Carnegie Mellon University

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy Workshop

Thursday, July 27, 2023 | 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Rangos 3 | Cohon University Center

During this half-day workshop, IT professionals from across campus will come together to discuss the current state and future prospects of artificial intelligence technologies.

Following engaging panels with renowned Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) AI faculty, you will have the opportunity to participate in one of four focused workshop tracks to explore various aspects of AI implementation within the university context. The event will close with a collaborative report-out and feedback session where workshop groups will share their findings and recommendations with participants from other groups.

Workshop Tracks

This group will focus on incorporating generative AI technologies, such as Copilot and ChatGPT, into existing software development life cycles. Participants will discuss best practices for integrating AI, including machine learning algorithms, to optimize performance and ensure security and compatibility with existing systems. 

Location: Wright Room, Cohon University Center
Facilitators: Shlomo Balass, Director, Cloud Engineering
Trey Marshall, Director, Business Applications and Operations

This group will explore the use of AI in enhancing productivity across various university departments. Discussions may encompass the implementation of AI aids in our productivity suites and other authoring and analysis platforms. Discussions may encompass the utilization of AI-powered tools for data analysis, task automation, and intelligent decision-making.

Location: McKenna Room, Cohon University Center
Facilitators: Steph Weis, Product Manager, Client Services
Doug Elliott, Technical Lead, Application Management

This group will focus on leveraging AI technologies to streamline data management processes, improve data accuracy, and enable more effective reporting and analysis. Topics may include data integration, data quality assurance, and visualization techniques.

Location: Peter Room, Cohon University Center
Facilitators: Jamie DePastino, Data Governance Manager
Roman Mitz, Sr. Director, Data & Digital Enablement Technologies

This group will address the importance of promoting AI literacy across the university community and ensuring robust security measures. Discussions may revolve around training programs, ethical considerations, privacy protection, and cybersecurity.

Location: Dowd Room, Cohon University Center
Facilitators: Laura Raderman, Team Lead, Policy & Compliance Coordinator
Patty Riether, Director, IT Service Management & Communications


Following the formal program, you're welcome to join us for an optional afternoon session from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. with a team from Google. Planned topics include:

  • CMU's partnership to support participation in Google's Early Access Program for DuetAI for Workspace, which is scheduled to be available early this fall
  • What's available and what's to come with Google generative AI tools
  • Deep dive into AI tools like DuetAI for Workspace, DuetAI for Cloud, and VertexAI
  • Notebook LM (AI tutor for students)

Meet the Speakers

Ana Del Campo Mendizábal

Principal Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft

As a Principal Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft, I work with US Education institutions to design and implement data and AI solutions that meet their specific needs and goals.

For over 20 years, I have been leading digital transformation initiatives for clients in various domains, such as insurance, private equity, communications, construction, and education. My mission is to help organizations leverage data and AI to enhance their customer journey, increase their revenues, and reduce their operation costs, while delivering innovative and quality software solutions.

Experience building, training, and mentoring high-performing teams that successfully implement complex technology, business, and process-improvement solutions.

Matt Gaston

Director, Artificial Intelligence Division, Software Engineering Institute

Dr. Matt Gaston is the director of the Artificial Intelligence Division at the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute. As the director of the AI Division, Dr. Gaston leads a diverse team of researchers, engineers, and innovators who assist the US Department of Defense in developing and using AI capabilities that are reliable, responsible, safe, fair, and transparent. He is a leader of the community-wide National AI Engineering Initiative focused on establishing and growing the discipline of AI Engineering. Dr. Gaston has over 25 years of experience at the intersection of advanced technology development and national security including serving in the United States Air Force, ten years at the National Security Agency, serving on advisory boards for research at national laboratories, and leading research and development activities across the community.

Before joining the SEI, Dr. Gaston was the director of research at Viz, a business area of General Dynamics C4 Systems (GDC4S), where he led research activities for the Battle Management System Division. This work included a research portfolio that spanned command and control, intelligence analysis, information interaction and visualization, and cyber situational awareness. During this time, he also served as a member of the External Advisory Board for Sandia National Laboratory’s Network Grand Challenge, which focused on novel techniques and computing paradigms for large-scale network analysis applications in cybersecurity, counter-proliferation, and other national security issues.

Dr. Gaston holds a BS in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and an MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He has published in the fields of complex networks, machine learning, multi-agent systems, and operations research. Dr. Gaston received the AFCEA Meritorious Service to the Intelligence Community Award, is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh, and was a founding trustee of Awesome Pittsburgh.

Stan Waddell

Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

Stan is the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Carnegie Mellon University. In his role, Stan provides vision, leadership and management for Carnegie Mellon’s computing enterprise, including the development and implementation of a university-wide IT strategy. Stan serves on the Division of Operations Senior Leadership Team, as well as the University Leadership Council.

Before joining Carnegie Mellon, Stan served as the Associate Vice President for Information Technology and CIO at the University of New Hampshire. He was the Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief Technology Officer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and spent nine years at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Stan also served in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Electronics Technician for nine years.

Stan holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Old Dominion University, a Master of Science in Management and Administration Sciences from the University of Texas at Dallas, and a Doctorate in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University. He has Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) credentials; and a Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance from Nova Southeastern University a designated National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance.

Keith Webster

Helen and Henry Posner, Jr. Dean of the University Libraries

Keith Webster was appointed Dean of University Libraries at Carnegie Mellon University in July 2013 and was additionally appointed as Director of Emerging and Integrative Media Initiatives in July 2015 and was installed to the Helen and Henry Posner Jr. Dean’s Chair in 2021. He also has a courtesy academic appointment at the University’s H. John Heinz III College. Previously, Keith was Vice President and Director of Academic Relations and Strategy for the global publishing company John Wiley and Sons. He was formerly Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at the University of Queensland in Australia, leading one of the largest universities and hospital library services in the southern hemisphere. Earlier positions include University Librarian at Victoria University in New Zealand, Head of Information Policy at HM Treasury, London, and Director of Information Services at the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London.

Keith has held professorships in information science at Victoria University of Wellington and City University, London. He is a Chartered Fellow and an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (UK), and has served on government advisory boards, journal editorial boards, and as an officer in professional and learned societies around the world. He was Chair of the National Information Standards Organization in 2018/19, and now serves on the board of the Coalition for Networked Information.

Keith is a professional futurist, and regularly consults with not-for-profit and professional organization boards. His professional interests include AI and data-informed community engagement, research evaluation, and the future of scholarly communication. He is a regular speaker on topics such as the future of communication and the impact of open science on publishing and libraries.

Henry Zheng

Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Planning

Henry Zheng is Carnegie Mellon University's (CMU) inaugural Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Planning. Henry oversees the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis and the Office of Data Science and Advanced Analytics. He provides oversight for internal and external reporting of the university’s assessment plan and plays a leading role in strategizing and leading the development of a data culture at CMU. Henry provides strategic guidance for planning, evaluation, data analysis and research methodologies that support key planning initiatives and stakeholders across the university. Prior to joining CMU, Henry was an Associate Vice President for Strategic Analytics at The Ohio State University. Henry was co-editor of Big Data on Campus: Data Analytics and Decision Making in Higher Education. Earlier in his professional career, Henry was a research fellow with the National Center for Education Statistics in Washington DC. Henry is currently serving as the guest editor for a special volume of New Direction for Higher Education focusing Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.