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Artificial Intelligence (AI) Asst/Assoc Professor in Urban Computing and Analytics

University of Florida
Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Dec 23, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Architecture, Urban & Regional Planning
Employment Type
Full Time
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Classification Title: AST/ASO PROF Job Description:

You Belong at a University that is Leading the Way

The College of Design, Construction and Planning (DCP) at the University of Florida (UF) invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track assistant/associate professor position in Urban Computing and Analytics. This position is part of a major new $70 million collaborative initiative by UF ( ) to build on its strengths as an international model for AI research, education, and the ethical advancement of society. This includes access to HiperGator, the second most powerful AI supercomputer in U.S. higher education ( ), and collaboration with innovators in AI technology and its many applications ( ).

Artificial Intelligence in the College of Design, Construction and Planning

DCP offers an established environment of influential research and development of AI solutions for the built environment that stretches over four decades. This is the fourth AI hire in the college since last year and the third AI hire in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in the last four years. The Department of Urban and Regional Planning has a graduate certificate in Urban Analytics and is in the final approval stage of a new Master of Science in Urban Analytics . The new AI hire is expected to play a key role in leading Urban Analytics research and teaching.

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning (URP)

The Department of URP consists of a collegial faculty of twelve core, full-time members, as well as faculty affiliated with college research centers and programs. The Department, founded in 1975 and first accredited in 1978, offers a large STEM designated Ph.D. program, a growing master’s degree in URP, and a combined undergraduate-master’s degree (4+1). Our growing and vibrant faculty are nationally and internationally recognized and among the most productive in the country consistently attracting significant amount of research funding every year. As one of two units in the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning, the Department of URP has a strong relationship with the Department of Landscape Architecture, as well as other units in the College.

The University of Florida and College of Design, Construction and Planning

UF, founded in 1853, is one of the state's oldest academic institutions and among the nation's most academically diverse public universities. It was recently ranked 5th among U.S. public universities and belongs to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). UF is one of the largest institutions of higher learning in the country with more than 100 undergraduate majors offered in 16 colleges and enrolls more than 61,000 students.

Established in 1925, DCP is a preeminent College of Design, Construction, and Planning. The Fall 2021 enrollment is over 1,700 students: 1200 undergraduates and 500 graduate students (including 100+ PhD students). The College has over 100 fulltime faculty members in addition to its academic, research, and administrative support staff. DCP is well equipped to address the major challenges posed by rapid technological advances, changing workforce skills and demands, demographic changes, and the need for synergy between the built and natural environments.

DCP’s Commitment to Diversity

Diversity and inclusion enrich our institution and the DCP community, and we value the unique viewpoints a diverse group of colleagues provides. Achieving a top tier university ranking means we make it a priority to employ and work with people from many backgrounds, cultures, abilities, and ethnicities to discover new ways to leverage technology for research, education, and the ethical advancement of society expected of a comprehensive land-grant institution.

Expected Salary:

Commensurate with education, skills, and experience.

Minimum Requirements:
  • Terminal degree - PhD in urban and regional planning, urban studies, civil engineering, geography, or related fields.
  • Ability to develop a robust research program within the area of Urban Computing and Analytics
  • Research, teaching and service engagement within the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, College of Design, Construction and Planning, University of Florida and the profession
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace
Preferred Qualifications:
  • PhD in urban and regional planning, urban studies, civil engineering, geography, or related fields AND Bachelor or Master’s degree in computer science.
The new hire will have a tenure home in Urban and Regional Planning. Competitive candidates should have demonstrated innovative research and education interests in one of the following aspects of Urban Computing and Analytics:
  • Use of AI to assist, augment and automate urban and regional planning processes involves urban data and modeling urban systems
  • Intelligent agents & distributed AI in urban and regional planning (e.g., Smart Cities)
  • Use of AI to advance Geodesign methods and processes
  • Integrating AI and GIS in spatial analysis
  • Use of AI to anticipate and advance resilience of human, built and natural environments
  • Advanced data analytics in the adaptive planning and design to climate change
  • Human-in-the-loop AI for urban computing and analytics
Successful candidates will be positioned as key collaborators within DCP and take an active role in the burgeoning university-wide network of AI faculty. In addition to developing close interactions with existing faculty, centers, and initiatives within DCP, this new AI hire will seek to build strong AI-centered collaborations with other colleges and entities at UF, as well as national and international centers of excellence. The candidate is expected to teach courses in the candidate’s area of expertise and have the opportunity to develop and shape the curriculum for the MS in Urban Analytics degree program, developing and teaching courses such as Introduction to Urban Analytics, Advanced Urban Analytics, and AI-Enabled Urban and Regional Planning.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Interested applicants are required to apply at . To ensure full consideration, the required documents should be submitted by November 12, 2021 when the Search Committee will begin reviewing applications and will continue until the positions are filled. A completed application should include a CV, letter of interest, research agenda/portfolio, and names and contact information for a minimum of three references (the references will not be contacted prior to receiving permission from applicants). For additional information, contact Margaret Portillo, Ph.D., Search Committee Chair ( ).

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at .

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.


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