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West Lafafayette, Indiana

Abstract

This article describes the ongoing efforts of a multidisciplinary group of faculty at an undergraduate institution to form a team and compete in the IBM AI XPRIZE competition. We describe the advantages and disadvantages of faculty participation in major engineering competitions over more traditional professional activities at undergraduate engineering institutions. Our discussion is focused on the benefits to three major groups: undergraduate students, faculty, and academic institutions. We use examples from our one year of experience in the competition and from the literature to illustrate these benefits. Already observed benefits from the competition include increased student engagement, development and introduction of a new minor in cognitive science, the purchase of a state-of-the-art robot and a deep learning server, enhanced multidisciplinary collaboration among faculty, and heightened awareness among administrators of the growing importance of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. Results of a student survey regarding their involvement in with the team are presented.

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Can an Engineering Competition Catalyze Curriculum Innovation?

West Lafafayette, Indiana

This article describes the ongoing efforts of a multidisciplinary group of faculty at an undergraduate institution to form a team and compete in the IBM AI XPRIZE competition. We describe the advantages and disadvantages of faculty participation in major engineering competitions over more traditional professional activities at undergraduate engineering institutions. Our discussion is focused on the benefits to three major groups: undergraduate students, faculty, and academic institutions. We use examples from our one year of experience in the competition and from the literature to illustrate these benefits. Already observed benefits from the competition include increased student engagement, development and introduction of a new minor in cognitive science, the purchase of a state-of-the-art robot and a deep learning server, enhanced multidisciplinary collaboration among faculty, and heightened awareness among administrators of the growing importance of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. Results of a student survey regarding their involvement in with the team are presented.