UFIT Awarded Contract with USDA
November 28, 2022
UFIT was recently awarded a multi-year contract to collaborate with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) to deliver AI training. UFIT Research Computing staff will offer sessions using established AI Practicum training modules as as develop new modules in consult with ARS staff. This contract will enhance existing Practicum AI content and allow UFIT to more rapidly build online content for the UF community and beyond. The new modules developed with the USDA will also be available to UF faculty, staff and students, with particular benefit to the IFAS community.
Part of the contract’s funding will be used to hire a new AI training staff member, who will develop the new training modules, deliver in-person sessions, and produce online content for UF’s Professional Workforce Development site.
Eight new, four-hour, beginner and intermediate courses are planned. As well, and in consult with ARS and IFAS, some advanced AI topics are under consideration including areal image analysis, agriculture-specific computer vision, genomics, and agriculture-specific reinforcement learning for robotics.
Production of online content is underway. The in-person content already available to the UF community will be offered to ARS staff starting in Spring 2023. Anyone with questions about UFIT’s contract with the USDA is welcome to email Training and Biocomputing Specialist Dr. Matt Gitzendanner.