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Summer School on

Artificial Intelligence for a Secure Society

Thursday 05 September 2024 – Tuesday 10 September 2024

Capo Vaticano Resort Thalasso Spa

Capo Vaticano, Calabria (Italy)

 

About the school

The first edition of the AI for a Secure Society summer school will focus on how AI can used for detecting disinformation, misinformation, hate speech, exploring their manifestations and available tools for combatting them.

The location

Capovaticano Resort Thalasso Spa. Located in one of the most exclusive destinations of the beautiful “Costa degli Dei”, overlooking Stromboli Volcano and the Aeolian Islands.

Registration

The fee for the summer school is € 550 (early registration) until 10 July 2024. Late registration is € 700 will be between 11 July 2024 and 10 August 2024.

AIM OF THE SCHOOL

The pervasive influence of social media platforms has undeniably transformed the landscape of contemporary discourse.

While these platforms facilitate open discussions on diverse topics, they simultaneously present significant challenges associated with misinformation and the manipulation of public opinion.

With the advent of advanced Artificial Intelligence (generative AI) and Large Language Models (LLM), the dissemination of misinformation has become increasingly sophisticated, threatening the integrity of online discourse and eroding trust in institutions and among communities. It is crucial for policymakers, academics, and industry leaders to collectively address these issues.

The goal of the summer school on “Artificial Intelligence for a Secure Society” is to empower individuals with the means to foster a more secure communities, both online and offline. By gathering experts from diverse fields, the program will tackle pressing challenges through the lens of AI.

Participants will learn how artificial intelligence can be used to identify, analyze, mitigate, and counteract various threats, including misinformation, disinformation, fake news, orchestrated online campaigns, and information warfare.

Topics

  • Data Science
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cybersecurity
  • Social networks Analysis
  • Network Science
  • Generative AI
  • Trustworthy AI
  • Explainable AI
  • Neural Networks
  • Machine/Deep Learning

Target Attendees

Postgraduate Students, PhD Students, Researchers

ABOUT THIS SCHOOL

The rise of online threats, fueled by the rapid growth of misinformation, propaganda, and malicious activities, has spurred an urgent need for advanced detection, analysis, and mitigation techniques. The first edition of the AI for a Secure Society summer school will focus on how AI can used for detecting disinformation, misinformation, hate speech, exploring their manifestations and available tools for combatting them. These topics will be examined across five distinct thematic areas, focusing on pioneering strategies to address the complex array of online threats, spanning the domains of information dissemination, behavioral analysis, and effective countermeasures. Particular emphasis will be placed on different aspects of hate speech and fake news, with a focus on contemporary challenges related to Information Disorder and the impact of social media on warfare and political propaganda campaigns.

Participants will learn how artificial intelligence can be used to identify, analyze, mitigate, and counteract various threats, including misinformation, disinformation, fake news, orchestrated online campaigns, and information warfare.

The Summer School will enable attendees to work on their own projects with the guidance of tutors. These projects will be assessed by a panel of experts at the end of the school. This format will allow attendees to learn from wider keynote speeches, topic-specific talks, and sessions that will help them advance in their chosen projects.

The Summer School will also include social activities that will foster networking among attendees and speakers.

KEYNOTES

V. S. SUBRAHMANIAN

Professor, Northwestern University, USA

AI and Security Problems

FOSCA GIANNOTTI

Professor, Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy

Explainable AI and LLMs

FRANCESCO BONCHI

Research Director at Centai, Italy

Fairness and Radicalization

DINO PEDRESCHI

Professor, University of Pisa

TBA

DOMENICO TALIA

Professor, University of Calabria, Italy

Fake News Detection

RITA CUCCHIARA

Professor, University UNIMORE, Italy

AI and Computer Vision

GIOVANNI DA SAN MARTINO

Professor, University of Padova, Italy

Online Disinformation and Propaganda

THIS SUMMER SCHOOL IS SUPPORTED AND ORGANIZED BY:

The event “Summer School on Artificial Intelligence for a Secure Society” is organized as part of the SoBigData.it project’s offerings aimed at training new users and communities of the research infrastructure (SoBigData.eu). “SoBigData.it receives funding from European Union – NextGenerationEU – National Recovery and Resilience Plan (Piano Nazionale di Ripresa e Resilienza, PNRR) – Project: “SoBigData.it – Strengthening the Italian RI for Social Mining and Big Data Analytics” – Prot. IR0000013 – Avviso n. 3264 del 28/12/2021.

The event is also supported by the project SERICS (PE00000014) under the NRRP MUR program funded by the EU – NGEU.