FREE! What is AI, or Artificial Intelligence? What’s the connection between AI and art, and how does that challenge our values around creativity and content? It’s legal, but is it ethical?

Experts in ethics, visual art, industry and computer science will help you better understand this quickly-evolving technology and how it impacts the creative process. Before and after the talks, enjoy demonstrations of visual art and written word created by AI and see how UCF students are working in this area during a poster session.

Hosted by the UCF Center for Ethics, in collaboration with the Center for Computer Vision and the School of Visual Arts and Design, and sponsored by UCF’s School of Modeling, Simulation, & Training, College of Engineering and Computer Science, College of Sciences, and Cognitive Sciences Laboratory.

Keynote Speaker


Ruben Villegas.Ruben Villegas is a Research Scientist at Google Brain where he works on generative modeling, self-supervised learning and multimodal learning in the video domain. He is interested in effectively incorporating the time dimension to learn more general representations towards the goal of compositional generalization. He received his PhD from the Computer Science & Engineering Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor under the supervision of Professor Honglak Lee. During his PhD, he mainly focused on building models for future frame prediction using self-supervised and supervised approaches. He also contributed to building world models successfully applied in model-based reinforcement learning.





Headshots for panelists of REALity of ARTificial Intelligence.

Jonathan Beever is Associate Professor of Ethics and Digital Culture in the Department of Philosophy and co-founding director of the UCF Center for Ethics. His interdisciplinary work around ethics, technology, and environments emphasizes how changing conditions shape the nature of relationships. He is the author of numerous articles and author or editor of four books including Understanding Digital Ethics (2019) and Philosophy, Film, and the Dark Side of Interdependence (2020). You can learn more about his work at

Keidra Daniels Navaroli is a McKnight Doctoral Fellow in the Texts & Technology Ph.D. Program at the University of Central Florida and coauthor of the forthcoming Oxford University Press publication This is America: Re-Viewing the Art of the United States. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on the intersections of curatorial practice, digital technologies, and underrepresented communities. Navaroli is the former assistant director/curator of the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Institute of Technology; is an alumna of the Museum Leadership Institute’s NextGen Program for Museum Leaders; and currently serves on the boards of the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries and the Surface Design Association. 

Stephen M. Fiore is Director, Cognitive Sciences Laboratory, and Professor with the University of Central Florida's Cognitive Sciences Program in the Department of Philosophy and School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training. He maintains a multidisciplinary research interest that incorporates aspects of the cognitive, social, organizational, and computational sciences in the investigation of learning and performance in individuals and teams. His primary area of research is the interdisciplinary study of complex collaborative cognition and the understanding of how humans interact socially and with technology. He has been awarded UCF’s prestigious Research Incentive Award four times to acknowledge his significant accomplishments, as well as UCF's Luminary Award (2019), as recognition for his work having a significant impact on the world, and UCF's Reach for the Stars Award (2014), as recognition for bringing international prominence to the university. He is co-author of a book on Accelerating Expertise (2013) and is a co-editor of volumes on Shared Cognition (2012), Macrocognition in Teams (2008), Distributed Training (2007), and Team Cognition (2004). Fiore has also co-authored over 200 scholarly publications in the area of learning, memory, and problem solving in individuals and groups.

Angela Hernandez is a UCF Alum and Lecturer of Animation and Animation History in the School of Visual Arts and Design. Her work explores ways to utilize animated media to bring positive change to communities around the world. Her latest short animation 2030 has been shown internationally and most recently screened at the Central Florida Film Festival.




Headshots of Stephen M. Kuebler and Matthew Hall.

Jonathan Beever
Stephen Fiore
Angela Hernandez-Carlson
Paul Lartonoix
Heather Gibson


Stephen M. Kuebler is professor of chemistry and optics at the University of Central Florida, founding associate director of the UCF Center for Ethics, and faculty fellow for student success in chemistry. Dr. Kuebler earned his B.S. in chemistry and B.A. in German from Tulane University in 1991. He was awarded a Marshall Fellowship and an NSF Graduate Fellowship for graduate study at the University of Oxford where he earned the D.Phil. in chemistry in 1998. He completed post-doctoral work at CalTech and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and was research associate and assistant staff scientist at the University of Arizona before joining UCF in 2003. He teaches and trains research students at all levels, including PhDs in both chemistry and optics. His research group develops new materials and processes for three-dimensional nano-fabrication and their application for creating functional optical, electronic, and bio-medical devices. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Air Force, Florida Space Research Institute, Petroleum Research Fund, and companies that include Lockheed-Martin, Electro Magnetic Applications, Axogen, and SemPlastics. He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed research papers, three book chapters, and two awarded patents. He is senior member of the Optical Society of America an associate editor for SPIE's Journal of Optical Microsystems. Dr. Kuebler and his sons are active in Scouting, BSA. He served as cub master for many years and is currently assistant scout master for troop 58 at St. Luke's Lutheran Church.

In February 2021, Matthew Hall assumed the role of VP and CIO at UCF.  Matt sits on the board of the Florida Lambda Rail and chairs the Information Security Committee.  He served from 2015 to 2021 as UCSB's Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and as UCSB's Cyber Risk Responsible Executive.  During his two-year tenure as the Chair of the University of California's IT Leadership Council, he was a Sponsor for the University's System-Wide Information Security Committee.  Matt held positions at Koch Industries International, Microsoft, Bank of America, and Vanderbilt University, including academic appointments as an Associate Professor of Computer Science in Engineering and a Faculty Fellow in the English department.  He served as a sworn law enforcement officer at the Williamson County Sheriff's Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.  Matt holds multiple certifications in information assurance, such as the CISSP, Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator, and Security+, in addition to his Six Sigma Green Belt.  He’s passionate about his family, information security, and generative artificial intelligence tools and their associated ethical use.