Bad AI and Beyond Festival
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Virtual
October 1, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm

The Bad AI and Beyond Festival will introduce faculty research into how we understand AI, while showcasing student video, prose, and even poetry that gives fictional and non-fictional accounts of the social impact of AI. 

First Annual Symposium of Good Systems, a UT Grand Challenge
Zoom
October 19, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm

The First Annual Good Systems Fall Symposium highlights the success and future plans of this UT Grand Challenge.

Coexisting with AI

Artificial intelligence is a system that can correctly interpret data, learn from it, and then use what it has learned to adapt in order to achieve specific goals autonomously. It improves our everyday lives, but not without risk.

AI is changing the way we do everything because it’s everywhere — from dating apps to the most advanced military weapons systems. AI does many things faster and better than humans can alone, but there are ethical and societal implications to consider.

How can we ensure that AI is beneficial — not detrimental — to humanity? What unintended consequences are we overlooking by developing technology that can be manipulated and misused?

 

Our goal is to create a new way of designing values-based AI technologies that both protect and improve our world.

To do that, our team brings students and researchers together from more than two dozen schools and units on The University of Texas at Austin campus to investigate how to define, evaluate, and build a “Good System” from the beginning instead of relying on policy to make them safer once they’re in use.

It is ethically irresponsible to focus only on what AI can do. We believe it is equally important to ask what it should (and should not) do.


VALUES-DRIVEN AI

All advances in society require balancing what we value. We balance the value of national security with those of privacy and liberty, and sometimes we must choose safety over profit margins. Recent advances in AI technology, though, have brought us to a crossroads where we will soon be making new and difficult choices about what we prioritize as a society. This is important because while AI by itself isn’t good or bad, it’s also not neutral — it reflects the biases of the people who design, train, and use it.

Our goal is to better understand what changes these new technologies will bring, predict how those changes will unfold, and mitigate the harms or unintended consequences they could cause while still leveraging the benefits AI provides. Over the next eight years, our team will establish a framework for evaluating, developing, implementing, and regulating AI-based technologies so they reflect human values at their core.

 

Define Good Systems

Human values are different across individuals and groups of people, and they change over time. What does it mean for a system that uses AI technology to be “good” (or not)?

EVALUATE Good Systems

Once a system that includes AI technology is in use, how do we decide if it is good (or not)? We will develop a framework that can be used to decide.

BUILD Good Systems

How can we ensure that the systems we create will be good? We must prepare our future workforce to design productive human-AI partnerships.

IMPLEMENT Good Systems

We will develop a set of best practices that are transparent and adaptable for designing and using AI and for predicting and mitigating its risks.

 

 

 

Current and Upcoming Projects

Good systems are human-AI partnerships that address the needs and values of society. Developing them is our mission.


Meet the Team

Our  grand challenge team includes information and computer scientists, philosophers, robotics and transportation experts, communication and policy researchers — and more. And this year, we’ll begin recruiting faculty to fill four new ethicist positions in technology, artificial intelligence, media, and design.

Read full bioSamuel Baker

Samuel Baker

Associate ProfessorEnglish
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Chandra Bhat

ProfessorCivil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
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Tanya Clement

Associate ProfessorEnglish
Read full bioKenneth R. Fleischmann

Kenneth R. Fleischmann

ProfessorInformation
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Junfeng Jiao

Associate ProfessorArchitecture
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Matthew Lease

Associate ProfessorInformation
Read full bioPeter Stone

Peter Stone

ProfessorComputer Science
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Sharon Strover

ProfessorJournalism and Media
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Amelia Acker

Information
Research DirectorPublic Interest Technology
Committee MemberUniversity Engagement
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Samuel Baker

English
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
MemberEducation Advisory Committee
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Chandra Bhat

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
Committee MemberEducation Advisory
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Casey Boyle

Rhetoric and Writing
Committee MemberUniversity Engagement

Simone Browne

African and African Diaspora Studies
Research DirectorCritical Perspectives on Surveillance
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Aaron Choate

University of Texas Libraries
Committee MemberUniversity Engagement

Andrea Christelle

Network Relationship ManagerGood Systems
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Tanya Clement

English
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
Committee MemberUniversity Engagement
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Maria Esteva

Texas Advanced Computing Center
Committee MemberEducation Advisory
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Kenneth R. Fleischmann

Information
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
Committee MemberUniversity Engagement
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Joydeep Ghosh

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research DirectorTransparent and Explainable AI
Committee MemberExternal Outreach

Tessa Green

Office of the Vice President for Research
Program DirectorGood Systems
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Sherri Greenberg

Public Affairs
Research DirectoryFuture of Work
Committee MemberExternal Outreach
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Junfeng Jiao

Architecture
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
Committee MemberExternal Outreach

Adam Klivans

Computer Science
Research DirectorRobotics and Machine Learning
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Matthew Lease

Information
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
Committee MemberResearch Advisory
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Mary Neuburger

History
Committee MemberResearch Advisory
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Katie Pierce Meyer

University of Texas Libraries
Committee MemberEducation Advisory
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Suzanne Scott

Radio-Television-Film
Committee MemberResearch Advisory
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Peter Stone

Computer Science
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
Committee MemberResearch Advisory
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Natalie Stroud

Communication Studies
Committee MemberExternal Outreach
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Sharon Strover

Journalism
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
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William Tierney

Population Health
Former MemberGood Systems Executive Team
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Paul Toprac

Computer Science
Committee MemberEducation Advisory
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S. Craig Watkins

Journalism
Research DirectorRacial Justice
Committee MemberResearch Advisory
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Samuel Woolley

Journalism
Research DirectorDisinformation
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Weijia Xu

Texas Advanced Computing Center
Research DirectorSmart Cities
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Amelia Acker

Information
Research DirectorPublic Interest Technology
Committee MemberUniversity Engagement

Joel Afriyie

Computer Science

Shani Alkobi

Computer Science

Alessandro Allievi

Computer Science
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Kiril Avramov

Slavic and Eurasian Studies
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Jakki Bailey

Information
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Samuel Baker

English
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
MemberEducation Advisory Committee
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Josh Barbour

Communication Studies
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Chandra Bhat

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
Committee MemberEducation Advisory

Nilavra Bhattacharya

Information Studies
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Alan Bovik

Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Casey Boyle

Rhetoric and Writing
Committee MemberUniversity Engagement
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Daniel Brown

Computer Science
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Virginia Brown

Population Health

Simone Browne

African and African Diaspora Studies
Research DirectorCritical Perspectives on Surveillance
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Kathy Cacace

Radio-Television-Film
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Tiancheng Leo Cao

Communications Studies

Mitch Chaiet

Communications Studies
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Swarat Chaudhuri

Computer Science
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Gina Chen

Journalism
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Wenhong Chen

Media Studies and Sociology
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Bobby Chesney

Law
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Aaron Choate

University of Texas Libraries
Committee MemberUniversity Engagement
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Jaewon Choi

Radio-Television-Film
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Eunsol Choi

Computer Science
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Tanya Clement

English
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
Committee MemberUniversity Engagement
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Josh Conrad

Architecture

Jiaxun Cui

Computer Science
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Valerie Danesh

Nursing

Anubrata Das

Information

Nathan Davis

Information

Jaxsen Day

Information
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Kaya de Barbaro

Psychology
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Ying Ding

Information
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Ishan Durugkar

Computer Science
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Maria Esteva

Texas Advanced Computing Center
Committee MemberEducation Advisory
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Chen Feng

Architecture
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Kenneth R. Fleischmann

Information
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
Committee MemberUniversity Engagement

Shivam Garg

Computer Science

Keya Ghonasgi

Computer Science
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Joydeep Ghosh

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research DirectorTransparent and Explainable AI
Committee MemberExternal Outreach
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Sherri Greenberg

Public Affairs
Research DirectoryFuture of Work
Committee MemberExternal Outreach

Soumyajit Gupta

Computer Science
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Danna Gurari

Information

Ayse Gursoy

Information
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Andrea Gustavson

Harry Ransom Center
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Allyssa Guzman

UT Libraries
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Jacek Gwizdka

Information
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Justin Hart

Computer Science
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Hannah Hopkins

English
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Aditya Jain

Computational Engineering

Jay Jennings

Communications

Yuqian Jiang

Computer Science
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Junfeng Jiao

Architecture
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Committee MemberExternal Outreach
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Thomas Johnson

Journalism

Bryan Jones

School of Law
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Yujin Kim

Communication Studies

Adam Klivans

Computer Science
Research DirectorRobotics and Machine Learning

William Knox

Computer Science

Kolina Koltai

Information

Tina Lassiter

Radio-Television-Film
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Matthew Lease

Information
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
Committee MemberResearch Advisory
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Taeyoung Lee

Center for Media Engagement
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Min Kyung Lee

Information

Lan Li

Information
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Brad Limov

Communications Studies

Bo Liu

Computer Science

William Macke

Computer Science
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Megan Micheletti

Psychology
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Reuth Mirsky

Computer Science
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Patricia Moravec

Information, Risk, and Operations Management

Dhiraj Murthy

Journalism

Karim Nader

Philosophy
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Mary Neuburger

History
Committee MemberResearch Advisory
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Mai Tran Ngoc

Mathematics
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Scott Niekum

Computer Science
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Evdokia Nikolova

Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Susan Nold

Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life
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Alison Norman

Computer Science

Soyoung Park

Radio-Television-Film

Jin Soo Park

Computer Science
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James Pennebaker

Psychology

Arthur Peters

Computer Science
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Katie Pierce Meyer

University of Texas Libraries
Committee MemberEducation Advisory
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Bruce Porter

Computer Science

Somnath Rakshit

Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Jason Roberts

Slavic and Eurasian Studies
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Christopher Rossbach

Computer Science
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Loriene Roy

Information

Emily Rubin

Journalism and Media
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Natalia Ruiz-Juri

Center for Transportation Research
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Maytal Saar-Tsechansky

Information, Risk, and Operations Management
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Jordan Schneider

Computer Science

Mackenzie Schnell

Communication Studies
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Suzanne Scott

Radio-Television-Film
Committee MemberResearch Advisory
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Luis Sentis

Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

Shubham Sharma

Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Michael Shensky

UT Libraries

Kristina Shiroma

Information

Steve Slota

Information
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Miriam Solis (Collins)

Architecture
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Ravi Srinivasan

Applied Research Laboratories

Abigale Stangl

Information
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Peter Stone

Computer Science
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
Committee MemberResearch Advisory
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Natalie Stroud

Communication Studies
Committee MemberExternal Outreach
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Sharon Strover

Journalism
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
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Rebecca Taylor

UT Ethics Project
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John Thywissen

Computer Science
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William Tierney

Population Health
Former MemberGood Systems Executive Team
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Paul Toprac

Computer Science
Committee MemberEducation Advisory
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Faraz Torabi

Computer Science

Dariya Tsyrenzhapova

Journalism

Nitin Verma

Information

Lauren Walker

Harry Ransom Center
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Garrett Warnell

Computer Science
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S. Craig Watkins

Journalism
Research DirectorRacial Justice
Committee MemberResearch Advisory
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Jake Wegmann

Architecture
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Sarah Welsh

English
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Craig Wheeler

Astronomy
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Paul Woodruff

Philosophy
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Samuel Woolley

Journalism
Research DirectorDisinformation

Yutong Wu

Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Xuesu Xiao

Computer Science
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Bo Xie

Nursing
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Weijia Xu

Texas Advanced Computing Center
Research DirectorSmart Cities

Xuewen Yao

Psychology
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Harel Yedidsion

Computer Science

Siqi Yi

Information
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Yan Zhang

Information

Qiping Zhang

Computer Science
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Ming Zhang

Architecture

Yifeng Zhu

Computer Science
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Hao Zhu

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Cara Bertron

City of AustinPlanning and Zoning

Kahlil Bholat

City of AustinPublic Works

Ross Clark

City of AustinWater

John Clary 

City of AustinTransportation

Marc Coudert

City of AustinOffice of Sustainability
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Wendy N. Davis

Postpartum Support International 

Matt Dugan 

City of AustinPlanning and Zoning

Molly Emerick 

City of AustinEnergy
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Julia Flanders

External AdvisorNortheastern University
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Judy Goldsmith

External AdvisorUniversity of Kentucky

Shannon Halley

City of AustinOffice of Councilmember Kathie Tovo

Jennifer Hecker

City of AustinAustin History Center

Andy Hoffman

Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services 

Matt Hollon 

City of AustinAustin Watershed Protection

Paul Hopingardner

Travis County Information Technology Services

Jacquie Hrncir

City of AustinCommunications & Technology Management

Vella Karman

Austin Public Health

David Kulpanowski

Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services 
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Laura Mandell

External AdvisorTexas A&M University

Chris McConnell

City of AustinTransportation

Mike Miller

City of AustinAustin History Center
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Kerry O’Connor

City of Austin
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Doug Oard

External AdvisorUniversity of Maryland
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Srinivas Peeta

External AdvisorGeorgia Institute of Technology

Divya Rathanlal

City of AustinCommunications & Technology Management
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Alan Rubel

External AdvisorUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
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Kat Schuknecht

Postpartum Support International 
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Xun Shi

External AdvisorDartmouth College
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Daniel Singley

Postpartum Support International 

James Snow

City of AustinPublic Works
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Lianne Swanson

Postpartum Support International 

Karla Taylor

City of AustinTransportation

Bryan Thompson

City of AustinPublic Works

Jonathan Tomko

City of AustinNeighborhood Housing and Community Development

Kewen Wang

College of Natural Sciences


Please Join Us on This Journey

2018 marked the beginning of our development year as a UT grand challenge. We used the time to grow our team, ask hard questions (then, even harder ones), and decide how to design our work over the next decade. We welcome and value your feedback, your thoughts, and your contributions.

Please follow us on social media, meet us at our events, and let us know why you think this is a grand challenge.