Carnegie Mellon University
June 29, 2023

Tang Named K&L Gates Presidential Fellow

By Stacy Kish

Zeyu Tang, a Ph.D. student at the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, joins three Carnegie Mellon University doctorate students as the 2023 – 2024 K&L Gates Presidential Fellows. Tang is joined by Lingwei Cheng, a Ph.D. student in the Heinz College, Anna Kawakami, a Ph.D. student in the School of Computer Science and Sara Mahdizadeh Shahri, a Ph.D. student in the College of Engineering.

“It is a great honor to receive this prestigious award,” said Tang, who is completing a doctorate degree in the Logic, Computation and Methodology program in the Department of Philosophy. Tang’s work aims to leverage the power of causal learning and reasoning and focuses on the ethical considerations of computational techniques.

Sponsored by the K&L Gates Endowment for Ethics and Computational Technologiesthe fellowship program provide students with financial support, enabling them to further their studies on ethical and policy issues surrounding artificial intelligence. Since its inception in 2016, the program has selected 11 fellows, who presented their work during the CMU-K&L Gates Conference in Ethics and AI on June 21 – 22 at the university.

“To me, this [award] is not only recognition but also heartwarming encouragement,” said Tang. “[It] reinforces my determination to pursue the safe, responsible and principled development of machine intelligence.”

CMU has been at the epicenter of AI since the discipline was created in the 1950s, when CMU visionaries Allen Newell and Herbert A. Simon pioneered AI and cognitive science. Today, CMU faculty, students and researchers are pushing the boundaries of AI in both autonomous technologies and technologies that augment human abilities. 

Read more about the K&L Gates fellows’ research in AI