The Symposium on Artificial Intelligence and Social Responsibility

What are the roles of the university in addressing issues of social responsibility in the development and operation of technologies powered by artificial intelligence? 

In this symposium, four eminent speakers from industry and other universities addressed these roles and engaged in conversations with the audience and with faculty experts from departments across the campus.

This event was held at the Coordinated Science Lab on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus, as well as virtually. The symposium is co-sponsored by the School of Information Sciences (iSchool) at UIUC.

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Wednesday, March 23

Time (CST) Session (All sessions in the CSL Auditorium (B02) unless otherwise noted) Presenters
8 am
8:30 am
Introductions and Acknowledgments  
8:45 am

Session A: Research
What research opportunities are well suited for university efforts and university-industry research collaborations?

External speaker: Mary Gray (Microsoft Research)
Local panelists: Karrie Karahalios (Computer Science), Jingrui He (iSchool) 
Session chair: Michael Loui (Electrical & Computer Engineering)

10: 15 am



10:30 am

Session B: Community Collaborations
How can universities collaborate with external organizations and local communities to address questions of bias and discrimination in AI-enabled technologies?

External speaker: Kush Varshney (IBM Research)
Local panelists: Jenny Davis (Anthropology), Ruby Mendenhall (Sociology)
Session chair: Anita Chan (iSchool)




1 pm

Session C: Education
How can universities effectively educate technical professionals and the public to consider social responsibilities in the design of systems that use AI?

External speaker: David Kaiser (MIT)
Local panelists: Nigel Bosch (iSchool), Rochelle Gutierrez (Curriculum & Instruction)
Session chair: Yang Wang (iSchool)

2:30 pm



2:45 pm

Session D: Governance
How can universities contribute to the governance of AI-enabled technologies?

External speaker: Suresh Venkatasubramanian (Brown University)
Local panelists: Madelyn Sanfilippo (iSchool), Lav Varshney (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
Session chair: Rakesh Kumar (Electrical & Computer Engineering)

4:15 pm

301 Coordinated Science Lab