PHHP Appoints Mattia Prosperi Associate Dean for AI and Innovation

The University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions has appointed Mattia Prosperi, Ph.D., to a new leadership role within the college, Associate Dean for Artificial Intelligence and Innovation .

Prosperi is a professor in the department of epidemiology and director of the Data Intelligence Systems Lab. His expertise includes broad data science, artificial intelligence and causal machine learning, with a focus on the fields of biohealth informatics and epidemiology. His research leverages technology and data intelligence to develop “interventional AI” models to improve future health and life. He is an advocate for greater diversity and inclusion in AI research, and for the ethical use of AI in health studies so that results are accurate, fair and do not cause unintentional damage.

As Associate Dean for Artificial Intelligence and Innovation, Prosperi will work collaboratively with Associate Deans for Research and Education and Department Heads to expand PHHP’s AI efforts in the areas of research, teaching and commercialization.

“I am very happy to have Dr. Prosperi in this role! He has tremendous energy and commitment to growing the college’s AI footprint across UF, nationally and internationally,” said Beth A. Virnig, Ph.D., MPH, Dean of College of Public Health and Health Professions.

Prosperi, who served as the college’s coordinator of AI activities, is currently leading several projects that use AI, including the development of algorithms to spot new SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern, predict transmission patterns of HIV and perform real-time surveillance of antimicrobials. resistance. In addition, Prosperi and colleagues are developing the first reporting guidelines on causal prediction models to improve the overall quality, transparency, and reproducibility of results produced by studies using these models.

In 2020, UF launched its artificial intelligence initiative, fueled by a $100 million public-private partnership with technology company NVIDIA that enhanced the capabilities of UF’s HiPerGator, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Higher Education. The goal is to address some of the world’s biggest challenges, create access to training and AI tools for underrepresented communities, and build momentum to transform the future of the workforce.

The College of Public Health and Health Professions has hired nine new faculty members as part of UF’s AI initiative. The college’s new nine-credit undergraduate certificate in artificial intelligence — the first offered by a UF college — will help students apply their knowledge of artificial intelligence to future careers in public health and health sciences. A graduate certificate in Artificial Intelligence Research Methodologies in Healthcare and Public Health is also in the pipeline.

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