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Fall 2022 AI Seminar Series Opens with Dr. Kaleb Smith and Ying Zhang
September 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
AI Advances & Applications Virtual Seminar Series
“AI Research Computing and the AI Tech Center at UF” with Dr. Kaleb Smith, Nvidia, and Ying Zhang, Research Computing
Thursday, September 1, 2022, at noon, virtual via Zoom
Kaleb Smith, Senior Data Scientist, NVIDIA AI Technology Center at UF
“The NVIDIA AI Technology Center (NVAITC) at UF”
The NVAITC was established with UF during the later parts of 2020 with one goal in mind, collaboration of great research with UF researchers. The NVAITC has a worldwide present and totally different entity inside the NVIDIA organization. We, at the NVAITC, are leading research scientist within different domains and applications where we look for researchers to do meaningful research that will lead to not only community impact but top tier publications, increasing grants won, and pushing UF rankings to Top 5 across all metrics. This talk will discuss more on what the NVAITC is, what we hope to accomplish by being at UF, how you can be apart of the NVAITC, and much more on why NVIDIA is here at UF.
Dr. Kaleb Smith has a PhD in machine learning from the Florida Institute of Technology focusing on deep learning generative methods for time series data. He currently works at NVIDIA as a senior Data Scientist working with Higher Education and Research labs across the country. Specifically, he runs the NVIDIA AI Technology Center located at the University of Florida. There he has trained large language models (BERT 9B models, GPT3 20B models), and worked on AI applications in remote sensing, clinical/research neuroscience, architectural design, and smart city planning. He worked full time while doing his PhD running an AI prototype lab for a DOD/IC contractor. He grew the department from just himself with no funding, to twelve scientists/developers and $5 million in contracts. Before that, Kaleb was a ML/AI subject matter expert at MITRE, a federally funded research development company in their emerging technologies sector.
Ying Zhang, AI Team Lead, Research Computing, UFIT
“AI at UFIT Research Computing”
Research Computing (RC) is a department at UF Information Technology and the home of HiPerGator and HiPerGator AI – the world’s most powerful AI supercomputer. To support UF’s campus-wide AI initiative, RC established an AI Service Team in 2020 to provide AI research facilitation and AI consulting services for UF researchers. In addition, the team hosts year-round AI training and education events for UF and its partner institutions. This presentation will provide an overview on RC’s AI services including the AI computing resources, software infrastructure, consulting services, and training and education opportunities. It will also highlight several AI projects that have been conducted on HiPerGator AI and supported by RC AI Team.
Ying Zhang has MS degrees in Computer Science and Remote Sensing. She is currently the AI team lead at Research Computing, a department at UF Information Technology. She and her team work with faculty research groups and provide consultations in AI research and application projects in medicine, engineering, basic science, education, and humanity. Partnering with Nvidia, the team delivers AI training courses at different competency levels for UF and its partner institutions. She also assists researchers in running high performance computing (HPC) applications with high efficiency on HiPerGator, UF’s supercomputing clusters. Prior to joining UF, she worked at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Renaissance Computing Institute as a Senior Research Programmer and program manager. She developed software tools for performance analysis, tuning, and optimization for parallel applications, and managed DOE sponsored HPC projects.