Background

UNESCO will convene a special edition of Mobile Learning Week (MLW) from 4 to 8 March 2019, at the UNESCO Headquarters. The five-day event, under the theme ‘Artificial intelligence for sustainable development’ will start with the ‘Global Conference - Principles for AI: Towards a humanistic approach?’, followed by a one-day Policy Forum and Workshops, a two-day International Symposium and a half-day of Strategy Labs.

Following the Global Conference, dedicated time slots on Tuesday 5 March are made available in the programme to give an opportunity to all sectors to organize workshops or seminars.

Please note that each sector will remain the focal point for the organization and logistical aspects of the different events (invitations, speakers DSA, etc.). The Unit for ICT in Education Team remains at your disposal to facilitate this organization.

Artificial Intelligence workshop

The exact content  covered during this session and primary objective of this session will be to clarify some of the key issues that surround AI and Big Data and make everyone understand the concept. It will be a condensed version similar to an introductory course that the Chairs offer to undergrad students. The session will publish a publication with key words concept on AI and briefly discuss how Big Data, Analytics and AI can help push the frontiers of UNESCO’s mandates on education, culture, sciences and CI. The publication will be jointly published by the two chairs.

Workshop contents

Background: Learning in the age of AI requires and emphasis on

  1. Continuity: the need to acquire continuous problem solving skills in response to changing environment
  2. Separability: the need to acquire high order thinking skills as separate from tasks that can be automated
  3. Upskilling: the need to upskill by interacting with machines in a world which is increasingly mediated by technology
  4. Explainability: the need for multidisciplinary outlook in solving problems.

Therefore, the workshop will provide a foundational course with the following objectives:

  1. Explain technical aspects of AI and Data Science in an intuitive manner;
  2. Debunk myths, exaggerated claims about AI;
  3. Provide examples of how AI could be used to achieve Sustainable Development Goals;
  4. Highlight the challenges posed by these technologies to concerns within UNESCO’s mandate.

The content for the workshop will be developed jointly by two UNESCO Chairs and would be published as future reference material on AI.

Main speakers/panelists/trainers to be invited:

  1. John Shawe-Taylor, UNESCO Chair in Artificial Intelligence and Professor of Computational Statistics and Machine Learning and Head of Department at UCL Computer Science.
  2. Maria Fasli, UNESCO Chair in Analytics and Data Science Director, Institute for Analytics and Data Science, University of Essex.

Provisional programme of the workshop/seminar:

It will be in interactive lecture format that will include hands on exercises to drive participant engagement.