Generative AI Advisory (GAIA) Committee

The GAIA Committee was formed to provide guidance to the university community for the use of generative AI and provide strategic advice to the VPIT-CIO and Provost.

Goals

  • Provide clarity on generative AI tools, including strengths, weaknesses, new developments and future developments to monitor
  • Provide guidance for the university community on how to handle the impact of Generative AI tools for Fall 2023
  • Provide training and support infrastructure for the use of GAI tools
  • Solicit faculty, student, and staff input
  • Identify ethical and legal implications
  • Study longer-term implications
  • Mechanisms to evaluate and assess committee’s recommendations
  • Recommend sustainable management and infrastructure for future research/development/adaptation of GAI technologies & tools at U-M

The committee is preparing an initial report to the Provost this summer.

Contact: gaiacommittee@umich.edu

Membership List

Ravi Pendse, executive sponsor & co-chair

Karthik Duraisamy, Ph.D., Chair
Professor, Dept. of Aerospace Engineering & Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
Director, Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery & Engineering (MICDE)
kdur@umich.edu
Assistant: Esther Haseli, ehaseli@umich.edu

Varun Agrawal
Undergraduate Student, College of Engineering
varunagr@umich.edu

Brian D. Athey, Ph.D.
Michael Savageau Collegiate Professor
Chair, Department of Computational Medicine & Bioinformatics
bleu@umich.edu
Assistant: Theresa Nester, tnester@umich.edu

Tazin Daniels, Ph.D. (audio)
Associate Director, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching
tazdan@umich.edu

Kapotaksha Das
Graduate Student, College of Engineering
takposha@umich.edu

Nick Gaspar
Distance Learning Director, Office of Online and Digital Education
Adjunct Lecturer in Nursing, School of Nursing
University of Michigan, Flint
ngaspar@umich.edu

Anne Ruggles Gere, Ph.D.
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor
Gertrude Buck Collegiate Professor
Co-Chair, Joint Program in English and Education
argere@umich.edu

Cait Hayward, Ph.D.
Director, Research & Analytics
Center for Academic Innovation
cholma@umich.edu

Libby Hemphill, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Information
libbyh@umich.edu

Robert (Bob) Jones
Executive Director, ITS Support Services
rjonesii@umich.edu
Assistant: Rhonda Sheppard, rssroni@umich.edu

Nigel P. Melville, Ph.D., MS ECE
Program Director, Design Science
Associate Professor of Information Systems
Stephen M. Ross School of Business
Associate Professor of Integrative Systems + Design 
College of Engineering
npmelv@umich.edu

David Mendez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health
Associate Professor of Technology and Operations, Stephen M. Ross School of Business
dmendez@umich.edu

Rada Mihalcea, Ph.D.
Janice M. Jenkins Collegiate Professor of Computer Science, College of Engineering
Director, Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
mihalcea@umich.edu

John Rodriguez
Strategic Communications Manager
Office of the Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
johnrod@umich.edu

Kayte Spector-Bagdady, JD, MBioethics, HEC-C
Interim Co-Director, Center for Bioethics & Social Sciences in Medicine
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology
kaytesb@med.umich.edu

Theresa Tinkle, Ph.D.
Director, Sweetland Center for Writing
Professor of English and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor
Department of English
tinkle@umich.edu
Assistant: Laura Schuyler, scw-executiveassistant@umich.edu

Colleen van Lent, Ph.D.
Lecturer IV | Posse 4 Mentor | Responsible Employee aka "Mandatory Reporter"
University of Michigan School of Information
collemc@umich.edu

Paul Watta, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Engineering and Computer Science
University of Michigan-Dearborn
watta@umich.edu

Staff Support

Mallory Kwiatkowski
ITS Senior Project Manager
mjhood@umich.edu