AI for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response
Ritwik Gupta · Robin Murphy · Trevor Darrell · Eric Heim · Zhangyang Wang · Bryce Goodman · Piotr Biliński

Fri Dec 13th 08:00 AM -- 06:00 PM @ West 217 - 219
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Natural disasters are one of the oldest threats to not just individuals but to the societies they co-exist in. As a result, humanity has ceaselessly sought way to provide assistance to people in need after disasters have struck. Further, natural disasters are but a single, extreme example of the many possible humanitarian crises. Disease outbreak, famine, and oppression against disadvantaged groups can pose even greater dangers to people that have less obvious solutions.
In this proposed workshop, we seek to bring together the Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) communities in order to bring AI to bear on real-world humanitarian crises.
Through this workshop, we intend to establish meaningful dialogue between the communities.

By the end of the workshop, the NeurIPS research community can come to understand the practical challenges of in aiding those in crisis, while the HADR can understand the landscape that is the state of art and practice in AI.
Through this, we seek to begin establishing a pipeline of transitioning the research created by the NeurIPS community to real-world humanitarian issues.

08:00 AM Introduction and Welcome (Programmatic) Ritwik Gupta, Sandra Sajeev
08:15 AM Invited Talks (x4) (Talks) Yossi Matias, Tracy Adole, Jason M Brown
10:15 AM Spotlight Talks (x6) (Talks) Anna Kruspe, Nic Dalmasso, Patrick Schrempf, Jean Oh, Jigar Doshi, Wenhan Lu
11:30 AM Lunch (Food)
01:00 PM Invited Talks (x4) (Talks) Eric Rasmussen, Megan Stromberg, Trevor Darrell
03:00 PM Spotlight Talks (x6) (Talks) Chaofeng Wang, Junghoon Seo, Josh Veitch-Michaelis, Chelsea Sidrane, Mubbasir Kapadia, Sella Nevo, Rohit Dubey
04:30 PM Convergence: Two-Way Limitations in Taking Theory to Applications (Panel Discussion) Rachel Dzombak, Lexie Yang
05:15 PM Poster Session (Posters)

Author Information

Ritwik Gupta (Carnegie Mellon University - Software Engineering Institute)

**Ritwik Gupta** is a Machine Learning Research Scientist at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute. His research focus lies on the hand-off between humans and autonomous systems. Specifically, his current projects include robotic anomaly detection in constrained environments, humanitarian assistance and disaster response, and efficient machine learning with limited compute resources. Prior to CMU, Ritwik’s back- ground was in the world of biomedical informatics, focusing on causal driver-passenger mutation identification.

Robin Murphy (Texas A&M University)
Trevor Darrell (UC Berkeley)
Eric Heim (Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute)
Zhangyang Wang (TAMU)
Bryce Goodman (Defense Innovation Unit)
Piotr Biliński (University of Warsaw / University of Oxford)

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