Pop-up Exhibition invites public to explore Artificial Intelligence as part of European Researchers’ Night

19 September 2023

Whether we like it or not, artificial intelligence (AI) has become an integral part of our everyday lives.  A temporary exhibition run by the SFI ADAPT Centre for AI-Driven Digital Content Technology will open in the Douglas Hyde Gallery in Trinity College Dublin on the 29th of September (4-8pm) and will provide an insight into one of the most controversial topics of the year – Artificial Intelligence.  The pop-up exhibition forms part of Trinity College Dublin’s START (Start Talking About Research Today) event to celebrate European Researchers Night.  

The exhibition will include a number of demos, installations and talks with Ireland’s three official languages represented on the night – Irish, English and Irish sign language. The public are invited to come and ‘Explore AI’ with researchers who are working at the cutting edge of this transformative technology.  There will be something for all ages and visitors will be invited to contribute to live research experiments, join discussions on a variety of topics impacting AI in our lives, and experience virtual reality to name but a few.  The event allows researchers to showcase their work to the public using interactive and engaging techniques.  Access to the exhibition is free of charge.  Register.

This year’s programme highlights include:

Art or AI? Museum of Very Modern Art

AI-generated art tools like DALL-E, Midjourney and Stable Diffusion are changing how we view art and creativity. But as humans, how good are we at distinguishing a classic from an artwork generated by a machine?  The ‘Art or AI?’ Museum of Very Modern Art will have you scratching your head to figure out your Dalís from your DALL-Es. 

Browse the gallery. Ask yourself is this machine art or a Monet masterpiece. Note your answers and check your scores. Share your thoughts on this rapidly-evolving technology: Is there anything AI can’t do? Does it have a place when it comes to art and creativity? Where do you see things going from here?

From virtual to reality… and back!

Experience what it feels like to embody a virtual avatar by wearing an IVR visor.  This avatar may have different somatic features such as skin color, clothes, body shape, or it can perform different actions like moving while the person is sitting.  This illusion can trigger subjective or physiological effects like having the feeling of moving or changes in heart rate.

AI Dilemma Cafe 

Join us for a coffee at the AI Dilemma Café where we will be exchanging coffee for chats about people’s interactions with AI. Our AI dilemmas will encourage you to think about the technology you interact with on a day-to-day basis and how it shapes our lives and our interactions with others. 

PARADISE: AI and Vasculitis

What is vasculitis and how is AI helping us improve treatment for people with vasculitis? Researchers will demonstrate how blood flows to organs via healthy blood vessels versus inflamed blood vessels in vasculitis. Find out how AI approaches are being used to safely manage and curate vast amounts of patient information, in order to help doctors better manage autoimmune disease. Give us your feedback on the use of AI in medicine.

Automated Translation between Spoken and Sign Languages

SignON, a European funded Horizon 2020 project, centred around co-creation and exploring automated translation between sign languages and spoken languages. The team will showcase their research on sign language machine translation, including a demonstration of the technology, and the creative approaches the project uses to gather feedback from potential Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing users of the technology.

That is the Question

A Shakespeare performance in Irish Sign Language for people and machines. That is the Question is a short film combining science and theatre to explore how an artificial intelligence might perceive sign language. Performed by Alvean Jones and Lianne Quigley, That is the Question features texts from Shakespeare translated to Irish Sign Language, and integrates elements of sign language machine translation technologies. It was produced as part of the European-funded Horizon 2020 SignON project, and supported by Science Foundation Ireland.

Generate new Wikipedia texts in Irish

Calling all Irish speakers. Have you ever tried to add an article to Vicipéid (the Irish language version of Wikipedia)? Not sure where to start? Our tool can help to automatically produce a short text on the fly which you can then edit manually if needed, to create a new Wikipedia page.  Unlike ChatGPT, our approach does not use Large Language Models. Find out about this alternative rule-based system that encodes grammatical and lexical knowledge of the Irish language. 

Unleash Your Inner Superhero with X-Ray Vision AR!

Get ready for a mind-blowing experience as we blend superhero powers with Augmented Reality (AR)! Our research demo will show you the amazing fusion of X-ray vision capabilities and AR technology, taking your perception to a whole new level! See through objects and surfaces like Superman all thanks to cutting-edge computer vision and image processing technology.  It’s like having your very own superhero x-ray goggles, right at your fingertips. Now, imagine the endless possibilities! In medicine, doctors can view inside patients, making diagnoses easier and treatments more precise and engineers can check the insides of structures and equipment without breaking a sweat. But wait, with great power comes great responsibility! We’re aware of the ethical concerns, so rest assured, our AR X-ray vision tech is all about responsible use and data protection. Your secrets are safe with us! Get ready to unleash your inner superhero and join us on this epic adventure!

eSTÓr – Irish Language Technology 

You might be familiar with tools like Google Translate, but how does automatic translation between Irish and English work?  Find out about how the eSTÓR website collects English-Irish language data to improve Irish Language Technology.  Come explore the eSTÓR website and learn how the data collected is used to improve the eTranslation Machine Translation system.  eSTÓR allows language resources to be collected, prepared and shared among public institutions and translation centres.

The event is free and open to the public.  Save the date and register to join us on the 29th of September from 4-8pm.  Register now!