Supporting Women in High Performance Computing and AI

To celebrate and promote women’s participation in high performance computing and artificial intelligence, UF Information Technology is hosting a Women in HPC & AI panel discussion and luncheon event on Thursday, December 1, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. This in-person panel will be held in the UF Informatics Institute (CSE Room E252) and is free, but pre-registration is required. Lunch is included with your registration. The panelists are:

Dr. Bonnie Dorr, Professor, Department of Computer & Information Science Engineering
Dr. Mei He, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutics
Dr. Heidi Boisvert, Assistant Professor, School of Theatre+Dance
Dr. Sarah Moeller, Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics

Space for the event is limited. Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) is an international organization working to build a diverse and inclusive workforce by promoting the role of women in computing. UF’s Women in HPC & AI is the local chapter of WHPC. Its aim is to offer mentoring opportunities and resources for female students, faculty, and staff while building a strong cross-disciplinary professional network across UF. Anyone with questions is welcome to email Applications Specialist and AI Support Team Lead Ying Zhang.

AI Learning Options and Club Activities

Artificial intelligence is more than a buzzword: it is now an integral part of the UF  learning experience. With UF’s AI Initiative, students pursuing any major can gain valuable experience in machine learning through student AI certificates, academic courses, events, and organizations. Some of the Gator AI opportunities available, regardless of major, include:

Taking the “Frontiers in AI” Course
This 1-credit, online course (BSC2930) give students a high-level overview of artificial intelligence and machine learning terminology. Students will hear from guest speakers in a variety of science and non-science disciplines talk about how they are using AI. The course also includes lessons on AI fairness, equity, and ethics in AI.

AI Certificate
UF offers the Certificate in AI Fundamentals and Applications to undergraduates. All students can benefit from learning the basic applications of AI, and completing this 9-credit certificate is a great way to augment your degree-seeking program.

AI Clubs and Organizations
Students have networking and training opportunities in AI and high performance computing (HPC) through campus organizations like the GAITOR Club and Women in HPC and AI. Get involved with these AI-focused organizations to start or build on your AI journey.