Visiting Scholars in the Artificial Intelligence Lab work under the direction of Dr. Hsinchun Chen.
Most Visiting Scholars have the rank or equivalent rank of Associate Professor in their home county; a few have been advanced Ph.D. students. Visiting Scholars generally spend at least part of their time on research and co-publication activities with the AI Lab. Visiting Scholars generally stay in the U.S. for one to two years, depending on requirements to return home and to their positions. To be accepted as a Visiting Scholar, you must be invited by Dr. Hsinchun Chen to apply and must meet the following requirements:
- Previous successful research experience
- Good English-language publication record
- Research interests that align with those of the AI Lab's current projects (see our Research pages for information)
- English language proficiency that meets State Department standards (see more information on the J-1 Exchange Visitor information page at https://global.arizona.edu/international-faculty/j-1-exchange-visitor)
- Your own funding sufficient to meet current funding requirements (see the current requirements on the J-1 Exchange Visitor information page at https://global.arizona.edu/international-faculty/j-1-exchange-visitor)
If you are invited to apply, we will send you a formal letter of invitation and a DS-2019 application form. Once you have signed and returned the letter and form and have secured your funding, we will request that you send your passport bio page, proof of funding, and proof of English-language proficiency. We will send you the requirements for these documents during the application process.
Once your DS-2019 request is approved, you will then interview in your home country for the J-1 visa. Once you have your visa, you may make arrangements to arrive in the U.S. Upon arrival in the U.S., you must immediately obtain health and repatriation insurance; information about this is provided during the application process. You must also check in with the Office of International Faculty and Scholars after obtaining the health insurance.
Working in the AI Lab
Visiting scholars enjoy many of the same privileges as other faculty. You may check books out of the Library, use the Library databases, and attend departmental seminars and campus events. The AI Lab furnishes a space to work in, in our cubicle area, a workstation, and other supplies. You are encouraged to work with other AI Lab members, and to attend the regular AI Lab meeting and weekly MIS seminars.
Visiting Scholars at the AI Lab