Join us for the 2022 Ethics of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Conference

November 3, 2022

November 3, 2022

8:00am – 4:00pm

Lunch will be provided  | Participation is in-person only

Registration is Closed.

For questions, please reach out Anastasia Lesage, Project Manager for the Ethics Initiative.

About the Event

The Ethics of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Conference will take place on November 3, 2022. The featured speaker is JoAnn Stonier, from Mastercard, who will provide a high-level overview of ethical issues and challenges she faces in her industry. Scholars from the MSU community will deliver five-minute flash talks to provide a quick overview of their work in big data and artificial intelligence.

Flash talks have been organized into five thematic panels, with an integrative discussion closing out each panel, which will explore a variety of topics ranging from “Bias and Data Sourcing of AI” to “Societal Applications of AI and STEM.”

Why Attend?

  • Meet others who are interested and engaged in research in the area of big data and artificial intelligence.

  • To participate in integrated discussions that will encourage and foster cross-campus collaboration.

  • Opportunity to be an early participant in an important MSU initiative.

Keynote Speaker

JoAnn Stonier


JoAnn C. Stonier serves as Chief Data Officer for Mastercard, leading the organization’s data innovation efforts while navigating current and future data risks. She oversees the curation, quality, governance and management of the company’s extensive data assets. JoAnn and her team design and operationalize Mastercard’s global data strategy, guiding enterprise deployment of cutting-edge data solutions, including advanced analytics and AI, and the development of enterprise data platforms. Her leadership is integral to Mastercard’s push to deepen the strategic value it can provide its merchant, banking and government customers and cardholders through its expanding data-driven products and capabilities.

JoAnn previously served as the company’s Chief Information Governance & Privacy Officer, responsible for global privacy and information governance, and leading regulatory engagement for data compliance.

JoAnn is a recognized and highly sought-after thought leader in emergent data and privacy issues. She has advised industry executives, governments, intergovernmental organizations and NGOs. Currently, she serves on the United Nations Expert Group on Governance and Artificial Intelligence and is Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Data Policy. JoAnn also serves as a Board Advisor for Truata, a data trust co-founded by Mastercard and IBM, on the Board of Directors and Governance Committee for Hope For The Warriors, a non-profit Veteran service organization, and on the Board of Trustees and Executive & Finance Committees for Academy of Mount St. Ursula, where she attended high school in Bronx, New York.

JoAnn received her Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University and her Bachelor of Science degree from St. Francis College. She holds memberships in the Bar of the State of New York and the Bar of the State of New Jersey. She is based in Purchase, N.Y.

Featured MSU Speakers

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Provost Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D.

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Dean Linda Sheryl Greene, J.D

College of Law

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Dean Christopher P. Long, Ph.D.

College of Arts & Letters Honors College

Interim Dean Judith Whipple, Ph.D.

Broad College of Business


7:30 AM

Continental Breakfast/Registration

8:00 AM

Introduction of Provost Woodruff by Broad College of Business Interim Dean Judith Whipple

Conference Welcome by Provost Teresa Woodruff

Overview of the Day by College of Law Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Intellectual Property, Information and Communications Program, Jennifer Carter-Johnson 

8:15 AM

Bias and Data Sourcing for AI Flash Talks & Integrative Discussion

9:15 AM

Bias, Trust and Privacy in AI and Data Flash Talks & Integrative Discussion

10:15 AM

AM Break

10:30 AM

Law, Entrepreneurship, and Governance Flash Talks & Integrative Discussion

11:30 AM


12:30 PM

Dean Linda Greene to Introduce Keynote speaker: JoAnn Stonier

1:35 PM

AI and Education Flash Talks & Integrative Discussion

2:15 PM

PM Break

2:30 PM

AI, STEM, and Societal Applications Flash Talks & Integrative Discussion

3:00 PM

Aspirations for an Ethics Institute Discussion by College of Arts & Letters / MSU Honors College Dean Christopher Long

4:00 PM


Ethics Conference Committee


Phillip M. Duxbury

Dean for College of Natural Science

Leo Kempel

Dean for College of Engineering


Jenny Carter Johnson

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

College of Law

Matt McKeon

Chair, Department of Philosophy

College of Arts & Letters

Sriram Narayanan

Kesseler Family Endowed Faculty Fellowship in Supply Chain Management

Broad College of Business


Johannes M. Bauer

Faculty, Department of Media & Information

Quello Chair in Media and Information Policy

College of Communication Arts and Sciences

Robyn Bluhm

Associate Professor

College of Arts & Letters and Lyman Briggs College

Robert Brathwaite

Associate Dean for Research and Associate Professor

James Madison College

Andrew Christlieb

Professor, Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering

MSU Foundation Professor, Department of Mathematics

College of Natural Science

Zachary Dyme


College of Osteopathic Medicine

Andrey Guber

Professor, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences

College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Devin Higgins

Digital Library Programmer

MSU Libraries

Linda Keilman

Associate Professor

Gerontology Content Expert

College of Nursing

Dennis Kennedy

Interim Director of the Center for Law, Technology & Innovation

College of Law

Annette O'Connor

Chairperson of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences

Professor of Epidemiology

College of Veterinary Medicine

Dean Rehberger

Director of MATRIX

Associate Professor

College of Social Science

Ann Sheehan

Assistant Professor

Interim Director of Faculty Practice

College of Nursing

Ashton M. Shortridge

Professor and Chair, Department of Geography

College of Social Science

Anjana Susarla

Omura-Saxena Professor in Responsible AI

Broad College of Business

Jiliang Tang

University Foundation Professor

College of Engineering

Volodymyr Tarabara

Director, Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, International Studies and Programs

Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

College of Engineering

Eric Torng

Associate Dean of the Graduate School

Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Research and Faculty Development

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

College of Engineering

Sean Valles

Director, Center for Bioethics & Social Justice

Associate Professor

Department of Philosophy, College of Arts & Letters

Lyman Briggs College

Scot Yoder

Associate Professor

Residential College in the Arts and Humanities