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Thanh Thi Nguyen

School of Information Technology, Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env, Deakin University

Title: Applications of Artificial Intelligence in the Battle against COVID-19

Abstract: Artificial intelligence (AI) has been applied widely in our daily lives in a variety of ways with numerous successful stories. AI has also contributed to dealing with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, which has been happening around the globe. This talk will present an overview of AI methods being used in various applications in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak and outlines the crucial roles of AI research in this unprecedented battle. The talk will touch on a number of areas where AI plays as an essential component, from medical image processing, data analytics, text mining and natural language processing, the Internet of Things, to computational biology and medicine. A summary of COVID-19 related data sources that are available for research purposes is also presented. Research directions on exploring the potentials of AI and enhancing its capabilities and power in the battle are thoroughly discussed. I will highlight 13 groups of problems related to the COVID-19 pandemic and point out promising AI and machine learning methods and tools that can be used to solve those problems. It is envisaged that this talk will provide AI and machine learning researchers and the wider community an overview of the current status of AI and machine learning applications and motivate researchers in harnessing AI potentials in the fight against COVID-19.

Bio: Dr Thanh Thi Nguyen has been recognized as a leading researcher in Australia in the field of Artificial Intelligence by The Australian Newspaper in a report published in 2018. Dr Nguyen was a Visiting Scholar with the Computer Science Department at Stanford University, California, USA in 2015 and the Edge Computing Lab, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA in 2019. He received an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in 2016, a European-Pacific Partnership for ICT Expert Exchange Program Award from European Commission in 2018, and an Australia–India Strategic Research Fund Early- and Mid-Career Fellowship awarded by the Australian Academy of Science in 2020. Dr Nguyen obtained a PhD in Mathematics and Statistics from Monash University, Australia and currently is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Information Technology, Deakin University, Australia. He has expertise in artificial intelligence, deep learning, deep reinforcement learning, soft computing, data science, big data, econometrics, time series, signal processing, image processing, multi-agent systems, and operational research. Dr Nguyen has domain knowledge in various areas, including robotics, autonomous vehicles, defence technologies, cyber security, IoT, neuroscience, bioinformatics, health informatics, geoinformatics, remote sensing, business statistics, and financial technologies.

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Artur Andrzejak

Ruprecht - Karls - University of Heidelberg, Germany

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Tai M. Chung

Sungkyunkwan University, Korea

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Johann Eder

University of Klagenfurt, Austria

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