Spring 2021 AI Webinars

UMaine AI Seed Grants Reports
The live event will be held on Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

Moderated by Ali Abedi, UMaine Associate Vice President for Research

Speakers Include:

Sepideh Ghanavati, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Caitlin Howell, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Salimeh Yasaei Sekeh, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Roy Turner, Associate Professor of Computer Science

AI for Agriculture
The live event will be held on Thursday, April 1st, 2021 

Moderated by Susan MacKay, Senior R&D Program Manager, UMaine Advanced Structures and Composites Center 

Speakers Included:
Steven Thomson, National Program Leader, NIFA
Naresh Devineni, Associate Professor, CUNY
Aadith Moorthy, ConserWater Technologies, Founder & CEO

AI for Manufacturing and Materials
The live webinar was held on Thursday, March 4th, 2021

Moderated by Ali Abedi, University of Maine Associate Vice President for Research

Vincent Paquit, Data Analytics Lead-Manufacturing Demonstration Facility Group Leader-Energy System Analytics
Andy Henderson, Praemo, CTO
Tony Schmitz, Professor, Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Kurt Goodwin, Managing Member Chief Engineer, Good Wind, LLC; Senior Advisor at Beehive3D, Inc.

Fall 2020 AI Webinars

Advances in Artificial Intelligence
The live event was held on Thursday, September 3rd, 2020

Rebecca Hwa, National Science Foundation, Program Director
Kaushik Chowdhury, Associate Director of the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things, Northeastern University
Fawzi Behmann, North American Director of IEEE Communications Society

Applications of AI in Business, Industry, Government, Healthcare, and Environment
The live event was held on Thursday, October 1st, 2020

Mohamad Musavi, Associate Dean, College of Engineering, UMaine
Owen McCarthy, President, and Co-founder of MedRhythms Inc.
Somayeh Khosroadzad, Signal Processing Specialist, Activas Diagnostics LLC

Education and Workforce Development
The live event was held on Thursday, November 5th, 2020

Yifeng Zhu, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UMaine
Torsten Hahmann, Associate Professor of Computing and Information Science, UMaine 
Walter Rawle, Chair IEEE Maine Section

Social, Ethical, Policy, and Legal Considerations
The live event was held on Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

Manuel Woersdoerfer, Assistant Professor of Computing and Information Science, UMaine
Leigh Saufley, Dean of the University of Maine School of Law
Jim Isaak, Past President of IEEE Computer Society, IEEE NH Section Chair

April 2020 UMaine Artificial Intelligence Webinar

Recorded on April 29, 2020, this two-hour webinar is for the Maine business community, policymakers, attorneys, healthcare providers, and other members of the public. The following topics were covered by a panel of experts, led by a moderator for each session. 

Note: Times indicate the start of each session within the video. View transcript of the Maine AI Webinar.  


Introduction by University of Maine Vice President Ali Abedi and opening remarks by President Joan Ferrini-Mundy.

(4:00) Advances in Artificial Intelligence – Moderator: Terry Yoo, Associate Professor of Computer Science, UMaine 

    • (5:25) Roy Turner, Associate Professor of Computer Science, UMaine. Turner slides (PDF)
    • (10:50) Salimeh Yasaei Sekeh, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, UMaine. Sekeh slides (PDF)
    • (16:00) Carla Brodley, Dean of Khoury College of Computer Sciences, Northeastern University.

(32:00) Applications of AI in Business, Industry, Government, Healthcare and Environment – Moderator: Ali Abedi, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Assistant Vice President for Research, UMaine. Abedi slides (PDF) 

    • (36:30) Kay Aikin, Co-founder of Introspective Systems. Aikin slides (PDF)
    • (43:00) Sepideh Ghanavati, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, UMaine. Ghavanati slides (PDF)
    • (47:30) Yonggang “Tim” Lu, Harold Alfond Associate Professor of Business Analytics, Maine Business School. Lu slides (PDF)
    • (51:45) Auroop Ganguly, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Director of the Sustainability and Data Science Laboratory, Northeastern University. Ganguly slides (PDF)

(1:02:00) Education and Workforce Development – Moderator: Penny Rheingans, Director of the School of Computing and Information Science, UMaine

(1:29:30) Social, Ethical, Policy and Legal Considerations – Moderator: Shaleen Jain, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UMaine

    • (1:32:30) Jim Isaak, Past President of IEEE Computer Society. Isaak slides (PDF)
    • (1:39:27) Harlan Onsrud, Professor of Spatial Informatics, UMaine. Onsrud slides (PDF)
    • (1:43:50) Peter Guffin, Co-Director of the Information Privacy Program, University of Maine School of Law. Guffin slides (PDF)

To view a list of questions asked during the AI Webinar and panelist responses, please visit the Webinar Q&A webpage.

Organized by: UMaine AI

Sponsored by: University of Maine

Contact: um.ai@maine.edu