Maria Zhang

The Iowa Informatics Initiative (UI3) Artificial Intelligence (AI) Symposium was Friday, February 15, 2019 in the University of Iowa (UI) College of Public Health building. UI3 Director Greg Carmichael and UI Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Engineering Initiative for AI Milan Sonka (UI-College of Engineering) welcomed participants. More than 200 informatics professionals from UI and regional industries registered for the event that included 15 invited talks, a poster session, luncheon and co-located tours of the AI and engineering labs. A special AI session of “WorldCanvass” was held February 12.

Invited talks

Michael Abràmoff was the keynote speaker with a speech titled, “AI in Solving Diabetic Retinopathy.” Dr. Abràmoff is the Robert C. Watzke, MD, Professor of Retina Research Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in the UI Carver College of Medicine (CCOM); as well as an internationally-renowned physician, scientist and fellowship-trained specialist. He holds Master of Science degrees in Medicine and Biomedical Informatics, and a Medical Doctorate degree from the University of Amsterdam; plus, a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biomedical Imaging from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. With 13 patents under his belt, he has authored more than 300 papers that have been cited more than 26,000 times. More…

Ibrahim Demir’s talk was titled, “Intelligent Systems and Machine Learning Applications in Environmental Sciences.” Dr. Demir is an assistant professor in both UI Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering departments. He is also a UI3 Cluster Faculty, directs the UI Hydroinformatics Lab, and is specialized in hydroinformatics, scientific visualization and environmental information systems. Demir’s UI3 AI Symposium presentation explained the history of AI, explored a range of applications and offered a glimpse into the future. More…

Daniel McGehee is the director of the National Advanced Driving Simulator Laboratories (NADSL) at the UI, and an associate professor in the departments of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Emergency Medicine, Public Health and Public Policy. His talk was titled, “How Self-Driving Cars Can Be Made Safer.” McGehee leads a team of faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students in an interdisciplinary transportation research program that studies human factors, automotive safety and injury. Previously, he was the director of the Human Factors and Vehicle Safety Research Division at the UI Public Policy Center, and has worked for UI since 1993. McGehee’s UI3 AI Symposium presentation focused on the history of automation in the transportation industry since 1994 when the first study was launched. More…

Michael J. Schnieders is an associate professor of biomedical engineering in the UI College of Engineering. His research involves molecular biophysics theory and high-performance computing (HPC) algorithms needed to reduce the time and cost of engineering drugs and organic biomaterials. His work takes advantage of the 100 Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) on UI’s Argon supercomputer to accelerate the process of discovery. Schnieders holds a D.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and completed postdoctoral fellowships in Chemistry at Stanford and in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. More…

Goce Trajcevski delivered a talk titled, “Deep Learning for Linking Motion and Users in Urban Settings.” Dr. Trajcevski is an associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, and his work with AI involves the identification of mobility patterns with neural networks. Additionally, he is concerned with mobile data management and Moving Objects Databases (MOD); Data Management in Sensor Networks; and Reactive Behavior in Dynamic and Distributed Environments.

Joseph Reinhardt is a professor and department executive officer in the UI Biomedical Engineering Analysis Center, and group leader of the Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging. Dr. Reinhardt has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He explained research involving the structural and functional evaluation of normal and abnormal lung tissue with a presentation titled, “Deep Learning for High-Throughput Lung CT Image Analysis.” Much of the work was conducted by a former PhD student, Sarah Gerard, who graduated in 2018 and is now a shareholder in a local medical image analysis company. The objective of her research was to develop a fully-automated pipeline for pulmonary segmentation in thoracic computed tomography images.

Steven Baek is an assistant professor in the UI Industrial and Systems Engineering program. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Seoul National University. His presentation was titled, “Navigating the Space of Shapes – Through the Lens of Deep Learning.” His research involves the association between physical appearance and economic outcomes.

Matthew Ziegler is Director of HPC and AI Strategy and Architecture at Lenovo. His presentation was titled, “Solving Humanity’s Greatest Problems with AI.”

James Lynch is a principal engineer at HERE Technologies. His presentation was titled, “Big Data, Maps and HERE Technologies.” HERE has been developing mapping technologies for 30 years. They collect about 28 terabytes of data every day in 200 countries that is used to inform geo-spatially explicit applications in most domains and industries.

Xun Zhou is an assistant professor of Management Science at UI. Dr. Zhou holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota. His research involves convolutional neural networks, spatial-temporal big data analytics and mining, spatial databases, and geographic information systems. Applications for his research include urban data/smart cities, public safety and location-based business problems.

Tianbao Yang is an assistant professor of Computer Science at UI. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from Michigan State University. His research involves the development of provable and practical optimization algorithms for solving non-convex problems in machine learning.

Kingston Smith is a managing director at Accenture Technology. Smith’s work has focused on analytics innovation for more than 25 years, and he currently leads Accenture’s Midwest Analytics Practice.

Yuchi Huang is a senior research scientist at ACTNext in Iowa City, Iowa. Huang holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rutgers University. His current research involves automatic generation of multimodal educational resources, multimodal analytics for measurement of complex skills and competencies (such as communication ability and collaborative problem-solving), and automatic photorealistic avatar-generation for human-agent interaction. Biometrics are being used at test centers to verify that the test-taker is actually who they say they are; which prevents fraud (cheating).

Padmini Srinivasan is a professor in the UI computer science department. Dr. Srinivasan holds a Ph.D. from Syracuse University, and her research involves text mining and web-mining for a variety of applications. Dr Srinivasan and colleagues developed a sentence-based literature scanning system called “Ferret,” which acts as a search engine to retrieve and rank sentences (and their documents) which convey gene-centric relationships of interest to researchers.

Kristina Bigsby is a visiting assistant professor in the UI Tippie College of Business. She holds a PhD in Information Science from UI, and participated in the UI3 IGPI program. Dr. Bigsby’s paper titled, “Online and Off the Field: Predicting School Choice in College Football Recruiting from Social Media Data,” was published by Decision Analysis 2017.