Luddy researchers met to explore possible collaboration opportunities in AI..
Faculty from throughout the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering gathered at Luddy Hall Jan. 24 to showcase the research being conducted on artificial intelligence while also fostering intellectual exchanges among AI researchers.
The informal workshop included sessions on cognitive models, ethics and natural language processing; machine learning and probabilistic models; algorithms and applications; and optimization and systems for AI. Thirty lightning talks were presented covering the full range of methods and foundations of AI.
“This was about our breadth and the potential connections that exist at our school,” said David Leake, executive associate dean of the Luddy School. “We have a lot of potential synergies, but the school has grown to the point that some of our faculty may not be aware of it. There is a lot of potential for future collaborations, and it’s great to bring together our community of researchers with all these different perspectives to create opportunities for work to flourish.”
The Luddy School has taken a leadership role in AI research, and the recent, historic $60 million gift from IU alumnus Fred Luddy includes funding for the construction of the Luddy Center for Artificial Intelligence, which will initially focus on digital health. With AI touching nearly every aspect of technology, researchers at Luddy are focused on innovative work that will develop this critical field.
“We’re in the midst of an AI revolution,” said Raj Acharya, dean of the Luddy School who also made a presentation at the workshop. “The depth and breadth of our School makes our faculty uniquely positioned to integrate AI into everything they do, and it will allow the Luddy School to advance AI technology while also educating the students who will be the AI leaders of tomorrow.”
Established in 2000, the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering is one of the broadest of its kind. Blending the fields of computer science, informatics, intelligent systems engineering, information and library science, and data science, the Luddy School is home to more than 3,000 students from the United States and around the world. The forward-looking School’s faculty are world-renowned experts in their respective fields and lead the way in critical areas such as artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, high performance computing, programming languages, security, healthcare, human-computer interaction, computer engineering, bioengineering, and AI-driven-engineering. Computer and information sciences research expenditures are ranked 12th in the country.