Harris Dean Reception and Machine Learning Conversation in NYC

Wed., November 15, 2017 | 6:00 PM — 8:00 PM

Harris Public Policy
The Michelangelo, 152 W 51st St.
New York, NY 10019
United States

Join Harris' new dean, Katherine Baicker, for a talk and networking reception in New York City, featuring Professor Jens Ludwig on Machine Learning & Public Policy. A welcome speech will be given by Katherine Baicker, Dean and Emmett Dedmon Professor at Harris School of Public Policy. 


About the Speaker

Professor Jens Ludwig

Jens Ludwig 
Director, University of Chicago Crime Lab; 
McCormick Foundation Professor of Social Service Administration, Law, and Public Policy, University of Chicago 



6:00 - 6:15: Registration 
6:15 - 7:00: Program 
7:00 - 8:00: Reception 

About the Event 

New tools from machine learning have been able to solve problems that once seemed intractable, such as recognizing faces in photos, translating text from one language into another, and navigating robots through novel terrains. Machine learning tools solve these problems not by writing a program that draws on how humans recognize faces, but instead structuring them as statistical prediction problems. Their success in solving these sorts of “engineering” problems has led to growing interest in applying them to help solve public policy challenges as well, particularly those where a key policy decision hinges on a prediction. Professor Ludwig's talk will address both the potential – and the pitfalls – of applying machine learning tools to public policy problems.


Please RSVP here by Monday, November 13. 


Questions? Contact harrisalumni@uchicago.edu.