Smart Cities, AI, and the Greater Good

When: October 23, 2020, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: Online
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Over fifty percent of the global population currently live in cities, which produce 70% of earth’s total greenhouse gas emissions. How can cities become more “climate-smart,” and how can artificial intelligence aid in efforts to live more sustainably?

Who Should Attend (and Why!)

Students, companies, and organizations interested in the impact of artificial intelligence and the role smart cities and communities can play in environmental sustainability should attend. We welcome all knowledge and skill levels, with the goal of surfacing the extraordinary possibilities of an AI–enabled world.

AI for Good is the philosophy that guides and shapes Nittany AI Alliance’s work to advance artificial intelligence to make the world a better place. This work falls under one of four pillars aligned with Penn State’s resources and expertise — education, environment, health, or humanitarianism. This event is focused on the environment pillar.


Time Session

6:00–6:20 p.m.

What is a smart city?

Douglas Guthrie, Senior Vice President, Comcast Cable 

6:20–7:10 p.m.

Interactive Panel Discussion with Audience Q&A

Moderator: Kristin Musulin, Senior Editor Smart Cities Dive, Industry Dive 


Jack CarrollDistinguished Professor of IST, Penn State 

Douglas Guthrie, Senior Vice President, Comcast Cable 

Javad Khazaei, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering 

Emily Yates, Smart City Director, City of Philadelphia 

7:10–7:20 p.m.

Student Spotlight

Nittany AI Associates 

7:20–8:00 p.m.

Student Ideation Session & Networking

Discussion for students interested in participating in the Nittany AI Challenge. Facilitated by the Nittany AI Alliance student organization.


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