Carnegie Mellon University

Schedule of Events*

All conference sessions will take place at the Tepper Building, 4765 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. 

*Tentative and subject to change

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

2 - 2:30 p.m. 

Opening of Conference 


  • James H. Garrett, Jr., Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Carnegie Mellon University
  • David Lehman, Partner, K&L Gates

2:30- 3 p.m. 

CMU-K&L Gates Conference: Past, Present, and Future


  • Hoda Heidari, Assistant Professor, Machine Learning and Human-Computer Interaction, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Alex John London, Clara L. West Professor of Ethics and Philosophy
  • Illah Nourbakhsh, Professor of Robotics, Robotics Institute, School of Computer Science; Director, Center for Shared Prosperity and CREATE Lab 

3- 4:15 p.m. 

Design and Governance of Responsible AI Systems

What regulatory and certification-based structures at the level of policy and governance can guide the design, deployment and use of AI-based solutions in society for the greater good.


  • Mike Doyle, Former United States Congressman and Government Affairs Counselor in the Public Policy and Law practice, K&L Gates
  • Rayid Ghani, Distinguished Career Professor in the Machine Learning Department and the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy (moderator)
  • Audrey Kurth Cronin, Director; Trustees Professor of Security and Technology, Institute for Politics and Strategy
  • Reva Schwartz, research scientist, National Institute of Standards and Technology

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

K&L Gates Distinguished Lecture in Ethics and Computational Technology and Fireside Chat


  •  Manuela Veloso, (SCS 1989, 1992), Head of JPMorgan Chase AI Research and Herbert A. Simon University Professor Emerita, Carnegie Mellon University 
  • Farnam Jahanian, President, Carnegie Mellon University (fireside chat)


5:30- 6:30 p.m.

Conference Reception

Thursday, June 22, 2023

8- 9:15 a.m. 

Breakfast and Opening Remarks  

9:15- 10:30 a.m. 

The Ethics of Generative AI

In the advent of highly accessible AI services such as ChatGPT, how do we confront the peaks and pitfalls of Generative Artificial Intelligence?  In academia and professional circuits alike, GenAI is undoubtedly revolutionizing nearly every digital arena, from marketing and copywriting, to digital art and data analysis. Join us as we tackle the moral dilemmas that face all who engage with this rapidly evolving technological force.


  • Edith Abeyta, Artist
  •  Jennifer Keating, Teaching Professor, Department of English, William S. Dietrich II Institute for Writing Excellence, University of Pittsburgh
  •  Jim McCann, Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute 
  • Illah Nourbakhsh, Professor of Robotics, Robotics Institute, School of Computer Science; Director, Center for Shared Prosperity and CREATE Lab (moderator)
  • Scott Wolovich, Executive Director, New Sun Rising

10:45- 11:45 a.m. 

Community Perspectives on AI

Join Professor Michael Skirpan, computer ethicist and executive director of Community Forge, as he facilitates a discussion with local community leaders on AI. They will discuss their concerns and hopes for AI's development, where AI may be able to play a role in supporting communities, where it may cause harm, and where they believe the greatest needs are for AI development that could benefit marginalized communities.


  • Amil Cook, Director of Technology Programs and Curriculum at Community Forge
  • Bonnie Fan, Community Researcher
  • Phahsa Ras, Co- Founder of UMi
  • LaTrenda Sherrill, Lead Consultant and Founder, Common Cause Consultants

11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Lunch Break and Fellowship Spotlight Talks

Lightning Round talks by K&L Gates fellows: 

  • Alejandra Arciniegas
  • Lingwei Chen
  • Amanda Coston
  • Sanghamitra Dutta
  • Anna Kawakami
  • Sara Mahdizadeh Shahri
  • Maggie Oates
  • Joseph Seering
  • Qinlan Shen
  • Zeyu Tang
  • Helen (Shuxuan) Zeng

1- 2:15 p.m. 

AI and Societal Impact: Health Equity

How can computational innovations help bridge the inequitable application of health care in US society? What are ways in which data-informed decision-making can augment health policy to increase the reach and efficacy of health care and health policy nationally? Topics include organ exchange programs, public health policy in the face of COVID and other pressures; health analyses, and equity research.


  • Karen Feinstein, President and CEO, Jewish Healthcare Foundation (moderator)

  • Yoel Sadovsky, Executive Director, Magee-Womens Research Institute
  • Ahmad Pahlavan Tafti, Director, Pitt HexAI Lab and Assistant Professor, Health Informatics
  • Yanshan Wang, Vice Chair of Research and Assistant Professor, Health Information Management, University of Pittsburgh


*Tentative and subject to change

Travel and Accomodations

Flying/Ground Travel

All conference sessions will take place at Tepper Business School, 4765 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213.

CMU is located in the Oakland area of the city, 22 miles from The Pittsburgh International Airport. You can book an affordable shuttle service directly from the airport to your destination, but be sure to confirm your reservation in advance. See the Pittsburgh CVB’s website for detailed information or for additional options. 

 Map of Pittsburgh and surrounding area


*Mention CMU when booking in case of discounts.

Oaklander Hotel, 5130 Bigelow Blvd, Pittsburgh PA 15213
Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh University Oakland, 329 Technology Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15219
Wyndham University Center, 100 Lytton Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213
Residence Inn by Marriott, 3341 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213