University of Rhode Island Opens Artificial Intelligence Lab
NEC member University of Rhode Island (URI) opened a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) Lab this fall on the first floor of their Robert L. Carothers Library. The lab, funded by a $143,065 grant from The Champlin Foundation, is accessible to all URI students and is believed to be the first library-located AI lab in the nation.
Students interested in using the lab must go through a process of preparation that starts with registration and training. Once the lab is operational, the management team plans on coordinating events for faculty and students, such as workshops and hackathons. The lab will be comprised of three zones: AI Workstations for Individualized Learning, Hands-on Project Bench, and IA Hub for Collaborative Thinking.
Dr. Kunal Mankodiya, assistant professor in URI’s Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering, said, “We have worked out a plan to invite other faculty to leverage this facility in their own curriculum. Many times, the students have less resources to execute their projects. In this case, the AI Lab becomes an important venue to engage and convert their ideas into things. In other words, the AI Lab will enable students to make things that can think.”
The NEC congratulates URI on this exciting new addition to their campus and commends them on their commitment to exploring this new technology.