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Monday, April 3 – Day One 

Mulva Auditorium, Engineering Education and Research Center (EER 0.094) 

Symposium Welcome Address

1:00 – 1:10 PM

Remarks from Jennifer Lyon Gardner, Deputy Vice President for Research, and Sharon Strover, Philip G. Warner Regents Professor in Communication and Chair of Good Systems 


Keynote Conversation with Chad Jenkins
"Navigating Human-Robot Relationships and the Future of Work"

1:15 – 2:15 PM

In this fireside chat-style conversation, Chad Jenkins, Professor of Robotics at the University of Michigan, sits down with Good Systems Chair Sharon Strover to explore the ways robotics technologies can be used for good, the ethical questions they raise, and the future of human-robot interaction.


International Perspectives Panel: Global Collaboration to Fuel Ethical Innovation 

2:30 – 3:30 PM

Christine Custis (Partnership on AI), Kate Devlin (UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub), Kay Firth-Butterfield (World Economic Forum), moderated by Sherri Greenberg (UT Austin) 

Featuring experts working worldwide to embed ethics in AI technologies, this panel will explore the need for cross-sector, global collaboration in Ethical AI and the elements of fruitful collaborations. Hear how each panelist defines a "good" system, what trends leaders are noticing in terms of ethical practice, and learn how different sectors and governments approach policy around emerging technologies to ensure they serve the greater good.  



Poster Session and Reception

3:30 – 5:00 PM

Explore projects from Good Systems faculty and graduate fellows, learn early findings from Good Systems’ six core projects, and enjoy light bites and beverages during this interactive session.  




Tuesday, April 4 – Day Two 

Legislative Assembly Room, William C. Powers Student Activity Center (WCP 2.302)


8:30 – 9:00 AM

Join us for coffee and breakfast as we kick off day two of our symposium.


Co-Creating Good Systems: Research to Practice Roundtables

9:00 – 11:55 AM

Learn the latest insights from Good Systems’ core research projects and hear how researchers are co-creating good systems with their partners across industry, nonprofit, and public service sectors.

  Using AI to Advance Racial Justice and Combat Disinformation
  S. Craig Watkins (Journalism and Media), Meme Styles (Measure), Maria De- Arteaga (McCombs)
9:00 – 9:55 AM
  AI and Surveillance in Smart Cities
Emily Woodward (School of Journalism and Media), Dev Niyogi (Geosciences), and Marc Coudert (City of Austin), and Joe Faulk (Austin Public Library)
10:00 – 10:55 AM
  The Future of Work: Smart Tools and Human-Robot Partnerships
  Kenneth Fleischmann (School of Information), Josh Harguess (MITRE), and Joydeep Biswas (Computer Science)
11:00 – 11:55 AM


12:00 – 1:00 PM

Join Good Systems researchers and partners for a networking lunch. Lunch is provided free of charge to registered attendees.