AI and robotics for education and wellbeing in emergencies


Numerous studies have been undertaken to highlight the positive role AI can have in promoting educational outcomes for children, especially for children falling behind. While AI is an innovative tool that can support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, it also poses risks for children, such as to their privacy and security. Additionally, there are growing concerns around AI algorithms causing increased exclusion and discrimination. As such, while many institutions understand the power of AI, they sometimes lack a data strategy or practical measures in place to implement a strong AI educational system.

Bringing together leaders in the fields of education and technology we aim to explore how AI, socially-assistive robots and personalised learning can improve education outcomes and support mental health and wellbeing, especially in crises and with vulnerable groups like refugees, and examine questions of privacy, ethics and safety in deploying AI and robots in classrooms. Through discussion, we hope to build strong momentum for more educational partners to introduce AI and robots safely in classrooms.

Tavern on the Green, W 67th St, New York, NY 10023, United States
4pm → 5.30pm
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Fady Jameel

Vice chairman, Community Jameel

Cynthia Breazeal

Dean for digital learning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Tariq Al Gurg

CEO, Dubai Cares



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About the event

The discussion will also highlight one case study - the upcoming Socially Assistive Robots Education Programme in Clarkston, Atlanta. The programme will utilise social robots to personalise education using artificial intelligence for pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten refugee children, focusing on improving pre-kindergarten and kindergarten student learning outcomes in early English literacy skills, social-emotional learning skills and fostering a growth mindset.
The discussion will tackle four key themes:

  • Current state of the education system and the impact of COVID-19
  • The role of personalised education, AI and robots
  • What differentiated successful programmes and those that failed?
  • How do teachers and school administrators safely and effectively work with AI and robots
  • The ethical issues around data privacy, security and safety
  • The Social Assistive Robots Programme overview


  • Spearhead discussion on the ethical and safe use of AI and robots in education — especially for vulnerable people
  • Build momentum on more educational institutions utilising AI and robots
  • Build support for our Socially Assistive Robots Programme
  • Position Community Jameel and Schmidt Futures as leaders in this field

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