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Apply Now: Ritchie And Colleagues Launch A Summer Program On AI For Computational Creativity For Students From HUGs

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"Research in this field," says Brown CS Professor Daniel Ritchie, "is poised to revolutionize the means of personal expression for everyone: in writing, photography, design, architecture, and more."

He's talking about creative applications of artificial intelligence (creative generative models, detecting "fake" generated designs, AI for game playing, and more), which will be the focus of a new, nine-week, fully-funded, Brown CS summer residential program. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, "Artificial Intelligence for Computational Creativity" is an NSF Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site aimed at students from historically underrepresented groups (HUGs) in computer science, bringing them to the Brown campus from June 6 to August 5 of this year to conduct original research. Led by Daniel and featuring nine other colleagues, the program offers participating students a stipend of $6,480, travel costs to and from Brown, and housing on campus.

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Apply today! Applications are due by April 17: You must be a current student graduating Fall 2022 or later, a US citizen or permanent resident, and should have completed at least an introductory CS course sequence as well as mathematics courses covering calculus, linear algebra, and probability.

Participants will be paired with a faculty mentor and a graduate student mentor who will help guide them through a nine-week research project. This includes a weekly study group that walks students through the process of conceiving, developing, and presenting an original research proposal. In addition, the summer begins with crash courses on research methods, artificial intelligence and machine learning principles, and working with modern software tools for AI/ML.

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Students will also have the opportunity to participate in Leadership Alliance-sponsored events, including faculty and alum panels on careers in research, graduate student panels on pathways to graduate school, group dinners, and more. Extracurricular and social activities in the local area may include visits to the RISD museum, excursions to Newport and Rhode Island's beaches, and Saturday night visits to Providence's WaterFire celebration.

For more information, click the link that follows to contact Brown CS Communication and Outreach Specialist Jesse C. Polhemus.