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DoD Invests in Smith's AI Capabilities

Updated: May 28, 2020

Dr. Ying Bai and Dr. Felesia Stukes receive $400,000 in grants from the Department of Defense to enhance the university's Artificial Intelligence capabilities. These two faculty were two of the 59 researchers selected by the Department of Defense to fund research. Dr. Bai's research will focus on Intelligent Mobile Robot Systems using Artificial Intelligence and Dr. Stukes research will focus on Data Science.


In the release Evelyn Kent, director of the DoD HBCU/MSI Program and Outreach shares that "awards are crucial to increasing foundational research in support of the Department’s science and technology priorities and expanding university education programs,”



Dr. Ying Bai is a tenured Full Professor teaching in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU), which is located at Charlotte, North Carolina USA. Since 2003, Dr. Bai has published thirteen (16) books with world leading publishers, such as Prentice Hall, CRC Press LLC, Springer Valley, Cambridge University Press and Wiley IEEE Press. Most books are about interfacing programming,

serial port programming, fuzzy logic controls and database programming.





Dr. Felesia Stukes’ is an Assistant Professor at Johnson C. Smith University. Her research explores the use of complexity theory and network science to enhance community organizations that address societal problems. Additionally, Dr. Stukes collaborates with the Virtual Identity, Community, and Entitativity (VICE) Research Group which investigates the role of entitativity in online groups.

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