Empowering Innovation in AI/Tech + Aging
Smilow Center for Translational Research
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

March 19-20, 2024

The a2 National Symposium will include keynote talks, panels, networking opportunities, and a pitch competition. A preliminary agenda is available here.

7:30 AM

Registration and Coffee/Tea

Brain-healthy offerings courtesy of AARP

Posters to be set up at this time


Welcome Remarks

Moderator: Rose Maria Li, PhD, MBA, President and CEO, Rose Li & Associates; Principal Investigator, a2 Collective Coordinating Center

Nadia Hansel, MD, MPH, Interim Director, Professor, Department of Medicine; Interim Physician-in-Chief, Johns Hopkins Hospital; Associate Dean of Research, Johns Hopkins Bayview, Johns Hopkins University  

Carmel Roques, MA, Secretary of Aging, Maryland Department of Aging 

Richard J. Hodes, MD, Director, National Institute on Aging  

Partha Bhattacharyya, PhD, Chief Data Officer, Office of Data Resources and Analytics; Program Director, Division of Behavioral and Social Research, National Institute on Aging; AITC Program Officer


Inspiring a New Generation of Innovators to Improve Quality of Care for an Aging Population

Moderator: Rama Chellappa, PhD, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering; Co-PI, JH AITC

Keynote speaker: Elizabeth Mynatt, PhD, Dean, Khoury College of Computer Sciences, Northeastern University


Ethical AI: Challenges and Opportunities

Moderator: Jason Karlawish, MD, Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; Co-PI, PennAITech


Emily Largent, JD, PhD, RN, Emanuel & Robert Hart Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; Lead, Ethics and Policy Core, PennAITech  

Debra Mathews, PhD, MA, Assistant Director for Science Programs, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics; Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine  

Irene Chen, PhD, Incoming Assistant Professor, UCSF UC Berkeley Joint Program in Computational Precision Health, University of California Berkeley and University of California San Francisco


Harnessing the Power of AI to Improve Quality of Life for Seniors and Their Caregivers

Moderator: Deepak Ganesan, PhD, Professor, Manning College of Information and Computer Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Co-PI, MassAITC

Keynote speaker: Sarah Lenz Lock, JD, Senior Vice President for Policy & Brain Health, AARP

12 PM

Networking Lunch (Turner Concourse)

Brain-healthy offerings courtesy of AARP


a2 Pilot Awards Cohort 1 Pitch Competition

Moderator: Phillip Phan, PhD, Alonzo and Virginia Decker Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University; Director, Networking and Mentoring Core, JH AITC Judges:  

Tracy Chadwell, JD, Founding Partner, 1843 Capital

Christina DeMur, MS, Director of Technology Development, Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures

Supriya Munshaw, PhD, Senior Lecturer and Academic Program Director, Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University; Partner, TCP Venture Capital

2:30Poster Viewing, Networking, and Coffee Break

The Promise and Pitfalls of Electronic Medicine: Historical Perspective and Implications for Future Commercialization

Moderator: George Demiris, PhD, Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor, School of Nursing and Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; Co-PI, PennAITech

Keynote Speaker: Jeremy Greene, MD, PhD, William H. Welch Professor of Medicine and the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University


Networking Reception

Announcement of pitch competition winners and closing remarks from JH AITC