March 21, 2024Seminar

Decoding North Carolina's AI Landscape Series

Hosted by Michael Best and Defense Alliance of North Carolina

These roundtables are intended to highlight each host university’s AI work and include strategic AI panelists to dive into a specific portion of the Michael Best NC AI market survey to better understand how NC’s AI ecosystem can serve the defense community. This series provides a comprehensive analysis of AI within the state, while shedding light on defense opportunities and challenges in this evolving sector.  

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Upcoming Events in the Series

Save the dates for upcoming interactive roundtables exploring various AI topics at universities throughout the state. 

AI User Experience: Personnel & Warfighter Perspectives
Thursday, March 21

Hosted at UNC Charlotte

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Trends & Pathways to Defense Incorporation
Tuesday, April 2

          Hosted at North Carolina A&T

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AI Applications within the Defense Industry 
Tuesday, April 16

          Hosted at East Carolina University

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Intersections of AI, Infrastructure & Defense
Thursday, May 2

          Hosted at Wake Forest University

Registration to come.

Resistance is Futile: Lessons Learned & Paths Forward
Thursday, May 16

           Hosted at Duke University

Registration to come.



Past Events in the Series

Data Decoded: Defense Opportunities in North Carolina's AI Landscape
Thursday, January 25

           Hosted at NC State

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Deploying AI: NC's Innovators & Creators
Thursday, February 8

            Hosted at UNC - Wilmington

Keynote Speaker: 

  • John Hardin - Executive Director for NC Board of Science, Technology & Innovation


  • Rob Cooley - CEO Nuream; former U.S. Army Reserve Command Chief of Staff at Ft. Liberty
  • Brandon Conover - CEO Practical Scientific Solutions; CTO BioMojo
  • Dr. Young "Sammi" Choi - Director, Department of Research, Womack Army Medical Center
  • Toni Pence - UNCW Department of Computer Science, Interim Chair

Defense AI Deployment: Practical & Ethical Concerns of AI-Embedded Warfare
Thursday, February 22

Hosted at TechNet Conference in collaboration with Fayetteville State University

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Take Flight - 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Panelists review the various defense programs and compliance regimes that continue to grow in light of the private sector growth and battlefield data coming from Ukraine and other sectors.

  • Kyle Snyder - Principal, Michael Best Strategies
  • Patrick Alcorn - Principal Big Data and Analytics Solutions Architect, SAS Institute
  • Colonel Mathew Elliot - Aviation Officer - G32 Director, XVIII Airborne Corps
  • Troy Hittle - Managing Director- North America, Elistair

AI Embedded Warfare - 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Panelists will discuss the goals and challenges of integrating AI and autonomy into defense technologies and doctrine. Industry is developing new capabilities to provide the future warfighter with high performing autonomous robotics and advanced data analytics that create unfair advantages and expand human performance. Embedding these capabilities demands a fresh look at technology assessment as well as policies and rules of engagement.

  • Kyle Snyder - Principal, Michael Best Strategies
  • Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Kenny, Ph.D. - Commander, 112th Signal Battalion, SOCOM
  • Lieutenant Colonel Randy Linnemann - Army Chief Information Officer, 101stAirborne Division
  • Dr. Hans Mumm - Director of Special Projects, Victory Systems
  • John Turner - Acting Deputy Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Officer (DCDAO) for Policy, CDAO


Upcoming Event Details

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Time (Eastern):
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

UNC Charlotte
Building: Bioinformatics Bldg
9331 Robert D. Snyder Rd. 
Charlotte, NC 28403

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