the Executive Vice President for Research at Columbia University and Professor of Computer Science. Her 2006 seminal essay, titled "Computational Thinking,’’ is credited with helping to establish the importance of computer science to problem-solving in fields where previously it had not been embraced, influencing K-12 and university curricula worldwide. She received distinguished service awards from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Computing Research Association and an honorary doctorate degree from Linköping University, Sweden.

Wing will present a lecture about the trustworthiness of artificial intelligence (AI), in which she will discuss the recent growth in deployment of AI systems in critical domains that directly impact human lives such as autonomous vehicles, criminal justice, healthcare, hiring, housing, human resource management, law enforcement, and public safety. She will cover the increasing concerns about whether these decisions can be trusted to be correct, reliable, fair and safe, especially under adversarial attack. Wing’s talk will pose a new research agenda, from a formal-methods perspective, to foster increased trust in AI systems. 

 The Michelson Lecture series is sponsored by the U.S. Naval Academy’s Class of 1969 and commemorates the achievements of Albert A. Michelson, USNA Class of 1873, instructor and the first American to receive a Nobel Prize (1907, in Physics). Since 1981, the Michelson Lecture series has brought eminent scientists to speak about their research to a mixed audience of midshipmen, faculty, and the Annapolis community. 

Visitors may enter through Gate 1 (at the intersection of King George Street and Randall Street) before 6 p.m. and will be required to show a government issued picture ID.  All bags are subject to search. Vehicles without a Department of Defense or USNA credentialed driver or passenger are not permitted to drive onto the academy grounds. Vehicles with handicapped placards or license plates may enter through Gates 1 or 8.

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