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UGA ramps up data science and AI hiring initiative

Mike Wooten

The University of Georgia is expanding a strategic faculty hiring initiative aimed at attracting leading scholars in the fields of data science and artificial intelligence.

UGA initially planned to recruit 50 faculty members when it launched the Presidential Interdisciplinary Faculty Hiring Initiative in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence in 2021. Now the university is expanding the initiative to include an additional 20 faculty positions in two interdisciplinary areas: (1) computational social sciences and (2) data science, AI and virtual reality in teaching and learning.

“The Presidential Hiring Initiative in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence is bringing world-class scholars to the University of Georgia, where they are working together to find answers to vital questions,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “The expansion of this strategic initiative will further position UGA as an interdisciplinary hub for scholarship and collaboration in areas of critical importance to our state, nation and world.”

Data science and AI are broad fields that involve the generation, storage, processing and analysis of massive data sets. New faculty hired as part of UGA’s initiative will work at the intersection of data science and AI and across a variety of disciplines. The expanded initiative features four multidisciplinary clusters that focus on broad themes: social and behavioral dynamics of health, well-being and security; applied social science interventions for communities; translational education research in health professions; and leveraging data science and AI to advance teaching and learning.

Schools and colleges represented in the new round of hires include the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Public and International Affairs, the College of Public Health, the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, the School of Social Work, the Mary Frances Early College of Education, the College of Pharmacy and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

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