Frontiers of AI in Business and Society Workshop

Date / Time

May 10, 2024

All Day

Advancements in AI methodologies have accelerated exponentially in recent years, and their applications in business and societal domains have become ubiquitous. On the one hand, this presents significant opportunities for using these tools to address hard societal and business challenges. Examples include advancements in medical diagnostics and personalized health care, efficiently learning diverse consumer preferences, building more resilient supply chains, building environmentally sustainable business operations, and improving the allocation of societal resources to address problems such as crime and poverty. 

On the other hand, the use of AI methodologies in such societal domains has raised several ethical and trust-related concerns and challenges requiring urgent policy design. For example, AI may exacerbate existing societal inequities by introducing large disparities in the allocation of the costs and benefits of AI deployments across population groups, with outcomes favoring one group over another. The black-box nature of AI methodologies may lead to unintended and harmful consequences and make them susceptible to malicious manipulation of their outcomes by strategic stakeholders. Furthermore, the concentration of data and AI prowesses in the industry raises concerns of misalignment between the firms’ objectives for AI deployments and societal welfare.  

This workshop aims to bring together experts and practitioners from various relevant disciplines to carve an interdisciplinary research agenda for (a) developing impactful yet responsible AI solutions in societal and business domains and (b) designing policy frameworks for addressing concerns arising from the use of AI in such domains.

View the workshop website.

Keynote Speakers:

Sheldon Jacobson, Founder Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
Anjana Susarla, Omura-Saxena Professor in Responsible AI at Michigan State University
Louise Keely, Advanced Analytics and Strategy Leader and Partner at Bain & Company
David Jurgens, Associate Professor of Information Science and Computer Science at The University of Michigan

Industry Panelists:

Mary Purk, Managing Director of AI at Wharton
Pat Sullivan, Global Digital Engineering Lead and Principal at Ernst & Young LLP
Louise Keely, Advanced Analytics and Strategy Leader and Partner at Bain & Company

While the workshop is free and open for all, space is limited, and registration is necessary for attendance. Please register before April 12


The workshop is organized by the College of Business Administration of UIC with support from the Discovery Partners Institute.

Organizing committee:

Vijay Kamble, Assistant Professor of IDS, chair
Yingda Lu, Assistant Professor of IDS, chair
Moontae Lee, Assistant Professor of IDS
Brad Sturt, Assistant Professor of IDS

For inquiries or questions, please email the organizers,

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