American University of Beirut

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​April 22, 2024

​Theme: Data Science in Humanitarian Crises

​​8:15 - 9:00 AM 
Registration and Breakfast 
Global WiDS Opening Video
​9:00 - 9:10 AM
WiDS @AUB Welcome
​​Lama Moussawi, PhD
WiDS @AUB Conference Chair​
WiDS @AUB Ambassador
Associate Dean for Research
Suliman S. Olayan School of Business 
American University of Beirut
​9:10 - 9:20 AM 
​AUB Welcome
Fadlo R. Khuri, MD
American University of Beirut​
​9:20 - 9:30 AMOSB Welcome
Yusuf Sidani, PhD
Suliman S. Olayan School of Business
American University of Beirut
​9:30 - 9:40 AM
​WiDS @AUB Agenda Overview
​Mariette Awad, PhD
WiDS @AUB Ambassdor
Director of AI, Data Science, and Computing Hub
Associate Professor
Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
American University of Beirut

Tr​ack 1: Truths, Lies, and GenAI: Data Fabrication and Detection

​Moderated by
Mariette Awad, PhD​
WiDS @AUB 2024 Ambassador 
Director of the AI, Data Science, and Computing Hub, Associate Professor of Machine Learning, Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering, American University of Beirut

9:40 - 10:00 AM

Technical Talk on
Fortifying Trust in the age of GenAI: Deep Fake Detection and Safeguarding Personal Content​

​Lama Nachman, PhD 
Intel Fellow
Director of Human &AI Systems Research Lab
Santa Clara, California, U.S.A
​10:00 - 10:20 AM
Technical Talk on 
A Community and Trust Frame for Enhancing Misinformation Analysis​​
​Sibel Adali, PhD
Professor of Computer Science
Associate Dean of Science for Research & Graduate Studies
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, New York
​​10:20 - 10:40 AM

​​​Technical Talk on Data Science for Social Impact, Policy Development, and Media Analysis

​​Roaa Al-​​Feel
Graduate Program
Computer Science Department
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
American University of Beirut 
​10:40 - 11:00 AM
Technical Talk on Building Trust and Combating Misinformation with AI in Crises
​Maryleen Amaizu, PhD
Principal Investigator at the Alan Turing Institute, AI Scientist, Machine Learning Systems Researcher, Associate Lecturer, University of Derby, United Kingdom​
​​11:00 - 11:15 AM
​11:15 - 11:30 AM
​11:30 - 12:10 PM​

​​​ ​
Panel Discussion

Generative AI: What's Beyond the Hype​?

Moderated by 
Mariette Awad, PhD

Maryleen Amaizu, PhD
Vida Hamd, PhD
Lama Nachman, PhD
Zeenat Patrawala

​12:10 - 12-20 PM
​Panel Q&A
​12:20 PM
Technical Talk on  Generative AI Being Underestimated in the Field of Healthcare - What is the Truth of LLMs and Diffusion Models With a Specific Focus on Clinical Application Tools
Zeenat Patrawala
Former Chief Business Officer 
New York, U.S.A​

​12:40 PM
​​Technical Talk on ​Leveraging Data for Risk Mitigation and Crisis Response​
Vida Hamd, PhD
Public Policy Manager (counter Terrorism, Cybercrime, Humanitarian Aid, Conflict Prevention and Transformation) 
United Arab Emirates ​

1:00 PM
​Technical Talk on Emotion Detection and Misinformation Harms from Large Language Models
Sophia Ananiadou, PhD
Professor, Natural Language Processing
University of Manchester 
National Centre for Text Mining
Manchester, United Kingdom
1:20 - 1:30 PM
​Technical Talk on 
NVIDIA: Powering the AI Revolution
Wei Xao, PhD
Director, Developer Relations of Middle East and Africa, NVIDIA​
​1:30 - 1:40 PM
​1:40 - 2:40 PM
Tr​ack 2: Data Science for Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chains in Conflict Zones​
Moderated by
Lama Moussawi, PhD
WiDS @AUB Conference Chair 
WiDS @AUB 2024 Ambassador
Asso​ciate Dean for Research and Faculty Development​
Professor of Management Science
Suliman S. Olayan School of Business​, American University of Beirut​​​

​2:40 - 3:00 PM

Keynote Talk on Responsible Development of Foundational Models​
Tanveer Syeda-Mahmood, PhD
Chief Scientist
IBM Fellow
Global Imaging AI Leader
IBM Research
San Jose, California, U.S.A

Adjunct Professor
Stanford University

​3:00-3:20 PM
Technical Talk on Optimizing Aid: The Intersection of Data Science and Humanitarian Supply Chains
Joana Vasques
Head of the East Africa Supply Chain Planning and Optimization Unit
Regional Supply Chain Planner and Optimization Officer
United Nations World Food Programme 
Nairobi County, Kenya
​3:20-3:40 PM
Technical Talk on Leveraging Data Analytics for Humanitarian Supply Chain Resilience​
Alia Gharaibeh
Regional Director Middle East
HELP Logistics - Kuehne Foundation
Amman, Jordan​
3:40-4:00 PM​​
Technical Talk on AI for Crisis Decisions & Humanitarian Logistics
Tina Comes, Prof. Dr.
Professor, Decision Theory & ICT for Resilience
Director of Resilience Lab & Domain Lead Disasters
Technische Universiteit Delft
South Holland, Netherland
3:40 - 4:00 PM
Technical Talk on Monitoring Complex Agricultural Market Systems: Framework and Insights from Uganda​​
Erica Gralla, PhD
Associate Professor
Engineering Management & Systems Engineering
George Washington University
​4:00-4:15 PM
4:15 - 4:30 PM

Tr​ack 3: Healthcare in Crises: Augmenting Decision-Making to Optimize Care in Conflict Zones​

Moderated by
Ghada El-Hajj Fuleihan, MD, MPH, FRCP
Professor of Medicine
Founding Director
Calcium Metabolism and Osteoporosis Program
WHO CC for Metabolic Bone Disorders
Founding Director, Scholars in HeAlth Research Program
Bernard Lown Scholar
Department of Global Health and Population
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Boston, MA, USA

4:30-4:40 PM

Track Preamble​Ghada El-Hajj Fuleihan, MD, MPH, FRCP
​4:40 - 5:05 PM
Keynote Talk on Remote Sensing of Motion and Vital Signs: AI-Enhanced Radio Signal Analysis Beyond Physical Barriers​
Dina Katabi, PhD
Thuan and Nicole Pham Professor
MacArthur Fellow
Leader of NETMIT Research Group
Director of the MIT Center for Wireleess Networks and Mobile Computing
MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge MA, U.S.A
​5:-05 - 5:10 PM
5:10 - 5:30 PM​
Technical Talk on Spatial methods for health-oriented programmatic decision-making in humanitarian crises
Erica Nelson, MD, PhM, MAS
Emergency Medicine 
Humanitarian Geoanalytics Research and Education Programs
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA, U.S.A
​5:30 - 5:35 PM
​5:35 - 5:55 PM
Technical Talk on Data Science Methods for Monitoring Alleged War Crimes
Danielle Poole, ScD, MPH
Associate Research Scientist
Affiliated Faculty
Yale Institute for Global Health
Yale School of Public Health
Yale University
New Haven CT, U.S.A

​5:55 - 6:00 PM 
​6:00 - 6:10 PM
Session Q&A​
6:10 - 6:20 PM

Tr​ack 4: Measuring Data-Driven Impact Assessments​

Moderated by
Carole Al Sharabati, PhD
Professor, USJ
Founder and Partner, Siren Analytics
Beirut Lebanon

​6:25 - 6:45​ PM
Technical Talk on Measuring What Matters – Leveraging Big Data and AI to Automate Impact Assessments.
Kimberley Abott
Founder and CEO
Vested Impact
London, United Kingdom
Australia’s top 100 Women with Influence
2020 JCI Australia’s Top 10 Outstanding Young People 
Commonwealth Youth Award for Excellence in Development Work
​6:45 - 7:05 PM
Technical Talk on YouTube Recommendations System and How We Measure Impact

Dareen Alhyari
Engineering Manager
Zurich, Switzerland 
​7:05 - 7:25 PM
Technical Talk​ on Legal Disruption and Innovation using LLM

Nour Sibai
AI Engineer 
Siren Analytics
​7:25 - 7:30 PM
Closing Remarks
Lama Moussawi, PhD

Workshops and Parallel Sessions

Parallel Session - Panel

​Powered by the Director of the OSB Career Management Services 

3:00 - 4:15 PM

Future Data Science Careers: Bridging the Gap between Business Insights and Coding Expertise

Celine Youssef  
Product Lead, Search
United Arab Emirates
Product Manager
Europe, Middle East, and Africa​

Mayssam Youssef
Operations Manager
Beirut, Lebanon

Zeenat Patrawala
Chief Business Officer 
New York, U.S.A

Workshop 1

Powered by the AI, Data Science and Computing Hub @AUB

3:00 - 4:15 PM

Introduction to ChatGPT: Maneuvering GenAI Tools 

Layal Tannous
AI, Data Science and Computing Lab Hub
American University of Beirut 

Workshop 2

Powered by Nvidia, USA

4:30 - 5:45 PM

​Technical AI Workshop with NVIDIA​

Wei Xao, PhD
Director of Developer Relations, Cross Geo, Nvidia, U.S.A

Manal Jalloul, PhD
Founder and CEO, AI Lab Solutions
Nvidia Deep Learning Institute University Ambassador
Beirut Lebanon

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