Artificial Intelligence

Two faculty presenting at Maine Science Festival event featured by WFVX

WFVX (FOX 22 in Bangor) reported on the Maine Science Festival Discovery on Tap event, organized by the Maine Discovery Museum, which featured Justin Brown, laboratory research manager of VEMI Lab at UMaine, and assistant professor of spatial informatics Nimesha Ranasinghe. Brown presented on the technological power of haptics and touch. “We have touch receptors […]

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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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