Empowering Women in HPC and AI

Even as artificial intelligence (AI) and high performance computing (HPC) jobs grow, the gender imbalance remains strong. According to a 2020 World Economic Forum report, women fill only 26% of AI positions. To strengthen the engagement of women involved in AI and supercomputing, UF recently launched its chapter of Women in HPC. The WHPC chapter will offer educational opportunities, networking, and foster community across disciplines for female faculty, staff, and students.

To celebrate the chapter launch, UFIT is hosting the first Women in HPC and AI panel on Tuesday, Oct. 5, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. The virtual panel features four distinguished faculty and a senior Medical AI member of NVIDIA:

Alina Zare, Professor, Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
Jasmine McNealy, Associate Professor, College of Journalism and Communications
Ragnhildur Bjarnadottir, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
Tina Tallon, Assistant Professor, College of the Arts
Mona Flores, Global Head of Medical AI, NVIDIA

Panelists will discuss their experiences in the field and share career advice. Participants can ask questions during the Q&A session following the panel discussion. This event is free, but registration is required. Everyone in UF’s community is welcome to attend. To become a member of the UF WHPC chapter, please complete the form on the WHPC website and select “University of Florida” on the chapter list.

Infusing AI Into the Undergraduate Experience

According to a study by Gartner, artificial intelligence (AI) job creation will reach two million net-new jobs in 2025. To prepare graduates for an AI-enabled workforce, UF has begun integrating AI across the curriculum. Every student now has the opportunity to develop a competency in AI regardless of their field of study.

Several new and existing courses include AI in their syllabi. The UF AI website provides a list of all AI-related majors, minors, and courses. Students can also complete a certificate in AI Fundamentals and Applications. The program is available for undergraduates of all majors, and requires a fundamentals course, an ethics course, and one college-specific course.

To learn about applications of AI across the university, students can attend seminars, workshops, and other events. The Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR) is hosting a virtual Artificial Intelligence in Research workshop on April 14, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Denisse Ventura, one of the CUR ambassadors organizing the event, said that all current undergraduates could benefit from understanding AI:

“Not only would students be equipped with skills that can make them more competitive in the job market, but they would also bring unique perspectives that can better diversify the growing research area.”

Sharing UF’s AI Journey with the World

Enhancements to UF’s https://ai.ufl.edu/ website (AI) debuted on January 26. The site now more fully showcases UF’s commitment to integrate AI across academic, research, and outreach efforts. The Office of Strategic Communications and Marketing partnered with UFIT’s Web Services to bring about the site enhancements.

“The story we want to share digitally is one that encompasses all aspects of AI at UF,” notes Melanie Schramm, assistant vice president for strategic communications. “UF’s AI Initiative touches on every aspect of the university. Working with UFIT, this site will help us share information and discoveries with stakeholders around the world.”

The new design features a restructured homepage with content blocks dedicated to university-wide research and announcements. Two new tabs have been added: the Industry tab details UF’s investments in solidifying its role as the first “AI University,” while the News tab lists updates and events from departments and units. Students can also check out the chart on the Academics tab that lists all new and enhanced undergraduate and graduate courses that include AI components. The popular Calendar link lists the symposia, trainings, webinars, and other events focusing on AI across the enterprise. UF Human Resources also has a Jobs page dedicated solely to the AI-focused faculty and staff positions available with the university.