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Part of the Autumn 2023 Distinguished Speaker Series.

A headshot of Milind Tambe is accompanied by text describing the Distinguished Speaker Series event: it takes place at 12:30pm in John Crerar Library Room 390.For more than 15 years, my team and I have been focused on AI for social impact, deploying end-to-end systems in areas of public health, conservation and public safety. In this talk, I will highlight the results from our deployments for social impact in public health and conservation, as well as required innovations in integrating machine learning and optimization. First in terms of public health, I will present recent results from our work in India with the world’s two largest mobile health programs for maternal and child care that have served millions of beneficiaries. Additionally, I will highlight results from earlier projects on HIV prevention and others. In terms of conservation, I will highlight efforts for protecting endangered wildlife in national parks around the globe.  To address challenges of ML+optimizaton  common to all of these applications, we have advanced the state of the art in decision focused learning, restless multi-armed bandits, influence maximization in social networks and green security games. In pushing this research agenda, our ultimate goal is to facilitate local communities and non-profits to directly benefit from advances in AI tools and techniques.

Bio: Milind Tambe is Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science and Director of Center for Research in Computation and Society at Harvard University; concurrently, he is also Principal Scientist and Director for “AI for Social Good” at Google Research. He is recipient of the IJCAI  John McCarthy Award,  AAAI Feigenbaum Prize, AAAI Robert S. Engelmore Memorial Lecture Award, AAMAS ACM Autonomous Agents Research Award,  INFORMS Wagner prize for excellence in Operations Research practice and MORS  Rist Prize. He is a fellow of AAAI and ACM.  For his work on AI and public safety, he has received Columbus Fellowship Foundation Homeland security award and commendations and certificates of appreciation from the US Coast Guard, the Federal Air Marshals Service and airport police at the city of Los Angeles.


Friday, November 10, 2023

12:00 pm–12:30 pm


Lunch will be provided on a first come, first serve basis.

12:30 pm–1:30 pm

Talk and Q&A