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February 14, 2023 | Tom Ballard

Gators have plans to leverage AI in curriculum, operations

The University of Florida is exploring the best uses for technology after an alum donated an AI-powered supercomputer.

The University of Florida (UF) has aspirations to build the “nation’s first AI (artificial intelligence) university,” using the technology in the curriculum and to help campus operations.

That’s the word from Provost Joe Glover as captured in this article from GCN. The effort had its origins when Chris Malachowsky, one of the original co-founders of technology company Nvidia and a graduate of the Gainesville-based university, offered officials at UF an AI-powered supercomputer “out of the blue” and asked what they would do with it.

The article explains that one of the first things the school did to embed AI into its operations was build an engine to predict how well students would perform in what Glover called “critical gateway courses,” and whether interventions like coaching, tutoring, or other assistance might be necessary. Now the university is looking to embed AI into its campus security operations and predictive maintenance, and also use the technology to help build a digital twin of the campus.

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