Events - Davis Institute for AI



March 29 & 30, 2023

Felipe Tovar-Henao

Visiting Artist

Bixler 154, and Given Auditorium, Bixler Building, Colby College 

Felipe Tovar-Henao is a Colombian composer and software developer who specializes in computer-assisted creativity, procedural art, and music information retrieval. His creative work is deeply rooted in aesthetic experiences with technology, philosophy, and cinema, and often focuses on exploring sound perception, memory, and recognition.

Artist Talk – Bixler 154 – 4:00 p.m., March 29, 2023

Concert/Installation: Sampling 2.0 – Given Auditorium – 6:00 p.m., March 30, 2023


March 30, 2023

Andrew B.B. Hamilton – 4:00 p.m.

No App for That: Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language, & the Future of Communication

Lovejoy 213, Lovejoy Building, Colby College 

Andrew B.B. Hamilton studies the history of ideas through the lens of language, literature, and technology. His publications include essays on literary history, the history of scientific metaphors, and literary translations. He has taught German language and literature at Bowdoin, Bates, and Colby colleges.

Past Distinguished Speaker Series

Open to the public!

March 9, 2023

Ruha Benjamin – 6:00 pm

Viral Justice: Pandamics, Police Violence & Public Bioethics

Ostrove Auditorium – Diamond Building, Colby College 

Ruha Benjamin is a professor of African-American Studies at Princeton University, the founding director of the Ida B. Wells JustDataLab, and author of the award-winning book Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code, among many other publications. Her work investigates the social dimensions of science, medicine, and technology with a focus on the relationship between innovation and inequity, health and justice, knowledge and power. 

Hosted by the Public Humanistic Inquiry Lab with co-sponsorship from African-American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, the Center for the Arts and Humanities, Davis Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs, Science, Technolgy, and Society, and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies.

November 10, 2022

Oscar Santillán – 5:00 pm

Ostrove Auditorium – Diamond Building, Colby College

Oscar Santillán will speak about his practice and introduce the research and work that he will be doing during the 2022-2023 academic year as a Lunder Senior Fellow at the Museum of Art here at Colby.

This talk will also be available to watch and participate in the Q&A via Zoom. Use link below.

The talk and Q&A will be followed by a reception in Ostrove.


October 18, 2022 - 7:00 PM

AI Research for Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability

Claire Monteleoni, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science University of Colorado Boulder & Founding Editor in Chief of Environmental Data Science

Despite the scientific consensus on climate change, drastic uncertainties remain. Crucial questions about regional climate trends, changes in extreme events, such as heat waves and mega-storms, and understanding how climate varied in the distant past, must be answered in order to improve predictions, assess impacts and vulnerability, and inform mitigation and sustainable adaptation strategies. Machine learning can help answer such questions and shed light on climate change. An overview of our climate informatics research, focusing on challenges in learning from spatiotemporal data, along with semi- and unsupervised deep learning approaches to studying rare and extreme events, and precipitation and temperature downscaling.

May 6, 2022

Cracking Historical Ciphers in Medieval Texts with AI in the Loop

Beáta Megyesi, Professor of Computational Linguistics – Uppsala University, Sweden

She is specialized in digital philology and natural language processing. Her research interests include the automatic analysis of non-standard language data from historical texts and ciphers to student writings to allow large-scale empirical studies for the humanities and social sciences. She is the former president of the Northern European Association for Language Technology, former head of department of Linguistics and Philology and campus director of the English Park Campus at Uppsala University. She serves as the PI of the DECODE and DECRYPT projects, aiming at the development of infrastructural resources and tools for historical cryptology.

April 7, 2022

Your Work in an Age of Automation

Roy Bahat, Bloomberg

Join us for a fireside chat discussing the use of AI for optimizing and automating work.


February 24, 2022

Computing Ethics Narratives – Teaching Computing Ethics Through Storytelling

Stacy Doore (Colby College), Allison Cooper (Bowdoin College) and Fernando Nascimento (Bowdoin College)

Join the Computing Ethics Narratives team on Thursday, February 24th at 4:00 pm for a conversation about what its members learned over the course of their research and to celebrate the launch of the project’s website,

Bootcamps and Hackathons

Opportunities to engage with Colby faculty/staff, alumni, industry experts and others to learn the tools used in data science and AI.

March 11, 2023


In collaboration with alumnus owned, Voice XD, we will be hosting a hackathon, focused on generating great ideas and innovations. No coding or programming needed to participate!

Sign up today!

Career Panels

November 1, 2022

AI Graduate School Panel – 7:00 pm
Olin Collaborative Space

Sponsored by Davis Connects and Davis Institute for AI,  round table panel discussions about graduate schools and programs related to artificial intelligence and data science. Panel guests will include people from Davis AI, IDEXX, Colby alumni and others. 

October 3, 2022

AI Internship Panel
7:00 pm – SSWAC – Parker Reed Room

Sponsored by Davis Connects and Davis Institute for AI, join us for a panel discussion about internships related to artificial intelligence. Panel guests will include students and hiring managers.