The eScience Institute co-hosted Discovering AI@UW, an event that brought together artificial intelligence experts from across the University of Washington campus to discuss their projects and how they intersect. Over 180 people attended the event, both streaming online via zoom and in person in the Lyceum Room of the Husky Union Building on campus, and included UW faculty and staff, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduates. “The energy around all these [AI initiatives] that people are doing here makes me tremendously excited,” said Nathan Kutz, Senior Data Science Fellow and Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering & Physics. “We not only have a university that is incredibly collaborative, but we also have so much work going on in so many different domains.”
The program began with opening remarks from Provost Mark Richards and eScience Institute Director and Associate Vice Provost for Data Science Andrew Connolly, followed by the Vice Provost for Research Mari Ostendorf, who introduced several major artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives at the university including: the AI Institute in Dynamic Systems, Accelerated Artificial Intelligence Algorithms for Data-Driven Discovery (A3D3), the Institute for Foundations of Data Science (IFDS), the Institute for Foundations of Machine Learning (IFML), the LSST Interdisciplinary Network for Collaboration and Computing, Responsibility in AI Systems & Experiences (RAISE), the new Scientific Software Engineering Center at the eScience Institute, Seismic Computational Platform for Enabling Discovery, the UW + Amazon Science Hub, and the Institute for Medical Data Science.