Artificial Intelligence (Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Vision)

Research in artificial intelligence (AI), which includes machine learning (ML), computer vision (CV), and natural language processing (NLP), aims to develop and analyze computational approaches to automated reasoning in the presence of uncertainties. Such automated reasoning systems will ultimately enhance human decision making capabilities in complex tasks, through the ability to process large amounts of data efficiently. In some cases automated reasoning can even reliably replace human decision making entirely.

Within the Department of Computer Science our AI/ML research interests span multiple areas: Foundational methods in ML and probabilistic methods (Kwang-Sung JunJason PachecoChicheng Zhang); Natural language processing (Mihai Surdeanu / CLU lab); Inferring statistical models from data with applications in computer vision and scientific data (Kobus Barnard / IVILAB); Enhancing visual representations of complex data (Carlos Scheidegger).

Our group is highly collaborative, both within CS and across the university. The vibrant NSF-funded program for Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science (TRIPODS) fosters collaboration between Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science. Large-scale collaborative projects are common, such as the recent DARPA-funded efforts for Theory of Mind-based Cognitive Architecture for Teams (ToMCAT) and the World Modelers project, which aims to build models of global-scale events.

We encourage you to visit ml.arizona.edu to learn more about AI/ML at the University of Arizona.

Artificial Intelligence Faculty

Eduardo Blanco

Associate Professor Office: GS 739 Interests: Natural language processing (Ph.D., The University of Texas at Dallas, 2011)

Jason Pacheco

Assistant Professor Office: GS 724 Interests: Statistical machine learning, probabilistic graphical models, approximate inference algorithms, and information-theoretic decision making (Ph.D., Brown University, 2016)

Mihai Surdeanu

Associate Professor Office: GS 745 Interests: Natural language processing, applied machine learning, artificial intelligence. (Ph.D., Southern Methodist University, 2001)

Chicheng Zhang

Assistant Professor Office: 720 Interests: Machine learning, learning theory (Ph.D., University of California at San Diego, 2017)

PhD Students

Sushma Anand Akoju

PhD Student Office: GS 710 Interests: Knowledge representation and reasoning, Neuro-symbolic approaches, Information extraction, Question & Answer System, Rule based systems, Automated theorem proving, ML-based Theorem Proving, Logic based systems, Bayesian learning, Uncertainity Advisor: Dr. Mihai Surdeanu

Fahmida Alam

PhD Student Office: GS 749 Interests: Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Computer Security Advisor: Dr. Sazzadur Rahman

Kapilan Balagopalan

PhD Student Office: GS 725 Interests: Machine Learning and Artifical Intelligence Advisor: Dr. Kwang-Sung Jun

Kobus Barnard

Professor (Sabbatical AY22-23) Office: GS 708 Interests: Computer vision, machine learning, scientific applications, multimedia data. (Ph.D., Simon Fraser University, 1999)

Paulo Da Silva Soares

PhD Student Office: N/A Interests: Computer Vision, Social Network Analysis and Machine Learning Advisor: Dr. Kobus Barnard

Eric Duong

PhD Student Office: N/A Interests: Artificial Intelligence (NLP, ML, Vision) Advisor: Dr. Kobus Barnard

Thang Nhat Duong

PhD Student Office: GS 718 Interests: Artificial Intelligence (NLP, ML, Vision) Advisor: Dr. Chicheng Zhang

H. M. Abdul Fattah

PhD Student Office: GS 710 Interests: Natural Language Processing, Question-Answering, Data Mining, Machine Learning Advisor: Dr. Eduardo Blanco

Shahriar Golchin

PhD Student Office: N/A Interests: Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing and Computer Vision Advisor: Dr. Mihai Surdeanu

Alonso Granados

PhD Student Office: GS 725 Interests: Reinforcement Learning, Computer Vision, Probabilistic Graphical Models and Deep Learning Advisor: Dr. Jason Pacheco

Oghenevovwe Ikumariegbe

PhD Student Office: GS 718 Interests: Artificial Intelligence (NLP, ML, Vision), Systems (OS, Networking, Storage, Databases) Advisor:

Md Asiful Islam

PhD Student Office: GS 756 Interests: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning Advisor: Dr. Lei Cao

Kwang-Sung Jun

Assistant Professor Office: GS 746 Interests: Machine Learning (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015)

Dharma KC

PhD Student Office: N/A Interests: Machine Learning and Brain Computer Interface Advisor: Prof. Clayton Morrison

Yichen Li

PhD Student Office: GS 718 Interests: Reinforcement Learning and Imitation Learning Advisor: Dr. Chicheng Zhang

Yinan Li

PhD Student Office: GS 718 Interests: Machine Learning Advisor: Dr. Chicheng Zhang

Zhengzhong Liang

PhD Student Office: GS 710 Interests: Artificial intelligence, Natural Language Processing, Artificial Neural Networks and Question Answering System Advisor: Dr. Mihai Surdeanu

Fan Luo

PhD Student Office: N/A Interests: Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Advisor: Dr. Mihai Surdeanu

Tuan Ngo Nguyen

PhD Student Office: GS 718 Interests: Deep Unsupervised, Semi-supervised, Domain Adaptation, Interpretability Advisor: TBD

Mahdi Rahimi

PhD Student Office: GS 718 Interests: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Robotics Advisor: Dr. Mihai Surdeanu

Haris Riaz

PhD Student Office: GS 710 Interests: Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Neuro-Symbolic AI and Reinforcement Learning Advisor: Dr. Mihai Surdeanu

Jianwei Shen

PhD Student Office: GS 725 Interests: Machine learning Advisor: Dr. Jason Pacheco

Zheng Tang

PhD Student Office: GS 710 Interests: Natural Language Processing, Applied Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Advisor: Dr. Mihai Surdeanu

Robert Vacareanu

PhD Student Office: GS 710 Interests: Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Advisor: Dr. Mihai Surdeanu

Hoang Nguyen Hung Van

PhD Student Office: GS 710 Interests: Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Data Visualization and Question-Answering System Advisor: Dr. Mihai Surdeanu

Zijie Wang

PhD Student Office: GS 710 Interests: Natural language processing, Advisor: Dr. Eduardo Blanco

Manujinda Wathugala

PhD Student Office: N/A Interests: Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing and Distributed Systems Advisor: Dr. Kobus Barnard

Katy Williams

PhD Student Office: N/A Interests: Data Visualization and High-Performance Computing Advisor: Dr. Kate Isaacs

Ariyan Zarei

PhD Student Office: GS 725 Interests: Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Advisor: Dr. Kobus Barnard

Yao Zhao

PhD Student Office: GS 725 Interests: Machine Learning, Bandit Problem and Mathematical Optimization Advisor: Dr. Kwang-Sung Jun