EVENT: Academic Congress on Artificial Intelligence, from Wed, Feb 28 to Thurs, Feb 29, 2024, UCLA – Learn more

UC Systemwide Academic Congress: What the Future Holds - the impact and promise of AI 2/28-29 UCLA - Learn more

The University of California’s Provost, Katherine S. Newman, and Chief Information Officer, Van Williams, look forward to gathering the university’s leaders to discuss the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the upcoming UC AI Congress, “What the Future Holds: A UC Congress on the Impact and Promise of Artificial Intelligence,” from Wednesday, February 28 – Thursday, February 29, 2024, at UCLA.

Artificial intelligence is rapidly transforming higher education, publishing, health care, law, and countless other domains. New platforms are reshaping the labor market and the stock market. Please join us for a critical, UC-wide gathering with colleagues from campuses, health systems and national labs to discuss cutting edge advances in research, as well as the challenges AI poses to the professions and to our own practices, from the classroom and lab to the clinic. Our evening keynote speaker, MIT Institute Professor Daron Acemoglu, is a leading expert on the impact of technological revolutions; his keynote will be followed by remarks by discussant Dr. Ramesh Srinivasan, professor in the UCLA Department of Information Studies and founder of the UC-wide Digital Cultures Lab. Our lunchtime keynote speaker, UCLA Professor and Macarthur Award winner Safiya Umoja Noble, will discuss her work to increase transparency and equity in AI systems. 

Event Details

What the Future Holds: A UC Congress on the Impact and Promise of Artificial Intelligence
Dates: Wednesday, February 28 – Thursday, February 29, 2024
Location: Both at UCLA & online
Hosts: Katherine S. Newman, Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, University of California, and Van Williams Vice President of IT, and Chief Information Officer, University of California
Cost: Transportation and lodging will not be provided, but other costs (conference fees and meals from Wednesday evening to Thursday afternoon) will be covered by the hosts
Audience: By invitation only for leaders and experts from UC (UC faculty, administrative leaders, students, alumni), the government and the private sector. An event registration link will be emailed to all invited guests.
Format: Hybrid event with in-person capacity for 250 guests, as well as online options 
Contact: Alissa Kinney Moe: alissa.moe@ucop.edu
Registration: Details to follow


  • Day 1, Wed, February 28, 2024: 6-8 pm
  • Day 2, Thursday, February 29, 2024:  7:30 am – 4 pm

Conference goals

  1. Identify opportunities to leverage AI across wide range of use cases within higher education
  2. Raise awareness of the importance of safe, ethical and non-discriminatory AI among UC students, faculty, and staff 
  3. Galvanize a community of stakeholders who are committed to working together to ensure that AI is used for good and appropriately prepares the future workforce
  4. Update recommendations found in the 2021 Presidential Working Group Report for how UC can use AI as amplifying and non-discriminatory force in support of UC’s mission

Program topics

  • Keynote speakers Daron Acemoglu, MIT and Safiya Umoja Noble, UCLA, will cover a number of trending topics of interest, including how AI will affect future labor markets and how to assess and reduce bias in AI.
  • Panel sessions will discuss high-value opportunities in research, teaching and learning, innovation, healthcare delivery and broader application areas across the university.
  • Breakout sessions on the following topics:
    • AI and Climate, Ag Tech
    • AI for National Security and Cybersecurity 
    • AI for Health Care 
    • AI for Teaching and Learning
    • AI in Computational Research Applications 


The University of California is home to leading AI researchers in computer science, data science, as well as experts in administrative and teaching roles who are beginning to experience the societal implications of AI. Like other institutions of its kind, UC employs advanced uses of AI in its enterprise operations, research, education and patient care. Additionally, many UC stakeholders, including students, faculty and staff, are actively engaged in testing and adopting new AI applications. The scale of UC’s impact is vast, including 500,000 students, faculty and staff, across 10 campuses, 6 health systems, 3 national labs, as well as Agricultural and Natural Resources (ANR) division, UC San Francisco Law, and the UC Office of the President. To learn more, feel free to review this recommended reading list.

Program Committee

  • Chair: Camille Crittenden – Executive Director, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute
  • Lucy Avetisyan – Chief Information Officer, UCLA
  • Jenae Cohn – Executive Director, UC Berkeley Center for Teaching and Learning 
  • Kristin Cordova – Chief of Staff, Information Technology Services, UC Office of the President
  • David Danks – Professor, UC San Diego, data science & philosophy 
  • Yvette Gullatt – Chief Diversity Officer, UC Office of the President, Graduate and Undergraduate Affairs
  • Cora Han – Chief Health Data Officer, UC Office of the President, University of California Health
  • Elizabeth Joh – Faculty Advisory Board, UC Davis Law 
  • Jenny Lofthus – General Compliance Manager, UC Office of the President, Ethics and Compliance
  • Rich Lyons – Chief Innovation and Entrepreneurship Officer, UC Berkeley
  • Katherine S. Newman – Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs of the University of California
  • Mark Nitzberg – Executive Director of the UC Berkeley Center for Human-Compatible AI, Head of Strategic Outreach at the Berkeley AI Research Lab, and Director of Technology Research at the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE)
  • Brandie Nonnecke – Director, CITRIS Policy Lab
  • Van Williams – Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, University of California

Contributing Staff

  • Whit Bastian – Administrative Specialist, UC Office of the President
  • Alissa Moe – Director, Outreach Events and Communications, Graduate, Undergraduate and Equity Affairs, UC Office of the President
  • Laurel Skurko – Marketing & Communications Specialist, Information Technology Services, UC Office of the President
  • Ghanya Thomas – Executive Assistant, Information Technology Services, UC Office of the President