About Us

AI Lab Students
Our Students

Students associated with the AI Lab pursue research in artificial intelligence, statistical analysis, computational linguistics, and visualization techniques, and know how to enjoy the AI Lab's annual picnic!

Leadership in Artificial Intelligence

Located at The University of Arizona, in the Management Information Systems (MIS) Department, the Artificial Intelligence Lab is headed by Dr. Hsinchun Chen. The Lab is known for its adaptation and development of scalable and practical artificial intelligence, machine learning, statistical analysis, computational linguistics, and visualization techniques.

AI Lab History

Founded in 1990, the Lab is a major research group within the MIS department and has boasted as many as forty-five staff members, including Ph.D.-level researchers and research scientists, assistants, and programmers. Staff members have specialized over the years in digital libraries, database integration, collaborative computing, knowledge management, Internet/Intranet technologies, and intelligent information retrieval in accordance with demand and the directions of new science.

Staff and students participate in all aspects of working in and managing the Lab including: designing and conducting research; designing and implementing user studies; developing systems and system architectures in support of research objectives; writing articles and chapters for publication; presenting research results at national and international conferences; and writing grant proposals for new and emerging areas of research in the Lab. View People for a directory of past and current staff and students.

AI Lab Research and Resources

The Lab is equipped with over 50 high-end workstations, various servers and virtual machines, and high-speed networking equipment. Research development platforms have ranged from supercomputers (CM-5, HP Convex Exemplar, SGI Power Challenge and Origin2000), to workstations (Silicon Graphics, HP, and DEC Alpha), and Pentium-based Windows/NT. Extensive C, C++, CGI, and JAVA system engineering projects have been underway for the past several years. View the Facilities page for details on  our current equipment, and Research for more information about our projects.

The Lab has received has received more than $40 million in research funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), and other agencies and corporations over the past 30 years. Corporate sponsors have included Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), SiliconGraphics Computer Systems (SGI), 3Com, and AT&T. View Funding for more information about funding received, and Research for more information on past and current projects.

Local Attractions - Visiting Tucson and Arizona

Planning a visit to Tucson and Arizona? Please allow sufficient time to visit some of our best local and regional attractions!

  • Tucson: Official Tucson Travel Information Guide - By the Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau, this website includes information about all kinds of attractions as well as travel and lodging.
  • Sedona: Official Tourism Bureau Website - Located about four hours north of Tucson by car, Sedona is commonly referred to as "red rock" country.
  • Grand Canyon: Grand Canyon - The Grand Canyon's "South Rim" is about six hours northwest of Tucson by car. The NPS website  includes a trip planner and information on open and closed sections of the Canyon.
  • Arizona: Arizona Tourism and Travel - Places to visit all over the state; you may also request a Visitors Guide.