PeaceTech Summit May 9 Worshops

No Ordinary Industry. No Ordinary Summit.


AI and Deep Learning                    9:00am - 10:00am

After decades of steady advancement, Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods are poised to demonstrate human-level performance in a variety of tasks including translating languages, driving trucks, designing building architectures, creating art,  evaluating forensic evidence, making investment decisions, write best-sellers, etc. This talk by renowned computer scientist  and SUNY distinguished professor Sargur "Hari" Srihari will describe principles of current generation of AI methods - which are based on a methodology known as deep learning - and how they differ from previous AI methods, which focused on modeling human expertise. This talk will provide a glimpse of a current deep learning research endeavor - that of learning representations of complex data where variables are disentangled and decision making is simplified.

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groundTruth Global                           10:15am - 11:15am

What technology tools are available for managing risk in the complex environments of fragile states and emerging economies? This one-hour session on using technology for geopolitical risk management will provide participants with a look at the groundTruth Global risk management tool along with a chance to test out the tool's capabilities first-hand. The session will be interactive, with participants asked to work in groups on several real-world challenges faced by decision makers in the risk management field, using groundTruth Global and other resources to assess and respond to challenges such as supply chain disruption, threats to staff and partner safety, and operational expansion to a new region.

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Keshif                                                11:30am - 12:30pm

In this hands-on training session, participants will learn how they can quickly create rich interactive visualizations, and explore insights of datasets related to peace, conflict and economic development. Using a public dataset of attacks on aid workers, participants will be able to gain insights on trends, identify hotspots, and understand how conflict impacts humanitarian and development practitioners around the world.  Participants will also gain the know-how to quickly generate interactive time-series dashboards using World Bank data pertaining to social and economic indicators of 263 countries and regions for the past 50 years.

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giStrat                                                    1:00pm - 2:30pm

In this 90-minute workshop, participants will receive a crash-course on the application of game theory on geopolitical events. Using the Yazidi Humanitarian Crisis as an example, this workshop will explore how game theory can be used to determine the likely outcome of a geopolitical event while identifying strategies on how to change the outcome. Afterwards, participants will break up into groups and apply the giStrat game theory tool to an issue they are interested in.

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Blockchain 4 Peace                         12:00pm - 3:00pm

DappDevs, in collaboration with Yale TSAI CITY, offers a use-case accelerator workshop focused on increasing understanding of blockchain technology and its application to the peacetech industry.

In this workshop, participants will be given a brief history of blockchain and how to understand its general application conceptually and practically. A general overview of how blockchain can be applied for sustainability and peace will be used to prime participants before splitting into teams to develop specific use-cases. The different teams will share their propositions with the rest of the cohort to facilitate discussion and sharing.

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