UT Knoxville joins new SEC AI and data science consortium

April 6, 2022 – The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is one of 14 Southeastern Conference member universities forming a new artificial intelligence consortium. The consortium is designed to develop opportunities in the rapidly evolving fields of AI and data science, which are expected to be fundamental to the future of industry, education and research. It is believed to be the first athletics conference collaboration to focus on AI for workforce development.

“Artificial intelligence and data science have universal applications, and we are proud to partner with SEC universities to lead teaching and research in these emerging areas,” said Provost and Vice Chancellor Principal John Zomchick. “The consortium will create exciting opportunities for our faculty, staff and students to explore AI and data science and shape their future.”

Through the SEC AI Consortium, SEC universities will share educational resources such as course materials, certificate and degree program structures, and online presentations of seminars and courses; promote workshops and academic conferences for faculty, staff and students; and seek joint partnerships with industry. Additionally, universities will share best practices to ensure students graduate with AI and data science skills that benefit the region and country while resonating globally.

“This consortium recognizes the rapid progress and increased applications of AI and data technology across all sectors of society, and it ensures that our students are ready to thrive in a workforce in which the AI should play an increasingly important role,” said the University of Georgia. Chairman Jere W. Morehead, the current Chairman of the SEC. “With this effort, SEC institutions are also answering the call of local, state and federal leaders who recognize the importance of improved training and workforce development to retain global competitiveness. the United States.”

SEC mini-conference on artificial intelligence

A virtual mini-conference for interested SEC faculty members will be held on April 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. It will provide an introduction to the SEC AI Consortium; a focus on integrating AI into any department, discipline, or major; and discussion time in disciplinary focus groups on current and future opportunities to add AI to existing curricula. Register online.

Source: UT Knoxville News

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