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Environmental Artificial Intelligence Faculty Cluster

The Environmental AI cluster will strengthen and expand UGA’s position as a global leader in atmospheric, terrestrial, and oceanic processes across wide-ranging spatial and temporal scales. UGA is seeking to build on its existing core strengths in big data analyses and multi-scale modeling of earth and marine systems, paleoclimate, and human-environmental change and organizational complexity by developing innovative computational and statistical methodologies to advance understanding of ecosystem resilience and to support climate science and sustainability.

The University of Georgia (UGA) is hiring a cluster of six tenure-track or tenured faculty in Environmental Artificial Intelligence (AI) through a Presidential Faculty Hiring Initiative over two years with three positions to start August 2022, and three positions to start August 2023.  The faculty positions are distributed over the following four departments within Franklin College of Arts and Sciences: Department of Geography, Department of Marine Sciences, Department of Statistics and the Department of Anthropology.  

This hiring cluster is aimed at:

  1. advancing machine learning capabilities in sensor networks and remotely sensed data;
  2. simulating and evaluating environmental responses at multiple scales and to plan for resource management strategies; and
  3. evaluating relationships between environmental forcing mechanisms and responses.

Collectively, these new faculty members will contribute to the understanding of ecosystem resiliency in the face of sea-level rise, increasingly extreme weather events, and ocean warming and acidification, as these are the most challenging and pressing research problems of our time. It has vast implications for decision-makers and the public for adapting to and mitigating environmental change. To facilitate interaction among these researchers each faculty member will join the existing Environmental AI working group and be encouraged to collaborate with faculty in related research centers or institutes across campus. In the coming years, UGA will hire a total of 50 faculty in eight different clusters through this broad initiative focused on data science and artificial intelligence.

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