UB creates Institute of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science – UB Now: News and Insights for UB Faculty and Staff


Simply put, artificial intelligence and data science are transforming the world.

Both fields are at the forefront of innovation in robotics, healthcare, materials science, autonomous vehicles and countless other fields critical to the future economy and security of states. -United.

They offer hope for solving complex problems such as detecting fraud buried deep in financial systems, reducing human bias in the justice system, and effectively finding the right compound for the safest and most effective drug.

To continue to develop its research expertise and position as an educational leader in artificial intelligence and data science, as well as to support the growing entrepreneurial ecosystem in western New York State, UB formed the Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Data Science (IAD).

“At UB, we are committed to solving pressing problems on a global scale through cutting-edge research and groundbreaking educational programs. The Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Data Science will help the university achieve this mission, as artificial intelligence, data science and related fields offer unparalleled potential to improve everything from medicine and transportation to digital literacy. and robotic systems, ”said A. Scott Weber, President. and executive vice president for academic affairs.

The new institute brings together two UB research organizations: the Institute of Artificial Intelligence and the Institute of Computer Sciences and Data.

David Doermann, SUNY Empire Innovation Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and Founding Director of the Institute of Artificial Intelligence, will be the Director of the IAD.

Venu Govindaraju, vice president of research and economic development, said the IAD will bring together professors and laboratories from across the university, as well as existing centers of excellence, to promote multidisciplinary research and the development of revolutionary study programs.

“The IAD will serve as the umbrella organization for scholarly and creative activities, as well as for innovation and technology transfer,” he said. “This will help ensure that UB continues on its upward trajectory as one of the country’s leading public research universities, focused on the application of technological innovation and holistic thought processes to solve the great challenges of the society.”

UB affiliated research organizations will include the Center for Computational Research, the Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors, and the Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies (SMART) Community of Excellence. Other collaborating entities will be added over time.

Kemper Lewis, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, said the IAD will foster collaboration and showcase UB’s groundbreaking multidisciplinary research in artificial intelligence and computer and data sciences.

This includes, but is not limited to, machine learning work; Big Data; health and medicine; advanced materials; autonomous vehicles; robotics; law, politics and ethics; mobile computing; intelligent spaces / architecture; arts and humanities; media forensics; computer vision and natural language processing; and high performance computing.

“The fields of artificial intelligence and data science are developing rapidly, affecting almost every sector of the economy and society,” Lewis said. “A strong, multidisciplinary research and education organization, such as the Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Data Science, will ensure that UB remains a nationwide leader in using these innovative computing technologies to meet the challenges pressing issues facing society. “

Located in a newly constructed facility at 215 Lockwood Library on the North Campus, the IAD will work with educators from decanal units to understand the artificial intelligence and data science needs of UB students. It will offer new courses and certificate programs, as well as new master’s programs in artificial intelligence and data science.

“In addition to conducting pioneering research that benefits society, the IAD will serve as a primary resource for the development of multifaceted educational programs in artificial intelligence and data science,” Doermann said. “The program developed by the IAD will ensure that our students will continue to graduate with the knowledge, skills and practical experience necessary to form startups, join government agencies and the private sector, and serve the next generation. of academic opinion leaders. “

Prior to joining UB in 2018, Doermann was Program Director at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he developed, selected and oversaw research and bridging funding in the areas of computer vision, human language and voice analysis technologies.

From 1993 to 2018, he was a member of the research faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park. In his role at the University’s Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, he served as Director of the Language and Media Processing Laboratory and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The lab he led focused on innovative topics related to the analysis and processing of document images and videos, including sorting, visual indexing, retrieval, enhancement, and recognition. textual and structural components of visual media.

Doermann has over 250 publications in conferences and journals, is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the International Association for Pattern Recognition, and has received numerous awards, including an honorary doctorate from the University of ‘Oulu, Finland. He is one of the founding editors of the International Journal on Document Analysis and Recognition.


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