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Faculty invited to register for SEC artificial intelligence consortium conference

By Julie Huff

Published: Mar 29, 2022 11:25:00 AM

Auburn University will soon kick off the AI@AU Initiative, promoting artificial intelligence across the curriculum. Auburn University will soon kick off the AI@AU Initiative, promoting artificial intelligence across the curriculum.

As part of a new consortium designed to advance the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in teaching and research, the Southeastern Conference is inviting faculty from its 14-member institutions to participate in the first Mini-Conference on Artificial Intelligence in the Curriculum on Friday, April 8. Hosted by the University of Florida, the free conference will be held from noon to 3 p.m. CDT via Zoom.

With AI becoming more integrated among business and industry sectors, many universities are now utilizing the advanced technology outside of traditional disciplines. In addition to sharing ideas and networking across SEC institutions, the conference will invite faculty to engage in broader discussions and breakout sessions to discuss trends among 13 broad disciplines ranging from the arts and humanities to business, engineering, agriculture, education and law.

The conference will include an introduction, a keynote address from Ned Finkle, Vice President of External Affairs for multinational technology company NVIDIA, and three short talks from SEC faculty teaching AI in addition to the breakouts. Any faculty interested in integrating AI in their research and teaching are strongly encouraged to register for the conference.

As part of Auburn’s role in supporting the consortium, the university has established a new initiative, AI@AU, designed to bring together faculty from across campus interested in using AI in their research and instruction. Open to faculty from all disciplines, the initiative will focus on establishing a computational resource for AI-related research and scholarship available to Auburn stakeholders while also exploring new educational initiatives.

For additional information on AI@AU please contact Hari Narayanan, Watson Professor and chair, or Gerry Dozier, McCrary Eminent Chair Professor, both in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.

“AI has become an ubiquitous part of everyday lives and an indispensable part of the scientific endeavor in all fields," said Narayanan. "It is timely that the SEC is embarking on an effort to build a consortium, and I expect Auburn to play a major role in it. The consortium will definitely help to strengthen the educational and research activities of all 14 member universities in the field of AI.”

The conference agenda can be found at https://ai.ufl.edu/sec-mini-conference/. To register for free of charge, visit https://informatics.research.ufl.edu/registration-sec-artificial-intelligence-orientation-conference/.

Media Contact: Joe McAdory, jem0040@auburn.edu, 334.844.3447

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