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"We are at the forefront of addressing complex societal challenges through systems thinking. Addressing major issues such as climate change, public health, trustworthiness in artificial intelligence, critical infrastructure systems, innovation, privacy, and connectivity requires a systems approach. Working alongside policymakers and technology leaders, we are dedicated to creating and implementing complex adaptive solutions that improve decision-making and shape the world around us."
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Dr. Zoe Szajnfarber is the principal investigator on this interdisciplinary grant from the National Science Foundation. She will work with colleagues in the EMSE and Computer Science departments to develop a new model for graduate education.
The day after Ukraine’s president met with President Biden, the country’s agriculture minister came to GW to meet with Environmental and Energy Management Institute experts to explore working together to mitigate the impact of climate change on the country’s agricultural sector.
Dr. Douglas is one of 10 new astronaut candidates from a field of more than 12,000. The valuable research skills he honed as a doctoral student have been helpful as he's advanced his career.
GW to Co-Lead a New $20 million NSF AI Institute
The George Washington University is co-leading a multi-institutional effort supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that will develop new artificial intelligence (AI) technologies designed to promote trust and mitigate risks, while simultaneously empowering and educating the public. The NSF Institute for Trustworthy AI in Law & Society (TRAILS) unites specialists in AI and machine learning with systems engineers, social scientists, legal scholars, educators, and public policy experts. The multidisciplinary team will work with impacted communities, private industry, and the federal government to determine how to evaluate trust in AI, how to develop technical solutions and processes for AI that can be trusted, and which policy models best create and sustain trust. David Broniatowski, an associate professor of engineering management and systems engineering at GW, is the lead principal investigator of TRAILS at GW.
The new institute is expected to transform the practice of AI by encouraging new innovations that foreground ethics, human rights, and input and feedback from communities whose voices have previously been marginalized. The NSF, in collaboration with government agencies and private sector leaders, has now invested close to half a billion dollars in the AI institutes ecosystem—an investment that expands a collaborative AI research network into almost every U.S. state.
GW Engineering Hosts Multidisciplinary Discussion on the Powers and Perils of AI
October 11, 2023
Faculty at GW are taking a holistic approach to AI research and education to address both its powers and perils, as demonstrated by the panel "The Multifaceted Landscape of AI" during the 2023 GW Alumni & Families Weekend.
Balancing the Opportunities and Risks of AI in Systems Engineering
September 29, 2023
GW Engineering is supporting the discussion around how systems engineering can use AI systems responsibly and support the development of robust and ethical AI systems by collaborating to host workshops such as AI4SE & SE4AI.
Educating Students in the Legal Aspects of Engineering
September 14, 2023
Adjunct Professor Cynthia Gayton recently published the 11th edition of her textbook, "Legal Aspects of Engineering, Design and Innovation."