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AI for Science, Sunrise of a new Bright Future | Costas Bekas | TEDxAthens

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Humans are tool builders. Since the Cognitive Revolution 70 thousand years ago, human ingenuity came up with brilliant tools to augment our physical as well as our mental capabilities: Fire, cranes, printing, cars, computer and now AI, our latest ambition. In a rather funny and entertaining talk, AI expert Costas Bekas shows how AI-powered Science & Technology open the dawn of a bright new era for humanity. Dr. Costas Bekas (Distinguished Research Staff Member & Manager, IBM Research - Zurich), is responsible for foundational research in AI, spanning areas that include ML/DL, knowledge extraction and representation, new computing paradigms for AI (with applications in Healthcare & Life Sciences), Materials Discovery and acceleration of R&D. Costas studied at the pioneering Computer Engineering & Informatics Department of the University of Patras, Greece.

He received B. Eng., MSc and Ph.D. diplomas in 1998, 2001 and 2003 respectively, along Prof. E. Gallopoulos. From 2003 to 2005, he worked as a postdoctoral associate with Professor Yousef Saad at the Computer Science & Engineering Department, University of Minnesota, USA. Dr. Bekas’ main focus is in Cognitive Systems and their impact in industry, science and business.

His research agenda includes Machine & Deep Learning, large scale analytics, HPC and very large scale distributed systems. He is a recipient of the ACM Gordon Bell Prize (2013, 2015), as well as the PRACE Award (2012). This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at