EFMD Conference

On Thursday, 16th November, the UNESCO Chair in Artificial Intelligence & Data Science (AI & DS) for Society made a significant impact at the 2023 EFMD Bachelor Programmes Conference in Budapest. During his presentation, Hani Alers, a senior researcher with the UNESCO Chair, unveiled the Chair’s pioneering work in employing AI and data science to revolutionize education. The conference, renowned for bringing together thought leaders from academia, industry, and innovation sectors, provided an ideal backdrop for this engaging discussion.

Hani Alers’ presentation encapsulated the essence and ambition of three flagship projects that embody the UNESCO Chair’s mission to harness AI and data science for societal benefit:

  • A-L-E-R-S: This innovative project focuses on creating adaptive learning environments to personalize education. By employing sophisticated AI algorithms, A-L-E-R-S aims to make learning resources more accessible and customized to each student’s unique needs, thereby promoting educational equity.

  • GPT for Grading Exams: Highlighting the transformative potential of AI in academic evaluation, this project introduces an AI-driven approach to exam grading. Leveraging generative pre-trained transformers (GPT), it aims to streamline the grading process, enhance objectivity, and alleviate the burden on educators, marking a step towards fairer and more efficient assessment methods.
  • Policy AI in Education: Demonstrating the UNESCO Chair’s commitment to influencing educational policy, this initiative utilizes AI to analyze and inform policy-making processes. It seeks to guide decision-makers in developing strategies that leverage digital advancements to foster inclusive and effective educational systems.

Valued collaborations

The session on the 16th of November not only showcased the UNESCO Chair AI & DS for Society’s leading-edge projects but also sparked discussions on the role of AI and data science in shaping the future of education. Hani Alers’ presentation underscored the critical need for interdisciplinary collaboration in advancing educational technologies and policies that can meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Reflecting on the event, the UNESCO Chair AI & DS for Society is invigorated by the positive reception and the fruitful exchanges that took place. As we continue to navigate the evolving landscape of education and technology, the Chair remains dedicated to pioneering initiatives that ensure technology acts as a force for good, empowering learners and educators worldwide with innovative tools and insights.