17th Annual WSAS Symposium

September 25, 2024 | Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA

17th Annual WSAS Symposium
September 25, 2024 | Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is poised to revolutionize everything from research to education and healthcare. In every instance, embracing this innovation must be balanced against fears concerning loss of privacy, lack of transparency, increase in inequality, and other social and economic issues. Scientists, in collaboration with policymakers, industry leaders and the public, play an important role in shaping an AI future that benefits all. In recognition of the timeliness and sizable implications of AI in our state, the Washington State Academy of Sciences is bringing together scientists, industry professionals, and policymakers at our 17th annual symposium, “AI for Washington State: Using Artificial Intelligence to explore, discover and understand.” Attendees will discuss the many challenges and opportunities related to research applying AI to critical state industries including climate, agriculture and health.

This event is open to the public. JOIN US if you are part of the research or AI communities in Washington State, a member of WSAS, an elected official or staff of federal, state or local government.

Agenda

Welcome | AI for Washington State

Mike Goodchild, WSAS Board Member & Symposium Chair

Keynote | AI & Research

Marcia McNutt, President, National Academy of Sciences

keynote | Update on AI

Eric Horvitz, Chief Scientific Officer, Microsoft

Panel | AI to explore, discover and understand climate and sustainability in Washington State

Moderator: Deborah Gracio, Associate Laboratory Director, National Security Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Panelists:

  • Lai-yung Ruby Leung, Battelle Fellow, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Lunch

keynote | Policy considerations for AI in Washington State

TBD

Panel | AI to explore, discover and understand agriculture in Washington State

Moderator: Eric Horvitz, Chief Scientific Officer, Microsoft

Panelists:

  • Ananth Kalyanaraman, Director, AgAID Institute; Professor and Boeing Centennial Chair in Computer Science, Washington State University

Panel | AI to explore, discover and understand health and the life sciences in Washington State

Moderator: Mari Ostendorf, Vice Provost for Research, University of Washington

Reception

Featured Speakers & Panelists

Marcia McNutt

President, National Academy of Sciences

Eric Horvitz

Chief Scientific Officer, Microsoft

Mike goodchild

WSAS Board Member & Symposium Chair; Emeritus Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara

Deborah Gracio

Associate Laboratory Director, National Security Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Mari Ostendorf

Vice Provost for Research, University of Washington

Ananth Kalyanaraman

Director, AgAID Institute; Professor and Boeing Centennial Chair in Computer Science, Washington State University

Lai-yung Ruby Leung

Battelle Fellow, Earth Sciences, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Thank you to our sponsors

Planning Committee

Chair, Michael Goodchild, Emeritus Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara

Deborah Gracio, Associate Laboratory Director, National Security Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Eric Horvitz, Chief Scientific Officer, Microsoft

Ed Lazowska, Professor, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington

Mari Ostendorf, Vice Provost for Research, University of Washington

Past Symposia

Every year WSAS brings together scientists, policymakers and other stakeholders to advance conversations around critical issues facing the state.