President Barack Obama will host the Frontiers Conference in October.
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President Barack Obama will host a conference that the White House is convening in conjunction with Pitt and CMU.
By Tracie Mauriello / Post-Gazette Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is heading to Pittsburgh in October to host the Frontiers Conference that the White House is convening along with the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University to explore the future of innovation.
Speakers will include some of the world’s leading innovators, who will discuss reasons to invest in science and technology frontiers, according to the White House.
They will discuss frontiers in heath care innovation, precision medicine, artificial intelligence, data science, automation, robotics, space exploration, tools to accelerate the clean energy revolution and more, according to the White House.
Similar topics will be explored in the November issue of WIRED magazine, which the president will guest-edit.
Pitt chancellor Patrick D. Gallagher called the conference “a welcomed opportunity to bring notice to the city and its commitment to the importance of supporting research and development.”
CMU president Subra Suresh said it will be a landmark event that will shine a national spotlight on life-enhancing technological breakthroughs.
In announcing the conference, the White House highlighted Pittsburgh’s achievements in innovation. They include the following:
• The city’s effort to partner with CMU on self-driving technology to construct a 30-minute loop for autonomous shuttles between Hazelwood and Pittsburgh’s urban jobs core.
• The city’s plans to modernize its traffic signal technology in order to reduce congestion, drive times and auto emissions.
• The Pittsburgh Learning Hub, which helps veterans and service members expand employment opportunities.
• PGH Lab, a program that encourages the city to utilize local startups to improve government services, city operations, citizen engagement and the environment.
• MyBurgh, a location-based application that connects mobile device users with city services and allows them to track locations of snow plows.
• Welcoming Pittsburgh, an immigrant and Latino integration strategy.
• Boot Camp to End Veteran Homelessness, which has helped house hundreds.
“Pittsburgh is a city perpetually looking to the future and reinventing itself. Today that means investing in its world-class universities, promoting startups, and remaking learning for the 21st century,” said Tom Kalil, in announcing the conference.
Mr. Kalil is deputy director of technology and innovation for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
“This vibrant and innovative city provides an excellent setting for the Frontiers Conference,” he said.
The event is planned for Oct. 13. Other details, including the exact location of the conference, were not available Tuesday.
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