Artificial Intelligence in Alabama Higher Education

Artificial Intelligence
in Alabama Higher Education

Date: March 1 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Location: The University of Alabama in Huntsville   Student Services Building (SSB), 301 Sparkman Drive, Huntsville, AL 35899


Join us for a daylong convening on Artificial Intelligence in Alabama Higher Education, hosted by the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The convening aims to bring together university leaders, faculty, researchers, practitioners, and students from Alabama’s higher education institutions and enhance the AI landscape evolving across our state. Sessions will focus on AI in teaching and learning, AI-driven research and innovation, and preparing for an AI-enabled future across key industries in Alabama.

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                 Speaker List 

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Pendse has extensive experience as a successful and collaborative university leader, serving in executive roles at the University of Michigan, Brown University, Wichita State University and elsewhere. He has also been a professor, researcher, teacher and advisor to students. His successes include securing more than $21 million in external research grants, developing innovative university courses, earning teaching awards, and publishing numerous scholarly articles and papers co-authored by students. In addition, he was invited to testify before the 114th Congress (2015-2017) on protecting sensitive data.

Dr. Pendse holds a B.S. in electronics and communication engineering from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Wichita State University.

Meeting Agenda:

8:00a – 9:00a

Room 112

Breakfast and Pre-Conference Session

Artificial Intelligence: A Leader’s Glossary 

9:00a – 9:20a

Room 112

Welcome and Opening Session

9:20a – 10:35a

Room 112

Keynote: Generative AI – A Force for Positive Disruption

Dr. Ravi Pendse
VP for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, University  of Michigan

10:35a – 10:45a


Networking Break

10:45a – 11:45a


Breakout Session 1

Panel Discussion: Integrating AI into Teaching and Learning

Panel Discussion: Shaping AI-Driven Research and Innovation

How an HBCU is Infusing AI in the Classroom and University Operations:   A Panel Discussion

Responsible AI in Action: Cultivating Ethical Reasoning and Privacy Skills

11:45a – 12:50p

Room 112

Lunch Buffet

Lunch Presentation: A Human-Centric Approach to AI – Scaling Personalized and Culturally Relevant Student and Instructor Support 

1:00p – 2:00p

Room 112

Fireside Chat: Industry Perspectives on an AI-Enabled Future

2:00p – 2:15p


Networking Break

2:15p – 3:15p


Breakout Session 2

Roundtable Discussion: AI in Higher Education

Roundtable Discussion: AI in Business and Innovation

Roundtable Discussion: AI in the Defense Industry

Roundtable Discussion: AI in Healthcare

3:20p – 3:30p

Room 112

Closing Session

Free Parking available in front of the Student Services Building

Lodging accommodation details are below, hotel blocks are not provided:

The Westin Huntsville

Address: 6800 Governors West, NW Huntsville, Alabama 35806

Phone: 256-428-2000


Element Huntsville

Address: 6810 Governors West NW Huntsville, Alabama 35806

Phone: 256-327-9000


Drury Inn & Suites Huntsville at the Space & Rocket Center

Address: 93 Wynn Drive NW Huntsville, AL 35805

Phone: 256-430-9888


Huntsville Marriott at the Space & Rocket Center

Address: 1 Tranquility Base Huntsville, AL 35805

Phone: 256-830-2222


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