U.S. Embassy Prague and the Czech Embassy in Washington partnered to hold a bilateral U.S.-Czech workshop on artificial intelligence (AI) at the University of Maryland on 18-19 September 2018.
Dr. Stephen O’Regan, Science Director for the US Embassy’s Office of Naval Research Global, and Mr. Luděk Moravec, Czech Science Attaché to the United States, collaborated with technical program chairs Professor Bill Regli (University of Maryland) and Professor Michal Pěchouček (Czech Technical University in Prague) to bring together eighty representatives of the U.S. and Czech AI research communities to identify challenges, opportunities, and risks of the application of AI in commerce and security. The delegations from each country represented a broad range of interests in academia, industry, and government.
Panel discussions focused on cyber-security, future research thrusts, policy and legal implications, perception and acting, human and machine symbiosis, and bilateral collaboration mechanisms.
At the end of the first day, H. E. Hynek Kmoníček, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United States, hosted a dinner reception to honor the workshop participants and celebrate the centennial of U.S.-Czech diplomatic relations.