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Multiple Faculty Positions at UofSC AI Institute

The Artificial Intelligence (AI) Institute (http://ai.sc.edu) is a new university-wide institute engaged in core AI research, as well as high-impact interdisciplinary research involving AI implementations and applications. It is an outcome of the university’s Presidential Excellence Initiative, which seeks to bring national prominence to our college and university through AI research and its economic impact. This institute is the newest strategic focus area for the College and comes on the heel of other strategic hiring initiatives that have resulted in the addition of 30 new tenured or tenure track faculty since August 2017. We seek multiple tenured and tenure-track faculty members at all ranks and in all core-AI subareas, including scholars in interdisciplinary fields at the intersection of AI with computational engineering disciplines.
  • For core-AI: Applicant is required to possess a Ph.D. degree in computer science or a closely related field by the beginning date of employment and have a demonstrated superior record of research accomplishments.
  • For interdisciplinary AI: Applicant is required to possess a Ph.D. degree in one of the areas/departments covered by the College by the beginning date of employment and have a demonstrated expertise and impact in AI implementations and applications.
  • The successful applicant is expected to develop internationally-recognized, externally-funded research programs that: (1) broaden the institution’s strengths, (2) leverage exceptional interdisciplinary collaboration opportunities (the AI Institute has collaborations with other UofSC colleges, including public health, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, information and communication, education, and arts and science, and (3) align with vital college-level, cross-cutting research themes, including smart & connected communities, transformative computing, healthcare transformations, and agile manufacturing (for example, see http://bit.ly/AIInst).
  • The successful applicant is expected to demonstrate evidence of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service efforts.
Research areas of special interest include:
  • Human in the loop or knowledge-enhanced AI, deep learning, natural language processing, question-answering/conversational AI, brain-inspired computing, semantic/cognitive/perceptual computing;
  • AI and Big data - including social, sensor, biological, and health - and scalable computing/analysis of big data;
  • AI and computer vision, robotics, cyber-physical systems, human-computer interaction including personal digital/assistive technology, autonomous vehicles, etc.
The faculty will have the appointment with the new AI Institute and will have a tenure and teaching home with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering or another department in the College of Engineering and Computing (http://cec.sc.edu/). For example, a core-AI position may have tenure-track or tenured appointment in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The departments generally offer B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees as well as certificates on specialized topics in respective areas. CEC is ranked among top 100 engineering colleges in the nation, and has many NSF CAREER Award recipients (e.g., Computer Science & Engineering has 10 recipients). Teaching load is very attractive and appropriate for developing a robust research program. The AI Institute has exceptional computational infrastructure and resources. The first phase of a 20,000 sq. ft. space will be ready for Fall 2020. Contact Prof. Amit Sheth (amit@sc.edu) for more information. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2019 and continue until positions are filled. Expected start date January 1, 2020 or later. Interested applicants must apply online at http://uscjobs.sc.edu/postings/67450 with a: (1) letter of intent, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) concise description of research plans, (4) teaching plan, and (5) names and contact information of 3 references for a junior faculty rank and 5 references for a senior faculty rank (references can be contacted later in the process for a senior position). The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions. Posted on ACM jobs board.

Dr. Bakos Receives NSF Grant Award

Please congratulate Austin Downey (PI) and Jason Bakos (Co-PI) for receiving a collaborative NSF grant. This is a collaborative grant with Iowa State University and UofSC is the lead institution. Austin Downey (PI) is from Mechanical Engineering and Jason Bakos from Computer Science and Engineering. The project is titled "A Programming Model and Platform Architecture for Real-time Machine Learning for Sub-second Systems". This project develops and evaluates novel frameworks for achieving real-time machine learning; that is, for a given target application that is producing a lot of data, how to process that data to concurrently prediction what comes next while learning from the past data at the same pace of the target application.

Dr. Hu Receives Research Award from the Department of Energy

We are happy to report that Dr. Jianjun Hu, along with collaborators Qi Wang (PI), Sophya Garashchuk, Linda Shimizu, and Chuanbing Tang, have received a research award from the Department of energy for their project titled "Data-science enabled investigation of the mechanisms for multiscale ion transport in functional electrolytes and for the radical generation in crystalline assemblies"

Dr. Hu Receives Research Award from NSF

Dr. Jianjun Hu has received a research grant from the National Science Foundation for work on his work in Machine Learning on the project "Thermal Materials Discovery via Deep Learning based High-Throughput Computational Screening".

Glaeser is NSF Graduate Fellow, Edwards gets Honorable Mention

We are excited to report that Noemi Glaeser (Computer Science Senior) has been named a 2019 NSF Graduate Research Fellow. Also, William Edwards (Computer Science Senior) was selected for an Honorable Mention in this prestigious graduate fellowship competition. The National Science Foundation has awarded 2,050 three-year Graduate Research Fellowships of approximately $138,000 each to outstanding college and university students for the year 2019. Since 1952, NSF has provided fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering.

Full Press Release

UofSC’s 2019 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Winners and Honorable Mentions One UofSC undergraduate student, two graduate students, and seven alumni have been awarded 2019 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships (GRF). Current South Carolina senior Noemi Glaeser, graduate students Kaitlyn Pilarzyk and Luke Wilde, and alumni Vincent Esposito, Abigail Herschman, Colman Moore, Shrusti Patel, Adrian Perez, Samantha Stewart, and Heather Struckman have all been named NSF GRF Fellows. Two other current students, William Edwards and Sarah Zajovits, as well as three alumni, Justin DuRant, Jonathan Keefe, and Elizabeth Rizor were selected for Honorable Mentions in this prestigious graduate fellowship competition. The National Science Foundation has awarded 2,050 three-year Graduate Research Fellowships of approximately $138,000 each to outstanding college and university students for the year 2019. Since 1952, NSF has provided fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering.

2019 Backers and Hackers Winners

The winning team for 2019 Backers and Hackers is Nathan Pavlovsky and Sadegh Sadeghi Tabas (Backer) for their app LineSkip, an app that allows users to bypass long frustrating lines at popular social events like bars, nightclubs, exhibits, museums, sporting events, and other attractions. Users will be able to purchase tickets for a given one-hour time slot and pay for the privilege of cutting the line. Backers and Hackers is a completely student-run initiative organized by the Entrepreneurship Club and the College of Engineering and Computing at USC. The program brings together Columbia’s entrepreneurial community and USC’s mobile app development students to transform app ideas into reality.

Second place went to Russell Burckhalter, Kendrick Dubose, Zac Miller for their app HotSpot, which is an event parking app that lets everyday people rent out their driveways near events like football stadiums to event goers. Event goers can reserve and purchase spots ahead of time, making parking a positive and simple experience instead of a possible nightmare.

Third place to Allen Sanamandra, Ishita Thumati , Sumith K S, Prasad Puttaswamy, Roshan Joseph, Venkat Kotha for their app DailyCook, a mobile app based startup idea which helps individuals interested in cooking to sell their food. The app also provides a platform for food donation thus helping people to find free food around them. Backers&Hackers are co-organized by CSCE546, a mobile app development course at the Department of Computer Science & Engineering. The apps are developed as the final projects for the course. We are always looking for clients/backers and app ideas as final projects for next year's course. If you want an app built for you, for free, or want to collaborate with app development, please contact Dr. Hu (jianjunh A.T sc.edu).

Ying Meng Awarded Diversity Grant

Graduate Student Ying Meng has been awarded an Operational Machine Learning (OpML) '19 Diversity Grant that provides registration fee coverage and travel support for the conference.