WAITalk by WAI Malaysia: Breaking down the written words with AI


Can AI understand humans?

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Can AI understand humans? Will AI mean the end of social interaction? The fact that language and creativity are considered fundamental features of human intelligence. They pose a significant challenge to artificial systems. However, in recent years, the success of deep and recurrent neural networks has revolutionized artificial intelligence. Old-fashioned, rule-based machine learning systems were replaced by neural networks that learn through experience and mimic qualities of the human mind.

Come and join us for the second talks of "Breaking Down the Written Words with AI” - to explore more about chatbots and virtual assistants. As A.I. systems have entered everyday life and the realm of human language. The question triggered whether can A.I. really understand a word’s meaning? Is it able to grasp the context of a phrase and creatively form new sentences? If so, what should we teach it?

By exploring the answers to these questions, we might not only learn about A.I. but also about ourselves. Two experts in the field of language and A.I. will present their current work in the short talks.


8:30 pm: Welcoming remarks from WAI Malaysia ambassador, Dr Fairoza Amira Hamzah
8:35 pm: Introducing WAI Malaysia
8:40 pm: All Aboard the Chatbot Train: Things You Need to Know by Dr. Nur Zareen Zulkarnain
8:55 pm: Q&A
9:05 pm: 16 Languages Cross-Lingual System by Mr. Toshifumi Kuga
9:20 pm: Q&A
9:30 pm: Disperse

Getting to know our speakers!

Dr. Nur Zareen Zulkarnain

Dr. Nur Zareen Zulkarnain is a senior lecturer in the Department of Intelligent Computing & Analytics (ICA), Faculty of Information & Communication Technology, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM). She received her PhD in Computer Science (Natural Language Processing) from the University of Salford, UK. She has experience in teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Her teaching modules include Artificial Intelligence, Social Media Analytics and Programming. She is also a Certified Associate in Python Programming. Her research interest includes ontology, sentiment analysis, informatics, and data analytics.

Mr Toshifumi Kuga

Mr Toshifumi Kuga is a founder and CEO at ToshiStats Co. Ltd. He used to be a risk manager of consumer finance company in Japan, where he managed the project to develop machine learning model for "probability of default" of each customer. He received Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at Shizuoka University, Japan. He started his startup "Toshi Stats" in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in February 2014 and later transferred the headquarter to Tokyo in July 2018.

Our Moderator
Dr. Fairoza Amira Hamzah

Currently a Machine Learning Engineer at Vettons Sdn Bhd, Malaysia. Previously worked as Assistant Professor at The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics, Japan. Received Ph.D. of Information Science and Control Engineering from Nagaoka University of Technology, Japan. Previously did internships in the University of Warwick, UK and Panasonic Co. Ltd. Active in community works such as CoronaTracker (Research Lead) and Women in AI (Malaysia Ambassador). Research interests include, but not limited to, computer vision and efficient deep learning. Presented various research works in journals and international conferences.

Who should join this talk?
  • Whoever is curious about chatbot.
  • Students who are keen on diving into natural language processing related to research or studies.
  • Industry players who want to know more about how Siri, Google Assistant, and other chatbots work.
  • Academicians who are keen to understand how AI is utilized in deciphering human language.
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