“Advances in AI for Cyber-Safety” - Srijan Kumar, Georgia Institute of Technology

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Srijan Kumar, assistant professor at the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology for an upcoming talk in the AI for Social Impact Seminar Series. This lecture is free and open to the Penn State community.

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“Advances in AI for Cyber-Safety”

The safety, integrity, and well-being of users, communities, and platforms on web and social media is a critical, yet challenging task. In this talk, Kumar will describe the cybersafety-focused machine learning methods, leveraging behavior modeling, graph analytics, and deep learning, that his group has developed to efficiently detect malicious users and bad content online. While developing models that are highly accurate is important, it is also crucial to ensure that the systems are trustworthy. Thus, Kumar will describe his group's work on quantifying the reliability of cybersafety models against smart adversaries that are popularly used in practice, such as those in Facebook.

About the Speaker:

Srijan Kumar is an assistant professor at the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. He develops data science, machine learning, and AI solutions for the pressing challenges pertaining to the safety, integrity, and well-being of users, platforms, and communities in the cyber domain. He has pioneered the development of user models and network science tools to enhance the well-being and safety of users. His methods have been used in production at Flipkart (India’s largest e-commerce platform) and taught at graduate level courses worldwide. He has named to the Forbes 30 under 30 Class of 2022 and has received several awards including the Facebook Faculty Award, Adobe Faculty Award, ACM SIGKDD Doctoral Dissertation Award runner-up 2018, Larry S. Davis Doctoral Dissertation Award 2018, and 'best of' awards from WWW and ICDM. His research has been the subject of a documentary and covered in popular press, including CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, and New York Magazine. He completed his postdoctoral training at Stanford University, received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Maryland, College Park, and B.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

About the AI for Social Impact Seminar Series

The AI for Social Impact Seminar Series brings together researchers and thought leaders from a variety of fields to explore the diverse applications of artificial intelligence for a societal benefit. Through the series, the Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence aims to inspire new ideas and collaborations and to identify novel approaches that can advance discovery in the field at Penn State and beyond.