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USF AI+X Network

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The USF AI+X Network connects faculty researchers and industry leaders in artificial intelligence to tackle new challenges and questions in this ever-evolving field. The network continues the conversations begun at USF’s AI+X Corporate Forum in February 2020. For more information or to join the network, please email

The network's first virtual meeting will highlight the work of two USF researchers and a company that recently opened a new human-centered Artificial Intelligence Experience lab in Tampa. Participants will have the opportunity to share updates and connect with other members of the AI+X Network to tackle new challenges and questions in this evolving field. 

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                                     Featured Presenters

Shaun Canavan

Dr. Shaun Canavan
Assistant Professor, Computer Science & Engineering

Dr. Canavan is a member of the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Group. His research interests include facial and sketch recognition, expression analysis, human computer interaction, and facial feature detection and tracking.

John Licato

Dr. John Licato
Assistant Professor, Computer Science & Engineering

Dr. Licato is the director of the Advancing Machine and Human Reasoning (AMHR) Lab. He is primarily interested in human-level cognitive and logical reasoning, and specializes in natural language processing. He is a 2017 awardee of the AFOSR Young Investigator's Project grant.

Adriana Avakian

Adriana Avakian
Founder & CEO, TheIncLab

Founded in 2015, TheIncLab (TIL) is the first human-centered artificial intelligence experience lab. TIL’s award-winning, multi-disciplinary team is focused on designing and developing AI-enabled systems that learn and collaborate with humans.

    About the USF Institute for Artificial Intelligence + X

The Institute for Artificial Intelligence + X is a university wide research and education center for Artificial Intelligence. The goal is to establish a world-class academic R&D center at the University of South Florida to conduct externally-funded research in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and associated areas (X = Healthcare, Medicine, Cybersecurity, Finance, Business, Manufacturing, Transportation) using a transdisciplinary approaches. The Institute works with industry to transition this research into products that benefit humanity in an ethical and responsible manner.

                                       INSTITUTE LEADERSHIP

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Dr. Sudeep Sarkar
Co-Director, USF Institute for AI+X

Dr. Sarkar has more than 25-year expertise in computer vision and pattern recognition algorithms and systems, holds 10 U.S. patents, licensed technologies, and has published high-impact journal and conference papers. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR), American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering AIMBE, and a Fellow and member of the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Inventors. 

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Dr. Larry Hall
Co-Director, USF Institute for AI+X

Lawrence O. Hall received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Florida State University and a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from the Florida Institute of Technology. He is a fellow of the IEEE, AAAS, AIMBE, and IAPR. His research interests lie in learning from big data, distributed machine learning, medical image understanding, bioinformatics, pattern recognition, modeling imprecision in decision making, and integrating AI into image processing