UF announces Artificial Intelligence Academic Initiative Center
In its latest step to promote artificial intelligence (AI) and data science and integrate AI across the curriculum, the University of Florida announced today it will create an Artificial Intelligence Academic Initiative Center.
The new center, led by Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives David Reed, will be the campus focal point for academic activity at the university related to AI and data science, including the coordination and development of programs and certificates; the identification of opportunities for faculty and students to engage with AI; the co-organization of seminars and conferences; the development of an AI Scholars program; and partnerships with UF’s Career Connections Center, the Florida College System and private industry that will promote an AI-ready workforce and help businesses integrate AI into their current processes.
The launch of the center, dubbed (AI)^2 will also align with the university’s once-per-decade re-accreditation process and will play a critical role in the comprehensive work plan the university will submit to its accreditor.
“As the university’s commitment to AI becomes increasingly ingrained into campus culture and our AI-across-the-curriculum effort continues to expand, it is clear our campus would greatly benefit from one central office that can help manage these efforts and provide resources and support,” said Reed, who has helped lead campus efforts on AI since its inception in 2020. “I’m excited for us to take this next step and move our AI initiative to the next level.”