The Future of Humans and Machines: Assuring Artificial Intelligence

As advancements in artificial intelligence continue to accelerate, we must ensure that AI-enabled systems remain safe, secure and aligned with human intent. This forum will convene thought leaders from the national security, applied research, and AI Safety communities to chart a course for the coming decades towards assuring AI systems for real-world operation. This day-long event will include a series of panel discussions, spotlight talks and a technology showcase exploring intersections between leading-edge research and pathfinding applications across AI.


  • 0800: Check-In / Tech Expo

  • 0900: Setting the Scene

  • 0915: Keynote Session: The Future of Safety and Security

  • 1100: Break

  • 1115: Spotlight Talk

  • 1130: Panel Discussion: Assuring AI for Real-World Decision-Making

  • 1230: Lunch / Tech Expo

  • 1345: Spotlight Talk

  • 1400: Panel Discussion: Assuring AI for Real-World Operation

  • 1515: Break

  • 1530: Panel Discussion: Our AI-Enabled Future: Go Fast or Go Slow?

  • 1630: Cocktail Hour / Tech Expo

Confirmed speakers include:

Katherine Boyle, Principal, General Catalyst

Reza Ghanadan, Senior Manager of Strategic Technology Programs, Google

Chad Hawthorne, Supervisor of the Ocean Systems Engineering Group, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Jonathan Howe, Senior Solutions Architect, NVIDIA

Christine Fox, Assistant Director for Policy and Analysis, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Cara LaPointe, Co-Director of the Institute for Assured Autonomy, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Chris Lynch, Co-founder at Rebellion Defense

Josh Marcuse, Executive Director, Defense Innovation Board

Ashley Llorens, Chief, Intelligent Systems, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Sandeep Neema, Program Manager, Information Innovation Office, DARPA

Heather Roff, Senior Research Analyst, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Ed Schlesinger, Dean of the Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

Ralph Semmel, Director, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Lt. Gen. John “Jack” Shanahan, Director of the Joint AI Center of the U.S. Department of Defense

Lindsey Sheppard, Associate Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies 

Dean Souleles, Chief Technology Advisor, Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Elham Tabassi, Acting Chief of Staffin the Information Technology Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Max Tegmark, MIT Professor and Director of the Future of Life Institute

Archana Venkataraman, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Johns Hopkins University

Mike Wolmetz, Assistant Program Manager for Advanced Science & Technology, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Bob Work, Former Deputy Secretary of Defense, currently serving as Co-Chair of the National Security Commission on AI



The cost of this event is $50. Advance registration is required. Space is limited.


Parking is free and located in the large lot just south of the building.


Event check-in will begin at 8:00 a.m. Attendees will be required to present their government-issued photo ID.

Meals and Refreshments:

Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.  Hot and cold beverages and light snacks will be available during breaks. The event will conclude with a cocktail reception.

Point of Contact:

Tricia Latham, Patricia.Latham@jhuapl.edu, 240-228-8048

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