Dean's Lecture

Harnessing AI for Global Economic Development

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
4:10 pm to 5:30 pm
Victoria Coleman

Live stream: Harnessing AI for Global Economic Development

Live stream: Harnessing AI for Global Economic Development

Recent advances in deep learning and satellite imagery make it possible to remotely monitor economic and agricultural trends across the developing world, at high resolution. These advances are now being translated from research labs into the real world.

This seminar will discuss the technology and vision behind Atlas AI, a Bay Area start-up that spun out of Stanford University in 2018. Co-founded by Berkeley alum Marshall Burke (Ph.D. ’14) and established in partnership with Rockefeller Foundation, the company has a unique focus on social impact and the sustainable development goals. It is creating a hybrid business model that supports the generation of public goods, including open datasets for use by researchers and non-profits. Atlas AI's analytics platform currently delivers village-scale estimates of household well-being, alongside plot-level forecasts of smallholder crop yields, for all of sub-Saharan Africa. Through beta testing and early deployments, the team is exploring issues related to privacy, bias, accountability, and transparency in machine learning.

Victoria Coleman is the CEO of Atlas AI, a technology start-up focused on social impact by generating actionable intelligence on agricultural and economic trends across the developing world.

A native of Greece, Victoria has more than 20 years of experience in consumer and enterprise technology and is a strong leader with expertise in strategy and development in software engineering, mobile platforms, connected devices, cybersecurity and web services. She also has been a longtime advocate for innovation in education and the public sector.

She previously served as chief technology officer of the Wikimedia Foundation, where she merged the foundation’s technology needs from an infrastructure perspective with the our mission and vision. She has also held senior leadership positions at Technicolor, Harman’s Infotainment Division, Yahoo!, HP Palm GBU, Samsung’s Advanced Institute of Technology, and Intel’s Corporate Technology Group.

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January 28, 2019