Carnegie Mellon University

3rd Nobel Turing Challenge Initiative Workshop

Dates: July 11-12, 2023
Location: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA

The Nobel Turing Challenge Initiative seeks to expand information exchange and collaborations aimed at developing highly autonomous AI and robotics systems that can make major scientific discoveries, including some which may be worthy of the Nobel Prize. Accomplishing this challenge requires a development of a series of technologies and in-depth understanding of the process of scientific discoveries. It builds on prior work on closed-loop systems that integrate automated experimentation, model creation/hypothesis generation and artificial intelligence methods for iterative choice of experiments.

The third Nobel Turing Challenge Initiative workshop was held at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.  Talks included a new set of invited speakers active in the field and the program was expanded to include contributed talks, poster sessions, and guided tours of CMU's Automated Science laboratory and Cloud Lab.

Video recordings of talks are available through links in the Program section below.

Topics included:

Laboratory Automation and Robotic Experiment Execution
Design and Management of Automated Experimental Workflows
Machine Learning
Active Learning and Optimal Experiment Design

The Workshop was organized by the Nobel Turing Challenge Initiative and sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University with additional support from  the Systems Biology Institute.

Full Program including Abstracts (PDF)

Day One: Tuesday, July 11, 2023
Gates and Hillman Centers



GHC 4400 Lobby

8:20 to 8:30

Welcome and Introduction: Theresa Mayer, Vice President for Research, Carnegie Mellon; Hiroaki Kitano, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology; Head, Systems Biology Institute, President and CEO of Sony Computer Science Laboratories

GHC 4401 Rashid Auditorium

8:30 to 10:00

Plenary Talks (Chair Hiroaki Kitano): Olexandr Isayev, Carnegie Mellon; Philip A. Romero, U Wisconsin; Benji Maruyama, Air Force Research Laboratory

GHC 4401 Rashid Auditorium

10:00 to 10:15



10:15 to 11:15

Panel discussion (Moderator Robert F. Murphy):Maria-Florina Balcan, Carnegie Mellon; Peter Spirtes, Carnegie Mellon; Saso Dzeroski, Jozef Stefan Institute; Pat Langley, Institute for the Study of Learning and Expertise; 

GHC 4401 Rashid Auditorium

11:15 to 12:15

Parallel sessions:
A (Chair Olexander Isayev): Uchenna Akujuobi, Sony Research; Noelle Toong, U Michigan; Andrew Bridges, Carnegie Mellon; Ali Dabouei, Carnegie Mellon
B (Chair Jose Lugo-Martinez): Rattana Pukdee, Carnegie Mellon; Shang Zhul, Carnegie Mellon; Filipp Gusev, Carnegie Mellon; Leticia Madureira, Carnegie Mellon


A: GHC 4401

B: GHC 4405

12:15 to 1:15


GHC 4400 Lobby

1:15 to 2:45

Plenary Talks (Chair Jun Seita): Katsuyuki Shiroguchi, RIKEN; Gaurav Chopra, Purdue; Hector Garcia Martin, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory

GHC 4401 Rashid Auditorium

2:45 to 3:00

Break / Group Photo


3:00 to 4:00

Panel discussion (Moderator Brian Frezza): Robert Gantzer, Aera Therapeutics; Nikhita Singh, Artificial; Dean Mulyk, Thermo Fisher Scientific; Koichi Takahashi, RIKEN

GHC 4401 Rashid Auditorium

4:00 to 5:30

Plenary Talks (Chair Koichi Takahashi): Joshua D. Kangas, Carnegie Mellon; Gabe Gomes, Carnegie Mellon; Alex Malz, Carnegie Mellon

GHC 4401 Rashid Auditorium

6:00 to 8:00


 GHC 6th floor

Day Two: Wednesday, July 12, 2023
Mellon Institute (MI) and Bakery Square (BkSq)


Group A

Group B

Group C


Coffee & Meet up (MI 348)

Coffee & Meet up (MI 348)

 Coffee & Meet up (MI 348)


Automated Science Lab Tour (MI)

CMU Cloud Lab Tour (BkSq)

 Posters (MI 348)


CMU Cloud Lab Tour (BkSq)

Posters (MI 348)

 Automated Science Lab Tour (MI)


 Posters (MI 348)

Automated Science Lab Tour (MI) 

CMU Cloud Lab Tour (BkSq)


Box lunches available

Box lunches available

Box lunches available

All times are Eastern Daylight (EDT).

The Gates and Hillman Centers (GHC) are located on Carnegie Mellon University's campus in Pittsburgh, PA.

The first day of the workshop will primarly be hosted on the 4th floor at the Rashid Auditorium, unless otherwise noted on the schedule.

The second day of the workshop will begin at the Mellon Institute, with shuttle service to the CMU Cloud Lab at Bakery Square.


Learn more:

Carnegie Mellon University

School of Computer Science

Computational Biology Department


Traveling by Air

The Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) is 22 miles (about 45 minutes driving time) from the Carnegie Mellon campus. From the airport, you can take a bus to campus, rent a car or use Uber, Lyft, a taxi service or a hotel shuttle (if you are staying in a hotel that offers this service). The 28X Airport Flyer Bus (sponsored by the Port Authority Transit) is a popular, affordable option that takes about 40 minutes. For more information about schedules and rates, please visit the official PAT website. The average Uber/Lyft/taxi fare from the airport to campus is about $45.

Traveling by Train

The Amtrak Train Station is at 1100 Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh, about four miles from campus. For more information on rates and schedules, please call 1.800.872.7245.

Traveling by Bus

The Greyhound Trailways Bus Terminal is five miles from campus in downtown Pittsburgh. The station terminal is located at the intersection of 11th Street and Liberty Avenue and can be reached by telephone at 412.392.6526.

Megabus also offers travel to Pittsburgh, with a stop near downtown at 10th Street and Penn Avenue. Multiple Pittsburgh Port Authority bus lines that travel to Carnegie Mellon are accessible from this stop. Contact for more information.

A limited number of rooms are being held at the nearby hotels below with a discounted rate available on a first-come first-served basis. 

The Oaklander Hotel, Autograph Collection

5130 Bigelow Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 [map]
Website  |  +1 412-578-8500

The Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center

100 Lytton Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 [map]
Website  | +1 412-682-6200

Other lodging options near CMU's campus:

The Mansions On Fifth Luxury Hotel

5105 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Website  |  +1 412-381-5105

hilton garden inn pittsburgh university place

3454 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15213
Website  |  +1 412-683-2040

Hyatt House Pittsburgh/Bloomfield/Shadyside

5335 Baum Blvd, Pittsburgh PA 15224
Website  |  +1 412-621-9900


Hiroaki Kitano, President and CEO of Sony Computer Science Laboratories Inc., Tokyo, Japan and Head, Systems Biology Institute, Tokyo, Japan; Professor, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

Koichi Takahashi, Team Leader, Laboratory for Biologically Inspired Computing, RIKEN, Tokyo Japan

Jun Seita, , Team Leader, Health Data Deep Learning Team, Medical Sciences Innovation Hub Program, RIKEN, Tokyo, Japan

Olexandr Isayev, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University

Jose Lugo-Martinez, Assistant Professor, Computational Biology Department, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Robert F. Murphy, Ray & Stephanie Lane Professor of Computational Biology Emeritus, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA