January 24, 2019

AI for Social Good


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Date: 17 February, 2019

Location: HBKU Research Complex, Multipurpose Room

Introduction: Artificial intelligence (AI) is a set of transformative technologies with the potential to greatly aid the development and humanitarian sectors through powerful data analysis.

This workshop on AI for Social Good, jointly organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Qatar Center for Artificial Intelligence (QCAI) at QCRI, brings together experts and practitioners from a range of stakeholders, including UN agencies, NGOs, academic institutions and industry partners to present their experience with applying AI to solve real world problems in this domain. The workshop will also provide an opportunity to discuss important questions including (i) ethical issues related to how to ensure equal benefits to all and that no one is left behind, (ii) technical and legal issues related to data access, and (iii) operational issues related to the integration of new technologies into existing workflows and decision making processes.

The emphasis will be on forging a realistic outlook bridging the pessimists (“extreme poverty won’t be solved by algorithms”) and the optimists (“this Twitter sentiment dashboard will change everything”) and on identifying opportunities for partnerships among stakeholders.

We invite anyone with an interest in the development and humanitarian sectors and/or novel applications of artificial intelligence to attend, contribute and discuss these topics with leading experts from across sectors and practitioners from around the world.

Please contact Dr Ingmar Weber for questions about the event.

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07:30: Registration & Coffee

08:15 – 10:30: Session 1

  • 08:15 – 08:30: Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • 08:30 – 08:40: Background about QCAI and the event
  • 08:40 – 08:55: #NextGenGov: Reimagining Governance Models [video] [slides]
    • Jennifer Colville | UNDP
  • 08:55- 09:10: AI for the Most Vulnerable [video] [slides]
  • 09:10 – 09:25: Data Innovation at UNHCR [video] [slides]
    • Rebeca Moreno Jimenez | UNHCR
  • 09:25 – 09:40: Big Data for a More Resilient Future [slides]
    • Samuel Fraiberger | World Bank
  • 09:40 – 9:55: Using AI to Detect, Map and Quantify Internal Displacement [video] [slides]
    • Justin Ginnetti | iDMC
  • 09:55 – 10:05: Displacement Tracking Matrix: Towards a data-driven response to humanitarian crises
  • 10:05 – 10:30: Q&A, chaired by Ingmar Weber

10:30 – 10:45: Coffee Break

10:45 – 12:00: Session 2

  • 10:45 – 11:10: Humanitarian Computing at QCRI [video] [slides]
    • Ingmar Weber, Ferda Ofli, Stephan Vogel | QCRI
  • 11:15 – 11:25: AI for Accelerating Sustainable Development & Humanitarian Action in the Asia Pacific [video] [slides]
  • 11:25 – 11:40: Data Science and Philanthropy: a Case Study on Gender Gaps in Urban Mobility [slides]
  • 11:40 – 12:00: Q&A, chaired by Anisha Thapa

12:00 – 13:00: Lunch Break and Prayer

13:00 – 14:45: Session 3

  • 13:00 – 13:15: The Cross-field Applications of Data Science for Social Good
    • Pedro Lourenco | Vodafone Research
  • 13:15 – 13:30: Understanding migration flows with mobile data: Challenges & Opportunities [video] [slides]
  • 13:30 – 13:45: The Data for Refugees Challenge: Sharing mobile CDR data for improving the conditions of Syrian refugees in Turkey [video] [slides]
  • 13:45 – 14:00: AI 4 Good – An Overview of IBM Research Science for Social Good Program [video] [slides]
  • 14:00 – 14:15: Data Collaboratives: The Emergence of Public-Private Partnerships around Data for Social Good [video] [slides]
  • 14:15 – 14:25: Global Impact Partnerships
    • Anna Lerner | Facebook
  • 14:25 – 14:45: Q&A, chaired by Tom Lambert

14:45 – 15:00: Coffee Break

15:00 – 16:30: Session 4

  • 15:00 – 15:15: Use of Facebook advertising data for humanitarian action [video] [slides]
    • Jeffrey Villaveces | iMMAP
  • 15:15 – 15:30: Leveraging Big Data, Open Algorithms and AI for Human Development [video] [slides]
  • 15:30 – 15:45: Shedding Light on Poverty in the Philippines using Transfer Learning and Open Data [video] [slides]
  • 15:45 – 16:00: Data Aurora in the MENA Region: achievements, opportunities, and challenges [video] [slides]
  • 16:00 – 16:20: Q&A, chaired by Sanjay Chawla
  • 16:20 – 16:30 Closing Remarks

For more information about the different talks, click here.


Jennifer Colville

Innovation Team Lead, Arab States, UNDP

Bhanu Vinzamuri

Research Staff, IBM

Vedran Sekara

Research Scientist, UNICEF

Julie Ricard

Deputy Director, Data-Pop Alliance

Jeffrey Villaveces

Head of Office, iMMAP Colombia

Rebeca Moreno Jimenez

Innovation Officer – Data Scientist, UNHCR

Ciro Cattuto

Scientific Director, ISI Foundation

Pedro Rente Lourenco

Data Scientist, Vodafone Research

Muhammad Khaefi

Junior Data Scientist, UN Global Pulse, Pulse Lab Jakarta

Justin Ginnetti

Head of Data and Analysis, IDMC

Albert Ali Salah

Associate Professor, Boğaziçi University, Utrecht University

Bahia Halawi

Co-Founder and Data Scientist, Data Aurora

Stefaan Verhulst

Co-Founder and Chief of R&D, GovLab

Ingmar Weber

Research Director, Social Computing, QCRI

Ferda Ofli

Scientist, Social Computing, QCRI

Stephan Vogel

Research Director, Arabic Language Technologies, QCRI

Pedro Antonio de Alarcon Sanchez

Head of Big Data for Social Good, LUCA

Isabelle Tingzon

Machine Learning Researcher II, Thinking Machines

Anna Lerner

Global Impact Program Manager, Facebook

Eduardo Zambrano

Data Scientist, Displacement Tracking Matrix, IOM

Samuel Fraiberger

Data Scientist, World Bank Group; Visiting Researcher at NYU/Northeastern/Harvard