Artificial Intelligence

Millions of people go about their day to day life not really thinking about the magnificent example of artificial intelligence they carry around in their pocket. But it's there, answering your questions when you say "Hey, Siri!" or "Okay, Google!"; tailoring its results specificially to what its algorithms deduct will be the ones you're after. It does so based on its 'knowledge' of you: your behaviour, your previous searches, how long you spend looking at particular websites, what keywords you click on more - and it's all neatly packed into the latest iPhone or Samsung cellphone.

One of the bastions of science fiction, the phrase artificial intelligence conjures up a lot of cool - and sometimes a little scary - images and ideas. Decades ago (and even further back), sci-fi authors created stories that predicted what we might be able to do with technology during today, what was then the future. Arthur C. Clarke's 1968 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, was only a little off the mark when it predicted that one day robots would be able to talk to us, learn from us, and change their behavior based on how we respond.

At Seidenberg, our research into artificial intelligence is exciting and fascinating. Faculty and students collaborate on a wealth of cool projects involving robots and software that delve into areas such as pattern recognition, intelligent agents, data mining, and computer vision. Our Robotics Lab has worked on projects where robots move around an area and digitally render what the area looks like using cameras and software programming. Those digital renderings are shown on a screen, showing that the robot has understood its environment and letting us see through its "eyes".

As well as robotics, artificial intelligence is connected with areas like cybersecurity. For example, pattern recognition can be used to create or crack codes, which has a multitude of applications today. AI and cryptography have an interesting historical link, too. The Turing Test, which can be used to determine whether a machine is truly [artificially] intelligent was created by Alan Turing, a pioneer mathematician, computer scientist, and codebreaker who designed the machine that helped break the Enigma code during World War II.

For those interested in this exciting and ever-growing field, Seidenberg offers a selection of classes and research opportunities.

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