CMU & NSCAI Panel Discussion Series

Carnegie Mellon University is proud to partner with the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) in a series of virtual panel discussions to examine how artificial intelligence (AI) will impact our economy, national security and welfare.

Watch the recorded discussions below to learn about the next steps that the United States must take to accelerate the pace of AI innovation and how to use AI responsibly.

AI and the Future of Manufacturing: A Synergistic Relationship

August 18, 2021

The role of AI will be increasingly important to improving quality, speed and cost across manufacturing sectors by making advanced manufacturing technologies more intelligent and robust. This panel convened experts across AI, robotics, autonomy, microelectronics, and additive manufacturing to discuss the present and future state of advanced manufacturing and prospects for domestic competitiveness.

AI and the Future of Manufacturing: A Synergetic Relationship from CMU Alumni Association.

Featured Panelists

Gary Fedder, moderator
Director, Manufacturing Futures Institute and Howard M. Wilkoff Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Jared Glover
Chief Executive Officer, CapSen Robotics

Elizabeth Ann Holm
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Director of the Air Force Center of Excellence on Data-Driven Discovery of Optimized Multifunctional Material Systems, Carnegie Mellon University


The Honorable Katharina McFarland
NSCAI Commissioner; Director, SAIC Board;
Chair, Board of Army Research and Development at the National Academies of Science

Ira Moskowitz
Chief Executive Officer, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute

Shailesh Patkar
Director, Strategic Technology Planning & Commercialization, II-VI Incorporated

The Future of AI in Robotics Driven by Pittsburgh's Innovation Ecosystem

September 8, 2021

It is clear that AI will impact robotics and autonomous systems nationally and globally, but it is unclear what role innovation districts play in the advancement of these domains.  What is the future of AI in robotics and autonomous systems — and how does Pittsburgh’s innovation ecosystem play a significant part?  During this panel, notable entrepreneurs shared their perspectives on the importance of innovation ecosystems.


The Future of AI in Robotics Driven by Pittsburgh's Innovation Ecosystem from CMU Alumni Association.

Featured Panelists

Dawn Rucker, moderator
Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship, Carnegie Mellon University
Managing Director, The Rucker Group LLC, moderator

Gilman Louie
NSCAI Commissioner

Jorgen Pedersen
President & CEO, RE2 Robotics


Joel Reed
Executive Director, Pittsburgh Robotics Network

Sanjiv Singh
CEO, Near Earth Autonomy

The Future of AI: Scaling AI through AI Engineering

September 27, 2021

In its 2021 report, the NSCAI wrote, "The impact of artificial intelligence on the world will extend far beyond narrow national security applications." How do we move beyond those narrow AI applications to gain strategic advantage?  

The Future of AI: Scaling AI Through AI Engineering from CMU Alumni Association.

Featured Panelists

Matt Gaston, moderator
Director of the SEI AI Division

Steve Chien
NSCAI Commissioner
Technical Group Supervisor of the Artificial Intelligence Group and Senior Research Scientist in the Mission Planning and Execution Section at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Jane Pinelis
Chief of Test and Evaluation of AI/ML, DoD Joint AI Center

Accelerating the Future of AI Through Investment in Fundamental Research and Beyond

September 28, 2021

The application of AI has changed the world as we know it in profound ways. This panel discussion provided insight about the importance of U.S. investment in research, from fundamental to applied and what the U.S. can do to accelerate AI innovation at home. Panelists brought expertise in government, academia, and industry to highlight the importance of U.S. fundamental research to the future of U.S. competitiveness for decades to come.

Accelerating the Future of AI through Investment in Fundamental Research and Beyond from CMU Alumni Association.

Featured Panelists 

Irina Dolinskaya, moderator
Program Director, National Science Foundation

Howie Choset
Kavcic-Moura Professor of Computer Science, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University


Andrew Moore
NSCAI Commissioner

Lynne Parker
Director, National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Building a 2021 Workforce with Artificial Intelligence

September 29, 2021

Advances in machine learning create the opportunity to fundamentally change the U.S. workforce training system. Machine learning can help identify what skills are specifically relevant for new occupations and improve the delivery of highly personalized training to workers across the social economic spectrum. Yet, to reach its full potential, new policies and training paradigms will require significant investment. The public and private institutions that both fund and provide those trainings must have the capacity to adapt to new models.

Building a 2021 Workforce with AI from CMU Alumni Association.

Featured Panelists 

Ramayya Krishnan, moderator
Dean, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy Faculty Director, The Block Center for Technology and Society, Carnegie Mellon University

José-Marie Griffiths
NSCAI Commissioner


Belinda S. Miles
President, Westchester Community College
Board Member, The Block Center for Technology and Society

Majd Sakr
Professor, School of Computer Science and Faculty, The Block Center for Technology and Society, Carnegie Mellon University