CELEBRATE: The College!

February 28, 2019


Martin A. Schmidt, MIT Provost; Ray and Maria Stata Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Anantha P. Chandrakasan, Dean, MIT School of Engineering; Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

7:30–8:50 am

Registration at Kresge Auditorium,
Building W16

8:50–9:20 am


Susan S. Silbey, Chair, MIT Faculty; Leon and Anne Goldberg Professor of Humanities, Sociology, and Anthropology; Professor of Behavioral and Policy Sciences, MIT Sloan School of Management

L. Rafael Reif, MIT President 

Charlie Baker, Governor of Massachusetts

9:20–9:55 am

Computing: Reflections and the Path Forward


W. Eric L. Grimson, MIT Chancellor for Academic Advancement; Bernard M. Gordon Professor of Medical Engineering

Rethinking Friction in Digital Culture
Sherry Turkle, Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT

Rebooting the Web? Not a Simple Task
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, 3Com Founders Professor of Engineering at MIT

Looking Back to Look Forward
Patrick H. Winston, Ford Professor of Engineering at MIT

9:55–10:05 am


10:05–11:00 am

Computing at the Crossroads: Intersections of Research and Education


Hashim Sarkis, Dean, MIT School of Architecture and Planning

Innovation in Medical Science and Care through Computing?
Phillip A. Sharp, Institute Professor at MIT

Economics, Computation, and Networks
Asu Ozdaglar, Head, MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; School of Engineering Distinguished Professor of Engineering

Nature by Design, Design by Nature
Neri Oxman, Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT Media Lab

Digital Matatus: Building Data for Policy Change
Sarah E. Williams, Homer A. Burnell Career Development Chair of Technology and Urban Planning at MIT

Energy-Efficient AI
Vivienne Sze, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT

Economics and Market Design for Data
Munther A. Dahleh, Director, MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society; William A. Coolidge Professor

Computing and the Financial Ecosystem
Andrew W. Lo, Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor at MIT Sloan School of Management

11:00 am–
12:00 pm

Computing for the Marketplace: Entrepreneurship and AI


Israel Ruiz, MIT Executive Vice President and Treasurer; Chair of the Board, The Engine

Eric Schmidt, Technical Advisor, Alphabet

Panel Moderator

Katie Rae, CEO and Managing General Partner, The Engine

Jim Breyer, Founder and CEO, Breyer Capital

Jocelyn Goldfein, Managing Director, Zetta Venture Partners

Helen Greiner, Cofounder, iRobot

Robert Langer, David H. Koch Institute Professor at MIT

Xiao’ou Tang, Founder, SenseTime; Professor of Information Engineering, Chinese University of Hong Kong

12:00–1:00 pm


1:00–1:03 pm


The 2019 Solve Global Challenges
Alex Amouyel, Executive Director, Solve

1:03–2:20 pm

Computing the Future: Setting New Directions


Cynthia Barnhart, MIT Chancellor; Ford Foundation Professor of Engineering 

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Algorithms
David Siegel, Co-chairman of Two Sigma Investments; Founding Advisor, The MIT Quest for Intelligence

The Role of Industry: Academia Collaboration in Computing
Diane Greene, Director, Alphabet, SAP, and Stripe

The Human-Machine Partnership
Drew Houston, Cofounder and CEO, Dropbox

The Future of Computing and AI
John E. Kelly III, Executive Vice President, IBM


Antonio Torralba, MIT Director, MIT–IBM Watson AI Lab; Inaugural Director, The MIT Quest for Intelligence; Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Scaling AI the Human Way
Joshua B. Tenenbaum, Professor of Computational Cognitive Science at MIT

Interpretable AI
Dimitris Bertsimas, Boeing Leaders for Global Operations Professor at MIT Sloan School of Management

Is AI Human-Ready?
Aleksander Mądry, Associate Professor of Computer Science at MIT

How AI Changes the Way We Diagnose and Treat Diseases
Regina Barzilay, Delta Electronics Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT

From Wearables to Invisibles
Dina Katabi, Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT

2:20–2:30 pm


2:30–3:10 pm

Creating a College: A Conversation

Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman; CEO; Cofounder, Blackstone

L. Rafael Reif

3:10–3:40 pm

How the Enlightenment Ends: A Discussion

Dr. Henry Kissinger, former US Secretary of State and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Thomas L. Friedman, Foreign Affairs Columnist, The New York Times; Author, Thank You for Being Late

3:40–4:50 pm

Computing for the People: Ethics and AI


Melissa Nobles, Kenan Sahin Dean, MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; Professor of Political Science

Panel Moderator

Thomas L. Friedman

Ursula Burns, Executive Chairman and CEO, VEON, Ltd.

Ash Carter, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School; former US Secretary of Defense

Jennifer Chayes, Technical Fellow and Managing Director of Microsoft Research New England, New York City, and Montreal

Joi Ito, Director, MIT Media Lab

Megan Smith, Founder and CEO, shift7; former US Chief Technology Officer

Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation

4:50–5:00 pm

Closing Remarks

Martin A. Schmidt

5:00–7:00 pm

Research and Computing: Student and Postdoc Poster Session and Reception


Antonio Torralba

Aude Oliva, MIT Executive Director, MIT–IBM Watson AI Lab; Executive Director, The MIT Quest for Intelligence; Principal Research Scientist