At the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence, or SCAI, we are building a home for faculty researchers doing innovative and critical artificial intelligence development, as well as training the next generation of computer science and engineering students to excel in this emerging field.

“We are working to make sure that everyone benefits from artificial intelligence — that it reduces inequities, that it creates more space and freedom for humankind to dream and play and imagine,” says Ross Maciejewski, director of SCAI, and leading expert on the development of fair and ethical AI.

We keep our eyes on principled projects that make a real-world difference.

Current SCAI research projects include:

Artificial intelligence delivers broad benefits from our data deluge
Assistant Professor Hannah Kerner leads the development and deployment of AI and machine learning tools for the NASA Acres and NASA Harvest consortia, which apply satellite observations to tackle pressing agricultural and food security challenges in the U.S. and worldwide.

AI on the edge
Assistant Professor Hokeun Kim has received a grant from ATTO Research to design a platform for secure federated learning for edge devices, through which the devices can learn on their own and then share the results without exposing the original data that was gathered. The first application of the work will be used in a project to build hospital infrastructures, which includes a plan to install small, AI devices in each treatment room.

Researcher will use AI to test new materials so engineers don’t have to
Associate Professor Yanjie Fu received the Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Grant from the National Academy of Engineering to develop AI technology to virtually model newly formulated materials. He’ll work with researchers from Dow to develop a system that will be quicker and more sustainable.

The SENSAI is waiting in the dojo
As part of his innovative cybersecurity education platform,, Associate Professor Yan Shoshitaishvili has created SENSAI, a personalized tutor powered by artificial intelligence that is always available to help students progress through class modules when they get stuck. The project is part of a larger plan to fill the jobs pipeline with a well-qualified, dedicated cybersecurity workforce.

The un-bee-lievable potential of AI-inspired biomimicry
Associate Professor Ted Pavlic and his research colleagues are hard at work on several related projects funded by U.S. Department of Defense agencies aimed at creating bio-inspired AI systems. Their work seeks to improve the performance of autonomous technologies in challenging environments.

Do androids make images of electronic sheep?
Associate Professor Yezhou Yang is working under several grants from the National Science Foundation to address the problem of Visual Recognition with Knowledge (VR-K), creating AI that enables a seeing machine to identify unknown visible concepts from previous encounters and prior knowledge.

The artwork for this post was generated using ECLIPSE, an AI-art creation tool created by Maitreya Patel, a doctoral student working under Yang’s supervision at ASU’s Active Perception Group lab. The team will present their paper and demonstrate the tool at the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition 2024 in Seattle in June.