Artificial Intelligence at the service of schools

The school system could benefit from the recent developments of Artificial Intelligence technologies but, since AI can be pervasive, students, parents and teachers should assess the implications of its use in the classroom. This topic will be addressed in the seminar: “Artificial Intelligence at the service of schools” to be held in Alghero (Italy) June 28th, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at the conference hall Lo Quarter of the Alghero Foundation.

Two experts of robotics and AI will intervene: Fiorella Operto, Past President of the Genoa School of Robotics and Lorenzo Baraldi, researcher at the AImageLab laboratory, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

The seminar is organized by the Educational Technology Team of CRS4 as part of the Regional project Tutti a Iscol@ Linea B3 IDEA, a partnership between CRS4 and the Sardinian Local Educational Authority, as well as the Regional Agency Sardegna Ricerche.

Lorenzo Baraldi will speak about Artificial Intelligence, with a focus on its applicability to the field of Education. Fiorella Operto will illustrate how to guide the implementation of Artificial Intelligence in the world of Education, starting from the methodologies successfully tested by the School of Robotics for Educational robotics.

It is important to address the issue of the use of Artificial Intelligence at school. Because of its connection to convolutional neural network, it could change the way of teaching and studying. Now-a-days neural networks are the basic model used to artificially replicate the visual capacities of human beings. Tanks to them is possible classify images, recognize the position of objects, identify faces and people with increasing accuracy. A written text can be classified or even generated in total autonomy. Vision, language and action can be interconnected to build algorithms capable of navigating in unknown environments, with instructions in natural language. It is a first step towards autonomous robots capable of performing tasks of increasing complexity. The school system will not stay out of this fast development for long. We therefore need understand what is involved and how to manage this process for the benefit of our children.

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