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TEDxKTH Salon: Facets of AI – Exploring the Various Uses of AI in Research

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become an integral part of our lives, and there is a great deal of curiosity about its applications in various fields. How groundbreaking is AI, and how is it being used in different research areas?

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When? Thursday 16 May 2024, 17:30–20:00
Where?  Ångdomen , KTH Biblioteket, Osquars backe 31 and via Youtube

TEDxKTH on 16 May is currently fully booked for in-person attendance at Ångdomen. Instead, you can follow the livestream on YouTube


Welcome to the TEDxKTH Salon where researchers will discuss the use of AI in diverse disciplines.

TEDxKTH Salon is organized by KTH Library in collaboration with KTH AI Society . Joining by live stream on Youtube, no registration is necessary. The event will be held in English.


17.00 The doors open

17.15 Swedish fika

17.30 Welcome! Moderator Avid Fayaz

  • “What might we lose when we begin to rely on generative AI?” – Haluk Akay, KTH

  • "Sustainable AI for sustainable societies" – Francesca Larosa, KTH

  • "Tackling climate change using AI" – Olof Mogren, RISE

  • "AI and research – tool, collaborator or spy?" – Arnold Pears, KTH

  • "AI in the OR: advances of artificial intelligence in the operating room" – Mario Romero, KTH

18.40 Pause

18.55 The show continues

  • "Towards face-to-face interaction with AI” – Gabriel Skantze, KTH

  • "Nobody’s perfect, not even your robot: Understanding and resolving failures in human-robot interaction" – Rebecca Stower, KTH

19.20 Panel discussion (not live on Youtube)

20.00 End


Haluk Akay

Haluk Akay

Haluk Akay  is a postdoc at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, researching data-driven engineering design methods applied to sustainable manufacturing cases in Sweden. Haluk holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from MIT developing language model-based design representation methods. He also has experience fabricating micro-scale energy harvesting systems and in consumer electronics product design.

Francesca Larosa

Francesca Larosa

Francesca Larosa  is a Marie Curie Fellow at Royal Institute of Technology, where she leads her project on sustainability trade-offs of AI investments. Her research focuses on the two-way relationship between the green and digital transition and aims at advancing policy-relevant actions to reach a climate-compatible and sustainable society by 2030.

Olof Mogren

Olof Mogren

Olof Mogren , with a PhD in machine learning from Chalmers University of Technology, is the director of deep learning research at RISE. His expertise lies in applied AI modeling, particularly in computer vision and soundscape analysis for climate change adaptation and environmental monitoring.

Arnold Pears

Arnold Pears

Arnold Pears  is a Professor of Engineering Education at KTH and has more than 30 years of experience as a discipline based educational researcher in the computing and engineering disciplines. He is passionate about broader participation in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics disciplines, and believes firmly that creativity, and the the sense of achievement associated with solving a challenge are some of the most powerful motivational forces for human endeavour.

Mario Romero

Mario Romero

Mario Romero  is an Associate Professor at KTH, the National Technical Manager of InfraVis, the Swedish research infrastructure for data visualization, and a member of the Digital Futures Executive Committee. His research focuses on how immersive visualizations enhance human learning and cognition.

Gabriel Skantze

Gabriel Skantze

Gabriel Skantze  is a Professor of Conversational AI at KTH. His research is focused on using AI to model spoken, face-to-face interaction between humans and robots and understanding the potential applications of the technology. He is also co-founder and Chief scientist of the company Furhat Robotics.

Rebecca Stower

Rebecca Stower

Rebecca Stower  is a postdoctoral researcher at the Division of Robotics, Perception, and Learning at KTH. Her background is in experimental and social psychology and she is passionate about combining psychology with technology. Her research focuses on human-robot-interaction, and especially what happens when robots fail.

Avid Fayaz

Moderator, Avid Fayaz

Avid Fayaz  studies computer science at KTH and is the head of education at the KTH AI Society. He is also the host of The AI Pod, a scientific podcast focused on studying the impacts of artificial intelligence.

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