DOWNTOWN — The medical staff at A.O. Fox Hospital will present a program in the Alexander F. Carson Lecture Education Series on “Combating Human Trafficking & Illicit Marketplaces on the Web Using Artificial Intelligence” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 29, at Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center at 24 Market St. in Oneonta.

Joseph Campbell Jr., who leads the Artificial Intelligence Technology and Systems group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory, will be the featured speaker.

According to presenters, human trafficking is described as modern-day slavery, extremely lucrative, ubiquitous and fueled by the internet. Illicit economic activity is reportedly increasingly transacted through illegal online marketplaces, including the dark web. It is believed that the scale and scope of illicit marketplaces are greatly outpacing the traditional capabilities of law enforcement agencies and victim rescue organizations. According to a media release, the United States government has developed data-driven artificial intelligence tools to counter human trafficking, illegal drugs and weapons trafficking. Campbell will discuss several of the technological methods and their impact on federal law enforcement missions.

A graduate of Oneonta High School, Campbell earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Johns Hopkins University and Oklahoma State University, respectively.

He specializes in developing and transferring artificial intelligence technologies for government applications and evaluation. Before joining MIT, he taught at Johns Hopkins University and worked for the government, where his team developed United States federal and NATO standards for voice coding, the foundation of digital cellular telephony systems. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for leadership in biometrics, speech systems and government applications.

Carson’s career at Fox Hospital as a surgeon and specialist in physical medicine, spanned nearly 50 years. He was also active in the community with planning and fiscal matters. The hospital honors his work by continuing an education series in his name.

Call 607-431-5900 for more information.