This spring, Chris Callison-Burch, Ph.D., was in town to share an unusual approach to machine learning. This is one of the hottest topics in computer science: It is behind everything from Google’s self-driving cars to Apple’s Siri personal assistant.
Callison-Burch, an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania, is building a system that can automatically translate foreign languages into English — especially obscure dialects (from an American point of view) that can be of great interest to national security. He was in Birmingham at the invitation of Steven Bethard, Ph.D., a machine learning researcher and assistant professor in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences Department of Computer and Information Sciences.
In order to teach a computer to do something, Callison-Burch explained, you need to give it examples. Lots of examples. For a French-English translation, there are millions of sample texts available on the Internet. For Urdu, not so much.
A growing number of researchers, from computer scientists to philosophers, are taking an interest in the "artificial artificial intelligence" offered by Amazon's microwork platform.
Out of a talented international pool of 33 pianists, junior Aleksandra Kasman took the top prize at the 2015 International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City on Aug. 2.Out of a talented international pool of 33 pianists, University of Alabama at Birmingham junior Aleksandra Kasman took the top prize at the 2015 International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City on Aug. 2.
Kasman is a music major in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Music and a member of the UAB Honors College’s University Honors Program. She studies piano with her father, UAB professor and artist-in-residence Yakov Kasman.
On June 24, 2015, one week to the day after the shootings in Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., UAB hosted Stand in Unity, a candlelight vigil to honor the nine victims.Stand in Unity, a candlelight vigil to honor the nine victims. The idea for the vigil came from Doug Barrett, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History, who had heard his students speak of their pain, grief and confusion after hearing the news of the shooting. He suggested a community gathering at which students, faculty, staff and community members could share their feelings and honor those who had lost their lives.On June 24, 2015, one week to the day after the shootings in Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., UAB hosted
Barrett, as well as Dr. Kathryn Morgan, Director of the African American Studies program; Jared Ragland in the Department of Art and Art History; and Lisa Becker, Director of the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA); planned a program at AEIVA that featured nine undergraduates who spoke about each victim and lit a candle in their honor. Dr. Morgan gave remarks and Dr. Paul Mosteller, Professor in the Department of Music, sang "Amazing Grace." The Rev. Mashod Evans, pastor of St. John A.M.E. Church in Birmingham, prayed and shared words of encouragement.
After lighting their own candles from those honoring the nine victims, the crowd then extinguished their lights and signed the guest book. At the conclusion of the event, everyone was invited to tour the "The Freedom Exhibition: Two Countries One Struggle," the exhibit presented by the City of Birmingham in partnership with AEIVA. The exhibit featured the photojournalism of Spider Martin, who documented the Civil Rights movement in Alabama, and Peter Magubane, who highlighted the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa.
"It is important that we listen to our students and respond to their needs, and I am proud of the work of my colleagues," says Dr. Robert E. Palazzo, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "Stand in Unity is an example of the meaningful collaborations that happen every day at UAB, as well as how people from diverse backgrounds can share experiences that foster community and mutual understanding. Our departments, programs and institutes, including the Institute for Human Rights, are here to serve our campus and city and provide ways to learn from each other about what it means to be human."
This video presentation features photographs by Jared Ragland and video by Jared Bash of UAB Digital Media.