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Mind-Blowing AI Evolution Revolutionizes Computing! You Won’t Believe What It Can Do for News, Sports, and Jobs!

Michigan Tech Showcases Advancements in Artificial Intelligence

Advancing AI Research at Michigan Technological University

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Jon Garibaldi, head of the school of computer science at the University of Nottingham, talks during a panel on the opening night of Showcase AI at Michigan Technological University Wednesday. Tim Havens, director of Tech’s Institute of Computing and Cybersystems, moderated the panel, which also included Vinh Nyugen, Shane Mueller, and William Buller.

Michigan Technological University is hosting a three-day showcase to demonstrate the advancements it has made in artificial intelligence (AI) and how it is integrated into their research. The Showcase AI Event, organized by Tech’s College of Computing and Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC), features technology demonstrations, speakers, panel discussions, and displays of student and faculty research.

Role of Computing in Various Disciplines

The annual showcase aims to highlight the role of computing across different fields, ranging from mechanical engineering to social sciences. During the opening speech at the Great Lakes Research Center, College of Computing Dean Dennis Livesay emphasized the significance of computing in various disciplines and the existence of a new AI-focused center at Michigan Tech.

With over 75 faculty members from different colleges on campus, the ICC conducts research in areas such as data science, human-computer interaction, and biocomputing. The showcase particularly focuses on AI this year due to its increasing relevance in applications like ChatGPT and autonomous vehicles.

AI Demonstrations and Research

The showcase commenced with a poster session where Tech students and faculty presented their AI-related projects and research. Among the highlighted studies were AI applications in mixed-reality systems for energy consumption reduction in connected vehicles and real-time trespassing detection in railroad yards.

Tim Havens, director of the ICC, moderated a panel discussion on the impact of AI on academia and industry. The panelists discussed the role of AI in the upcoming presidential election, forecasting a mix of devices being used to spread misinformation and counteract it.

Practical Applications of AI

When asked about the practical applications of AI, Jon Garibaldi, head of the school of computer science at the University of Nottingham, suggested that AI should not be expected to achieve 100% success before being utilized. Instead, he argued that the goal should be for AI to perform at an expert human level, using the analogy of a Formula 1 race car driver who can maneuver vehicles at a high level despite occasional crashes.

Honoring Excellence in Computing

Continuing the tradition from the previous year, the College of Computing conducted an induction ceremony for its Honor Academy and presented Achievement Awards. This year’s inductees included Randy Berry, John Furton, and Kanwal Rekhi. Berry, an industry professional with over 30 years of experience in the energy sector, presented a globe to computer science professor Linda Ott, his former mentor at Tech.

The ICC Achievement Awards were given to Briana Bettin, Susanta Ghosh, and Kristi Hauswirth for their contributions to computer science, cognitive and learning sciences, mechanical engineering, and data operations at the College of Computing.

Upcoming Events and Keynote Address

The three-day showcase will continue with events such as casting demonstrations by Waupaca Foundry and a keynote address by Automation Alley CEO Tom Kelly. The events aim to further demonstrate the advancements and potential of AI in various industries.

For more information about the Showcase AI Event, visit mtu.edu/icc/events/showcase-ai.

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