Dan Ventura Senior Scholars
|Home Institution||Computer Science Department, Brigham Young University|
|Host Institution||School of Art and Design, University of New South Wales|
|Award Name||Fulbright Scholar Award|
Dan Ventura is a Professor and Director of the Machine Intelligence and Discovery (MIND) Lab in the Computer Science Department at Brigham Young University. He and his students aspire to build artificial intelligence (AI) systems that perform tasks or solve problems in ways that would be considered creative by an unbiased observer. In visiting the School of Art and Design at UNSW, Dan hopes to explore how such systems can positively impact society. In particular, he looks forward to exploring the possibility of building AI systems that, for example, produce new ideas; or act as a kind of “objective” lens through which culture can be understood; or help resolve ethical questions. Dan also hopes to incorporate a significant level of social engagement, providing the opportunity for public education and facilitating the public’s understanding of AI and its beneficial potential.