UM-Dearborn’s new artificial intelligence center is thriving

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UM-Dearborn Faculty, staff and students have had to reinvest a lot of their energy over the past nine months coping with a global pandemic. And rightly so. But it’s important to note that the redistribution of effort hasn’t completely halted progress on other important work at the university. UM-Dearborn’s new artificial intelligence center is a great case in point. The Dearborn Artificial Intelligence Research (DAIR) Center was founded less than a year ago. But organizers have already made some important progress toward their goal of making AI one of the university’s topline areas for research, education and industry collaboration.The DAIR Center’s Founding Director and Associate Professor of Computer and Information Science Marouane Kessentini says one of the main reasons for creating the center was to ignite more collaboration among the many faculty and students whose work involves AI. He says that’s imperative because today’s most interesting and relevant AI problems are often so complex, no one researcher can tackle them alone. “The deep projects require people from computer science, people who have core expertise in statistics and business, and even people who have an understanding of ethics and human behavior,” Kessentini says. “ …

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