Artificial Intelligence

News Center features UMaine-led development of PFAS tracking tool

News Center Maine interviewed University of Maine computer scientist Torsten Hahmann and Ph.D. student Katria Schwiekert about their efforts to develop an interactive digital tool that will allow users to explore and analyze data on sites and sources of PFAS contamination throughout the U.S. “We don’t want to reproduce all that data. We want to […]

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UMaine leading development of new state-of-the-art tool for tracking PFAS nationwide

The emergence of toxic per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in water supplies, farms and the environment is a growing problem nationwide. Despite many researchers and government agencies investigating these “forever chemicals,” there is no tool for combining all of their findings and providing a more comprehensive view of the problem. University of Maine computer […]

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Boston Globe cites UMaine study about autonomous cars

The Boston Globe cited a study drawn from a collaboration between the University of Maine VEMI Lab, the Toyota Research Institute and the Carroll Center which examines how car companies can design the coming wave of self-driving cars with vision-impaired drivers in mind. A “truly accessible experience must enable user input, for all people, in […]

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UMaine names 2023 Presidential Award recipients

The 2023 Presidential Awards recognize outstanding teaching in molecular and biomedical sciences, pioneering research in wireless sensor technology, public engagement and research focused on K–12 rural education, and innovation that has advanced Maine’s potato breeding program. Sally Molloy, associate professor of genomics, received the Presidential Outstanding Teaching Award; Ali Abedi, professor of electrical and computer […]

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‘The Maine Question’ asks how AI will impact our lives

Artificial intelligence, or “AI,” is a hot topic in 2023. AI and machine learning make headlines every day, with stories ranging from the technology’s helpful capabilities, like self-driving cars, to its scariest potential — think “deep fake” videos fooling the public, or human workers being made obsolete by tools like ChatGPT. At the University of […]

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VEMI Lab debuts custom-built multi-person autonomous vehicle simulator 

The VEMI Lab at the University of Maine has launched its custom-built multi-person autonomous vehicle simulator, a unique platform for human-subject research in the automotive space. VEMI’s Multimodal Omnidirectional Immersive Simulator for Inclusive Navigation or MOISIN (pronounced “mo-sheen”) is unique as the first fully autonomous “people mover” or “robo-taxi” motion simulator, designed as a replacement […]

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Learning With AI a new online resource

The University of Maine has launched Learning With AI, an initiative to help faculty and students adapt to an educational landscape transformed by generative AI like ChatGPT and DALLE. Originally convened by UMaine’s New Media program and the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL), the initiative has quickly gathered contributors from across the […]

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Ghanavati awarded $674,804 from NSF to study data privacy

Sepideh Ghanavati, assistant professor of computer science, has received a $674,804 National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for her research studying data privacy. The annual NSF CAREER awards are one of the organization’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty and include a federal grant for research and education activities […]

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Salimeh Sekeh wants to teach AI how to manage itself

Salimeh Sekeh wants to help humanity — and she sees artificial intelligence as a key way to do that. At the University of Maine, Sekeh is leading research that designs machine learning models and teaches artificial intelligence to essentially improve itself, which will have impactful applications in Maine and beyond. Before Sekeh joined the University […]

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