Commonwealth Computational Summit 2023: Artificial Intelligence

October 16 & 17, 2023 The University of Kentucky’s Center for Computational Sciences (CCS) and ITS/Research Computing Infrastructure (ITS/RCI) is hosting the 7th Annual Commonwealth Computational Summit
Gatton Student Center

This year’s Summit will be unique and different from our past conferences.

Our past summits have focused on the various aspects of computational oriented research – High Performance Computing, Big Data Analytics, AI, Future Technologies – but always research centric. This year’s Summit will focus on the exciting, growing field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) not only in research but also in Medicine and Education. AI itself is a broad field of research and involves many methodologies, tools, and technologies: generative AI, machine learning, deep learning and neural networks, expert systems and decision support, autonomous control, robotics, natural language processing, textual analysis, image recognition, speech recognition, large language models, virtual agents, chatbots, etc. AI is being used across all major disciplines: Business, Agriculture, the Sciences, Engineering, Medicine and Healthcare, Communications, Social Sciences, and the Humanities. AI brings both great opportunities and challenges for its use in education. This Summit will explore AI in Education, Research, and Medicine.

Come join us this fall!
The Summit is FREE to both Academia (faculty, staff, and students) and Industry Professionals thanks to our Sponsors!

October 16 - AI in Education Session and Industry Workshops/Tech Talks

On Monday, October 16, 2023, the Center for Computational Sciences (CCS), ITS/Research Computing Infrastructure, and the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) will be hosting and organizing the Summit’s Industry Day and Special Session on AI in Education! A day of mini-workshops, tutorials, and technical talks by industry for academia and industry professionals. In addition, there will be a special session on AI in Education featuring a panel exploring the challenges and issues of AI in Education as well as speakers presenting their experiences in the use of AI in their classes. This event will be held in the Gatton Student Center meeting rooms (details below). Expect to see presentations and mini-workshops from the following organizations: AWS, Dell, Google, HPE, NERSC-LBL, NVIDIA, Spectra Logic, Omnibond, UK CELT and more.
Continental Breakfast, networking breaks, luncheon and Industry reception provided.
And it is FREE to attend!

October 17 - Keynote Talks, AI in Research and AI in Medicine Sessions

On Tuesday, October 17, 2023 the 7th Annual Commonwealth Computational Summit will involve:
  • 3 Keynote Speakers (Academic, Industry and Government)
  • Parallel sessions AI in Research and AI in Medicine involving faculty lightning talks, panels, etc.
  • Student Poster Competition with winners going to the National Supercomputer Conference in Denver, Colorado.
  • Continental Breakfast, networking breaks, luncheon and Industry reception provided.
Note: See details below! Remember Registration (FREE) is required to attend the event.

NOTE: Many of the workshops, tech talks and speaker details are in work: invitations pending, awaiting speaker information/details, etc. And final room assignments will be dependent upon registration details (number of participants for workshops, etc.). Therefore, our Summit webpages will be undergoing updates and changes weekly. Agenda details and speaker information will be changing so stay tuned. However, Summit registration and submission for speakers and student poster competition is available.

Center for Computational Sciences
325 Mcvey Hall
University of Kentucky
Phone: (859) 257-8737

If you have questions, or you would like to be a sponsor for this event, please contact:

Tony Elam
Associate Director
Center for Computational Sciences
University of Kentucky
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Sandy Leachman
Administrative Staff Officer
Center for Computational Sciences
University of Kentucky

Monday October 16, 2023:
Industry Day: Workshops, Demos, Tutorial and Tech Talks
AI in Education Session (Afternoon)

Location: University of Kentucky, Gatton Student Center (GSC) 2nd and 3rd floor Rooms To Be Assigned (Senate Chamber, Exec Boardroom, GSC: 231, 330AB, 330D, 330E, 331)
Workshop REGISTRATION – they are free but some will have limited seating.
For those participating in the Workshops - please bring your laptops to the session. Also, if you are not with the university then you will have to access the UKy Guest WiFi. Instructions will be provide at our registration desk or online at:

Please stay tuned for more information and details regarding our industry tech talks and workshops. Schedules are currently TBD but will include presentations from AWS, CISCO, Dell, Google, HPE, LBL/NERSC, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Omnibond, Spectra, Trace3, and others. Look for more information and an expanding list of participating companies.

Mladen Milanovic
VP Automation
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Joshua King
Systems Architect
Cisco Systems
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Christopher (Chris) Botka
Global CTO, Healthcare and Life Sciences, UDS
Dell Technologies
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Chris Daugherty
Education and Research Strategy Lead
Google Cloud
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Steve Heibein
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Rebecca Hartman-Baker
User Engagement Group Leader
NERSC at Berkeley Lab
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Doug Beary
HPC Sales, Lenovo
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Amy Cannon
Omnibond Senior Director Business Development
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Dave Fitch
Spectra Logic Enterprise Solutions
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Asher Lohman
Trace3 Vice President, Data and Analytics
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AI in Education Session - October 16, 1:00-4:30pm, Ballroom A, 212 A

Moderator - Trey Conatser, UK Director Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT)

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Open access to generative AI tools has energized the conversation about opportunities for innovation and transformation in how we teach and learn. The AI in Education session will explore curricular design; teaching strategies; student learning; case studies in specific disciplines, programs, and courses; and questions broadly related to theories, practices, and the possible futures of education.

  • 1:00-1:45 Roundtable on AI and the Futures of Education
  • 1:45-2:00 Break
  • 2:00-3:00 Presentation on Research and Scholarship AI in Education
  • 3:00-3:15 Break
  • 3:15-4:30 Lightning Talks, AI in Education
  • 4:30-5:30 Discussion and Networking, First Day Closing Reception (Thanks to our Platinum sponsor DELL)

October 17 Summit Day 2 Keynote Speakers (Morning Session)

Academic Keynote Speaker

Title: When Robots Learn to Write, What Happens to Learning? Four Proposals for AI Tools in Teaching & Learning Download Slide Deck
William Hart-Davidson
Assoc. Dean Graduate Education
Michigan State University
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Featured Keynote Speaker

Title: The U.S. Government's Approach to AI: Understanding the Complexity
Lynne E. Parker
Assoc. Vice Chancellor & Director AI Initiative
University of Tennessee Knoxville
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Featured Keynote Speaker

Title: Academic HPC in the Age of AI Download Slide Deck
Daniel Stanzione
Assoc. VP Research University of Texas-Austin
Executive Director of the Texas Advanced Computing Center.
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Industry Keynote Speaker

Title: Edge Computing in the Age of AI Download Slide Deck
Rachel Foresta
Senior Principal Engineering Technologist, Edge BU
Dell Technologies Inc
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October 17 – Summit Day 2 Afternoon Sessions

AI in Research (non-medical) (Ballroom A - 212A)
AI in Medicine (Ballroom B - 212B)

Faculty from across our region will participate in Panels, Tech talks and Faculty Lightning Talks on AI research. If you have interest in presenting a lightning talk related to your AI research (medical or non-medical) please submit your information in the call for speakers during your registration for the Summit. Detailed agendas for each session are in work.

AI in Medicine Session - October 17, 1:00-4:30pm, Ballroom B, 212 B

Moderator - Hunter Moseley, UK Assoc. Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

Artificial intelligence (AI) is starting to impact the field of medicine, with applications in a wide range of areas, from diagnosis and treatment to new drug discovery and development as well as new molecular target discovery. Already, AI systems are being used to develop new diagnostic tools that can detect diseases earlier and more accurately, to personalize treatment plans for individual patients, and to improve the efficiency of clinical trials. So, the potential benefits of AI in medicine are vast. AI systems have the potential to improve the quality of care for patients, reduce healthcare costs, and accelerate the pace of biomedical research. However, there are also challenges that need to be addressed, such as the need for large amounts of high-quality data, the potential for bias in AI systems, and the need for regulatory oversight. Moreover, medical AI applications must reach certain levels of performance to be valid for specific clinical and research use-cases.
The AI in Medicine session includes presentations across a wide range of medical and biomedical AI applications while addressing the challenges of using AI in these areas.
If you have interest in presenting a lightning talk in this area please submit your information in the call for speakers during your registration for the Summit.
  • 1:00-1:30 Mahdi Yazdanpour, NKU, Mind-Over-Matter: Brain-Controlled Prosthetic Arms
  • 1:30-2:00 Qing Shao, UK, S-PLM: Structure-aware Protein Language Model via Contrastive Learning between Sequence and Structure
  • 2:00-2:40 Shawn Murphy, Harvard, Instrumenting the Health Care Enterprise for Discovery in the Course of Clinical Care
  • 2:40-2:50 Break
  • 2:50-3:20 Jeffrey Talbert & Cody Bumgardner, IBI, Rapid Actionable Data for Opioid Response in Kentucky (RADOR-KY)
  • 3:20-3:50 Jihye Bae, UK, Neural Decoders in Reinforcement Learning Brain Machine Interfaces
  • 3:50-4:10 Kristi Bartlett, UK, Generative AI for Medical Device Design
  • 4:10-4:30 Hunter Moseley, UK, A Cautionary Tale About Properly Vetting Datasets for Supervised Machine Learning Predicting Metabolic Pathway Involvement

AI in Research Session - October 17, 1:00-4:30pm, Ballroom A, 212 A

Moderator - Mark Richard Lauersdorf, UK Director Collaboratory for Research in Computing for Humanities

Faculty from across our region will present their non-medical AI research both in featured talks as well as lightning talks related to all forms of AI: machine learning, deep learning, autonomous systems, expert systems and decision support, large language models, natural language processing, generative AI, image recognition, speech recognition, virtual agents, chatbots and neural nets across multiple disciplines: business, agriculture, sciences, engineering, communications, social sciences and humanities. If you have interest in presenting a lightning talk related to your AI Research please submit your information in the call for speakers during your registration for the Summit.

Lynne E. Parker
Assoc. Vice Chancellor & Director AI Initiative
University of Tennessee Knoxville
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Kyle W. Miller
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Chad Risko
John C. Hubbard Professor of Chemistry & Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) faculty member
University of Kentucky
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Zahra Ronaghi
Solution Architect Manager
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Massimiliano Lupo Pasini
Data Scientist
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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Christopher Crawford
Professor Physics & Astronomy, University of Kentucky
University of Kentucky
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Tianyu Jiang
Asst. Professor, Computer Science
University of Cincinnati
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Note: Stay tuned for updates and more details for the following agenda!!

Click on "Industry day 1" or "Summit day 2" below to view Agenda for that day

October    16, 2023 – Commonwealth Computational Summit – AI in Education Special Session
Workshops, Demos, Tutorials, and Tech Talks

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Location: 3rd Floor Gatton Student Center (GSC) Harris Ballroom (room 350)

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Parallel Sessions

10:00 - 11:00 AM

Parallel Sessions

  • Google – Chris Daugherty
    Location: Senate Chamber (room: 268)
  • Presidio – Mladen Milanovic
    Location: GSC (room: 330AB)
  • Omnibond – Amy Cannon
    Download Slide Deck Location: Executive Boardroom (room: 375)

11:00 - Noon

Parallel Sessions


Google Luncheon

Location: Harris Ballroom (room: 350)

1:00 - 2:00 PM


Dell – Chris Botka
Location: Senate Chamber (room: 268)

1:00-4:30 PM

AI in Education Session

Trey Conatser, UK CELT Director, Moderator
Location: Ballroom A (room: 212 A)

4:30 - 5:30 PM

Discussion and Networking, First Day Closing Reception (Thanks to our Platinum sponsor DELL)

Location: Harris Ballroom (room: 350)

October 17 - Commonwealth Computational Summit Day 2023

8:00-9:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Location: Coat Room
Harris Ballroom (room: 350)

9 - 9:15 am

Welcome and Introductions

Robert DiPaola Provost and Co-Exec. VP Health Affairs, University of Kentucky

Location: Ballroom A/B

9:15 - 10 am

Academic Keynote Speaker

William Hart-Davidson
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Location: Ballroom A/B (room: 212 A/B)

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10 - 10:30 am

Government Keynote Speaker

Lynne E. Parker, University of Tennessee

Location: Ballroom A/B (room: 212 A/B)

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10:30 - 10:45 am


10:45 - 11:15 am

Featured Keynote Speaker

Dan Stanzione, University of Texas-Austin/TACC
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Location: Ballroom A/B (room: 212 A/B)

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11:15 am - noon

Industry Keynote Speaker

Rachel Foresta, Dell
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Location: Ballroom A/B (room: 212 A/B)

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Noon - 01:00 pm

Trace3 Luncheon

Location: Harris Ballroom (room: 350)

1:00 - 04:30 pm

AI in Medicine – Hunter Moseley, Session Chair Panel & Faculty Talks – AI related to Bioscience, Genomics, Medicine and Health Sciences

Location: Ballroom B (room: 212 B)

1:00 - 4:30 pm

AI in Research (non-medical) – Mark Richard Lauersdorf Session Chair AI related research in non-medical disciplines (Agriculture, Business, Communications, Humanities, Engineering, Sciences, etc.)

Location: Ballroom A (room: 212 A)

4:30 - 5:30 pm

Poster Competition

Location: Harris Ballroom (room: 350)

4:30 - 6:00 pm

Closing Session and Cisco Reception – Everyone Welcome.

Location: Harris Ballroom (room: 350)

REGISTRATION AND CALL (Speakers and Students)

Both Speaker and Student Poster Registration is now closed!!

Important Dates:
Deadline for poster competition submission: Friday, October 6, 2023, 5 PM
Deadline for speaker abstract submission: Friday, September 29, 2023, Noon
Poster acceptance notification: Tuesday, October 10, 2023
Speaker selection: Monday, October 2, 2023
Summit Industry Day & AI in Education: Monday, October 16, 2023
Summit Keynotes & AI in Research & Medicine: Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Please note that this event is free to all, but you MUST register below including those faculty submitting abstracts for speaking in the parallel sessions (either the lightning talks or the biomedical informatics session) or those graduate students submitting posters for the poster competition. Speakers, Graduate Students, and ALL attendees should register via the button below. You will be prompted for further information if you are registering as a speaker or competing student.

In addition to the registration information, Speakers will be asked for a Title of Talk and Abstract (including a PDF option). Abstract (1-2 pages) should include a brief description of research or computational oriented educational program to be presented and a mini-bio. Please also indicate which session you feel most appropriate (Bioinformatics session or Faculty Lightning Talks). For further info/details select here.

In addition to the registration information, Competing Students (Poster Competition) will be asked for Student Designation (Master, PhD, PostDoc), Title of Poster and a brief Abstract (including a PDF option). For further info/details select here.

We have reached our capacity and registration for summit is now closed.!! Thank you for your interest.

Our Sponsors

The 7th Annual Computational Summit is available free of charge to researchers in academia and industry professionals across Kentucky and our region due to the generosity of our sponsors. If you are interested in helping Tony Elam ( or Call: (859) 257-2326.

Sponsorship levels are: Platinum-$5000, Gold-$2500, Silver-$1000, and Bronze-$500. We will recognize our sponsors during the Summit verbally as well as in the program materials and on the Summit’s web pages. Silver and above sponsors may request a table and/or banner set up in the Summit facilities area to support interactions with attendees and promotion of your technologies. All sponsors are welcome and encouraged to provide a tutorial, mini-workshop or technical presentation during the Summit’s Industry Day - October 16. Gold and above sponsors can nominate a speaker for the Industry Keynote and Platinum sponsors will have special recognition and a session, lunch or reception named in their honor.

We can not offer this annual summit without the generous support of our Sponsors. Your sponsorship covers all expenses related to the summit including food (break refreshments, breakfast, lunch, and reception), and our Graduate Student Poster Competition prizes. This year our top winning student’s may receive an all-expenses paid trip to the National Supercomputing Conference 2023 in Denver, Colorado in November. The number of other prizes awarded to students will depend upon the amount of sponsorship we are able to obtain.

Thanks to all our Sponsors!






Venue Address:

Bill Gatton Student Center Ballroom
160 Avenue of Champions
Lexington, KY 40506
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Summit 2023 FAQs

Could we see past Summit Conference details?

Our Past Summit Details and Links:
NOTE: Summit 2021 was postponed due to Covid

Participating in Fall Summit 2023.

  1. Covid in-person Mask and Vaccine Policy for University of Kentucky
    Proof of vaccination is not required to attend the Fall Summit, although vaccination is highly encouraged for all participants. Masks are optional on our campus and encouraged. While masks are optional, we strongly encourage members of our community who want to do so to wear them as an added layer of protection. For further information:

  2. Information about Student Poster Competition:
    Poster boards will be ready and available the morning of Summit October 5th so you may "post" your poster on the boards any time before competition begins on 1pm. You will have an assigned poster board number (TBD). Your poster must be mounted on the exhibit board provided and may NOT exceed the dimensions – 48 inches wide (horizontal) by 36 inches high (vertical). Remember, the poster should be attractive visually and convey information – keep language simple and brief.

  3. Wi-Fi HELP
    a. Campus Students, Faculty, & Staff please use "eduroam"
    b. Off-campus users please connect "UK-Guest" access point

  4. Who should I contact if I have any problem or questions during the Summit?
    Email: or
    Call: 859.257.8737
  5. Gatton Student Center Map?