News

Technology, Policy and People – The Three Elements of CMU-A’s DNA

Posted 11th October 2018

As the guest speaker at the recent Innovation in the City dinner held in Adelaide, CMU Australia Head Professor Bolongaita found a group of like-minded entrepreneurs and innovators.

He told his audience, “it’s fantastic to meet and hear entrepreneurs and innovators of Adelaide here tonight.

“Fantastic because that is what Carnegie Mellon is about as a university: we are entrepreneurs and innovators in technology, policy and people.

“Technology, policy and people: these three elements constitute the DNA of Carnegie Mellon University”.

In technology - CMU is a pioneer in artificial intelligence, establishing the world’s first Department of Machine Learning and in 2018 launched the world’s first undergraduate degree in Artificial Intelligence.

“We’re trailblazers in robotics and autonomous vehicles too, said Prof Bolongaita.

“In the late 1970s CMU robots helped clean up the radioactive mess from the meltdown of the Three-Mile Island Nuclear Reactor”.

In policy - CMU’s Heinz College is ranked as one of world’s top public affairs graduate schools – one of the first to recognize technology as not only a management tool but also a significant policy complement.


We are entrepreneurs and innovators in technology, policy and people.

Prof Emil Bolongaita on Adelaide's Innovation in the City and CMU's role in Entrepreneurship

Professor Bolongaita told guests “that good public policy is vital to the life of any nation because it deals with how societies define priorities and determine their actions.

“In world history, the progress and prosperity of countries has been shaped by the development and implementation of smart policies based on rigorous inquiry and evidence-based decision-making”, he said.

For people – CMU’s curriculum focuses on addressing the impact on people of the combined impacts of technology and policy.

Good public policy is vital to the life of any nation because it deals with how societies define priorities and determine their actions.

“We are all aware that business is being disrupted and deconstructed by emerging technologies, AI and big data. While many of the impacts will benefit people but some people will be disadvantaged, warned Professor Bolongaita.

“Addressing the widening gap between the technologically skilled and the less skilled is a major challenge for those championing all the benefits of the fourth industrial revolution”, said Professor Bolongaita.

Innovation in the City brings together innovators, entrepreneurs and cultural creatives for a monthly networking and information sharing session.

Carnegie Mellon students, faculty and staff at Innovation in the City

Innovation in the City is a Not For Profit Group which has 1500 people sharing thoughts, plans and visions on Facebook attracting a diverse group of people from Startups, established Businesses (incl International brands), Investors, Government Agencies and Academics to hear from the people in South Australia who are making big things happen in Adelaide and globally.

Carnegie Mellon University was the first international university to set up in Adelaide opening its campus in 2006. To date 483 students have graduated with Masters degrees in Information Technology or Public Policy and Management from the Adelaide campus.

CMU alum are highly sought after by employers with recent graduates taking up positions with PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Santos Limited, Cochlear, RAA, KPMG, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Return to Work, BDO Consulting, Data to Decision CRC, TripAdvisor and Sivian Consulting.

0