Welcome from Program Chair

Dr Richard Evans   Director, BSc Product Design School of Design, Brunel University London   E-mail: richard.evans@brunel.ac.uk  

On behalf of the organizing committee, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2020 IEEE / ITU International Conference on Artificial Intelligence for Good (AI4G), held virtually from 21 – 23 September 2020.

This year, the conference brings together international researchers, academics and practitioners to exchange views, share ideas and explore future research themes in order to meet current challenges and promote positive social change in relation to the use of AI for Good. The conference provides the opportunity to present and discuss the findings of current research relating to intelligent computing technologies – and how they can be employed to deliver positive, ethical and scalable outcomes for society at large.

I wish to thank all authors, reviewers, and session chairs for their continued efforts in making this virtual conference a success.

Welcome from Chaesub Lee, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau

It is my great pleasure to highlight ITU’s support for this conference and express our appreciation to all contributors to its success. I would like to thank all of our authors, reviewers and session chairs for building such an engaging conference as well as ITU’s longstanding partner IEEE for our continued work together to expand our highly productive relationship.

Breakthrough after breakthrough, confidence in AI continues to grow. But alongside recent breakthroughs, this confidence is also inspired by the new partnerships we see forming to achieve ‘AI for Good’. AI is bringing us closer together. Government, industry, academia and civil society are working together to ensure that AI fulfills its potential to improve quality of life worldwide.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals provide the guiding light to this innovation.

AI and machine learning are finding very practical applications across industry sectors, applications with considerable potential to act as a force for good. Experts from different fields of expertise are coming together to align incentives for innovation and solve problems with AI. We see connections forming among AI specialists, AI users, data owners and experts in domains to benefit from AI applications – domains where AI could make key contributions to sustainable development.

The insight shared by this IEEE / ITU International Conference on AI for Good will contribute to the growing strength of these connections, highlighting yet more opportunities for new partners to achieve ‘AI for Good’ on a global scale.

Welcome from the President of IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society

Andy Chen,
President IEEE TEMS

Welcome to the IEEE / ITU AI4G conference. 

This event will break many grounds for IEEE TEMS. This is the first time in TEMS’ nearly 70 year history that we are collaborating with a United Nation’s agency; the first time that we dedicated a conference to artificial intelligence technology management; the first time that our research papers really emphasized the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and this was also the first time that we solicited quality grassroots research studies by leveraging the network of our organizing committee members.  

We are delighted to report that we have reviewed and accepted 50% more research papers than we had originally planned.

I wish to thank the amazing line-up of keynote speakers for taking the time to share their invaluable thoughts and insights. I would also like to acknowledge the exceptional work of our conference team:

  • Dr. Richard Evans (Program Chair)
  • Dr. Bill Marshall (Treasurer)
  • Geoff Simmons, Esraa Ghourab (Publication Co-chair)
  • Ravikiran Annswary, Vishwas Jois, Mohamed Aboud (Publicity Co-chair)
  • Ana Maria Meshkurti (Local Logistics Chair)
  • Tugtul Daim, Marina Dabic, Alessia Magliarditi, Brendan Galbraith,
  • Alaa Khamis, Munkhjargal Gochoo (Technical Program Committee)

Another big thanks goes to Aisha Nazia Nasir Mayin and Vishwas Jois who lead a team of volunteers to provide technical support around the clock. Special thanks go to Sudeendra Koushik, VP of Conference and Robert Bierwolf, past VP of Conference for their leadership. Finally, I would like to acknowledge the support and generosity of our partner, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

TEMS is a one-of-a-kind IEEE Society because it has diverse membership across all sectors. We are a society that covers different areas of research and innovation needs for large, medium and small enterprises. In TEMS, we focus on People. Collectively, our motto is “Leaders enabling products and services for good”. If you are not already a TEMS member, I would encourage you to check out our website ieee-tems.org  to learn more about the value and benefits of joining our global community.