05 Mar 2020

UH Hilo receives $500K grant to research artificial intelligence interaction with humans

Travis Mandel (Photo credit: Raiatea Arcuri)

A computer scientist at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is the recipient of a more than half-a million-dollar grant from the National Science Foundation aimed at developing new techniques in artificial intelligence (AI). Assistant Professor Travis Mandel, an AI expert, will use the prestigious $549,790 award to enhance research based on human-in-the-loop AI. The techniques are based on how AI and machine learning systems collaborate with humans to solve real-world problems too challenging for either to address alone.

“The goal of this project is to create new algorithms and interaction paradigms that enable humans and artificial intelligence systems to work together, leveraging each other’s strengths to collect better data,” Mandel said.

The National Science Foundation award is expected to have a major impact on research and education on Hawaiʻi Island. The hope is to drive increased interest in science and technology at UH Hilo and showcase the university’s emerging data science program.

“I’m particularly excited about the opportunities this grant will provide for our talented and hardworking undergraduate students to get involved in cutting-edge computer science and data science research,” Mandel said. “The project also includes components that integrate research and education, such as building new data science curriculum and developing interactive video game exhibits at ʻImiloa Astronomy Center and the Hawaiʻi Science and Technology Museum.”

For more go to UH Hilo Stories.