R&I Week 2020 will be focused on recognizing the future of trans-disciplinary research at the University of Cincinnati. Digital Futures provides space to bring together University of Cincinnati experts for collaboration in “Use-Inspired Basic Research” and “Applied Research.” This future-focused research will harness the power of intellect and technologies to advance our region, and impact our global society. 

This week-long event is a celebration of disruptive ideas, applied solutions and the real-world impacts the work of our researchers has on Cincinnati, the region, and beyond.

Please join us!


UC desires to address the increasing digitally-enabled, human-centered challenges that are arising in today’s world. The Digital Futures space allows the creation of new knowledge, technologies and approaches having societal impact by co-locating researchers and providing an outstanding infrastructure to support their work. Our impact will be accelerated by intentional partnerships with the broader community.



The current digital age has changed how we live, work, learn and play. These changes bring along both opportunities and challenges for our region and the globe. UC’s Digital Futures space embraces the present while re-imagining the future in all its forms – objective, subjective, and inter-subjective.    


The University of Cincinnati’s Next Lives Here – Digital Futures space within the Urban Futures Pathway enables knowledge creation that is:
• multi- or transdisciplinary;
• integrated, inclusive and impactful; and
• amplified by external partnerships.


Check out our awesome thought leaders!


Day 1 - College Day Events
Monday, March 23, 2020

Day 2 - Symposium
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Day 3 
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Day 4 - Hutton Day
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Day 5 - College Day Events
Friday, March 27, 2020

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Research and Innovation 2020 Kick-Off

Nippert Stadium West Pavilion

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
DAAP Grantcellerator Presentations and Reception

Aronoff Level 3 Atrium

Meet the latest participants of the DAAP Grantcellerator Program—this program is designed to increase research capacity and multidisciplinary collaborations. Reception follows.  

8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Digital Futures: Cybersecurity and Resilience Introduction and Panels

Nippert Stadium - West Pavilion

Agenda Coming Soon!

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Research and Innovation 2020 Keynote Luncheon

Nippert Stadium - West Pavilion

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Digital Futures Panel Discussion

The Societal Impact of Research in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Nippert Stadium - West Pavilion

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Digital Futures: Digital Health Lab Grand Opening and Reception

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
UC Press and Office of Research: Digital Community Scholarship - a panel discussion

The Mercantile Library

8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Good Discovery(s) Festival

presented by the Urban Futures Institute

Tangeman University Center

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
UC Office of Research and AAA: Technology Takes the Wheel

The Future of Autonomous Vehicles

Nippert Stadium - West Pavilion

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Surveillance of Students: An Ethical Travesty or Necessity?

Bryan Warnick, Ph.D.

Annie Laws (Teachers College, Room 407)

In this talk, I respond to the increasing use of surveillance cameras in public schools by examining the ethical questions raised by their use. I explore the extent of a student’s right to privacy in schools, stipulate how video surveillance is similar to and different from commonly accepted in-person surveillance practices, and discuss the possible impact of surveillance technology on educational environments. In response to the ethical concerns I raise, I offer five suggestions for how schools can use video surveillance technology in more ethically sensitive ways.

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5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
IQ E-Pitch Awards

Nippert Stadium - West Pavilion

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Professional Ethics and the Responsible Conduct of Research

Michael C. Loui, Ph.D.

Engineering Research Center, Room 427

I will identify similarities between the responsible conduct of research (RCR) and the ethics of a profession such as engineering. Just as codes of professional ethics define the standards for trustworthiness in professional practice, so too do the obligations of RCR set the standards for the trustworthiness of academic research. I will show short video vignettes to illustrate several RCR issues that occur in research activities across academic disciplines, such as plagiarism, mentoring, peer review, and data management.

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Hutton Ethics Lectureship - Research and Innovation 2020

“Citizen Science and Human Genomic Research: Ethical and Social Implications”

UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute - Auditorium

Eric T. Juengst, PhD serves as the Director of the UNC Center for Bioethics and as Professor in the Departments of Social Medicine and Genetics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His lecture “Citizen Science and Human Genomic Research: Ethical and Social Implications” aims to define "citizen science", familiarize the audience with a variety of current approaches to involving the public in human genome research and the projects that exemplify them, like the U.S. national “All of Us” Initiative, and to appreciate the personal privacy risks of genomic research participation and approaches to addressing them.Attend in-person or WebEx! Lunch provided to first 80 who register to attend in-person lecture.

Please RSVP by March 20th, 2020!

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2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Ethics: The Secret to Effective Leadership?

Andrew Cullison, Ph.D.

Lindner Hall 1220

In this talk, I argue that the secret to effective leadership rests in being good at a set of skills called "moral reasoning skills". In the first part, I highlight a specific set of skills that are the ideal learning outcomes that come from the study of ethics. I call these skills "moral reasoning skills". In the second part, I discuss several widely cited models of effective leadership and offer a unifying account of these apparently disparate theories. I show that many of the traits these theories identify as the secret to effective leadership either are one of these moral reasoning skills or could not be had without being good at one of these moral reasoning skills. In the third part, I provide an analysis of the empirical literature exploring the connections between moral reasoning and effective leadership which provides further confirmation that ethics really might be the secret ingredient to effective leadership.

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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
See something, say something? The ethical dilemmas of whistleblowing

Ross Wright, JD

1819 Innovation Hub

The challenge that organizations and individuals face is not adherence to platitudes and policies, but the operationalization of ethics and compliance in the real world.  Using real world examples we will discuss the ethical challenges and consequences of speaking up.  

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5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Ethics Day Reception

1819 Innovation Hub

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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Ethical Decision Making is a Team Sport

A panel discussion

1819 Innovation Hub

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10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Ethics in AI: A question of fairness

Lauren Rhue, Ph.D.

Lindner Hall 0050

Bias can emerge from artificial intelligence / machine learning (AI/ML) from many reasons (e.g., AI/ML learns historical bias, AI/ML learns from incomplete datasets). As organizations across a variety of new industries and areas implement AI/ML, it poses an ethical challenge. Organizations need to balance the ethical concerns of AI/ML fairness and anti-bias with the business benefits of AI/ML such as increased accuracy and profits. This presentation discusses evidence of AI bias in multiple contexts, some of the challenges in identifying AI bias, and some of the legal and societal implications of AI bias. Furthermore, I would discuss how algorithms exist within a decision-making framework and can/cannot induce bias in people.

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12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
DAAP Futures Discussion

Aronoff - Room 3420

Join a panel of DAAP faculty experts, active in research publications, discussing research & design, architecture, art and planning. 

Moderator: Claudia B. Rebola


Conrad Kickert (Author): Dream City: Creation, Destruction, and Reinvention in Downtown Detroit. The MIT Press.

Mara Marcu (Editor): Echos: University of Cincinnati School of Architecture and Interior Design. Marcu & Mitchell. Actar Publishers.

Jordan Tate (Author): Picturesque Snot: Polemics of the Landscape. Hot Take Press.

Matt Wizinsky (Participant): “Discursive Design: Critical, Speculative, and Alternative Things” by Bruce M. Tharp and Stephanie M. Tharp. The MIT Press

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Faculty Awards Reception

Faculty Enrichment Center (Langsam Library, 5th Floor)

Past Event Highlights

Research Week 2018

Instrumentations, Intelligence, Abundance, & Resilience

Thought leaders explored animal behaviors, climate change, & environmental impacts while focusing on water quality & purification technology.

Research Week 2019

Acute Care Research Symposium

The Acute Care Research Council is bringing together expertise across the AHC to foster collaboration and empower ACR stakeholders amidst the ever-challenging risks that are unique to the acute care setting. Presentations included EFIC trials from CCHMC and UC, updates on changes to the Common Rule, Research vs. Critical Illness, and concluded with an audience-participation panel session.

Research Week 2018

Research + Innovation Week Awards Ceremony

The 2018 Awardees were honored for their outstanding Faculty Excellence, Mentoring, and Core Values during the closing ceremony of the week.

Research Week 2018

Disruption !

The UC Innovation Quest Elevator Pitch Competition gave inventors & entrepreneurs the opportunity to present a short "elevator pitch" to investors in order to commercialize their ideas and launch start-up ventures.

Research Week 2018

The Presidential Kickoff

The President of the University of Cincinnati, Neville G. Pinto, kicked off Research + Innovation Week by welcoming thought leaders and intellectuals over refreshments.

Research Week 2018

Hutton Ethics Leadership – Informed Consent: Evidence and Practice

Approaches to gaining respect and consent in the research recruitment process were evaluated through informed and practical applications.