151 W Wood St, Youngstown, OH 44503

SEPT. 21, 2019 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM


Northeast Ohio ACM Chapter


Associate Vice Chancellor of the Higher Education Workforce Alignment at Ohio Department of Education

Futurist and Director

of the Humanities

Institute at Ohio State


Director of  Information Technology & Logistics at JobsOhio



Director of Software


for the  Intel Data Platform Group

David Staley, Ph.D. is the director of the Humanities Institute and an associate professor in the departments of History, Design and Educational Studies at the Ohio State University. His research interests include digital history, the philosophy of history, historical methodology, and the history and future of higher education. He has published widely (in print and electronically) on the intersection of technology and scholarship.  He is the author of Alternative Universities: Speculative Design for Innovation in Higher Education, Computers, Visualization and History; History and Future: Using Historical Thinking to Imagine the Future; and Brain, Mind and Internet: A Deep History and Future. From 2011-2012 he served as National Dean for General Education at Harrison College, and from 2003-2008, he was Executive Director of the American Association for History and Computing (AAHC). He serves as President of Columbus Futurists, host of CreativeMornings Columbus and host of the podcast "Voices of Excellence". In addition to his written works, Dr. Staley is writing articles and lecturing about the concerns of AI from the Columbus Dispatch, Tedx Columbus, to the Singularity University.

“[W]e will reach a stage where artificial intelligence will be making so many decisions that our laws will need to catch up. What responsibilities will we assign to machines?”


“The capacity of AI to transform our civilization far exceeds previous technological changes. We have a moral responsibility to ensure the results are predominantly beneficial and not destructive while widely available to everyone instead of a select few.”

Sundar Vedantham is a Director of Software Development working in the Datacenter Group (DCG) of Intel Corporation in Allentown, PA. He is a lifetime member of the ACM and is involved in promoting the organization both inside and outside his company. His skillset and experience cover a wide range of telecommunication related domains. His team is currently involved in delivering highly optimized firmware layers that run on complex SoC (System on Chip) devices that power mobile networks. His research interests include network traffic and congestion management, high-speed networking, security, and theoretical computer models, areas in which he holds patents and has published papers, book chapters & articles. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1997 from Louisiana State University. Currently, he is part of the ACM Distinguished Speaker Program where he lectures about the societal, business and ethical implication of some of the most advanced technology in use today and in the future.

“Being human means adapting to surroundings;

that includes partnering with machines.”

Milind Paranjape is a director at JobsOhio for the information technology and logistics and distribution industries. Milind joined JobsOhio after 18 years at Emerson Network Power, a division of Emerson Electric. He has over 21 years of experience in sales, engineering, and product and marketing management in the power electronics and data center monitoring software industries. Milind holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering with a focus in electronics and telecommunication. Throughout his career, Milind has evangelized monitoring software for data centers. Milind is passionate about technology and the role technology plays in day-to-day life. He believes in digital literacy and the impact it can have on individuals and community.

Dr. Rice joined the Ohio Department of Higher Education in August, 2016 with sixteen years of higher education experience at Stark State College.  During this tenure, Dr. Rice served as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Student Services, and Enrollment Management. 

Dr. Rice holds a Ph.D. in Education from Walden University; an MBA with a focus on strategic marketing from Oklahoma City University; and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Kentucky. 

Ohio has been participating in NSC's (National Skills Coalition) State Workforce and Education Alignment Project since May 2015. Ohio has been using SWEAP to implement new data tools for state policy.

“In today’s ever changing world our students need to be prepared to meet the current and future high technology workforce needs.”


The Big Debate on the Future of Work
Why economists and futurists disagree about the future of the labor market.
Robots And AI: The Future Is Automated And Every Job Is At Risk 
Robots are already changing jobs as an endless array of robots enter our everyday lives. From trucking to service work to high-end jobs like doctors and lawyers, this documentary explores how robotics and artificial intelligence are changing the workplace.

Youngstown Ohio has faced the closing of the GM Lordstown Plant affecting many families that have lost their source of income. AI technologies such as robotics and machine learning used for decision making has impacted the fate of plants, retooling, transforming, and redefining the purpose and nature of not only automotive but all industries, businesses, and their workers. This will cause layoffs on one end of the spectrum and redefining the skill-set of the workers on the other end. To prevent an undesirable "win-lose" scenario, what should the average worker today understand about the "Gig Economy"? If AI is one of the major driving forces causing this transformation, is it possible that AI can also be used to empower workers? Businesses will benefit from AI by utilizing a smaller human workforce that will reduce payroll cost by using self-driving cars and trucks to transport products, smart robots in warehouses and assembly lines to retrieve, store, and assemble products, and NLP and NLG agents in call centers to interact with customers. AI should also be beneficial to average workers in order for communities to survive and thrive. An informed public will be able to engage and challenge their representatives on how this technology should be distributed and used. This forum will discuss how AI will reshape the workplace of the future and as well as the propose, process, and structure of our educational institutions in Northeast Ohio. Possible solutions and viable alternatives to workers and communities will also be discussed.


Software Epistemologist at Ctest Laboratories, AI Engineer at ASC, AI Enthusiast and GURU

Cameron Hughes is a Software Epistemologist at Ctest Laboratories where is working on A.I.M (Alternative Intelligence for Machines) & A.I.R (Alternative Intelligence for Robots) technologies as well as the co-developer of the AI Cosmology, a software visualization system about the history of artificial intelligence. Cameron is the lead AI Engineer for the Knowledge Group at Advanced Software Construction Inc., a builder of intelligent robot controllers and software-based knowledge components. Cameron is a member of the advisory board for the NREF (National Robotics Education Foundation) and co-director of the Oak Hill Robotics Makerspace. He is the co-author of Build Your Own Teams of Robots, published by McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics in 2013 and Robot Programming, A Guide to Controlling Autonomous Robots, published by Que Publishing, in May 2016. Cameron Hughes is the co-author of many books and blogs on Artificial Intelligence and has written books on multicore and multithreaded programming, Linux rapid application development, object-oriented programming, and parallel programming in C++. He received a MCiS  (Master of Computing and Information Systems) from Youngstown State University.

Youngstown Historical Center of Labor and Industry (Steel Museum)

151 W Wood St, Youngstown, OH 44503

Phone: (330) 941-1314

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