Carnegie Mellon University

INTERSECT@CMU Conference Schedule

The conference was held on Friday, September 14, 2018.

8 - 9 a.m.

Registration & Breakfast

9 - 9:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks by President Farnam Jahanian, Carnegie Mellon University and Dean Bob Dammon, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

At the Intersection of Technology and Business: Smart Home, Smart Car, Smart City

A moderated conversation with senior technology leaders will focus on how the projects they oversee will converge to transform the way we live. Projects discussed will include integrating intelligence into digital assistants, autonomous vehicles and a new grid composed of 5G, IoT, edge-computing and electricity infrastructure.


Brian Olsavsky (TPR 1989)
SVP, CFO, Amazon

Anthony Foxx
17th U.S. Transportation Secretary, Founder and Managing Partner, Related Infrastructure

Homaira Akbari (TPR 1996)
President and CEO, AKnowledge Partners, LLC

Jay Apt
Professor, Tepper School of Business and in the CMU Department of Engineering and Public Policy; Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center Co-Director; Director of the RenewElec project

— Moderated By — 

Raj Rajkumar (CIT 1987, 1990)
George Westinghouse Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Director, T-SET University Transportation Center; Director, Real-Time and Multimedia Systems Lab

10:45 - 11:15 a.m.


11:15 a.m. - noon

Keynote: Jerome Pesenti, VP of AI at Facebook, Inc.

Jerome Pesenti has been involved with artificial intelligence, natural language processing, search, big data and machine learning for the past 20 years and currently leads the AI research (FAIR) and applied (AML) teams at Facebook.

Noon - 1:30 p.m.


1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Designing Intelligence: Shaping AI and Society

A panel featuring leading technologists will share their visions of the future of AI and how we as engineers, business and public policy leaders can and should shape this future. The conversation will focus on the leading edge of their current work as well as emerging possibilities of where AI may be 50 to 100 years from now.


Alexander Gray (CS 2003)
IBM VP, AI Science

Henny Admoni
Assistant Professor, Robotics Institute and Director of the Human and Robot Partners (HARP) Lab

Justine Cassell
Professor and Associate Dean for Technology Strategy and Impact, School of Computer Science

Param Vir Singh
Carnegie Bosch Associate Professor of Business Technologies, Tepper Shool of Business

— Moderated By — 

Laurence Ales
Associate Professor of Economics, Tepper School of Business

2:45 - 3:15 p.m.

Coffee/Snack Break

3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Decentralizing Trust: Blockchain's Radical Potential

A panel featuring business leaders who are influencing the adoption of blockchain applications in finance, supply chains and healthcare will focus on the potentially transformative nature of decentralizing modes of exchange both of data and assets.


Dave Passavant (TPR 2009)
CEO, numo LLC

Nicolas Christin
Associate Research Professor; School of Computer Science, Engineering and Public Policy; affiliate faculty at CyLab, Electrical and Computer Engineering department and the Information Networking Institute

Ariel Zetlin-Jones
Associate Professor of Economics, Tepper School of Business

Liliana Reasor (MSCF 2004)
CEO, Suprafin

Betsy Waters
Senior Account Manager, Customer Success, Ripple

— Moderated By — 

Kris Kersey (DC 1989, HNZ 2001)
Blockchain Director Lead, Emerging Technology, PwC

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.