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President Obama, Leading Scientists Explore Frontiers at CMU

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"Pittsburgh has been revitalizing itself through technology for a very long time."

President Barack Obama made his fifth visit to Carnegie Mellon University in the fall of 2016 for The White House Frontiers Conference, a large gathering of national thought-leaders, to discuss building America's capacity in science, technology and innovation.

The conference, co-hosted by CMU and the University of Pittsburgh, included discussions about new technologies, challenges and goals in areas ranging from artificial intelligence and robotics to "smart" communities, health care and space exploration. 

Science and technology demonstrations were on display, including CMU driverless vehicles and drones, a snake robot, service robots and a socially aware robot assistant.

Before approximately 600 people in CMU's beautifully transformed Wiegand Gymnasium, President Obama and visionary speakers discussed various topics, from the future of medicine and health care to economic mobility, climate challenges and commercializing space travel.

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