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Experts Convene at UAlbany to Discuss A.I. and the Capital Region

ALBANY, N.Y. (Nov. 26, 2019) – Local experts joined together at the Massry Center for Business on Friday for a discussion moderated by U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko and Assemblymember Patricia Fahy that explored the future of artificial intelligence (A.I.) in the Capital Region.

As the A.I. market is expected to grow to $190 billion by 2025, the Capital Region has emerged as a leader in this space, investing in cognitive technologies that will redefine industries such as climate change mitigation, renewable energy and cybersecurity.

Friday’s discussion focused on how A.I. might affect the region’s economy, along with the opportunities and pitfalls that exist in preparing our community for an intelligent future.

“This is a timely topic, and I am very pleased to be welcoming you all to this important conversation,” said UAlbany Provost Carol Kim, who kicked off Friday’s discussion. “Here at UAlbany we see the critical challenges and opportunities related to artificial intelligence, and are doing work in this space across our campus.”

UAlbany’s Chris Thorncroft, interim director of the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center and Sanjay Goel, professor in the School of Business and director of research at the NYS Center for Information Forensics and Assurance, severed as panelists.

They were joined by:

  • Jim Malatras, president of SUNY Empire State College
  • Andrew Kennedy, president of the Center for Economic Growth
  • Shadi Shahedipour-Sandvik, interim vice president of research advancement and graduate studies at SUNY Polytechnic Institute
  • Deborah McGuinness, Tetherless World Senior Constellation chair and professor at RPI
  • Laura Schultz, director of fiscal analysis and senior economist at the Rockefeller Institute of Government

You can view a recap of Friday’s discussion in the Albany Business Review.

Photos: Patrick Dodson

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