Purpose & Possibilities: A.I. at CMU

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The future is now. Breakthrough innovations once thought to be science fiction have become fact. The question is no longer “Can we do that?” but rather “How can we do this in a way that is beneficial to all?” 

CMU’s interdisciplinary research around artificial intelligence, big data and machine learning is making world-changing and ambitious advancements possible and leading the world’s modern technological revolution. 

Join Provost James H. Garrett, Jr. and CMU faculty to explore how Carnegie Mellon’s work puts humanity at the center of technology — examining the ethical impacts of A.I. on the world around us, leveraging machines to enhance human capabilities and building predictive models and algorithms that lead to equitable societal outcomes. Learn how CMU is changing the way we live, work and connect for the better while enriching the lives of people everywhere.

Virtual Sessions:

  • Wednesday, December 2  —  7:30 am ET (UTC-4)    /   6:00 pm India Standard Time (UTC+5:30)  →  Register
  • Friday, December 4  —  1:00 pm ET (UTC-4)    /   11:30 p.m. India Standard Time (UTC+5:30)  → Register

Meet the Host

James H. Garrett, Jr. (E 1982, 1983, 1986)  — Provost and Chief Academic Officer 

As the university’s chief academic officer, Provost Garrett leads Carnegie Mellon’s schools, colleges, institutes and campuses and is instrumental in long-range institutional and academic planning and implementation.  A three-time alumnus from the College of Engineering, he joined the college’s faculty in 1990 and served as dean for six years prior to his latest role. Throughout his research career, Provost Garrett focused on how sensors and data analytics can make our cities more adaptive and efficient. He is known for his commitment to the integration of research and teaching across disciplines to produce a generation of creative and technically strong Tartans who are equipped to pioneer solutions to global challenges.  Read Bio


Molly Wright Steenson K&L Gates Associate Professor of Ethics & Computational Technologies; Senior Associate Dean for Research Associate Professor, Design, College of Fine Arts 

     →  Professor Steenson’s research focuses on the impact of A.I. on the world around us, and in particular its connection to design, architecture and ethics. She is the author of Architectural Intelligence: How Designers and Architects Created the Digital Landscape (MIT Press, 2017), a history of A.I., computation and architecture, and the co-editor of Bauhaus Futures (MIT Press, 2019). For 25 years, since the early days of the web, she has been a leader in the fields of interaction design and user experience.  Read Bio

Rayid Ghani (CS 2001)  — Distinguished Career Professor, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy and School of Computer Science 

     →  Professor Ghani is a reformed computer scientist and wanna-be social scientist, but he mostly just wants to increase the use of large-scale A.I./Machine Learning/Data Science in solving large public policy and social challenges in a fair and equitable manner. He works with governments and non-profits in policy areas such as health, criminal justice, education, public safety, economic development and urban infrastructure.  Read Bio

Conrad Tucker Arthur Hamerschlag Career Development Professor, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering 

     →  Professor Tucker’s research focuses on developing methods to enable machines to enhance human capabilities. He also focuses on the design and optimization of systems through the acquisition, integration and mining of large scale, disparate data.  Read Bio

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