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Welcome to UF AI Days

October 16-20, 2023

AI Days 2023

AI Days 2023 was a week of activities dedicated to all things AI, from competitions designed to bring students’ ideas to engaging panels discussing AI and data science. Three student competitions featured $60,000 in prizes, and more than 70 panelists led discussions during the week's events. 



 Videos of AI Days Panel Discussions

If you missed all or part of AI Days 2023 or you wish to hear presenters' remarks again, here are videos of 15 presentations held October 17-18, 2023. 

UF researchers discuss the use of artificial intelligence in flavor preference in fruits and coffee, AI and machine learning to reduce food waste, Ai in precision livestock farming, and how data ethics can be represented in digital agriculture.

Researchers from UF colleges of medicine, pharmacy, and public health and health professions discuss bias in health data and what to look for as concerns in healthcare data.

A discussion of ethical and trustworthy AI in relationship to privacy and use of data with panelists Barbara Evans, UF's Levin College of Law; David Grant, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Philosophy; and Hina Shaikh, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies.

Rob Kairuz, a career coach at UF's Career Connections Center, discusses how he helps students understand and use ChatGPT to help student improve resumes and get interviews. His discussion provides tips on how to combine ChatGPT with one's authentic voice for outcomes that can be successful with recruiters and potential employers.

UF researchers Yu Wang, associate professor of food science; Henry Medeiros, associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering; and Matthew Donovan, CEO of Agriculture Intelligence discuss working with UF's Office of Licensing and Technology as well as the U.S. Patent Office to bring ideas to commercialization.

UF researchers and panelists Azra Bihorac, Karla Saldana Ochoa and Christine Angellini discuss the use of digital twins in hospitals, architecture and the environment as a means to make more cost-effective improvements for a better world. Dr Bihorac is with UF Health, Dr. Ochoa is with the UF College of Design, Construction and Planning, and Dr. Christine Angellini is with the Center for Coastal Solutions at the University of Florida.

Panelists Erik Deumans, director of research computing at UF, Zoe Ryan, solutions architect for NVIDIA, and Ying Zang, IT manager for UF research computing, discuss what resources are needed to build a digital twin and how UFIT supports digital twin projects.

A discussion of generative AI and its impact on society through an algorithmic lens with panelists Imani Mosley, Amelia Winger-Bearskin, Eamon O'Connor, and Tina Tallon, UF College of the Arts.

Florida Museum of Natural History curators Arthur Porto and Nicolas Gauthier, along with Graduate Research Assistant Jacob Idec discuss the power of AI in helping catalog and digitize museum collections that are vast and have been primarily manually sorted, and how these objects relate to cultural and natural heritage.

Avik Batra with Accenture, a global consulting firm that helps clients implement technology to solve complex problems, discusses how generative AI is going to change how we work.

Artificial intelligence can be seen as a distraction and a solution to businesses. Join UF's Warrington College of Business researchers Joel Davis and Mike Carrillo who share their insights and how generative AI may contribute to your business marketing plan.

Listen to Janet Coats and Yang Feng from the UF College of Journalism and Communications, and Amelia Winger-Bearskin from the UF College of the Arts, discuss generative AI and its impact on art, journalism and advertising.

Panelists Angel Iverson, interim director of the UF Career Connections Center, Damon Woodard, director of the Florida Institute for National Security, and Avik Batra with Accenture, a consulting firm on generative AI, discuss the technical and non-technical skills employers are seeking in employees who will join an AI-enabled workforce. Marquis McGriff who works jointly with the Career Connections Center and the AI2 Center moderates.

Britt Woodall with Vobile, a world leader in technology that focuses on protecting intellectual property related to video/audio, discusses the regulatory policies that are coming out in the entertainment industry and what his company is wanting in new hires.

This presentation discusses academic integrity at the K-12 and higher ed levels and how to help students navigate the new world of AI, how to educate students on its use but not as a substitute for true learning, and how to assess their learning as we move students from what was to what will be. Panelists include Michael Barber, assistant director for the UF Center for Teaching Excellence; Sid Dobrin, professor and chair of the UF Department of English; Chris Sharp, educational technologist at the Center for Instructional Technology; Margeaux Johnson, Center for Instructional Technology; and Leota O'Malley, online course quality specialist for the Center for Teaching Excellence.

 Congratulations to our Student Winners

Congratulations to our student competition winners for the Gator Tank Pitch competition, the Gator Hackathon,
and the Generative AI in the Arts competition. 


Gator Pitch Recap Video

Gator Hackathon Recap Video


Candor takes first place in Gator Tank

Congratulations to Akshat Pant and Nishant Nagururu with their pitch for Candor, a platform aimed at bridging the communication gap between constituents and political leaders. Candor is already in use at UF and Georgia Tech student government with approximately 500 users. Their prize $10K.

BiomeFuture seizes second prize

UF PhD students Jessica Tittl Nielsen and Monica Schul pitched their company BiomeFuture that is creating a safer chemical portfolio for users and our planet. Current personal care products are often made from chemicals derived from petroleum and plants that are grown and harvested in unsustainable ways, destroying our rainforests and waterways. Their prize: $6K.

Toad Health garners third prize

Max Kieffer, an undergrad in physics at UF, along with computer science undergrad Rohit Mittal, with other pitch spokespersons Christian Herman and Chuck Winters pitched Toad Health, to improve the clinical workflow using AI technology as a drop-in solution for the most popular electronic health records to catch prescription errors before they are sent to the pharmacy. Their prize: $4K.

Valora Solutions recognized at Gator Tank

Valora Solutions and its product TRAFFIC is a comprehensive machine learning tool that uses AI to make predictions and informed decisions on transportation. The software enables tailored solutions to many problems regarding congestion and accidents. UF students Andres Espinosa, Oscar Diaz de la Rua and Sebastian Valdes received a $1K prize. 

Where's My Water wins Gator Hackathon First Place

The all-female Hackathon team led by Tanya Charan, a senior in Soil, Water and Ecosystem Sciences, used artificial intelligence to determine where groundwater sources are now and will be in the future. Our nation is currently pumping out more groundwater than we have at our disposal. Team members in this 48-hour hackathon competition included Aayesha Islam, Shravya Sama and Naydelin Trejo from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Gabriella Smith from the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. Their prize: $10K. 

Generative AI in the Arts Competition Winner

Yihan Jiang, a first-year graduate student in art and art history, received the first-place prize in the newly formed Generative AI in the Arts Competition with a $4K prize. 

Thanks to Our Sponsors!

We are grateful to our sponsors for supporting our 2023 AI Days so that we can make this week of activities free to participants. 




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