March 7, 2024- Math Information Retrieval: What We Have & What We Need

12:00 p.m. (EDT) – 1:00 p.m. (EDT)

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Moderated by: Julia Upton, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Husson University; IEEE Maine Joint Communications/Computer Societies Chapter Chair

Speaker: Behrooz Mansouri, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Southern Maine

Abstract: This talk introduces math information retrieval, discussing the challenges, existing systems, and open problems in this domain. Math information retrieval (MIR) presents unique challenges due to the structured nature of mathematical language and symbols. Despite recent advancements like digital libraries and specialized search engines, the field of MIR still deals with ambiguities and accurately addressing users’ information needs. This presentation emphasizes ongoing efforts to develop test collections, search systems, and conduct user studies for MIR.

Speaker Bio: Behrooz Mansouri is the director of the Artificial Intelligence and Information Retrieval (AIIR) lab at USM’s Dubyak Center. He earned his PhD in computer science in 2022, with his dissertation on Improved Math Information Retrieval. As a PhD student at Rochester Institute of Technology, he has introduced math search models, such as Tangent-CFT and MathAMR. He also co-organized the ARQMath lab at CLEF 2020-2022. His current research is mainly focused on conversational math search systems. His other research topics include cloud detection in satellite images, chemistry question-answering, and legal keyword extraction.

February 1, 2024- AI Implications for Simulation and Training

12:00 p.m. (EDT) – 1:00 p.m. (EDT)

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Moderated by: Ali Abedi, Associate Vice President for Research and Chair of UMaine AI Steering Committee
Speakers: Crystal S. Maraj, Research Assistant Professor Institute for Simulation and Training (IST) and at the University of Central Florida (UCF)

Speaker Bio: Crystal S. Maraj is a Research Assistant Professor employed by the Institute for Simulation and Training (IST) at the University of Central Florida (UCF). She has attained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, as well as her M.S. and Ph.D. in Modeling and Simulation (M&S) from UCF. For the past four years, Dr. Maraj has worked for the Simulation & Training Technology Center (STTC) as a Researcher on medical simulation technology projects as well as developing and implementing empirically-based research experiments for Simulation-Based Training (SBT) platforms. Dr. Maraj has published research findings to inform the scientific and training communities to improve trainee performance and training system utility. Most recently, she has been leading the Realistic Assessment of Performance in Devices (RAPID) lab that focuses on the evaluations of VR/AR technologies assessing capabilities, deficiencies, specifications, costs, maturity, and risks. This information will inform the military community of the technology readiness of devices.  In addition to leading the RAPID lab, Dr. Maraj also manages the Robotics Club at UCF. She mentors students as they prepare for local and national robotics competitions. Her interest in outreach programs has led her to actively participate in STEM activities that support Florida school communities.

November 2, 2023- AI Impact on Research and Education

12:00 p.m. (EDT) – 1:00 p.m. (EDT)

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Moderated by: Edward Derrick, Research Development Specialist, University of Maine and AI Steering Committee Member 

August 31, 2023- How to Harness Generative AI for Education

12:00 pm (EST) – 1:00 pm (EST)

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Moderated by: Dr. Julia Upton, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Husson University; IEEE Maine Section Chair and IEEE Maine Communications/Computer Societies Joint Chapter Chair

Speaker: Jon Ippolito, Professor of New Media, Co-Director of Still Water Lab, and Director of the Digital Curation graduate program, University of Maine