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College of Engineering and Computing

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Artificial Intelligence Institute

The institute, created under the recent excellence initiative, is led by Prof. Amit Sheth, a researcher,  educator and entrepreneur. With a proven leadership record of creating world-class research centers and funding record (> $33 million), Sheth launched three companies by licensing his university-developed technologies and advised 30 PhDs who now have highly successful careers in academia, industry research and entrepreneurship.

The institute emphasizes AI applications and impact through extensive interdisciplinary collaborations with 10 colleges and several major centers and active research groups across the university. Each partner group has identified cases involving a significant big data challenge that needs to be solved with AI techniques. Illustrative examples of collaborations initiated by the AI Institute include: 

  • College of Pharmacy (includes the South Carolina Colon Cancer Prevention Network): early onset of colorectal cancer
  • College of Arts and Sciences: recovery and resilience from natural disasters (with Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute), misinformation and radicalization (with the Institute of Mind and Brain)
  • School of Journalism and Mass Communications: social media insights and harassment of journalists (with Social Media Insights Lab)
  • College of Education: using chatbots (virtual agents) for the health of school children through nutrition monitoring and guidance
  • School of Medicine and College of Nursing: personalized digital health (asthma and obesity in children and adults) and health chatbots
  • Arnold School of Public Health: brain imaging (with Aging Brain Cohort and Aphasia Laboratory), identification and management of mental health including depression and suicide ideation

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