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January 14|25 2018

The future of blurred boundaries between humans and machines is a recurrent theme in science fiction. This future is today.

Join us for two weeks of discussions, lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and cultural and recreational events that will inspire our shared vision for a brighter, human-machine future. 

Is the future human?

Sensors monitor our state, health and behavior, relaying this data to configure a digital signature that is as much part of us as our biometric traits. Fed at petabyte levels, our digital signatures allow increasingly powerful machine learning algorithms to learn from the continuous data streams we generate and anticipate our needs and behaviors as consumers. 

Machine learning algorithms can increasingly mimic the function of our brain and will soon establish a direct interface that allows for the seamless control of robots. Robots are endowed with powerful sensorial capacities in order to interact with other humans, as well as their robotic avatars, through virtual networks that may eventually replace much of our human-to-human interactions. 

While this human-machine future offers to bring about unlimited potential, it also creates risks—of losing our privacy and the social traits inherent to our human nature. We live in a world where machines are increasingly embedded in our everyday lives. Machines shape our individual identities, social interactions, and society as a whole. During the 2018 Winter Enrichment Program (WEP), we invite you to immerse yourself in a diverse and stimulating program, touching on the opportunities and risks of a future where the boundaries between machines and humans will become even more diffuse. 

 



Tuesday, January 23, 2018

KAUST WEP Poster Exhibition Jan 23

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

Present your best research during this year’s WEP KAUST Poster Competition.  *This event is open to graduate students and postdocs.  Interested in sharing your research with the grea ... more

Random Matrix Approach for Machine Learning 1/3

Location: Bldg. 9 Lecture Hall 2322 ≤ 154

By Jamal Najim | Romain Couillet

The field of big data processing is currently percieved as a crucial tool for many scientific disciplines, including signal processing, finance, biology... Significant progress has been achieved ... more

Al in Voice and Chat

Location: Bldg. 9 Lecture Hall 2325 ≤ 154

By Philipp Heltewig

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is reshaping the way that humans interact with their surroundings. Scenarios that were previously in the realm of science fiction are all of a sudden becoming reality, wi ... more

Visualizing the Human Machine Future Exhibition - JAN 23

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Anastasia Khrenova

About this Exhibition This exhibition will focus on visualization from the viewer’s perspective and will showcase photographs and scientific illustrations. It will be dispalyed from& ... more

Knowing How to See Exhibition - JAN 23

Location: Al-Khawarizmi East (Bldg. 1), Entrance Hall

By Al Khwarizmi Group

Photography is a Bridge Between Art and Mathematics The starting point of this exhibition is to translate the language and the insights of mathematics into photographic images and vice versa.  ... more

Undergraduate Poster Competition Exhibition - Jan 23

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

KAUST is excited to present its annual International poster competition. Everyone is welcome to attend the exhibit as undergraduate students from around the world present their best research in a post ... more

Facebook On-Air Interview with Susan Polgar

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Susan Polgar

The KAUST Facebook On-Air Series with Susan Polgar *Speaker to be confirmed Susan Polgar is a Hungarian-born American chess Grandmaster. She is famous for having been a child prodigy at chess, for b ... more

Creative Tactics for Communicating Science 1/3

Location: Spine Auditorium between Buildings 2 & 3

By Michelle Ponto | Nicholas Demille

Communicating science has become an integral part of a scientist’s research cycle. According to UNESCO, there are more than 7 million scientists and researchers working in labs today  -- an ... more

The Tech of Conversational Al

Location: Bldg. 9 Lecture Hall 2325 ≤ 154

By Philipp Heltewig

Academic Credits: 1
Learn more about what makes Conversational AI tick and what enables it to deliver all the magical applications that are now becoming commonplace, such as chatbots, intelligent voice assistants and con ... more

VR Lounge Jan 23

Location: Spine

VR Lounge is Saudi Arabia’s first virtual reality (VR) gaming hub and lounge. What is VR? Well it’s rather quite simple; it’s a simulated environment in which a user is immersed thro ... more

Interactive Virtual Reality Art Exhibit: Google Tilt Brush - JAN 23

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Visual Experience

Paint Inside a Virtual World with Google Tilt Brush Virtual reality is at the frontier of novel human machine interfaces. At this interactive exhibit you can paint inside a virtual world.  By e ... more

Tilt Brush Instructor Workshop JAN 23

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Art Student Perspective

Paint Inside a Virtual World with Google Tilt Brush Virtual reality is at the frontier of novel human machine interfaces. At this interactive exhibit you can paint inside a virtual world.  By e ... more

Scaling Translation for a World with No Language Barriers

Location: Bldg. 9 Lecture Hall 2325 ≤ 154

By Vasco Pedro

The recent advances in Neural Machine Translation have the potential to revolutionise the way the world communicates and to eliminate language barriers. One of the main issues for any deep learning te ... more

The Iris Project - JAN 23

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Felix Mayrl | Olivier Colin

The Iris Project, a contemporary variant of a humanistic photography The Iris highlights the infinite beauty and diversity of people all around the world, as a human prism. Two ph ... more

Computer Numerical Controlled Vinyl Cutter

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Myraida Rivera Marzan

About this Maker Space Workshop Learn in 15/20 minutes how to transfer a graphic design directly onto a T-shirt with a computer numerical controlled vinyl cutter! Be sure to bring a one colored ... more

Science Fair

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

Showcase your science at KAUST! Every year during WEP, the Science Fair brings technology and science to the KAUST community and local schools. This is a great opportunity to come and learn about the ... more

KAUST WEP Poster Competition

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

Present your best research during this year’s WEP KAUST Poster Competition.  *This event is open to graduate students and postdocs.  Interested in sharing your research with the grea ... more

Simultaneous Chess Exhibition - 10 Boards!

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Susan Polgar

Come and watch! Susan Polgar is one of the most famous chess players in the world. She and her two sisters were child prodigies and grew to be the best women players ever. Susan is recently ret ... more

Undergraduate Poster Competition

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

KAUST is excited to present its annual International poster competition. Everyone is welcome to attend the exhibit as undergraduate students from around the world present their best research in a post ... more

Facebook On-Air Interview with Nate Hagens

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Nate Hagens

The KAUST Facebook On-Air Series with Nate Hagens *Speaker to be confirmed Nate Hagens is a Professor at the University of Minnesota. Nate is a public intellectual who writes and speaks on the ... more

Visualizing the Human Machine Future Lecture 1

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Anastasia Khrenova | Heno Hwang | Xavier Pita

About this lecture In this presentation, research publications services will introduce how to visualize from the viewer’s perspective. You will learn how to communicate your science more effect ... more

Energy, Money and Technology - From the Lens of the Superorganism

Location: Bldg. 20 Auditorium

By Nate Hagens

How will we react to the upcoming energy era?  If we consider that a barrel of oil contains the same energy as 4.5 years of human muscle labor, our future access to energy will define what we ca ... more

Festival Chorus - 4/4

Location: Bldg. 20, Rehearsal Room

By John Perkins

About this event - four mandatory sessions plus a perfomance:  This course will train a Festival Chorus for a short, on-campus performance during WEP 2018. The Festival Chorus will be prepared i ... more

Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine

Location: Bldg. 20 Auditorium

About this Documentary * This movie projection is offered exclusively to KAUST community members and is suitable for the whole family. Garry Kasparov is arguably the greatest chess player who h ... more