The First Lecture of 2018-2019 Academic Year at İTÜ: Artificial Intelligence

by İTÜ | Oct 17, 2018
Istanbul Technical University (İTÜ) 2018-2019 Academic Year Opening Ceremony was held in Süleyman Demirel Cultural Center at Ayazaga Campus.

The First Lecture of 2018-2019 Academic Year at İTÜ: Artificial Intelligence

Istanbul Technical University (İTÜ) 2018-2019 Academic Year Opening Ceremony was held in Süleyman Demirel Cultural Center at Ayazaga Campus. 

Prof. Dr. Yaser S. Abu-Mostafa, the scientist who was granted various awards with his scientific studies on artificial intelligence in California Institute of Technology, became the first academician who gave the first lecture of the semester at İTÜ. Students’ interest in the lecture was worth-seeing.

İTÜ 2018-2019 Academic Year Opening Ceremony took place on Monday, 17th September, 2018 in Süleyman Demirel Cultural Center at Ayazaga Campus. Prof. Dr. Yaser S. Abu-Mostafa, renowned for the studies on artificial intelligence, participated as a guest speaker in İTÜ’s academic year opening ceremony. İTÜ Rector Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca, various scholars and students attended to the ceremony and Prof. Dr. Davut Kavranoğlu, Principal Advisor to the President of the Republic of Turkey, responsible for Science, University and Industry, was present at the ceremony as the guest of honour.

Those who obtain data and analyse it will succeed in this age

İTÜ Rector Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca indicated in his speech that Prof. Dr. Yaser S. Abu-Mostafa’s studies are stimulating for science world. Karaca, expressed his appreciation for hosting him at İTÜ, and quoted “Prof. Dr. Yaser S. Abu-Mostafa has opened a new door for artificial intelligence to be analysed from different perspectives with his studies and training activities on machine learning. He has given online machine learning lectures to researchers and he reached to a lot of people, interested in this field, with very ratios of rating. The book ‘Learning from Data by Yaser S. Abu Mostafa’ has taken place in the best-seller list in Amazon. I am honoured to host Abu-Mostafa, a path- breaking scientist, at İTÜ.” Karaca laid emphasis on significance of artificial intelligence and machine learning today and in the near future with the latest examples by saying; “In our era, those who obtain data and analyse it will succeed. I guess that there is nobody who knows and is aware of Netflix. It has developed such a model that it has become a platform that makes much more profit than the series, which it sells, do. If the companies like Netflix exists, they exist thanks to technology. Disney’s annual profit is 150 billion dollars, but Netflix’ annual income is 165 billion dollars. It knows how to obtain data, use and market it.” 

He is a great scientist

Prof. Dr. Davut Kavranoğlu, Principal Advisor to the President of the Republic of Turkey, responsible for Science, University and Industry and graduate of 1984- year from Electronics and Communication Engineering, stated in his speech that Prof. Dr. Yaser S. Abu-Mostafa is a distinguished scientist. Prof. Dr. Kavranoğlu said “I attended his lectures between 1985 and 1989 while I was studying for masters and doctorate. He is an excellent person, a good professor and a great scientist. We are glad to host him again at İTÜ after six years.”

The effect of artificial intelligence and machine learning on the society

The presentation, titled “Artificial Intelligence: Evolution and Revolution (and Hype!)” of Prof. Dr. Yaser S. Abu-Mostafa, who was granted various awards with his scientific studies on artificial intelligence in California Institute of Technology (CalTech), attracted great deal of attention. 

In his presentation, Prof. Dr. Yaser S. Abu-Mostafa explained the diagram of artificial intelligence by using key words such as vogue words, terminology, quality, progress, conversion, difficulties, data and inconsistencies. He opened his speech by expressing historical development of artificial intelligence and machine learning and relation between them.  Prof. Dr. Abu-Mostafa underlined that intelligence tried to carry out complicated tasks, learned new skills, and performed the functions such as innovation, undertaking and revolt. Prof. Dr. Yaser S. Abu-Mostafa continued his speech by drawing attention to vogue words and concepts such as artificial intelligence, learning with artificial intelligence, big data, deep learning, neural network, data science, pattern recognition and data mining. He explained artificial intelligence and machine learning with examples. Prof. Dr. Abu-Mostafa, who told machine learning upon the process of a client’s getting credit, conveyed that machine learning was a key technology in Big Data and various financial, medical, commercial and scientific application. Prof. Dr. Yaser S. Abu-Mostafa stated that with machine learning, it was possible to keep past records of the client and it was very easy to detect if a client was good or bad. He added that at this point algorithm of learning would be able to form the borders depending upon data. Prof. Dr. Yaser S. Abu-Mostafa reminded the words of Stephen Hawking “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race." by laying emphasis of effects of artificial intelligence and machine learning on the society and economy. Prof. Dr. Yaser S. Abu-Mostafa said “Be careful for what you wish” by underlying that one day wishes would come true.