CMU is stimulating ideas at the World Economic Forum and shaping global, regional and industry agendas.


CMU is one of only 25 universities in the world, 12 in the U.S., that have been invited to join the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF). Business members of the Forum include the top 1,000 companies from around the world that drive the economy forward and collaborate on shaping global, regional and industry agendas.

Davos 2017 – Davos-Klosters, Switzerland

Responsive and Responsible Leadership

A group of Carnegie Mellon University faculty, led by President Subra Suresh will be attending the 47th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, which takes place January 17-20.

More than 3,000 government, business and civil society leaders will be in attendance. This year’s meeting will focus on five critical leadership challenges for 2017 – strengthening global collaboration, revitalizing economic growth, reforming capitalism, preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and restoring a sense of shared identity.

With the theme Responsive and Responsible Leadership, more than half of the Forum’s 400 sessions will address strategies for fostering greater social inclusion and human development. CMU faculty will be leading several of these sessions.

At this year’s World Economic Forum, CMU is featuring SARA, the Socially-Aware Robot Assistant. SARA will be the only interactive demonstration in the forum’s main hall and will be a virtual personal assistant for all event attendees.

Learn more.

SARA, the Socially-Aware Robot Assistant

Members of the CMU delegation are:

Tuesday, January 17

Food Crisis: The Big Picture

Illah Nourbakhsh speaking

From water waste to nutritional deficiencies, embark on a visual exploration that reveals the causes and consequences of food insecurity now and through time. The Global Situation Space combines NASA time-lapse satellite imagery, geospatial data and predictive modelling.

Illah Nourbakhsh, Professor, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Refugee Crisis: The Big Picture

From conflict refugees to climate migrants, embark on a visual exploration that reveals the causes and consequences of our refugee crisis now and through time. The Global Situation Space combines NASA time-lapse satellite imagery, geospatial data and predictive modelling.

Illah Nourbakhsh, Professor, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Climate Crisis: The Big Picture

Randy Sargent at lectern

From rampant emissions to rising sea levels, embark on a visual exploration that reveals the causes and consequences of our climate crisis now and through time. The Global Situation Space combines NASA time-lapse satellite imagery, geospatial data and predictive modelling.

Randy Sargent, Senior Systems Scientist, Carnegie Mellon University

The Science of Emotion with UC Berkeley

Justine Cassell speaking

Discover new ideas and insights with leading researchers in the IdeasLab.

Facilitated by: Justine Cassell, Associate Dean, Technology, Strategy and Impact, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University; Co-Chair, Global Future Council on The Future of Computing

Pandemics: The Big Picture

From Ebola and Zika to obesity, embark on a visual exploration that reveals the global spread of pandemics now and through time. The Global Situation Space combines NASA time-lapse satellite imagery, geo-spatial data and predictive modelling.

Randy Sargent, Senior Systems Scientist, Carnegie Mellon University

Reimagining the Human Body with Carnegie Mellon University

CMU IdeasLab

Introduced by: Subra Suresh, President, Carnegie Mellon University

Discussion Leaders: Justine Cassell, Associate Dean, Technology, Strategy and Impact, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University; Co-Chair, Global Future Council on The Future of Computing; Steve Collins, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University; Adam Feinberg, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Urban Fragility: The Big Picture

From rising inequality to urban violence, embark on a visual exploration that reveals the causes and consequences of fragility in cities now and through time. The Global Situation Space combines NASA time-lapse satellite imagery, geospatial data and predictive modelling.

Randy Sargent, Senior Systems Scientist, Carnegie Mellon University

Beyond the Possible

Adam Feinberg speaking

"The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible."
- Arthur C. Clarke

As emerging technologies turn science fiction into fact, join leading scientists, technologists and artists over dinner to write the science fiction of tomorrow.

Adam Feinberg, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Wednesday, January 18

Pandemics: The Big Picture

From Ebola and Zika to obesity, embark on a visual exploration that reveals the global spread of pandemics now and through time. The Global Situation Space combines NASA time-lapse satellite imagery, geospatial data and predictive modelling.

Randy Sargent, Senior Systems Scientist, Carnegie Mellon University

Tipping Point: Synthetic Food

Imagine in 2025 that 10 percent of the world’s protein needs can be met sustainably through bioprinting meat products. How should business, government and civil society prepare for such a future?

Delve into "known unknowns" of the Fourth Industrial Revolution with the Global Future Councils. The Loft features lectures, exhibits and technologies that explore the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The Loft is a two-minute walk from the Congress Centre; please take the Promenade exit and turn right.

Adam Feinberg, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Food Crisis: The Big Picture

From water waste to nutritional deficiencies, embark on a visual exploration that reveals the causes and consequences of food insecurity now and through time. The Global Situation Space combines NASA time-lapse satellite imagery, geospatial data and predictive modelling.

Illah Nourbakhsh, Professor, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Refugee Crisis: The Big Picture

From conflict refugees to climate migrants, embark on a visual exploration that reveals the causes and consequences of our refugee crisis now and through time. The Global Situation Space combines NASA time-lapse satellite imagery, geospatial data and predictive modelling.

Illah Nourbakhsh, Professor, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Ask About: Robotic Exoskeletons

Steve Collins in panel discussion

Learn about how robotic exoskeletons are revolutionizing prosthetics and redefining human movement.

Steve Collins, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Climate Crisis: The Big Picture

From rampant emissions to rising sea levels, embark on a visual exploration that reveals the causes and consequences of our climate crisis now and through time. The Global Situation Space combines NASA time-lapse satellite imagery, geospatial data and predictive modelling.

Randy Sargent, Senior Systems Scientist, Carnegie Mellon University

Ask About: 3D Bio-Printing

Explore how researchers are mimicking the growth of human organs through 3D bioprinting.

Adam Feinberg, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Urban Fragility: The Big Picture

From rising inequality to urban violence, embark on a visual exploration that reveals the causes and consequences of fragility in cities now and through time.

The Global Situation Space combines NASA time-lapse satellite imagery, geospatial data and predictive modelling.

Randy Sargent, Senior Systems Scientist, Carnegie Mellon University

Catching Up with the New World of Work

By 2020, more than one-third of the core skill sets required will be radically different from today, impacting the life of the 3 billion people in the global workforce. What business and policy innovations hold the greatest potential to successfully manage the new world of work?

Dimensions to be addressed

Moderated by: Justine Cassell, Associate Dean, Technology, Strategy and Impact, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University; Co- Chair, Global Future Council on The Future of Computing

Solving Inequality

"An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics."
- Plutarch

What bold new ideas will win the age-old battle against inequality?

Justine Cassell, Associate Dean, Technology, Strategy and Impact, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University; Co-Chair, Global Future Council on The Future of Computing

Thursday, January 19

Food Crisis: The Big Picture

From water waste to nutrition deficiencies, embark on a visual exploration that reveals the causes and consequences of food insecurity now and through time. The Global Situation Space combines NASA time-lapse satellite imagery, geospatial data and predictive modelling.

Illah Nourbakhsh, Professor, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Climate Crisis: The Big Picture

From rampant emissions to rising sea levels, embark on a visual exploration that reveals the causes and consequences of our climate crisis now and through time. The Global Situation Space combines NASA time-lapse satellite imagery, geospatial data and predictive modelling.

Randy Sargent, Senior Systems Scientist, Carnegie Mellon University

Ask About: Virtual Humans

Explore how research into virtual humans is simultaneously advancing the frontiers of robotics, biology and human psychology.

Justine Cassell, Associate Dean, Technology, Strategy and Impact, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University; Co-Chair, Global Future Council on The Future of Computing

Refugee Crisis: The Big Picture

From conflict refugees to climate migrants, embark on a visual exploration that reveals the causes and consequences of our refugee crisis now and through time. The Global Situation Space combines NASA time-lapse satellite imagery, geospatial data and predictive modelling.

Illah Nourbakhsh, Professor, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Urban Fragility: The Big Picture

From rising inequality to urban violence, embark on a visual exploration that reveals the causes and consequences of fragility in cities now and through time. The Global Situation Space combines NASA time-lapse satellite imagery, geospatial data and predictive modelling.

Randy Sargent, Senior Systems Scientist, Carnegie Mellon University

Pandemics: The Big Picture

From Ebola and Zika to obesity, embark on a visual exploration that reveals the global spread of pandemics now and through time. The Global Situation Space combines NASA time-lapse satellite imagery, geospatial data and predictive modelling.

Randy Sargent, Senior Systems Scientist, Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, January 20

Refugee Crisis: The Big Picture

From conflict refugees to climate migrants, embark on a visual exploration that reveals the causes and consequences of our refugee crisis now and through time. The Global Situation Space combines NASA time-lapse satellite imagery, geospatial data and predictive modelling.

Illah Nourbakhsh, Professor, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Climate Crisis: The Big Picture

From rampant emissions to rising sea levels, embark on a visual exploration that reveals the causes and consequences of our climate crisis now and through time. The Global Situation Space combines NASA time-lapse satellite imagery, geospatial data and predictive modelling.

Randy Sargent, Senior Systems Scientist, Carnegie Mellon University

Davos Insights: Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

How can we ensure the Fourth Industrial Revolution benefits all of society? Join this collaborative session to synthesize key insights from the Annual Meeting and explore pathways to impact.

Justine Cassell, Associate Dean, Technology, Strategy and Impact, School of Computer Science