Plans underway for Penn State AI Week, April 1-5


Source: Penn State AI Hub

Penn State AI Week is set for April 1-5, 2024, with events and activities being planned at Penn State campuses and virtually. “We’re eager to get as much participation as possible for the first-ever Penn State AI Week so we’re planning relevant sessions that are accessible to students, staff, and faculty across all Penn State campuses, both in-person and virtually,” said Penn State AI Hub Director David Hunter.

Corporate-sponsored events and a poster session at University Park for AI research are planned, and each of the four AI centers at Penn State—CENSAI, the Center for Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Industry (AIMI), the Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence (CSRAI), and the Center for AI Foundations and Engineering Systems (CAFE)—are involved in developing the schedule of events.

CAFE Director Vijaykrishnan Narayanan notes that award presentations for various AI achievements will be timed to coincide with AI Week.

Virtual conversation sessions are being organized around relevant topics in AI and AI in education, such as career planning, ethics, teaching tactics, and academic integrity. Hunter said the goal is to schedule one conversation session per day during the week with topics selected using input from faculty and students.

Plans are also in the works to build on the success of last April’s hackathon at Penn State Harrisburg by expanding the event to other campuses and adding a March Madness element that incorporates multiple rounds of competition and culminates during AI Week. All campuses will also have the opportunity to participate in an AI Fools’ Day event that challenges contestants with various tasks, such as distinguishing human-generated content from content that is AI-generated.

Events and activities will be finalized through February and March. “We hope that ultimately the AI Week schedule offers something for everyone in the Penn State community,” Hunter said. Anyone at Penn State with interest or expertise in AI who would like to get involved in planning AI Week should email David Hunter, director of the Penn State AI Hub at


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