Talk: "Contextual Integrity: Theory and Some Applications"
Helen Nissenbaum is a professor of Information Science and director of the Digital Life Initiative at Cornell Tech, New York City. Her work focuses on societal, ethical, and political implications of digital technologies covering topics such as privacy, bias, trust, ethical values in design, and accountability in computational systems. Prof. Nissenbaum’s publications, including books, Obfuscation: A User's Guide for Privacy and Protest, with Finn Brunton (MIT Press, 2015), Values at Play in Digital Games, with Mary Flanagan (MIT Press, 2014), and Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life (Stanford, 2010), have been translated into seven languages, including Polish, Chinese, and Portuguese. Grants from the NSF, McArthur Foundation, and DARPA have supported her research. Recipient of the 2014 Barwise Prize of the American Philosophical Association, Prof. Nissenbaum has contributed to privacy-enhancing software, including TrackMeNot (for protecting against profiling based on Web search) and AdNauseam (protecting against profiling based on ad clicks). Both are free and freely available. In 2017, she received an honorary doctorate from Leuphana University at Lüneberg. Prof. Nissenbaum holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Stanford University and a B.A. (Hons) in Philosophy and Mathematics from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.
Maarten de Rijke
University of Amsterdam
Talk: "Creatures of Habit in Next Basket Recommendation"
Maarten de Rijke is Distinguished University Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Information Retrieval at the University of Amsterdam. He is VP Personalization and Relevance and Senior Research Fellow at Ahold Delhaize. His research strives to build intelligent technology to connect people to information. His team pushes the frontiers of search engines, recommender systems and conversational assistants. They also investigate the influence of the technology they develop on society. De Rijke is the director of the Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence.
University of Saskatchewan
Talk: "Personalized Persuasive Technologies to Support Engagement and Behaviour Change"
Dr. Julita Vassileva is a Professor in Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan and a leading researcher in the general area of human-centered AI. Over the last 15 years, her reserach focused on adaptive incentive mechanisms for participation and personalized persuasive technology for behaviour change. She has published, with her students, over 300 peer-reviewed articles, some of which are highly cited. Dr. Vassileva is a member of the editorial boards of User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction (UMUAI), ACM Transactions on Social Computing, International Journal of AI in Education, PeerJ-Computer Science, served previously on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions of Learning Technologies, and Computational Intelligence. She is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers in AI section on AI Supporting Human Learning and Behaviour Change. Dr. Vassileva was Program co-Chair of UM'99 (Sonthofen, Germany) and General co-Chair of UMAP'2016 (Halifax, Canada). She served on the Board of UM Inc. as secretary and vice-president (1999-2009), on the Executive Committee of the International AI in Education Society, on the Board of CS-Can |Info-Can (the Canadian Computer Science Society), and as the ACM-W Ambassador for Canada. She has received the University of Saskatchewan’s Distinguished Researcher Award (2021), the Distinguished Graduate Supervisor Award (2014) and the YWCA Women of Distinction Award (2015).