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"We are at the forefront of addressing complex societal challenges through systems thinking. Addressing major issues such as climate change, public health, trustworthiness in artificial intelligence, critical infrastructure systems, innovation, privacy, and connectivity requires a systems approach. Working alongside policymakers and technology leaders, we are dedicated to creating and implementing complex adaptive solutions that improve decision-making and shape the world around us."

Ekundayo Shittu
Department Chair


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Prospective Students

Developing skills for impact: We are one of the oldest and largest programs of our kind in the United States, offering undergraduate and graduate programs that combine engineering, management, business analytics and technology. We give you the skills necessary to deploy technology for impact.

Faculty and Research

The world is our lab: Faculty and students in the department work with partners throughout GW, across DC, and around the globe to conduct research that covers a wide array of sectors and topics. Meet our faculty and learn about our focus research areas.

Ukraine seeks solutions to drought with EEMI experts

The day after Ukraine’s president met with President Biden, the country’s agriculture minister came to GW to meet with Environmental and Energy Management Institute experts to explore working together to mitigate the impact of climate change on the country’s agricultural sector.


 

Trails: Trustworthy AI in Law and Society

GW to Co-Lead a New $20 million NSF AI Institute 

 

The George Washington University is co-leading a multi-institutional effort supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that will develop new artificial intelligence (AI) technologies designed to promote trust and mitigate risks, while simultaneously empowering and educating the public. The NSF Institute for Trustworthy AI in Law & Society (TRAILS) unites specialists in AI and machine learning with systems engineers, social scientists, legal scholars, educators, and public policy experts. The multidisciplinary team will work with impacted communities, private industry, and the federal government to determine how to evaluate trust in AI, how to develop technical solutions and processes for AI that can be trusted, and which policy models best create and sustain trust. David Broniatowski, an associate professor of engineering management and systems engineering at GW, is the lead principal investigator of TRAILS at GW.

 

The new institute is expected to transform the practice of AI by encouraging new innovations that foreground ethics, human rights, and input and feedback from communities whose voices have previously been marginalized. The NSF, in collaboration with government agencies and private sector leaders, has now invested close to half a billion dollars in the AI institutes ecosystem—an investment that expands a collaborative AI research network into almost every U.S. state.

 

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News

Unpacking the Shift in California's Driverless Car Landscape

Professor Helveston Comments on Chinese Firms Decision to Stop Testing on Californian Roads
February 14, 2024

Business Insider reported on Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi’s withdrawal from California’s autonomous vehicle testing program, interviewing EMSE assistant professor John Helveston for his expertise on the matter.

Introducing Meta's New AI Labels: Insights from Professor Broniatowski

February 7, 2024

Reporters at The Washington Post interviewed AI experts, such as professor David Broniatowski, to comment on the restrictions of Meta's labeling system for AI-generated content.

TRAILS AI Institute Initiates Groundbreaking Research with Inaugural Seed Grants

February 5, 2024

The eight funded projects, totaling just over $1.5 million, will advance cutting-edge research and scholarship that spans AI design, development, and governance.