A webinar on "Leveraging AI to Battle this Pandemic-And the Next One"
Department of Computer Science & Engineering
Northern University Bangladesh
A webinar on "Leveraging AI to Battle this Pandemic-And the Next One" was held by Computer Science & Engineering Department of Northern University Bangladesh on June 5, 2020, at 8 PM. Arif Nezami, a tech enthusiastic person, CEO of Prenuer Lab-a company for social good, was present as the chief guest in this webinar. He is the Community Leader of Facebook Developers Circle & former Manager of Google Developers Group Dhaka. He is an Alumni of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), US Department of State's premier professional exchange program, and a serial community manager. Before founding Preneur Lab, Arif Nezami worked with A2I (Prime Minister's Office) and in Google Bus Project. This webinar was moderated by Taskin Fatema, Lecturer, Computer Science & Engineering Department of Northern University Bangladesh.
The first topic was the relation, impact, and contribution of AI in today's technological business industry. The honorable guest speaker mentioned how Facebook successfully identifies someone when someone uploads a picture of that person using AI. He also spoke about the fast growth of dependency on AI and the adaption of AI by every industry.
When asked by the moderator about the effective use of AI in this COVID pandemic situation, Mr. Arif pointed out how AI is assisting with COVID patients' diagnosis by collecting blood samples. He also mentioned how AI is being used to suggest treatment for patients of other diseases by analyzing symptoms. He spoke about autonomous vehicles used in the Netherlands and the USA (by Tesla) in this pandemic situation.
Students eagerly participated in the webinar and asked questions in the comments section about building a career in AI. The honorable guest speaker mentioned that the first step in building a career in AI would be learning programming languages like Python and R. Then, one should learn about different machine learning algorithms and learn to use Pytorch, Google Tensorflow, etc. He also talked about the importance of mathematics and statistics in this field.
There were other questions from students like the relationship between AI and cybersecurity, job opportunities, and the future of AI in Bangladesh. Mr. Arif explained all those queries with relevant examples. He also spoke about the future of his company, Preneur Lab.
The session ended by expressing gratitude to the honorable guest speaker for his precious time by the host on behalf of NUB. It is expected that this session would be of great value for students and all those interested in building a career in AI.