Penn State's Leadership in Artificial Intelligence Research

Penn State's Leadership in Artificial Intelligence Research

Once the fodder of science fiction books and movies, Artificial intelligence -- AI -- and machine learning are making an impact on nearly every facet of society. Penn State’s Institute for CyberScience are among Penn State’s research leaders who are both using AI in their work and studying ways to make sure that the technology’s societal impact is as safe and as beneficial as possible. In a video produced by students in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communication, four ICS researchers who investigate artificial intelligence discuss the importance of research into this technology. Shomir Wilson, assistant professor of Information Science and Technology and ICS affiliate, uses natural language processing, a branch of AI, to help computers to do meaningful work with large volumes of natural language text. Melissa Gervais, assistant professor of meteorology and atmospheric science and ICS co-hire, is increasingly using AI in her research on climate and weather variability. Shaun Mahony, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and ICS associate, employs machine learning to study gene regulation. S. Shyam Sundar, James P. Jimirro Professor of Media Effects, co-director of the Media Effects Research Laboratory and ICS affiliate, is looking at how AI can help people detect fake news. CommAgency is a student-run production agency that serves as a low-cost media agency for the University. The agency specializes in video, photography, strategy and branded content creation.

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