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(Research Software International, Inc., USA)
BIO: Dr. Yuri Balasanov earned his Master's degree in Applied Mathematics Ph.D. in Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics from the Lomonosov Moscow State University Russia, where he studied under the legendary Dr. Andrey Kolmogorov and leading members of his school. His primary expertise and research interests are in the area of stochastic modeling, machine learning and artificial intelligence, robotics with applications in various fields including trading, risk management, finance and economics, business analytics, marketing and medical studies. Dr. Balasanov has been a financial industry practitioner for more than 20 years, working at leading financial institutions as head quant, quantitative trader and risk manager. He has led research teams working on analytical and data-driven projects as well as development of software for analytics and quantitative trading.
Title of talk: Role of AI in Business Environment of New Generation
Abstract: We live in the time of rapid changes of business environment across all industries. The new evolving type of organization is shaped by digital infrastructure, connecting horizontally the old silo-based structure inside and outside the organization, and artificial intelligence, leveraging the information flow through this digital infrastructure. The talk shows the evolution and role of AI in transformation of the industries
(Microsoft Research, USA)
BIO: Nancy Baym (Ph.D. Speech Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 1994) is a Senior Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research in the New England lab and a Research Affiliate in Comparative Media Studies at MIT. Her research concerns social dynamics of new communication technologies in personal and professional relationships. She helped found the field of internet research, writing widely-cited research on online community in the early 1990s and co-founding the Association of Internet Researchers later that decade. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2012, she was a Professor of ommunication Studies at the University of Kansas. Her books include Twitter: A Biography (co-authored with Jean Burgess, 2020, NYU), Playing to the Crowd: Musicians, Audiences, and the Intimate Work of Connection (2018, NYU), Personal Connections in the Digital Age (2010, Second Edition 2014, Polity), Internet Inquiry: Conversations About Method (co-edited with Annette Markham, 2010, Sage), and Tune In, Log On: Soaps, Fandom and Online Community (2000, Sage). She has been recognized with the Frederick Williams Prize for Contributions to the Study of Communication and Technology awarded by the International Communication Association, the Association of Internet Researchers named its annual book prize the Nancy Baym Book Award, and she received an Honorary Doctorate from the Faculty of Information Technology at the University of Gothenburg.
Title of talk: The Relational Affordances of Platforms
Abstract: People have been socializing on the internet for nearly fifty years. In recent years, online social life has become increasingly concentrated in a relatively small number of commercial platforms. How can we make sense of the impacts they are having on our relational lives? How can we theorize platforms when they are constantly changing and used in so many different ways? In this talk, Nancy Baym draws on a range of her recent research on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to articulate a model for understanding platforms as the dynamic, unstable entities they are, and to explore their roles in shaping, constraining and opening up new possibilities for relationships in contexts ranging from close romantic bonds to online communities and the ties that connect musicians to their audiences. The talk further considers how these platforms commodify the relational interactions that take place through them, and how their design choices have fostered environments in which intimate relationships become tools for profit.