AI is Sexy! What is it? Facts vs. Fiction with Sid Dalal


Oct 31, 2017 - 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Pupin Hall, New York, NY 10027, Room 301

Columbia University’s Master of Science in Actuarial Science and Applied Analytics programs are proud to host a proseminar session with Dr. Siddhartha (Sid) Dalal.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is supposed to change everything we do and make life better for many of us. Everyone around us talks about the promises that are extremely enticing: extracting amazing insights from your data; reducing or eliminating portions of our workforce through automation; automated decision making by ingesting and understanding reams of data–documents, images, speech, videos, and sensors; alerting to trends and changes on social media; predicting and controlling future; and more! In this talk, I will introduce the new world of AI and separate out facts from fiction through real applications including identification of chemicals and drugs with adverse reactions, dirty bombs, and grant exploration. All of these applications come from real-world problems and have made a significant impact in risk measurement/mitigation and revenue generation. I will conclude with my perspective on AI vs. Intelligence Amplification debate.

Please RSVP by Thursday, October 26, 2017

About the Speaker

Siddhartha (Sid) Dalal is a Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies. Prior to joining Columbia he was Chief Data Scientist and Senior Vice President at AIG in charge of R&D that included creation and application of AI, Statistics and CS to Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing, and Sensors/IOT for managing risks. He came to AIG from RAND Corporation where he was the CTO. Dalal also was Vice President of Research at Xerox, overseeing their worldwide imaging and software services research, and Bell Labs and Bellcore/SAIC as Chief Scientist and Executive Director. Dalal has an MBA and a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester with over 100 peer-reviewed publications, patents, and monographs covering the areas of risk analysis, medical informatics Bayesian statistics and economics, image processing, and sensor networks. At Rand he was responsible for the creation of technology and spinning-of fof Praedicat, Inc., a casualty insurance analytics company. Dalal is a member of US Army Science Board, an advisory board of 20 scientists appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Defense to advise the U.S. Army on technology. He has received several awards including from IEEE, ASA, and ASQ.


Dr. Siddhartha Dalal, Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies