A Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Patrick Winston will visit Qatar later this month to discuss the future of artificial intelligence.

Professor Winston’s public talk, ‘The Future of AI: Where we are, how we got there and where we are going’, will be held on 27 March at the Qatar National Convention Centre. It is the highlight of an annual meeting in Qatar between MIT CSAIL and Hamad bin Khalifa University’s Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI).

Professor Winston’s research group at CSAIL studies how humans’ story-understanding faculty separates us from other species. A story-understanding system developed by his group reads simple stories, answers questions about them, asks intelligent questions, identifies concepts, retells persuasively, educates, summarises, compares and even authors.

His research integrates work from several allied fields, including AI, computer science, neuroscience, cognitive science, linguistics and paleoanthropology. Professor Winston’s early work was supervised by the late Marvin Minsky, a computing pioneer regarded as the ‘father of artificial intelligence’.

Dr Ahmed Elmagarmid, Executive Director of QCRI, described Professor Winston as ‘one of the finest experts in artificial intelligence’ and urged Qatar residents to hear him speak.

This is a critical time in the development of AI, which has seen a resurgence as advanced AI techniques are poised to transform society in a way not seen since the industrial revolution.’

Professor Patrick Winston led MIT’s AI Lab from 1992 to 1997 and is an author of several books on AI, computer vision, and computer programming.

To attend this event, confirm at qcri.org.qa.