Carnegie Mellon University
February 27, 2019

Jahanian To Deliver Keynote Address at MIT College of Computing Launch Event

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Carnegie Mellon University President Farnam Jahanian will serve as a keynote speaker as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology publicly launches its Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing on Feb. 27, as part of a three-day event.

Jahanian’s address, “The Future of Higher Education in The Age of Disruption,” will highlight the role of education in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, with a particular focus on the importance of computing as an underlying fabric that connects all disciplines.

“As unprecedented advances in technology usher in a new age of automation and digitization, institutions of higher education must adapt to ensure we are providing the right talent for a constantly evolving future,” Jahanian said. “Institutions like MIT and Carnegie Mellon are given an extraordinary opportunity to shape this landscape, and the establishment of the Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing will certainly increase MIT’s impact in our changing world.”

David DanksDavid Danks (right), CMU Department Head and the L.L. Thurstone Professor of Philosophy and Psychology, will also speak on a panel during the MIT event. Danks will discuss the interaction between ethics and policy in computer science. His work within the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences focuses on using computation and psychology to explain human behavior. Danks also investigates the impact of autonomy in technology.

Jahanian and Danks are invited guests of MIT, which will open its college of computing this fall. In 1965, Carnegie Mellon became one of the first universities in the world to establish a school of computer science. The program is annually ranked among the nation’s best, particularly in specialty areas such as robotics, AI, programming languages and theory.