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AIMI Spring 2023

AIMI spring workshop was one of the AI-focused events hosted and co-hosted by Penn State ICDS

ICDS teams host and co-host meetings to promote AI in business while considering ethical challenges

Posted on May 17, 2023

Penn State Institute of Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS) hosted two spring semester events to inform researchers, business leaders and policymakers on the disruptive potential of artificial intelligence.

The Center for Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Industry (AIMI) held its Spring Workshop for faculty members and business leaders to explore AI opportunities.

Workshop connects industry with Penn State artificial intelligence expertise

Penn State experts and Pennsylvania industry leaders gathered at the Eric J. Barron Innovation Hub in downtown State College for the Spring Workshop: AI/ML Research Applications for Industry, hosted by the Institute for Computational and Data Science’s Center for Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Industry (AIMI).

The workshop, held on April 19, explored opportunities for bringing innovative artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) solutions to the marketplace.

“We are very grateful for the turnout and very appreciative for all of our guests and team members who brought their expertise and passion to the workshop,” said Gretta Kellogg, AIMI’s assistant director. “We believe that this is just the start of the conversations and multi-disciplinary collaborations that we will have. We are already beginning to see the possibility of new industry colleagues and funding partnerships.”

The workshop provided a platform for learning, networking, and building new connections among Penn State researchers, industry representatives, and investors, with the goal of fostering future collaborations and business opportunities. As AI and ML continue to gain prominence in business and industry, the workshop aimed to ensure that Pennsylvania business leaders were informed and engaged in taking advantage of these technologies, including the emerging technologies such as ChatGPT and OpenAI code generators, while also connecting them to funding sources and Penn State expertise.

Soundar Kumara, Allen E. and Allen M. Pearce Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and AIMI director, told those gathered about the importance of AI and ML for future business and industry success.

The workshop agenda featured presentations and discussions on various AI/ML applications. The workshop began with an introduction and welcome, followed by presentations on solving supply chain issues in manufacturing with AI. Speakers for this session included Paul W. Witherell, mechanical engineer from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and Madhavan Swaminathan, head of electrical engineering and William E. Leonhard Endowed Chair at Penn State.

The workshop also delved into translational AI applications in healthcare, with presentations from Jade Honey, Penn State College of Medicine and Dr. Will Lai, director of the Epigenomic Core Facility at Cornell University. This session provided valuable insights into how AI can be leveraged to improve healthcare outcomes.

After lunch, the workshop shifted its focus to industry engagement and opportunities. Presentations in this session highlighted industry applications of AI, funding, and related topics, featuring representatives from SambaNova Systems, Somatix, Ben Franklin and the Harrisburg Center for Innovation.

The workshop concluded with a series of fast-paced “lightning talks” from Penn State researchers, providing a showcase of their AI/ML research, followed by closing remarks that summarized the day’s events and discussed next steps.

The Institute for Computational and Data Science co-hosts event to platform for experts to share insights on data governance and AI.

The Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS) at Penn State recently hosted its annual conference on Data Governance and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in April.

Bringing together experts from academia, industry and government to discuss data governance and AI in the digital age, the conference was co-hosted by Monash Law, Monash Data Futures Institute and Penn State Global and co-sponsored by Dickinson Law and Penn State Law’s PILOT Lab; Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business; Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business; William & Mary Law School; and NYU’s Digital Interests Lab.

Jenni Evans, professor of meteorology and atmospheric science and ICDS director, kicked off the event with remarks on the importance of law and emerging technologies.

“Proper regulation and oversight of emerging technologies requires a global approach, and today’s discussion is an attempt to foster that international conversation,” Evans told the attendees. “Leaders from institutions in the U.S., Australia and Europe have gathered here to share ideas at the cutting-edge with the intention of deepening a multinational approach to data governance and AI ethics.”

The event, which featured research paper presentations, panel discussions and networking opportunities, was divided into 45-minute blocks, allowing for in-depth discussions and interactions among the participants.

The first research paper presentation was by Jolynn Dellinger and Stephanie Pell, who joined the conference via Zoom. Their paper titled “The Impotence of the Fourth Amendment in a Post-Roe World” discussed the challenges and implications of data governance and AI in the context of privacy and individual rights. Mark Graber, a confirmed discussant, led a discussion following Dellinger and Pell’s paper.

The conference also featured presentations by experts in the field of data governance and AI, including Margaret Hu, professor of law, William and Mary Law School, who presented her paper on “Digitizing Disenfranchisement.” John W. Bagby discussed “ESG Big Data Science: AI Closes the Forensics Gap between Corporate Strategic Opacity and Corporate Performance,” and Richard D. Taylor, Palmer Chair and Professor of Telecommunications Studies and Law at Penn State University (Emeritus), presented his paper on “The Robots are Coming!! Rationalizing AI Governance.”

The presentations were followed by breaks for networking and discussions among the participants. Kimberly A. Houser, clinical assistant professor at the University of North Texas, discussed “Data Trusts for Environmental Data,” and the evening session on Friday, April 14, concluded with a welcome address by Joanna Batstone, director of Monash Data Futures Institute.

The conference continued on Saturday, April 15, with a networking session and featured presentations by Nizan Geslevich Packin and Yafit Lev-Aretz from Baruch CUNY, who presented their paper on “Decentralized Credit Scoring: Black Box 3.0.”

Pablo Sanz Bayon, assistant professor at Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid, discussed “The European Union Before Internet Platforms and the Global Data Market: Analysis of the Digital Markets Act (DMA).”  Anne Washington, assistant professor of data policy at NYU, presented her paper on “Prediction in the Public Interest.”

The conference concluded with a working lunch where participants had the opportunity to workshop abstracts and exchange ideas.


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