Artificial Intelligence

VEMI Lab researchers discuss AVA on ‘Assistive Technology Update’

University of Maine researchers Richard Corey and Nicholas Giudice spoke to The INDATA Project at Easterseals Crossroads on its podcast, “Assistive Technology Update,” about their upcoming smartphone app that provides navigational assistance so people with disabilities and seniors can enjoy ride-sharing and ride-hailing with self-driving cars. The co-founders of the Virtual Environments and Multimodal Interaction […]

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Press Herald talks with Lewis, Kline about drones monitoring remote bird populations

The Portland Press Herald spoke with Meredith Lewis and Logan Kline, graduate research assistants in the University of Maine’s ecology and environmental sciences program, about technology tools that help scientists monitor island bird populations, including drones and artificial intelligence. The pair will be deploying these technologies to study seabirds on several islands off the coast […]

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‘The Maine Question’ asks what AI is and roles does it play in everyday life

Despite sounding like a futuristic tool exclusive to science fiction, artificial intelligence is used everyday in contemporary life. People capitalize on this emerging technology when they apply for jobs, order groceries, access bank accounts, take out a loan application or scroll through social media. University of Maine computer scientists and engineers are developing new forms […]

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Media advance app project from VEMI Lab group

WVII (Channel 7) reported on a research project to develop a smartphone app that will help people with visual impairments and seniors enjoy ride-sharing and ride-hailing with self-driving cars. A research group led by the Virtual Environments and Multimodal Interaction Laboratory (VEMI Lab) at the University of Maine is creating the app known as the Autonomous […]

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UMaine launches graduate program in data science and engineering

The University of Maine will offer a new graduate program for aspiring and practicing data science and engineering professionals starting in spring 2021. The first-of-its-kind in Maine DSE program, which draws upon faculty and courses from across UMaine and other University of Maine System campuses, is designed to accommodate students from a wide range of […]

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Bears Ears National Monument

UMaine researcher’s study reveals public sentiment toward National Monument review using AI 

Public comments can help government officials evaluate potential policy decisions that affect national monuments and other federal land. The introduction of online comments, however, has brought staggering amounts of feedback that can be difficult to summarize, and can bury concerns federal agencies should consider.  Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie, a postdoctoral research fellow with the University of […]

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CUGR announces student award winners for two new fellowships

The University of Maine’s Center for Undergraduate Research has announced the first winners for two recently established fellowship programs.  Supported by the Office of Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, CUGR created the UMaine Institute of Medicine and UMaine Artificial Intelligence fellowships this year with their respective program, and will welcome […]

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Chaofan Chen

UMaine computer scientist researches interpretable machine learning, develops AI to explain its discoveries

Artificial intelligence helps scientists make discoveries, but not everyone can understand how it reaches its conclusions. One UMaine computer scientist is developing deep neural networks that explain their findings in ways users can comprehend, applying his work to biology, medicine and other fields.  Interpretable machine learning, or AI that creates explanations for the findings it […]

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WVII talks with Hahmann about using AI to predict urban flood damage

WVII (Channel 7) interviewed Torsten Hahmann, associate professor of spatial informatics, about research that seeks to predict the impact of flooding on specific neighborhoods, roads, municipal service sites and infrastructure. The project, Urban Flooding Open Knowledge Network (UF-OKN), is funded by the National Science Foundation. “So it’s a big project. The vision is really like to […]

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