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After the Artificial Intelligence Week

As part of the 50 Weeks in the City of Science, from January 29 to February 4, 2024, Artificial Intelligence Week was held, curated by Prof. Jan Kozak, Ph.D., head of the Department of Machine Learning at our University.

Monday, January 29

The event began on Monday, January 29, in the CNTI auditorium. The gathered participants were welcomed by Barbara Probierz, Ph.D., who officially opened the celebrations and discussed the planned activities.

After a brief introduction, Przemysław Juszczuk, Ph.D., delivered a lecture entitled "Cat classifier – how does artificial intelligence help in classification problems," introducing the notion of algorithms and how they work.

At the same time, there were also computer workshops:

  • Machine learning using team methods, with Szymon Głowania, M.Sc.,
  • Discovering knowledge from large data sets, with Grzegorz Dziczkowski, D.Sc.,
  • Practical guide to ChatGPT, with Anna Czaderna-Lekka, D.Sc.,
  • Automation of analytical processes, with Mariusz Żytniewski, Ph.D.

There was no shortage of wholesome rivalry either, as in between workshops, Barbara Probierz, Ph.D., conducted AI knowledge competitions. Participants had the opportunity to win "Monopoly Katowice" board games, gift cards, or EMNK 2024 gadgets.

Next, it was time for a second lecture on AI in mobile apps by Łukasz Stachnik, M.Sc., as well as a second round of workshops so that everyone interested had the opportunity to participate.

In addition, Monday's guest speakers were representatives of AGA VISION with their lecture entitled "Revolutionary approach to AI: AGA Vision project – A safer future thanks to the angel of artificial intelligence," during which an interesting discussion arose among the participants.

Tuesday, January 30

The second day of the Week began in the headquarters of Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Innovative Technologies EMAG where, as part of lectures and workshops entitled "Robots and rovers in action: Adventures with technology and artificial intelligence for young inventors," participants could see how robots work and how they are programmed. There was also a tour of the Institute, during which visitors could see the Electromagnetic Compatibility Testing Laboratory and Radio Equipment Testing Laboratory.

Guests also had the opportunity to admire the ETV electric transport vehicle and a device called Walker 2, which enables the measurement of coal quality. 

The event also featured a lecture on cyber security and a movie with an audio description.

Meanwhile, an English-language lecture entitled "AI for multimedia and XR", hosted by our distinguished guest Hannes Fassold, was underway at Kato Science Corner.

There was a possibility to attend two more lectures:

  • at #UEKatowice campus, Prof. Artur Walasik, Ph.D., D.Sc., and Prof. Jan Kozak, Ph.D., D.Sc., talked about " The impact of AI on the economy and economic science";
  • at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Silesian University of Technology, Prof. Wojciech Moczulski talked about autonomous mobile systems.

Wednesday, January 31

On Wednesday, on the patio of the Rectorate building of our University, we had the opportunity to participate in a seminar entitled "Breakthrough or threat? The role of artificial intelligence in the future of society". The guests of the Week's curator, Prof. Jan Kozak, Ph.D., D.Sc., were Paweł Ksieniewicz, Ph.D., D.Sc. (PWr), who introduced the audience to the history of artificial intelligence, and Prof. Jacek Koronacki, Ph.D., D.Sc. (Institute of Computer Science of the Polish Academy of Sciences), who talked about the hidden dangers lying in wait for users.

In the evening, Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Innovative Technologies EMAG held an event entitled "Connecting worlds: artificial intelligence in the service of communication for the deaf" held by Adam Piasecki, Ph.D. (EMAG), and Prof. Jan Kozak, Ph.D. The event was translated into Polish Sign Language.

Thursday, February 1

The following day, Prof. Jan Kozak, Ph.D., led a workshop and lecture entitled "Programming of the future: AI in the world of new technologies" at the C.K. Norwid High School No. 3 in Będzin.

In the afternoon, a debate "Will AI replace humans?" was held at Kato Science Corner, attended by Prof. Jerzy Stefanowski (PP), Agnieszka Sokucka, Ph.D. (UŚ), Prof. Dariusz Szostek, Ph.D. (UŚ), Prof. Jan Kozak, Ph.D., Artur Kozłowski, Ph.D. (Director of EMAG- Łukasiewicz).

Open Day activities of the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice also took place on Thursday.

Friday, February 2

Lecture and workshop classes for children and young people entitled "Programming the future: artificial intelligence in the world of new technologies" were held on our University campus. They were conducted in auditorium B by Prof. Jan Kozak, Ph.D.

At the same time, many exciting activities were held as part of the Open Day of the Silesian University of Technology in Rybnik.

Saturday, February 3

On Saturday afternoon, at Fizjolandia Rehabilitation Center in Sosnowiec, Prof. Jan Kozak, Ph.D., led a workshop and lecture for children and young adults with disabilities and their caregivers entitled "AI: How does artificial intelligence help us all move and learn?".

Sunday, February 4

To conclude the Artificial Intelligence Week, Kato Science Corner hosted a panel discussion entitled "Women in the development of artificial intelligence." Distinguished guests attended the event:

  • Prof. Celina M. Olszak, Ph.D., D.Sc. (Her Magnificence the Rector of the University of Economics in Katowice),
  • Prof. Halina Kwaśnicka, Ph.D., D.Sc. (Wrocław University of Technology),
  • Prof. Adrianna Kozierkiewicz, Ph.D., D.Sc (Wrocław University of Technology),
  • Prof. Anna Manowska, Ph.D., D.Sc. (Silesian University of Technology),
  • Barbara Probierz, Ph.D. (University of Economics in Katowice).

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