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September 2020

How Do I Become a Computer Scientist?

September 25, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Are you a student thinking about a career as a computer scientist? Do you want to see a cutting edge augmented and virtual reality lab? If so, join us for an opportunity to get academic and career advice from Dayveon Ross, co-founder and President of ShotTracker and Sherry Lumpkins , Principal Consultant at Blue Symphony LLC. You’ll also have a chance to learn about UMKC’s School of Computing and Engineering programs and see their state-of-the-art AR/VR lab.

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October 2020

The Seasonal Curse of Artificial Intelligence

October 1, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Current generation machine learning and pattern recognition algorithms have made impressive leaps in performance across application domains by exploiting correlations in Big Data. As we identify weaknesses and limitations in current AI, will we once again fall victim to the seasonal curse of AI?

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Making Space: Women Who Have Shown Us the Stars

October 10, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Throughout history, women have made, and continue to make, significant contributions to astronomy through their work to disseminate observations and discoveries with visualizations and publications. Join astrophysicist and science communicator Dr. Héloïse Stevance and Linda Hall Library’s new assistant curator of rare books and manuscripts Dr. Jamie Cumby to discover and celebrate the important contributions women past and present have made to astronomy, including highlights from the Library’s extensive astronomical collection.

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Communicating with Robots: Towards Complex Language in Partially Observed Environments

October 15, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The ability for people to communicate with machines simply and seamlessly is becoming ever more critical, but how do scientists build machines capable of navigating the complexities of human language?

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Astronomy – What’s Up in the Sky for 2021

October 21, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The year 2021 promises some great stargazing opportunities, with chances to see comets, dying stars, galaxies and of course the planets! Join Dan Johnson, long-time amateur astronomer, member of the Astronomical Society of Kansas City, and volunteer instructor at the Powell Observatory, to find out what you can expect to see in the night sky with a small telescope in the coming year.

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