2024 Program

Time in Eastern Time (US & Canada).

June 12, 2024

Post & vote questions for the panel discussions, here:
Please submit and vote for the questions that you would like to be discussed during the panels. The topic of each panel is aligned with the theme of each session. Please specify the session number of the panel when posting your questions. For example: [Session I] What new security & privacy questions have bee n brought by LLMs?

8:30 – 9:00Breakfast (—)
9:00 – 9:15SEMLA 2024 Opening Session
Opening by Prof. Foutse Khomh
Session I: Privacy and Security of AI/FMs Session chair: Mohammad Hamdaqa (Polytechnique Montréal, Canada)
9:15-10:45Negar Rostamzadeh (Google, MILA, Canada): Beyond the ML Model: From Plane Crash to Algorithmic Harms.
Xi He (University of Waterloo, Vector Institute, Canada): Protecting User Privacy in the Age of AI: Challenges and Opportunities.
10:45-11:00Coffee break
11:00-11:30Elnaz Kanani (Deloitte Canada): Enhancing public services: leveraging artificial intelligence for government efficiency
11:30-12:30Panel Discussion
Moderator: Foutse Khomh (Polytechnique Montréal, Canada)
Negar Rostamzadeh (Google, MILA, Canada)
Xi He (University of Waterloo, Vector Institute, Canada)
Elnaz Kanani (Deloitte Canada)
David Lo (Singapore Management University, Singapore)
12:30-14:00Lunch break
Session II: Engineering of Trustworthy FMs Session chair: Zohreh Sharafi (Polytechnique Montréal, Canada)
14:00-15:30Ahmed E. Hassan (Queen’s University, Canada): AIware: Re-thinking software and software engineering in the foundation model era
Jie Zhang (King’s College London, UK): Mutation for Assessing and Optimising AI Systems
15:30-16:00Coffee break
16:00-16:30Karime Maamari (Distyl AI, USA): Tackling NL-to-SQL’s End-to-End Cross-Cutting Issues: Strategic Preprocessing and Optimization
16:30-17:30  Panel Discussion
Moderator: Michael W. Godfrey (University of Waterloo, Canada)
Ahmed E. Hassan (Queen’s University, Canada)
Jie Zhang (King’s College London, UK)
Karime Maamari (Distyl AI, USA)
Emilio Rivera-Landos (Desjardins, Canada)
17:30-19:00Reception & Poster session (Atrium Lassonde (M-3500) — Poster chair: Mohammad Hamdaqa & Bentley Oakes

June 13, 2024

8:30 – 9:00 Breakfast (—)
Session III: AI/FMs for Software Engineering Session chair: Maxime Lamothe (Polytechnique Montréal, Canada)
9:00-10:30Denys Poshyvanyk (William & Mary, USA): Towards an Interpretable Science of Deep Learning for Software Engineering: A Causal Inference View
Prem Devanbu (UC Davis, USA): Bimodality in Software
10:45-11:00Coffee break
11:00-11:30Anh Nguyen-Duc (South Eastern Norway and Norwegian University of Science and Technology): On the impact of GenAI in software development – the state of art and future prospects
11:30-12:30 Panel Discussion
Moderator: Houari Sahraoui (Université de Montréal, Canada)
Denys Poshyvanyk (William & Mary, USA)
Prem Devanbu (UC Davis, USA)
Anh Nguyen-Duc (South Eastern Norway and Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)
Shin Hwei Tan (Concordia University, Canada)
12:30-14:00 Lunch break
Session IV: FM trade-offs: efficacy, efficiency, security, transparency, and fairness Session chair: Ali Ouni (École de technologie supérieure, Canada)
14:00-15:30David Lo (Singapore Management University, Singapore): Efficacy, Efficiency, and Security of Code LLMs: Promises and Perils
Lingming Zhang (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA): Towards Crystal-clear Code LLMs: StarCoder2 and Magicoder
15:30-16:00Coffee break
16:00-16:30. Golnoosh Farnadi (McGill University, Canada): Algorithmic Fairness:  From Traditional ML to Foundation Models
16:30-17:30  Panel Discussion
Moderator: Banani Roy (University of Saskatchewan, Canada)
David Lo (Singapore Management University, Singapore) 
Golnoosh Farnadi (McGill University, Canada)
Lingming Zhang (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
Laurent Barcelo, Partner and CTO (Videns Analytics, Canada)
17:30-18:00Closing remarks