(March 5, 2018) -- A new study by Paul Rad, assistant director of the UTSA Open Cloud Institute, and Nicole Beebe, Melvin Lachman Distinguished Professor in Entrepreneurship and director of the UTSA Cyber Center for Security and Analytics, describes a new cloud-based learning platform for artificial intelligence (A.I.) that teaches machines to learn like humans.
"Cognitive learning is all about teaching computers to learn without having to explicitly program them,” Rad said. “In this study, we’re presenting an entirely new platform for machine learning to teach computers to learn the way we do.”
To build the cloud-based platform, Rad and Beebe studied how education and understanding has evolved over the past five centuries. They wanted to gain a better picture of how computers could be taught to approach deductive reasoning.
“Our goal here is to teach the machine to become smarter, so that it can help us. That’s what they’re here to do,” Rad said. “So how do we become better? We learn from experience.”
The UTSA researchers also studied how humans learn across their lifetimes. Children, for example, begin by identifying objects such as faces and toys, then move on from there to understand communication. This process helps their thought processes mature as they get older.
Ultimately, Rad and Beebe want AI agents to learn automatic threat detection. This means the AI agent can dynamically learn network traffic patterns and normal behavior and thus become more effective in discovering and thwarting new attacks before significant damage.
“Or It would be nice if an intelligent computer assistant could aggregate thousands of news items or memos for someone, so that the process of reading that material was quicker and that person could decide almost instantly how to use it,” Rad said.
Additionally, intelligent machines could be used in medical diagnoses, which Rad says could lead to more affordable health care, and other fields that require precise, deductive reasoning.
“During the history, humans have invented and used tools such as swords, calculators and cars, and tools have changed human society and enable us to evolve,” Rad said. “That’s what we’re doing here, but on a much more impactful scale.”
UTSA is ranked among the top four universities in the nation under 50 years old, according to Times Higher Education.
Read Paul Rad and Nicole Beebe’s study, “AI Thinking for Cloud Education Platform with Personalized Learning.”
Learn more about the UTSA Open Cloud Institute.
Learn more about the UTSA Cyber Center for Security and Analytics.
A presentation on Mesoamerican archaeology by Juan Carlos Fernández Díaz and Jason Yaeger. Fernández Díaz’s 30-minute talk, “10 Years and 10,000 Square Kilometers: Empowering the Archaeological Geospatial Revolution in Mesoamerica,” will focus on the broader contributions of LiDAR mapping to Mesoamerican archaeology. Yaeger’s 15-minute talk, “LiDAR Survey and New Insights Into Ancient Maya Civilization in Central Belize,” will describe some of the specific archaeological discoveries that he has made in Belize, thanks to LiDAR data. Admission is free and open to the public.Biosciences Building (BSB 3.03.02), Main Campus
The Friday Nights Celestial Lights lecture series continues with a discussion on the topic of women trailblazers in the field of astronomy.Flawn Science Building, Lecture Room (FLN 2.02.02), Main Campus
Admission is free to all Alumni Association members. Nonmember adult admission is $20; children 16 and under are free. Anyone who wants to get rowdy is welcome! Giveaways, music, UTSA Cheer & Rowdy, Pep Band and more!e!Alamodome Lot C, 100 Montana St., San Antonio
Southern Miss comes to town for a gridiron battle with the Roadrunners.Alamodome, 100 Montana St., San Antonio
Mark Hayward, professor of sociology and Centennial Commission Professor in Liberal Arts at UT Austin, will speak as part of the Demography Lecture Series.Monterey Building (MNT 3.240), Downtown Campus
Admission is free to all Alumni Association members. Nonmember adult admission is $20; children 16 and under are free. Anyone who wants to get rowdy is welcome! Giveaways, music, UTSA Cheer & Rowdy, Pep Band and more!Alamodome Lot C, 100 Montana St., San Antonio
UTSA plays its last home game of the season against Florida Atlantic.Alamodome, 100 Montana St., San Antonio
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.