UMaine Artificial Intelligence Webinar Series

Join us and a diverse panel of experts from various companies and institutions for our continuing webinar series covering a diverse set of topics in this exciting field.

These free webinars are for the Maine business community, policymakers, attorneys, healthcare providers, and other members of the public. 

Visit our Webinar webpage for video archives.

February 3, 2022 – AI in Diversity

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Alina Zare, Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Florida

Alina Zare (Senior Member, IEEE) received the Ph.D. degree in computer and information science and engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA, in 2008.,She is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Director of the Machine Learning and Sensing Lab, University of Florida. Her research interests include analysis of a variety of remote sensing data and the development of machine learning and pattern recognition algorithms for automated analysis of remote sensing data sets.,Dr. Zare is currently an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing.

Haiyi Zhu, Assistant Professor of Human-Computer Interaction, Carnegie Mellon University 

Haiyi Zhu is an Assistant Professor at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Zhu received a B.S in Computer Science from Tsinghua University and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Zhu has received an NSF CRII award as well as several paper awards in venues such as CHI, CSCW, and Human Factors, and an Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence. Dr. Zhu has also taken on major service roles in the community, such as serving as the secretary/treasurer of HCIC, and program committee members for CHI and CSCW.

November 4, 2021– AI in Healthcare
(There no recording available for this webinar)

Moderated by: Ali Abedi, Associate Vice President for Research, UMaine


Behrouz Shabestari, National Technology Centers Program Acting Director, Division of Health Informatics Technologies 

October 7, 2021– AI In Space and Aerospace -Recording available here.

Biographies of Webinar Speakers


Moderator: Ali Abedi, Associate Vice President for Research, University of Maine

Janette C. Briones, Principle Investigator: SCaN Cognitive-Communication System Project, Glenn Research Center 

Nargess Memarsadeghi, Goddard Space Flight Center, AI Center for Excellence Lead.

September 9, 2021Recording available here.
AI in Cyber Security

Biographies of Webinar Speakers

Moderators: Ali Abedi and Julia Upton


Bill Leigher, Rear Admiral (Retired), United States Navy

Scott McGaunn, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation-Boston

Daniel Shoemaker, 2021-2023 IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Visitor

Dick Wilkins, Principle Technology Liaison for Phoenix Technologies Ltd.

 This series is sponsored by the University of Maine. Contact for more information.