‘AI in the Sky’ Topic of Next STEM Scholars Presentation at JJC

The STEM Scholars Colloquium Series at Joliet Junior College returns for the fall semester with guest speaker Dr. Brian Nord on Sept. 18.

Nord is an astrophysicist for Fermilab, a particle physics and accelerator laboratory based in Batavia. His presentation, “AI In the Sky,” will explore the way artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the role of data, how it’s impacting multiple industries and the ethics behind its uses. 

Dr. Brian Nord
Dr. Brian Nord

“We’ll discuss these topics, as well as the theory of deep learning, and its application to modern astronomical surveys, which are providing data sets that are unprecedented in size, precision, and complexity,” Nord said.

Nord’s presentation begins at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18 in Room D2001 at JJC’s Main Campus. The seminar is part of the department’s STEM Scholars Colloquium Series, which are free and open to the public.

“We are excited to host Dr. Nord for the first STEM Scholars Colloquium of the fall semester. It’s a great opportunity for the students and community to hear from someone involved in the field of artificial intelligence right here on campus,” said Natural Sciences Professor Andrew Morrison.

Current and prospective students interested in STEM are encouraged to attend. Morrison said it’s also an opportunity for students to learn more about the STEM Scholars program, which includes a scholarship to qualified students for up to four semesters. Funds come from the National Science Foundation.

Later this semester, the speaker series will feature guests in the biochemistry and microbiology fields.

For more information contact Scott Harvey, communications and media coordinator, at 815-280-2844 or sharvey@jjc.edu.