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Oct. 13, 2023 – Dr. Joseph Engler, Pr. Technical Fellow and Chief Artificial Intelligence Scientist at Collins Aerospace, will give a presentation at the Cedar Rapids Public Library about artificial intelligence (AI). 

The event will be Thursday, Oct. 19, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Whipple Auditorium at the Downtown Library, 450 Fifth Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. It is free and open to the public. 

He will cover what Artificial Intelligence (AI) is and how it impacts each of us now and in the future. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.  

"Artificial Intelligence has been prolific in the media over the last year with much hype and some misunderstanding surrounding it. In this talk I will discuss what AI really is and how it directly and indirectly impacts our lives,” Engler said. 

Engler is the creator of Collins Aerospace Enterprise AI, named Allison, and is responsible for the direction of the Allison AI Lab, including research and development, product generation, and AI services. 

He received his B.S. degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from The Franciscan University in 2004, his M.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Iowa in 2009, and his Ph.D in Industrial Engineering from the University of Iowa in 2011. He has authored multiple peer reviewed papers and holds 13 patents, and 16 trade secrets.  

Prior to joining Collins Aerospace, Engler was an Associate Research Scientist in the University of Iowa Operator Performance Laboratory, where he developed several novel machine learning algorithms for classification of human physiology. He has performed research in association with several large research interests such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the Santa Fe Institute. His current research centers on Fractal Learning in Artificial Systems, and his research interests include artificial general intelligence, complex adaptive systems, and chaos science.