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AI Conference: Shaping the Future

Millersville University is hosting a symposium about the world of AI, on May 29.

The age of Artificial Intelligence has begun. Picture a world where computers think, learn, and even empathize, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. From deciphering languages to diagnosing diseases, AI is the wizardry behind the curtain, shaping the future about which we once only dreamed. Millersville University is hosting a symposium about the world of AI on May 29 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Ware Center. This event is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis.

“At Millersville, we want to help guide those conversations,” says Dr. Marc Tomljanovich, dean of the Lombardo College of Business at Millersville University. “We don’t have all of the answers, but we want to be part of the discussion.”

The workshop will center on the emerging field of generative AI, which gained prominence in the public eye approximately 18 months ago. Generative AI involves artificial intelligence systems that can produce text, images, videos, or other data using generative models, often in response to specific prompts. Examples include programs like ChatGPT, Gemini and GitHub Copilot.

The event will include a keynote speech delivered by Millersville University President Dr. Daniel A. Wubah. Following this, a panel discussion will take place, followed by three breakout sessions. These sessions will explore various themes, including AI in the workplace, focusing on efficiency and collaboration, reskilling and upskilling in the era of AI and ethical and legal considerations surrounding AI adoption.

The panel will include experts from Lancaster General Hospital, Eurofins, Thaddeus Stevens College, Clark Associates and Trout CPA, and will be moderated by Lancaster Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Heather Valudes. Dr. Chad Hogg, assistant professor of computer science; Dr. Oliver Dreon, Jr., professor of educational foundations; and Dr. Victor DeSantis, vice president of University Relations and Strategic Initiatives at Millersville University, will assist with the breakout sessions. Josh Hartranft, interim chief technology officer at Millersville University, will help MC the event.

“The idea is to bring together a number of voices in the local community who have been working at organizations and probably employing AI,” says Tomljanovich. “We want to bring together leaders from the healthcare, education, manufacturing and financial services sectors so we can all talk to one another and learn.”

The conference’s goal is to serve as a hub for connecting people involved with strategic and operational elements of AI at their organizations throughout the Lancaster area.

The discussion aims to showcase current applications of AI in regional companies, organizations, governments and educational institutions, offering insights into its utilization and providing an AI roadmap for leaders, employees and educational establishments.

Those seeking further details or wishing to register for the event can do so here.

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