Thursday, March 7, 2019

OMSI Science Pub

Artificial Intelligence

5 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. Presentation

$5 suggested donation

Minor with parent or guardian

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OMSI Science Pub


OMSI Science Pub

Science Pub Mission is a monthly event that is open to anyone and everyone. No RSVP or scientific background required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge! For more information or to sign up for our mailing list, email:

Dinner and drinks will be available throughout the presentation. Please visit the McMenamins Mission Theater website for a dinner menu and venue information.



Artificial Intelligence


Since at least the time of Alan Turing computer scientists, along with their compatriots in mathematics, cognitive science, and philosophy, have thought hard about what it means to make a "thinking machine" and how we might build one. We now have computers that play most "pure-skill" games at or above the level of human experts; computers that can recognize spoken words and phrases and give voice responses; computers that can manage large complex systems and optimize their performance. These tasks are impressive in isolation, but have barely touched the deeper issues of AI. The latest push is toward biologically inspired "machine learning" systems that use the new power of custom hardware to do things like read handwriting, recognize objects and faces in images, recommend movies, or safely drive a vehicle. Is modern machine learning the key to developing "true" Artificial Intelligence? Do older technologies still have a role to play? How do these systems even work?

In this talk, Bart Massey will discuss significant milestones in AI and describe the key technologies currently used. The approaches, limitations, and promise of machine learning will be compared with other AI technologies. This talk is an invitation to discuss and understand one of the key drivers of our modern technological society. Please bring questions, as discussion is more fun than a boring lecture.

Bart Massey has spent the last 20 years as an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Portland State University. He holds a B.A. in Physics (Reed College '87), an M.Sc. in Computer Science specializing in programming language implementation (U. Oregon '92), and a Ph.D. in Computer Science (U. Oregon Computational Intelligence Research Lab '99) specializing in AI methods for state space search in scheduling and planning. Bart is a long-time open source developer with software industry experience, and regularly implements AI ideas as code to see how they work in practice. You can find some of his work at When he's not teaching or happily programming away, Bart is an amateur musician, designs and builds electronics, plays poker, infuses gin, competes at trivia, etc. (there's a lot of etc.) and generally makes a friendly nuisance of himself with his wonderful friends, colleagues and family.



About Mission Theater

Featuring Music, Movies & Events

Our historic Mission Theater in Northwest Portland features special movie screenings, live music, engaging talks, select sports event screenings and other fun experiences—join us for the next event! We’ve installed a much larger screen & a thundering new sound system, and have space for you to either sit or stand.  

Food and Drinks at the Mission
We’ve got a full bar, pizza, salad and concessions for you to enjoy.

Theater pricing and policies 
•  Mission event tickets are non-refundable.
•  All shows are 21 and over unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, or unless stated otherwise.
•  Doors will open approximately 30 minutes before show time, unless stated otherwise.
•  Admission is $2 for adults and children for shows starting before 5pm, $4 for adults and $3 for children after 5pm, unless stated otherwise.
•  Daily ticket specials only apply to standard movies and are not available for special screenings or events.

Accommodations Closed Captioning 

Our theater offers a quality entertainment experience for deaf, hard of hearing and vision impaired guests. Our movie showings are closed captioned, and we offer individual Captiview closed caption devices that sit in your seat’s cupholder. In addition, we offer two types of headphones: hearing impaired headphones that amplify the dialogue, or visual impaired headphones that describe the scenery and action. Just inquire before showtime to use any of these devices.

Please note: Mission Theater is wheelchair accessible.

Online Ticket Questions

If you purchased a ticket accidentally, for the wrong show or theater, please call us at (503) 223-4527 for assistance.


Menu Catering

We’ll serve you a meal or a snack to enjoy while you sit and take in the feature film. Enjoy pizza by the slice or whole pie, salads and movie concessions – along with both non-alcoholic beverages and our own handcrafted ales, wines, hard cider and beer (plus guest taps).


The location that serves as one of McMenamins favorite neighborhood theater pubs was the locus of great spiritual zeal beginning in the 1890s. That's when the Swedish Evangelical Mission established its church here....

From a church to a theater-pub, the Mission's history ain't exactly saintly. Click here for more info!

Hold your Private Event at the Mission Theater

Weddings  Meetings  Social Events

The Mission Theater (ca. 1912) offers historic splendor in the heart of Northwest Portland. The preserved balcony, ornate finishes, woodwork, high ceilings and grand stage all make for a magnificent and memorable wedding venue. Our catering, staff, and sweeping area for a dance floor add the desirable detail to your big day.

Contact our sales team to inquire or book your event.
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