Lecture series: AI tools & LLMs

As the demand for information and better understanding of  AI tools, their capabilities, limitations and implications for academia and the publishing domain continues to surge, Lib4RI is excited to announce a lecture series for end of 2023 and early 2024!

The rise of AI technologies presents both exciting opportunities and challenges for academia and the publishing world. While these tools can enhance research, streamline content creation, and automate certain tasks, ethical concerns and questions of academic integrity have arisen. There are ongoing debates surrounding issues like authorship, plagiarism detection, and the impact of automated content generation on traditional publishing practices. Our lecture series will address these important concerns and provide insights on how to navigate this evolving landscape.

Part 1: General overview

Mark Cieliebak: Language Models. Fundamental technologies and applications

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Mark Cieliebak
  • Date: 30 October 2023, 16.00 - 17.00 with subsequent Apéro
  • Place: Eawag-Empa Dübendorf, Forum Chriesbach, FC-C24 & via Zoom
  • Talk: Prof. Dr. Mark Cieliebak, Centre for Artificial Intelligence, ZHAW
  • Registration: Space on-site is limited. For free attendance on-site, please register below.

In this presentation, Mark Cieliebak sheds light on recent developments in Generative AI, with a strong focus on Large Language Models (LLMs) such as ChatGPT. This covers topics as broad as text summarization, essay generation, or chatbots. He will introduce the underlying technologies, present several showcases, and assess the potential of LLMs in future research and development. The core algorithms will be explained on a level that is also suitable for a non-technical audience.

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The slides and video of Mark Cieliebak's talk "Language Models. Fundamental technologies and applications" are only available within the four Research Institutes! Please connect to the server via cable or VPN.

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Part 2: LLMs in academia. Challenges and opportunities

Sampoorna Rappaz: What you need to know when using AI for academic writing

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Sampoorna Rappaz
  • Date: 13 November 2023, 16.00 - 17.00 with subsequent Apéro
  • Place: Eawag-Empa Dübendorf, Forum Chriesbach, FC-C20 (Note: room has changed!) & via Zoom
  • Talk: Dr. Sampoorna Rappaz, Lecturer Academic Writing & Scientific Editor, University Library Bern
  • Registration: Space on-site is limited. For free attendance on-site, please register below.

The second lecture in this series by Dr. Sampoorna Rappaz will specifically explore the role of LLMs in academia, addressing crucial themes such as: the impact of LLMs on academic writing, the ethical and practical considerations when integrating LLMs into academic work, and the opportunities and challenges presented by this transformative technology.

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The slides and video of Sampoorna Rappaz' talk "What you need to know when using AI for academic writing" are only available within the four Research Institutes! Please connect to the server via cable or VPN.

Slides and video

Part 3: AI tools & copyright

Sandra Marmy-Brändli: Potential copyright issues when using AI tools in research

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Sandra Marmy-Brändli
  • Date: Tuesday, 26 March 2024, 15.00 - 16.00
  • Speaker: Dr. Sandra Marmy-Brändli, Associate Intellectual Property Practice Group Baker McKenzie

In this talk, Sandra Marmy-Brändli will elaborate on the potential copyright issues researchers may face when using AI tools in their research. First, she will look at the question of whether AI-output can be protected by copyright law and if so under what conditions. Secondly, she will take a deeper look at potential copyright obstacles for training AI tools with copyright protected material, as well as potential defense strategies. Lastly, she will review the potential risks of infringing third party copyrights by using output created by AI tools.

The main aim of the presentation is to provide an overview over the legal situation in Switzerland; however, she will also shed light on the situation in the EU and briefly review some of the most recent ongoing AI cases from around the world, namely the pending AI law suits in the United States.

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Questions or suggestions?

We are interested in hearing your questions and suggestions about the topic, the events, and further knowledge exchange within the Research Institutes!