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The Spectrum of AI Applications

The Spectrum of AI Applications

November 4, 2021 | 14:00 - 15:00 EST (17:00 - 20:00 UTC)

The Spectrum of AI Applications

November 4, 2021 | 14:00 - 15:00 EST (17:00 - 20:00 UTC)

We are living in exciting and amazing times in which AI is reshaping the future and transforming our lives – in many good ways. What has made these AI advances possible is not only the AI Innovative technologies that have matured but the convergence of AI with multiple innovative technologies that unleash new, unprecedented waves of transformation. These technologies include computational power, 5G, Internet of Things, augmented reality, virtual reality and robotics.

One area of AI that started decades ago, and has matured and become a primary form of machine learning is neural networks. These have evolved into various types of neural nets including deep learning and are continuing to improve. Neural network architectures are also achieving more capabilities in respect to accessing deeper insights in data, detecting anomalies, and providing predictive analytics. As a whole, the neural networks of today are more capable than ever before.

This presentation will focus on how AI, in particular neural networks, are being used in signal processing. However, AI and neural networks are not a solution to every problem. Therefore, we will discuss where neural networks are effective and have shown superior performance, compared to traditional approaches, as well as where they have underperformed. We will present appropriate uses and include some examples. The presentation will start with a brief overview of neural network techniques, and then introduce the applications to signal processing of neural networks, which include spectrum sensing, anomaly detection and dynamic spectrum access, and end with some future directions such as spectrum management.

Dr. Helena Wisniewski has extensive executive and leadership experience in industry, the federal government, and academia. She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, in recognition of creating and facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on society. She directed corporate wide technology innovations as an executive at the Lockheed Corporation, and a Vice President at the Titan Corporation and ANSER. As Founder and CEO of Aurora Biometrics, she built an international business, and sold the company. While at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), she identified and directed many breakthrough advances in science and engineering including AI, facial recognition, image compression, and aircraft design methods - as Manager of the Applied and Computational Mathematics Program that she created. Prior to DARPA, she served at the CIA.

As Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), she led and grew the university’s research enterprise, and created a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation, significantly increasing the patent portfolio, and launching its first startups. She is the Founding Director of the Arctic Domain Awareness Center, which she created to improve situational awareness and crisis response capabilities to Arctic maritime challenges. She is currently a Department Chair, and a Professor in the UAA College of Business and Public Policy, where she developed their first AI course, and is establishing the AI and Data Analytics Lab. Prior to UAA, she was Vice President for Research and Enterprise Development at Stevens Institute of Technology, where she tripled research revenues, launched multiple startups across diverse technology areas and sold two. She recently co-authored the book Creating an Eco System for Academic Entrepreneurship, published in March 2020, by World Scientific.

She earned her Ph.D. in mathematics from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, MS in math from Stevens Institute of Technology and BA in math from William Paterson University where she is a Distinguished Alumni. She has received awards for outstanding leadership and noteworthy contributions to advancements in scientific research and technology including the 2002 Women in Technology Award. She served on public and private boards, and on NRAC, and the Alaska Governor, appointed her to his Alaska Development Team, its mission is to diversify the economy and grow jobs.

Dr. Helena Wisniewski

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