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CMU Experts Lent Expertise to New U.S. Artificial Intelligence 'Roadmap'

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The Bipartisan Senate AI Working group, led by Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, and Sens. Mike Rounds, Martin Heinrich and Todd Young, announced a new legislative plan(opens in new window) for artificial intelligence on Wednesday, May 15. Carnegie Mellon University experts contributed knowledge and expertise to the group as the plan was developed over many months. 

The roadmap, “Driving U.S. Innovation in Artificial Intelligence(opens in new window),” directs Congress to infuse billions of dollars into research and development, provides direction to Senate committees crafting legislation on the technology, and takes a step forward in regulating AI. 

"The bipartisan roadmap put forth today by Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Sens. Rounds, Young and Heinrich, which was forged through unprecedented dialogue with innovators, researchers, and public and private stakeholders, offers a bold strategy for advancing U.S. economic competitiveness and ensuring all Americans can benefit from advances in trustworthy AI and robotics," Carnegie Mellon President Farnam Jahanian(opens in new window) said in the announcement.  

How did CMU Advise on the AI Roadmap?

The plan is a product of months of AI Insight Forums among lawmakers, top tech executives, civil rights and labor leaders, consumer protection advocates and researchers. As a talent hub for artificial intelligence and robotics, CMU offered unique expertise to ensure the U.S. can realize the transformative potential of AI while ensuring its safe and responsible use. 

Jodi Forlizzi(opens in new window), the Herbert A. Simon Professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (opens in new window)and faculty lead for the Responsible AI Initiative(opens in new window) through the university’s Block Center for Technology and Society(opens in new window), testified at The AI Insight Forum on AI Innovation on Oct. 24, 2023. 

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Ramayya Krishnan, dean of CMU's Heinz College, testifies before Senate subcommittee on the need for transparency in AI.

Her statement, which is included in the report(opens in new window) released this week, made recommendations(opens in new window) to the senators to ensure that innovations in AI are sustainable, responsible and work for workers. 

Forlizzi’s testimony capped a season of CMU experts on Capitol Hill(opens in new window), including: 

Recognizing the role of robotics

Among its recommendations, the plan calls for funding for research and development at the intersection of AI and robotics to advance national security, workplace safety, industrial efficiency, economic productivity and competitiveness. 

 Carmel Majidi shows robots from the Soft Machines Lab to Congressional staffer

Carmel Majidi shows robots from the Soft Machines Lab to Congressional staffers at the Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus’s robotics showcase, “Robotics for a Better Tomorrow.”

In April, CMU co-hosted members of Congress(opens in new window) at the Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus' robotics showcase “Robotics for a Better Tomorrow”  to advise national decision-makers on the role of robotics in enhancing U.S. productivity and economic development. Members of Congress and their staff engaged with robotics researchers, developers and students to better understand how the technology is evolving with AI, contributing to regional economic development and transforming the U.S. workforce.

“This bipartisan roadmap recognizes that innovation in robotics is vital to realize AI’s ability to enhance the future of our economy and improve the quality of life in America,” said Theresa Mayer(opens in new window), CMU’s vice president for research. “Majority Leader Schumer, along with Sens. Round, Young and Heinrich, solicited input from a wide variety of experts and stakeholders and we are so appreciative to see our faculty’s expertise reflected in these recommendations.” 

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