Bryant University draws its main strength from successful integration of business and arts and sciences, and takes justifiable pride in its role as a place for interdisciplinary collaboration. TEA talks provides a forum for such multidisciplinary interactions.

Current

A Conversation with NAO the Robot

This multidisciplinary talk will feature a discussion on a research project at Bryant that explores the use of robot assistants in multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM). It will include a demonstration where NAO the robot will hold a conversation with a human and assist in forming a portfolio of mutual funds. Presenters will illustrate the architecture of the robot assisted MCDM and describe a method that is extensively used to structure complex decision problems and has been applied to a variety of problems in a diverse set of disciplines, such as selecting a project, selecting a life insurance contract, selecting public relations firms, deciding on library acquisitions, hostage negotiations, selecting sites for wildlife management, and selecting a nonprofit for donation. The talk is intended to stimulate thinking on the implications for students, faculty, and administrators of the increasing role of robotics and artificial intelligence in the society and economy.

Speakers:

Chen Zhang
Associate Professor of Information Systems and Analytics

David Louton
Professor of Finance

Hakan Saraoglu
Professor of Finance

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Time: 2:00PM – 3:00 PM
Location: AIC 118
Registration: Please let us know your attendance plans 

Sponsored by: Office of the Provost; Refreshments Provided

Past Tea Talks

Developing Human Capital in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

March, 2019
Ronald K Machtley, President of Bryant University and Hakan Saraoglu, Professor of Finance

This talk will feature a discussion on the takeaways from an earlier TEA TALKS presentation entitled “Models of Ideal Participants in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” The discussion is intended to share ideas on the role of higher education institutions in the development of human capital in an era of massive global transformations and to explore actionable initiatives on the subject.

An Improvisational Discourse on Teaching

September, 2018
Hakan Saraoglu, Professor of Finance

This talk will feature a discussion by Professor Hakan Saraoglu.  Professor Hakan Saraoglu will reflect on his teaching throughout the years, which he considers an improvisational journey. He will provide a discussion of ideas that he became mindful of during his journey.

Models of Ideal Participants in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

March, 2018
Ronald K. MachtleyPresident of Bryant University and Hakan Saraoglu, Professor of Finance

This talk will feature a discussion on the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which, according to the World Economic Forum, “… is characterized by a range of new technologies that are fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds, impacting all disciplines, economies and industries, and even challenging ideas about what it means to be human.” The discussion is intended to stimulate thinking about the role of higher education institutions in this new era of massive transformations.

The Fifth Culture

November, 2017
Hakan Saraoglu, Professor of Finance

This talk featured a discussion on the term ‘The Fifth Culture’ that Hakan imagined while thinking about the massive transformations taking place globally. The discussion intended to generate takeaways and action items regarding Curriculum Design, Multidisciplinary Faculty Collaboration in Research Projects, Student – Faculty Collaboration in Research Projects, Creativity, Innovation, Intellectual Competitions and Public – Private Partnership Projects