AI’s moment has arrived. Cars are driving themselves. We're speaking directly to interfaces like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa. AI is finding its way into applications that seem less exotic and more accessible.
Technologies are fusing massive data sets with behavioral and predictive algorithms. New user interfaces are being powered by machine learning. These innovations are creating exciting and practical applications for AI. Emerging tools are sure to change core engagement, fundraising, and communications functions in advancement offices.
The AI in Advancement Summit is hosted by Cornell University's Division of Alumni Affairs and Development. Cornell has partnered with Ithaca College, Keuka College, Skidmore College, Syracuse University, Union College, and Virginia Tech to make this event possible. The summit is supported by an award from the CASE District II Venture Capital Fund.
Have a question about the summit? Email Emily Gustafson.
The summit is open to CASE District II members, as well as staff from other CASE member institutions and technology partners.
Andy Monroe graduated from Cornell in 1999 with a B.S. in Operations Research. He has been involved with software since age 5 and has worked with many early-stage startups including founding his own. Most recently he has been working with BrightCrowd to help people better understand their personal and professional networks through the use of machine learning.
Arrive on campus with plenty of time for breakfast and pre-summit banter. Registration and all sessions will take place at The Statler Hotel. Located in the heart of Cornell's campus, The Statler provides luxury accommodations. Onsite parking is available for overnight guests. Those arriving Friday morning should note the campus ParkMobile parking lots.
We couldn't be happier to open the summit with a few words Cornell's President, Martha Pollack. President Pollack is a computer scientist with research expertise in artificial intelligence. She earned Masters and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. Her doctoral dissertation explores natural-language processing by computers. She has published research on automated planning, temporal reasoning, and constraint satisfaction. A special focus of her work has been the design of intelligent technology to assist people with cognitive impairments, a topic on which she testified before the US Senate Subcommittee on Aging in 2004.
What is Artificial Intelligence? Where did it come from? How did we get to where we are now? Why is AI beginning to boom? This opening keynote will cover a general background of AI. Attendees will start the day having gained a common conceptual framework and vocabulary.
David B. Shmoys is the Laibe/Acheson Professor of Business Management and Leadership Studies in the Department of Computer Science at the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering here at Cornell.
Let all that new knowledge soak in along with a few snacks. Join us for a quick break with light refreshments, coffee, and tea.
Our panel of industry and academic experts will provide concrete examples of AI in practice. Hear how AI works in various industries, academia, and the consumer marketplace.
Moderator: Kim Infanti, executive director of digital engagement and communications from Syracuse University Office of Alumni Engagement.
Andy Monroe, Software developer, BrightCrowd
Madeleine Udell, Assistant Professor, School of Operations Research and Information Engineering (ORIE)
Michael Greenberg, CEO and founder, Retina.ai
Is your database a system of record or a system of intelligence? Fundraising is an art and a science. Learn how technology can support prospect and volunteer management.
Adam Martel is a former major gifts fundraiser. While at Babson College he recognized how AI could transform the scope and impact of his work. He is now CEO and Co-founder, Gravyty Technologies, Inc.
Statler breakout rooms
How might AI impact work in various advancement program areas? Each workshop will be co-facilitated by an industry professional and an advancement professional. Learn how to apply concepts covered in the morning sessions to your work. Join discussions that focus in on fundraising, alumni relations, and communications.
Michael Greenberg, CEO and founder, Retina.ai
Catherine Marhenke, Associate Director, Annual Giving, Colgate University
Adam Martel, CEO, Gravyty
Mike Moyer, Associate Vice President of Development for Colleges, Virginia Tech
Erik Rapp, Director, Sales, Evertrue
Jennifer Sparrow, Director, Prospect Development, Cornell AAD
Vanessa Theoharis, Director of Digital Marketing, OHO Interactive
Ashley Budd, Director of Digital Marketing, Cornell AAD
Walter Rivera, Head of Sales and Partnerships, Funderful
Andy Shaindlin, Vice President, Switchboard
Wrapping up the day, attendees are invited to share observations from the workshops. Participants from each advancement program area will share next steps. Summit organizers will reveal plans to keep the conversation going online.
Join us for a post-summit cocktail in the Statler Hotel’s Regents Lounge. Summit organizers are seeking a co-sponsor for this event. Contact Ashley Budd if you are interested.
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We have secured a room block at The Statler Hotel for February 15-17. The rate is $212.00/night. Reserve before Thursday, January 25th, 2018.
Hotel overnight guests will have access to valet. All other attendees can park in visitor areas on campus.