Panelists on stage.

The Evolution of AI

On September 6, 2023, the UB │ AI series launched with an interdisciplinary faculty panel discussion, moderated by Venu Govindaraju, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, and Vice President for Research and Economic Development.

Following introductory remarks from President Satish K. Tripathi and special guest SUNY Chancellor John B. King, Jr., Dr. Govindaraju reflected on the progression of AI and UB's longstanding history of innovation in the field, including the pioneering handwriting recognition system used by the United States Postal Service and UB's new NSF-funded National AI Institute for Exceptional Education. The panelists also discussed AI's potential benefits to society, the reality of AI's ethical concerns and the widespread need for AI literacy. 


  • Christine Wang
    Professor, Learning and Instruction
    Director, Early Childhood Research Center
  • Ciprian "Chip" Ionita
    Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • David Castillo
    Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures
    Co-Director, Center for Information Integrity
  • Ifeoma Nwogu
    Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering
    Co-Director, Graduate Studes, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

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