Window to leading-edge research: Oregon State’s AI seminars

Rebecca Hutchinson giving an AI seminar

Rebecca Hutchinson, who has appointments in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences at Oregon State University, gives an AI seminar on cross-validation for geospatial problems.

At Oregon State University, the AI seminar series has evolved into a dynamic center of intellectual exchange, drawing diverse audiences from academia and industry. Oregon State is the first university in the country to offer both master’s and doctoral degrees specifically in artificial intelligence. Its strong, multidisciplinary AI graduate program currently boasts 180 students and 33 research faculty.

Aiming to boost industry participation, Oregon State has broadened its outreach to industry professionals, encouraging them to engage in this rewarding initiative. For all involved, the series presents an unmatched opportunity to remain at the forefront of the rapidly advancing AI landscape, to partake in collaborative research, and to network with esteemed academics and emerging talents for potential recruitment.

Embodying the AI program’s uniquely interdisciplinary approach, the AI seminar series covers many topics, including the intricacies of large language models and AI applications in ecological research. This diversity stimulates academic discourse and invites practical insights from various sectors, enriching the learning experience for all.

Series highlights and future topics

The AI seminar series has created a confluence of academic and industrial expertise, showcasing a diverse array of research topics from leading institutions and companies. With sessions highlighting the latest in machine learning, ethics in AI, and the application of AI to various fields such as ecology and microbiome analysis, the series has drawn contributions from esteemed universities such as UC Irvine, the University of Washington, and the University of Toronto, as well as industry giants like Microsoft and Adobe Research. These sessions have pushed the boundaries of AI research, fostering a collaborative environment for exploring innovative AI applications and methodologies. Upcoming seminars will delve into equivariance in learning for perception and strategies for robust adaptation and proactive failure detection.

The participation of industry professionals offers three distinct benefits:

  1. Staying abreast of cutting-edge research: Industry participants can keep up to date with the latest AI research and developments.
  2. Spurring collaborative research: Industry leaders can present pressing research topics, potentially sparking collaborative projects with university researchers.
  3. Networking and recruitment opportunities: The seminars provide an excellent platform for industry professionals to connect with top Ph.D. students and professors from multiple universities, opening doors for future collaborations and recruitment.

Future directions and accessibility

The AI seminar series at Oregon State University is set for significant growth, aiming to enhance accessibility and industry engagement to establish itself further as a pivotal hub for collaboration and innovation within the AI domain. Encompassing a wide array of topics such as large language models, machine learning, ethics, and AI’s extensive applications across various industries, the series seeks to create a vibrant, collaborative ecosystem. It uniquely positions itself as a crucial resource for industry professionals, providing a platform to stay at the forefront of AI’s rapid evolution, foster collaborative research, network with eminent academics, and explore potential recruitment opportunities.

Sign up and explore

To become part of this vibrant AI community, industry professionals are encouraged to subscribe to the Oregon State AI seminar mailing list for updates and information on how to participate. The current schedule, summaries, and videos of past seminars are available for review, providing a glimpse into the rich content and discussions fostered in these seminars.

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March 28, 2024