Universities and school districts around the nation are struggling to find the most effective ways to continue their instruction amidst an ongoing global pandemic. Whether they open physical locations, move to online learning/NTI (non-traditional instruction), or a blended model of the two, this year's back to school season will be unique to say the least. Going back to school was a hot topic during July's "Back to Business with AI" event hosted by the AI Innovation Consortium (AIIC). In a special lunch panel comprised of PhD students and educators, we learned about the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in higher education and the future workforce.
How is AI Being Used in Your University?
With the next question in line, Nada shared her current experience working in the innovation lab at the University of Louisville. The work pertains mostly to computer vision, image processing and deep learning projects to understand the visual world. She shared an example of one project that uses machine learning to identify make, model and year of cars via a traffic camera.
Chris, while not specifically teaching AI, teaches mechanical engineering and has recently worked used AI in a manufacturing context. Chris and his students applied computer vision technology to detect defects during the manufacturing process of industrial pipes. The computer vision system can identify many different types of defects. This process will ultimately save bad equipment from entering the manufacturing environment and causing damage.
The panel continued on with a question about the gaps of AI training and instruction within the current education system. The panelists agreed that there were many areas for improvement but conceited that with AI being such a new technology, the best way to learn and educate yourself is to stay up to date on current events and industry think-tanks, such as the AIIC. A static curriculum will only get you through the basics, so it's up to students, educators and professionals to continue educating themselves to make the most of this emerging technology.