How Florida professors are using UF’s supercomputer to solve society’s pressing problems and more


The University of Florida Information Technology Research Computing hosted its Spring 2022 HiPerGator Symposium on Thursday. The Spring Symposium was virtual and featured research on artificial intelligence conducted on HiPerGator AI by members from UF, Florida International University, and the University of South Florida.

The goal of these bi-annual symposia is to enhance communication among researchers using HiPerGator, sparking collaborative ideas for research and discovery. It is the first time in the four years of the event that it has featured institutions other than UF.

HiPerGator is one of the most powerful supercomputers in the United States.

Research by Eleni Bozia, Associate Professor of Classics and Digital Humanities in UF’s Department of Classics, focuses on mining ancient Greek and Latin texts for descriptive words related to race, gender, religion, immigration status, sexual orientation and other distinct characteristics and analyze the connotation of each word – whether positive, negative or neutral.

The purpose of this research is to better understand the concepts of race, equality and inequality in these ancient cultures.

Bozia and her team need HiPerGator to analyze these texts because a dictionary word can have eight to 100 different versions depending on time, person or context. There are millions of these descriptive words, which is far more than can be parsed by humans or even a normal computer.

Jayantha Obeysekera, director and research professor of the Sea Level Solutions Center at CRF’s Institute of the Environment, plans to use AI to help solve one of Florida’s most pressing problems: the sea ​​level rise, which is expected to increase flooding in low-lying coastal areas. communities.

His research focuses on timely and cost-effective ways to predict flood variability.

Obeysekera and his team input factors into the supercomputer like sea level, sea surface temperature, Florida Current and winds to design a model with the potential to predict flooding in hotspots like Miami Beach. , the Florida Keys, and possibly other flood-prone locations. across the state.

Sudeep Sarkar, Distinguished University Professor, Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at USF’s College of Engineering, and Co-Director of the USF Institute for AI+X, and his research group are using HiPerGator for three research, including one to create synthetic fingerprints. HiPerGator enables high resolution and detailed prints for uses such as creating better fingerprint scanners.

“We use HiPerGator to scale to large datasets, and it saves time experimenting with different AI models,” Sarkar said. “It gives us an edge over other researchers around the world.”

UF has made HiPerGator available to students and researchers in the Florida State University System as well as the 13 schools in the Southeastern Conference, with which UF has formed a consortium. There will be an SEC Mini-Conference on Artificial Intelligence in the Curriculum on April 8 to discuss how SEC schools can further integrate AI into their curriculum and research.


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