In what’s being described as a historic milestone for environmental science, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, along with the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies, have teamed up and invested over $100 million to establish one of seven national centers for the development of artificial intelligence, or AI. For their part, Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Del Mar College are investing $3.2 million over the next five years.
Phillipe Tissot is interim director of the Conrad Blucher Institute. He told KEDT that AI helps researchers make better use of the overwhelming amount of environmental data that is collected every year.
Del Mar College computer science professor Philip Davis told KEDT that his community college is the only institution of its size involved in the venture. There will also be opportunities for students to participate in research.
One of the goals of the AI center is to better predict and understand things like beach inundation and sea turtle nesting. The collaboration could serve as a template for future AI-related projects.