Michigan Technological University is showcasing its advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and how it is being incorporated into research during a three-day event called Showcase AI. The event features technology demonstrations, speakers, panel discussions, and displays of student and faculty research. It is organized by Tech’s College of Computing and Institute of Computing and Cybersystems.
The showcase aims to demonstrate the role computing plays across various disciplines, including mechanical engineering and social sciences. Over 75 faculty members from different colleges on campus are part of the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems. Their research spans areas such as data science, human-computer interaction, and biocomputing. Additionally, Tech is working towards establishing a new center focused on AI.
This year’s showcase focuses specifically on artificial intelligence, a topic that has gained widespread attention due to applications such as ChatGPT and autonomous vehicles. During the opening speech at the Great Lakes Research Center, College of Computing Dean Dennis Livesay highlighted the importance of AI in various fields, emphasizing that computing plays a crucial role in advancing freshwater ecology and health.
The event commenced with a poster session at the Great Lakes Research Center, where Tech students and faculty presented their AI-related projects and research findings. One study demonstrated how AI used in a mixed-reality system could reduce energy consumption by more than 40% in connected vehicles. Another project showcased AI’s ability to detect real-time trespassing in railroad yards within 90 seconds.
The showcase also included a panel discussion moderated by Tim Havens, the director of the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems. The panelists discussed AI’s impact on academia and industry, including its role in the upcoming presidential election. They highlighted the need for people to be aware of AI’s presence and to always verify their sources to counteract misinformation. The discussion also touched on the practical applications of AI and the importance of setting realistic expectations for AI performance.
In addition to the showcase, the College of Computing held an induction ceremony for its Honor Academy, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the field. The Institute of Computing and Cybersystems also presented Achievement Awards to individuals for their outstanding work.
The three-day event will continue with various activities, including casting demonstrations by Waupaca Foundry and a keynote address by Automation Alley CEO Tom Kelly. The showcase aims to provide a platform for knowledge exchange and collaboration in the field of AI.
For more information about Showcase AI and its schedule of events, visit mtu.edu/icc/events/showcase-ai.