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Harnessing the Power of Artificial Intelligence – UofSC News & Events

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During a first visit to the University of South Carolina, Amit Sheth was surprised when 10 deans showed up for a meeting with him on artificial intelligence.

Sheth – the new director of the university’s Artificial Intelligence Institute at the time – thought he would need to sell the idea to the deans. Instead, they were the ones who introduced him to the importance of artificial intelligence.

“All of them were telling me why they cared about AI, rather than me telling them why they should care about AI,” Sheth said in a 2020 interview with the university principal. Breakthrough research review. “Awareness of AI was already there and the desire to integrate AI into the activities of their faculty and students was already on campus.”

Since the university announced the institute in 2019, that interest has only grown. There are now dozens of researchers across campus exploring how artificial intelligence and machine learning can be used to advance fields ranging from healthcare and education to manufacturing and transportation. On October 6, faculty will gather at the Darla Moore School of Business for a panel discussion on artificial intelligence led by Julius Fridriksson, vice president for research.

South Carolina’s efforts stand out in several respects: the collaborative nature of the research, which involves researchers from many different colleges and schools; a commitment to harness the power of AI ethically; and the university’s commitment to projects that will have a direct and real impact.

This week, as the Southeast conference marks AI in the SEC day, we take a look at some of the notable efforts of South Carolina researchers in the field of artificial intelligence.