AUT hosts AI + communication symposium

31 Jul, 2023
AUT hosts AI + communication symposium
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Generative AI has captured the public’s imagination in 2023, due partly to the accessibility of tools like ChatGPT, Midjourney and DALL-E2.

The possibilities and potential risks of AI can be seen in multiple sectors. On September 6 2023 AUT will host the AI + Communication Symposium, open to all, to share research and foster discussion.

The Symposium will investigate AI’s impact across the following themes:

  • AI as disruptor
  • Revolutionising the creative process
  • AI in the caring environment
  • Exploring the effects of AI in the media
  • AI in the creative industries

The Symposium will finish with a panel discussion – Where to next? – chaired by Nigel Horrocks.

Organiser of the Symposium, Associate Professor Angelique Nairn, says the Symposium is an opportunity for researchers, students and interested parties from industry to come together and discuss the disruption that generative AI is causing. “Our research tells us there are many benefits provided by generative AI, but also many potential risks and disruptions. Our hope for the Symposium is some robust discussion about what is happening in New Zealand.”

The full programme

9am AI as disruptor

10.15am Revolutionising the creative process

  • Gregory Bennett - The use of text-to-image AI tools in animation, visual  effects and game design industries
  • AD Narayan - Matting in private: Machine learning models from a feature film visual effects standpoint
  • Dr Hossein Najafi - AI is reshaping the visual effects industry

11.15am AI in the caring environment

1pm Exploring the effects of AI in the media

2pm - AI in the creative industries

3.15pm - AI: Where to next?

4pm - Closing remarks

How to register

Registrations are open now for both in person and online attendance.

Register now

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