The University of Florida has set out to become the gravitational hub to merge artificial intelligence's boundless insight with science-backed academics and industry creativity to produce practical solutions for agriculture’s future.
UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources Scott Angle: “AI is already deeply ingrained into the automotive, banking and other industries. It's just starting to get into agriculture now. So, in one way, agriculture’s late to the game, but we can move quickly. The technologies have matured. AI is more practical, more usable.”
The AI force behind the UF agricultural college’s initiative comes from the University of Florida’s established, decade-long AI program, which includes a supercomputer housed in Gainesville. The HiPerGator AI was donated to the university two years ago from UF alumnus Chris Malachowsky and NVIDIA.
To focus the agriculture AI initiative, UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences will build a 19,000-square-foot facility at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Balm, about 25 miles southeast of Tampa, that will be known as the UF Center for Applied Artificial Intelligence in Agriculture.