Schedule of Events*

All conference sessions will take place in the Rangos Ballroom, Cohon Univeristy Center

*Tentative and subject to change

Monday, April 9, 2018

2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. 

Opening of Conference 

Remarks from CMU senior leadership and K&L Gates leadership.

2:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Equity of Access & Equity of Impact 

New and emerging technologies have the potential to dramatically reshape people’s lives, but those impacts will not necessarily be equitable, whether in people having equal access to these advances, or being equally affected by them. This inequities risk producing further divisions and inequalities in society. This session will explore challenges & opportunities to ensuring equity of access & impact for a range of novel computational technologies.

Alexandra Chouldechova (CMU); Osonde Osoba (RAND); Rasu Shrestha (UPMC); Natasha Singer (New York Times); Michael Skirpan (Probable Models)

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

K&L Gates Distinguished Lecture in Ethics and Computational Technology, awarding of K&L Gates Professorship in Ethics and Computational Technologies, and K&L Gates Career Development Professorship in Ethics and Computational Technologies

Keynote speaker: Eric Horvitz (Microsoft)

Professorship recipients will be announced shortly before the Conference

The lecture and professorship ceremony will be followed by a reception in Rangos Hall 3, Cohon University Center. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 


9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Professorship Spotlight Talk

9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. 


Trust is a central human relationship, and is critical for both human-human and human-machine interactions. At the same time, technological advances can threaten trust by, for example, making it harder for people to understand these new technologies. This session will focus on the ways in which trust of one another, and of the machines, is affected by technology, and how we can preserve the trust we want.

Anca Dragan (UC-Berkeley); Moshe Vardi (Rice); Manuela Veloso (CMU); Kerstin Vignard (UNIDIR)

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Policy & Governance  

As computational technologies develop, challenges of policy & regulation are becoming correspondingly more difficult. Many AI and robotic systems potentially fall outside of traditional regulatory schemes. They also present significant challenges and opportunities for governance and civil society. This session will examine those impacts, as well as ways that institutions can shape, respond, and adapt to technological developments.

Solon Barocas (Cornell); Lorrie Faith Cranor (CMU); Kay Firth-Butterfield (World Economic Forum); Tom Simonite (WIRED)

2:00 p.m. - 3:10 p.m

Agency & Empowerment

Computational technologies have provided many tools and opportunities to increase people's sense of empowerment, and their personal ability to shape their lives. At the same time, these technologies can significantly disrupt the workforce, thereby reducing people's options and ability to live their lives as they wish. This session will focus on the impacts, opportunities of computational technologies for people's agency and empowerment, as well as the ways in which these technologies are beginning to exhibit their own agency.

Chad Jenkins (Michigan); Jeffrey Sachs (Columbia); Molly Wright Steenson (CMU); Wendell Wallach (Yale)

*Tentative and subject to change