Augmented Learning for Environmental Robotics Technologies (ALERT)

Exciting News from Florida International University!

A dedicated team of faculty members from the Architecture and Computer Science Departments at Florida International University (FIU) has successfully secured a grant from the National Science Foundation for the ALERT initiative. ALERT, an acronym for Augmented Learning for Environmental Robotics Technologies, stands at the forefront of harnessing the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Computer Vision, and Spatial Computing. Its primary objective is to advance our comprehension and analysis of environmental data.

What makes this endeavor exciting is the collaborative nature of the team. Comprising faculty members from the School of Architecture, including Shahin Vassigh, Biayna Bogosian, and Eric Peterson, alongside members from the Knight Foundation Computing and Information Sciences, Gregory Murad Reis, Agoritsa Polyzou, and Deborah Davis, this interdisciplinary team embodies the integration of diverse expertise. It underscores our commitment to breaking down disciplinary silos and embracing cross-disciplinary collaboration in the pursuit of innovative solutions.

ALERT is driven by the vision of empowering students in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) fields to remain at the forefront of the transformative changes taking place within their disciplines, primarily driven by groundbreaking developments such as robotic automation. Rooted in a solid foundation of environmental data and cutting-edge Augmented Reality (AR) and AI technologies, ALERT aspires to redefine the standards for immersive, interactive, and data-driven educational experiences.

However, this project is not just about the next step in education and training; it is also about the sustainability of the built environment. Buildings have a massive environmental footprint, and ALERT equips students with the tools and insights needed to decrease this impact, fostering a more sustainable tomorrow. In line with our commitment to STEM education, ALERT is a testament to our dedication to preparing students for the challenges and opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.