12 Dec. 2023 - 21:00

The Roots of Artificial Intelligence

This will be the first of three events on Artificial Intelligence, promoted by the Ar | Respire Connosco Initiative.

Join us on December 12th @ 9pm, for a discussion on the Past of AI. Free event, limited to the number of seats available.

The Roots of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence is all around us, accelerating medical drug development, selecting what content we see across social media or outclassing us on the most human of tasks from driving to medical diagnoses. The transformational power of AI has the potential to alter our society as profoundly as the agricultural and industrial revolutions, but how did we get here?

What is intelligence, and why do we seek to replicate it artificially? 

When did the AI revolution begin, and can you recall your first encounter with AI? 

How has AI impacted our daily lives, and how will it alter our futures?

Join us on December 12th @ 21:00 in the Champalimaud Auditorium for The Roots of AI, the inaugural event in a three-part series exploring the Past, Present, and Future of AI where we will ask these questions and more. 

The Roots of AI will consist of three activities. First, in Dialogues on Intelligence, Prannay Reddy and Ana Maia will chat about the topic of Intelligence in a broader sense. Then, on Rise of the Algorithm, Tiago Marques will introduce AI while providing a perspective on its research history and relationship with neuroscience. Finally, during Conversations with a Machine, Lesly, our own artificial being, will discuss how it came to be.

Ar Event - Speaker & Hosts


Tiago Marques (1)

Tiago Marques received his PhD from the Champalimaud Foundation in Neuroscience where he studied the role of hierarchical circuits in the brain during visual perception. After that, Tiago worked at MIT researching how the brain recognizes visual objects and developing novel Artificial Intelligence algorithms that better approximate human intelligence. Currently, Tiago is co-leading the Digital Surgery Lab at the Champalimaud Clinical Center where his team is developing an innovative medical device to allow surgeons to see a tumor through the patient’s skin combining Artificial Intelligence and Extended Reality.


Ana Maia (2)

Ana is a psychiatry resident at Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Ocidental and a PhD student at the Neuropsychiatry Unit of Champalimaud Foundation. She is interested in studying brain-body interactions, namely the bidirectional influence between emotions, thought, behaviour and the immune system.

Prannay Reddy (3)

Prannay Reddy is an INDP PhD student in neuroscience at the Champalimaud Research and is still working on figuring out his niche in the field. He also makes scientific outreach videos on YouTube for fun.

Free event

Tuesday, 12th DEC 2023
21:00-22:30 | drinks & snacks
This live event will be in English and will also be transmitted online.


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Roots of AI


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