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The Artificial Intelligence Frontier

Harnessing Artificial Intelligence for Intelligence Augmentation >>>

Building on expertise in artificial intelligence, data science, systems engineering, neuroscience, human factors, robotics, immersive visualization, and education, among others, to accelerate human-technology partnerships toward seamless augmentation, ethically and sustainably.

Defending against the dark side of technology

Assistant Professor Bimal Viswanath and his colleagues have amassed one of the largest datasets of AI-manipulated media in existence to explore methods of detecting and disarming weaponized media and toxic misinformation campaigns.

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A National Priority

The National Artificial Intelligence Initiative was established by the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act of 2020 on January 1, 2021. The main purposes of the initiative are to ensure continued U.S. leadership in artificial intelligence (AI) research and development lead the world in the development and use of trustworthy AI systems in public and private sectors; prepare the present and future U.S. workforce for the integration of artificial intelligence systems across all sectors of the economy and society; and coordinate ongoing AI activities across all federal agencies, to ensure that each informs the work of the others.

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Simulating self-driving security

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative in Southwest Virginia are working with university-affiliated company Global Center for Automotive Performance Simulation to build a massive virtual data library to help secure autonomous vehicles against cyber-attacks.

Jonathan Darab, operations director at a Virginia Tech-affiliated automotive simulation company, speaks to participants at the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative Technology Showcase at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute in June. Photo by Jacob Levin for Virginia Tech.

Mapping the future of 6G

Professors Walid Saad and Harpreet Dhillon are developing technologies that use current wireless systems, as well as emerging wireless systems such as 6G, to “view” and map the surrounding environment and identifies obstacles that may interfere with radio frequency signals.

Walid Saad (at left) and Harpreet Dhillon

Artificial Intelligence Research Areas

  • 56 / 6G / Next G Communications
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Advance Driver Assistance Systems
  • Automated Driving Systems
  • Computer Vision
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Deep Learning
  • Expert Systems
  • Evolutionary Computation
  • Forecasting
  • Future of Work
  • Human Computation
  • Internet of Things
  • Machine Learning
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Neuromorphic Computing
  • Neural Networks
  • Smart Manufacturing
  • Smart Cities
  • Robotics

Artificial Intelligence Research Experts

From robotics to deep learning to computer vision, Virginia Tech researchers are making advances and shaping the future of artifical intelligence.

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Luke Achenie

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Laura Freeman

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Naren Ramakrishnan

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Daphne Yao

Virginia Tech Artificial Intelligence Research Sponsors

Artificial Intelligence Research Teams

Talented faculty and students are developing cutting edge research that is leading to Virginia Tech’s rise as a global destination for artificial intelligence knowledge and discovery. Virginia Tech’s artificial intelligence footprint is growing — first with the Blacksburg campus’ capabilities with emerging Washington D.C. metro area strengths.

Artificial Intelligence News

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    'Curious Conversations' podcast: Louis Hickman talks about AI and the hiring process , article

    Hickman joined “Curious Conversations” to talk about the use of artificial intelligence (AI) during the hiring process. He shared the ways in which AI has long been a part of the process, the findings from his research on AI evaluating automated video interviews, and some tips on how job seekers can leverage the technology to improve their job hunts.

    Date: May 06, 2024
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    Laura Freeman, deputy director of Virginia Tech’s National Security Institute and featured speaker at the expo’s Talent Marketplace, will share how the institute is preparing the present and future U.S. workforce for the integration of artificial intelligence systems across all sectors of the economy and society.  Photo by Bill Petros for Virginia Tech
    Virginia Tech to exhibit at the AI Expo for National Competitiveness , article

    Chaired by former chief executive officer of Google Eric Schmidt, the expo serves as a forum for industry, government, and academic research entities to exhibit some of the latest technological breakthroughs in areas such as artificial intelligence, biotech, energy, networks, compute, microelectronics, manufacturing, and augmented reality.

    Date: May 03, 2024
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    Should chatbots chime in on climate change? , article

    An interdisciplinary research team tested ChatGPTs accuracy talking about three climate change-related hazards – tropical storms, floods, and droughts – in 191 countries.

    Date: Apr 30, 2024

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