February 7

Creating AI Conversations Panel Series: Race, Gender, and Ethnicity

Creating AI Conversations
Winter Quarter Panel Series

4:15pm-6:00pm CERAS 101, Stanford
Free & Open to the Public As Space Permits

Conversational Artificial Intelligence (AI) personalities are playing an increasing role in our everyday lives. In addition to our personal assistants, industries such as education, healthcare, hospitality, transportation, and law are using AI to varying degrees. As conversational AI becomes integrated in our society, we need to give serious thought to mindfully creating these personalities and conversations. These are personalities that are not only going to be keeping us company and helping to make our daily lives easier, but coaching us into changing our behavior, helping us navigate the world, and teaching our children.

Creating AI Conversations is a series of panel discussions that will delve into the thinking, research, and process around crafting the personalities, conversations, and interactions of AI entities with people. Five panel sessions will take place in January and February from 4:15pm-6:00pm pm in CERAS 101.

Please join us on Wednesday Jan 17th, 24th, and 31st as well as Feb 7th, and 14th, as we bring together a diverse set of Thought Leaders from the Stanford community and industry to discuss:

AI and Behavior Change
Personality and Voice in AI
Children and AI
Race, Gender, and Ethnicity and AI
Voice User Interface Design (VUI) and nonverbal communication in AI

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Bryan Brown Stanford GSE

Bryan Brown is an Associate Professor of Science Education and Associate Dean of Students at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. He focuses on improving urban science education. He also focuses on exploring how language and identity impact urban students’ learning. Dr. Brown is a former high school science teacher who earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Hampton University, a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of California, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His early research projects lead to the development of an instructional approach, known as Disaggregate Teaching, that is designed to improve learning for underserved populations. Dr. Brown’s current research explores the similarities, or Conceptual Continuities, that exist between students’ conceptual understandings in informal learning environments and those valued by science.

Jasmine Lawrence AI Converations Panel Series

Jasmine Lawrence currently serves as a Technical Program Manager on the Studio team at Softbank Robotics America. Previously, she served as a Program Manager on the HoloLens Experience team at Microsoft creating customer driven Mixed Reality applications for enterprise partners. Before that she was on the Xbox Engineering team creating cross-platform social experiences for gamers around the world and racking up gamerscore on Xbox Live. Jasmine is a recent graduate of University of Washington where she earned her Master's degree in Human Centered Design & Engineering program. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, with concentrations in devices and artificial intelligence, from the Georgia Institute of Technology. At the age of 13, after attending a NFTE BizCamp, Jasmine founded EDEN BodyWorks to meet her own need for affordable natural hair and body care products. After 13 years in business her products are available at Target, Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreens, Amazon.com , Kroger, HEB, and Sally Beauty Supply stores just to name a few.

James Montantes AI Conversations Panel Series

James Montantes is a Marketing Specialist with Fujitsu Laboratories of America, Inc. James joined Fujitsu Laboratories of America in the summer of 2014. With over 10 years of experience in Market Research, Product Development, and Prototyping, James has worked in a variety of roles from marketing to systems engineering. James current technology interests include Human-Machine Interfaces (HMI), Artificial Intelligence, and Decentralized Systems and Applications.

Elizabeth Arredondo AI Conversations Panel Series

Elizabeth Arredondo is a mediaX Visiting Scholar and moderator of the panel series. Her research focuses on creating conversations with automated agents; she currently designs the personality, backstory, and the conversations for a robotic wellness coach named Mabu at Catalia Health. After earning her MFA in Writing for Screen and TV from USC's School for Cinematic Arts in 2005, Elizabeth received a feature film writing fellowship and participated in NBC's "Writers on the Verge" program. Elizabeth went on to work as a staff writer on the primetime CBS drama COLD CASE and develop original pilots.