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New Center for AI Learning opens, launches fall programming lineup
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Ashlee Gardner

Wherever you are on your AI journey, at the Center for AI Learning, you’ve come to the right place. Part of Emory's AI.Humanity initiative, the center serves as a community home for AI literacy and integration, bringing Emory students, scholars and staff together with a global community of partners to pave the way to the future.

The Emory community is invited to a ribbon-cutting and open house Sept. 19.

The Emory Center for AI Learning, a community hub dedicated to advancing artificial intelligence literacy across the university, has opened in Woodruff Library and announced a wide-ranging lineup of fall program opportunities for the university community via its new website.

All Emory students, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the center’s official opening during a ribbon-cutting and open house event on Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 5–7 p.m. in the Woodruff Library, Suite 217.

Remarks from Ravi V. Bellamkonda, Emory University’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, and Joe Sutherland, the center’s director, will be followed by a tour of the space and a reception.

“We are excited to open our doors to the Emory community for a first look at the center and our fall programs,” says Sutherland. “The event will feature light hors d'oeuvres, poster presentations for our student learning experiences and an open house walkthrough of the center's facilities and services. AI help desk experts will be on hand to discuss our support services which will include personalized assistance, tailored workshops and later this semester, a library of self-directed learning resources to boost users’ research and teaching.”

The center, a key part of Emory’s AI.Humanity initiative, will offer a variety of learning programs, networking events and support services to facilitate collaborative research, promote experiential learning and nurture community leadership in AI.  

A monthly AI.Humanity Seminar Series will feature TED-style talks delivered by Emory faculty along with opportunities for networking and refreshments. The first seminar will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 3–4:30 p.m. with a talk by Yana Bromberg, professor in the Departments of Biology and Computer Science in Emory College of Arts and Sciences, titled, “Learning the Language of Life from DNA and Proteins.”

“As a co-leader of the center, it is gratifying to see its progression from idea to reality,” says Lance Waller, professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics in the Rollins School of Public Health, who guided the center’s creation along with Cliff Carrubba, chair of the Department of Quantitative Theory and Methods in Emory College of Arts and Sciences.

“In the initial planning stages, we looked at both the AI.Humanity and Student Flourishing initiatives and envisioned the center as a bridge between curriculum and community,” Waller says.“The center will not only promote AI literacy across campus, but it will also provide a hub for students, faculty and staff interested in AI to collaborate and learn from one another.”

Visit the Center for AI Learning website to learn more about upcoming events and how to get involved.

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