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The UCF Strategic Investment Program invests in core academic activities to support President Alexander N. Cartwright’s vision that UCF will become a “University for the Future” as a top public institution and the world’s leading public metropolitan research university. The investments align with areas of strategic emphasis identified by UCF’s strategic plan as approved by its Board of Trustees.

Through the Artificial Intelligence Initiative, close to thirty new AI faculty will be hired, who will be tenured in 5 different colleges: College of Engineering and Computer Science, College of Medicine, College of Sciences, College of Optics and Photonics and College of Business. To apply for one of these positions, please click here.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming the world and everyday lives — from facial recognition on phones to smart home devices to security measures implemented for online banking. By some estimates, the global artificial intelligence market will grow sixteen fold from 2020 to 2028, reaching nearly $1 trillion.

UCF seeks to be a leading AI research and workforce provider in offering a top-quality education in this field for undergraduate and graduate students. An interdisciplinary team led by Mubarak Shah, professor of Computer Science, will pursue groundbreaking technologies to benefit society and strengthen AI research, security and commercialization in Orlando, state of Florida and the nation.

The team includes experts from Engineering, Medicine, Business, Optics and Sciences. It will leverage strengths in AI and computer vision to expand into other core areas, such as robotics, natural language processing, speech recognition and machine learning, and applications. Among the goals are to conduct research to advance future AI industries and to bring together a diverse range of practitioners who will help prepare Florida for the momentous societal challenges and opportunities associated with AI.

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Executive Committee

  • Shibu Yooseph, Professor CS, (Bioinformatics);
  • Nazanin Rahnavard, Professor ECE; (AI)
  • Gita Sukthankar, Professor CS; (Robotics)
  • David Mohaisen, Professor CS, (Cybersecurity);
  • Mohamed Abdel-Aty, Dept Chair CEEE; (Smart Transportation, Smart Cities)
  • Xin Li, Dept Chair Mathematics; (Theory of Deep Learning)
  • Hanqin Cai, Endowed Assistant Professor Statistics, (Data Analytics);
  • Dexter Hadley, AI Chief COM; (Computational Health, Community-driven AI, and FAIRness)
  • Guifang Li, Professor CREOL; (Optical Computing)
  • Sevil Sönmez, Associate Dean COB; (Fintech)

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Council of Deans and VPR

  • Michael Georgiopoulos, Dean CECS;
  • Deborah German, Dean COM;
  • David Hagan, Dean COP;
  • Maggy Haslett-Tomova, Dean COS;
  • Paul Jarley, Dean COB;
  • John Weishampel, Associate Dean CGS;
  • Winston Schoenfeld, FCI and Assistant VPR;
  • Elizabeth Klonoff, VPR

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Search Committee

  • Lotzi Bölöni, CS
  • Yanjie Fu, CS
  • Niels Lobo, CS
  • Chinwendu Enyioha, ECE
  • George Atia, ECE
  • Samiul Hasan, CECE
  • Ozlem Garibay, Industrial Engineering
  • Qiyu Sun, Mathematics
  • Sean Pang, CREOL
  • Adam Golden, COM
  • Pradipkumar Ramanlal, COB

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Apply for Aii Faculty Positions

The Artificial Intelligence Initiative (Aii) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) is accepting applications from strong candidates for multiple 9-month, full-time faculty positions at the rank of assistant professor (tenure-earning) and associate professor or professor (tenured) in core areas of AI and their applications including: Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing, Robotics, Machine Learning, Data Analytics, FinTech, Smart Cities, Connected and Automated Vehicles, Cyber Security, Mathematical Aspects of Deep Learning, Theory of AI and Data Science, Brian-Inspired AI, Biomedical Applications, Smart Materials, Smart Mobility, Genomics and Computational Biology, as well as Innovative Computing domains including but not limited to Optical Computing, Neuromorphic Computing and AI in Next generation of Wireless Communication Systems. Exceptional candidates only will be considered for appointment at full professor level.

Aii is a multi-college initiative at UCF involving the Colleges of Engineering and Computer Science, Sciences, Medicine, Business, and Optics and Photonics. Candidates with publications in the most selective conferences and journals are strongly encouraged to apply. We anticipate that close to thirty new AI faculty members will be hired, with qualified candidates tenured in corresponding colleges. The position will carry a rank commensurate with the candidate’s prior experience and record.

Click here to apply.

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Aii Kickoff

Friday, October 7, 2022, 5pm, HEC 101

All UCF faculty interested in any aspects of AI are invited to attend this kickoff meeting of Artificial Intelligence Initiative (Aii).
I will make a brief presentation about aim of Aii and talk about Aii Postdocs program, then open up the meeting for Q&A.
Hopefully all of you will be able to attend.

Please submit the following information to be added to our mailing list.


Click here to see the slides presented at the Kickoff

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Using ML to Power Live-stream Recommendations at a Global Scale

Dr. Omar Javed, Twitch (an Amazon company)

Friday, October 14, 2022, 3pm-4pm, HEC 101

Twitch is a premier live social video platform with millions of unique streamers and tens of millions of daily viewers. In 2021, 1.3 trillion minutes of content was viewed on Twitch. Recommendations are a key feature: they allow viewers to discover and connect with streamers as well as find communities. In this talk, I will discuss the challenges of recommending live video content, and compare these to traditional Video on Demand recommendations. I will then present neural network based algorithms for generating live stream recommendations, highlighting how these algorithms solve the challenges associated with live content. I’ll go over the methods, offline experimentation, and evaluation metrics for live-streaming scenarios. Finally, I’ll talk about the solution’s success in a sitewide A/B test that significantly increased viewership.
I intend to kick-off the conversation with a discussion of my journey into ML based product development, and talk about key considerations for applied-ML research that powers products operating at a global scale.

For more info, please follow this link.

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UCF WEALTH Symposium at Lake Nona

Wellness, Education, AI, and Lifestyle Technology in Health

Friday, October 14, 2022, 9am-6pm
leAD Sports & Health Tech Accelerator, Lake Nona

Please join us for the first annual UCF WEALTH symposium to showcase Wellness, Education, AI, and Lifestyle Technology in Health (WEALTH) innovations being developed in our budding Lake Nona Medical City. Our UCF College of Medicine serves as a hub for community medicine across several hospitals, clinics and wellness centers in the Central Florida area, and our faculty serve on the new UCF-wide Artificial Intelligence Initiative to develop new applications and programs in data science with these partners. UCF WEALTH at Lake Nona provides students, faculty, entrepreneurs and others vested stakeholders a local avenue to develop their technology innovations in health and wellness and showcase them on a global stage.

This inaugural event will be sponsored by Google Cloud, and it will be held at the leAD Sports & Health Tech Accelerator that supports early stage sports performance and wellness startups in the heart of Lake Nona. If you are an engineer working on healthcare problems, or if you are in healthcare working on technology solutions, please join us at UCF WEALTH to share your work and help develop a unique culture of innovation in Lake Nona.

10amBring Your Own Laptop Coding Club
Computer vision of medical imaging / Natural language processing of medical records
12pmBreak for Lunch
1pm Afternoon talks featuring UCF faculty
Keynote: TBD
4pmPoster Session
Poster prizes
6pm Networking social with live music
Elevator pitches by leAD startup teams

Register here.

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Postdoc Opportunities

Artificial Intelligence Initiative (Aii) at University of Central Florida is accepting applications from strong candidates for Ten Postdocs positions in core areas of AI and their applications including Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing, Robotics, Machine Learning, Data Analytics, Fintech, Smart Cities, Connected and Automated vehicles, Cyber Security, Theory of Deep Learning, Biomedical Imaging, Genomics and Computational Biology, Innovative Computing e.g. Optical Computing, Neuromorphic computing, AI in Next generation of Wireless Communication Systems etc. Aii is a multi-College initiative at UCF involving Colleges of: Engineering and Computer Science, Sciences, Medicine, Business and Optics and Photonics. Candidates with strong publication in top AI and AI application venues are strongly encouraged to apply. Each selected candidate will be matched to a mentor faculty in corresponding college.

Please apply here:

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