Artificial Intelligence (AI) has risen as one of the national science and technology priorities. National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan, informed by visioning activities in the scientific community as well as interaction with the public, identifies as its first strategic objective the need to make long-term investments in AI research in areas with the potential for long-term payoffs in AI. National Science Foundation is leading the effort establish a set of hubs in a broader nationwide network that will accelerate research in AI; expand America's workforce; and transform society, from extreme weather preparedness to K-12 education, for decades to come. More recently, National AI Initiative Office launched by White House to coordinate AI research and policymaking across government, industry, and academia. Our vision, mission and set of goals align closely with nation’s AI Initiatives.

About Us

Who we are?

We're a team of scientists and engineers with diverse research interests spanning a broad range of contemporary AI frontiers. We look to collaborate to solve some of the toughest problems in AI research. We also dedicate to the next-generation AI workforce education and training.

AI Research Projects @ Wayne

Area of Research

What's New

September 09 2021

Wayne State University ranked 75 in AI . Wayne State University ranked 82 in General AI (AI, Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing, Information Retrieval).

August 30 2021

Wayne AI researchers published extensively in top AI conferences including ICML-21, CVPR-21, ICCV-21, AAAI-21, IJCAI-21 and KDD-21.

Research Area

Computer Vision

Computer vision (CV) focuses on visual functionalities that give rise to semantically meaningful interpretations of the visual world. Our CV research aspires to develop intelligent algorithms that perform important visual perception tasks such as object recognition, scene categorization, semantic segmentation, integrative scene understanding, human motion recognition with applications to autonomous driving, medical imaging and security, just to name a few.

Natural Language Processing

National language processing (NLP) focuses on algorithms that allow computers to process, generate, and understand human languages. Our NLP research ranges from basic research in textual representation learning to key applications in human language technology, and covers areas such as information retrieval, sentence understanding, automatic question answering, machine translation, sentiment analysis, dialogue agents, and models of text and visual scenes.


In open-world AI, to produce the unexpected behavior, attackers create “adversarial examples” that often resemble normal inputs, but instead are meticulously optimized to break the model’s performance. Our trustworthy AI research includes developing adversarially robust, explainable, secure, and privacy-aware models and algorithms to enable at-scale deployment of AI systems in security-critical and safety-critical application domains, such cybersecurity, healthcare, and autonomous driving.

Transportation & Mobility

Legacy industrial cities face numerous barriers to creating an equitable transportation system for all residents. Such is the case of Detroit, whose once vibrant public transportation system has weakened amidst decades of population loss, suburbanization, the relocation of job hubs away from the central city, leading to aggravated access poverty particularly for low-income population. Our smart transportation and mobility research leverage cutting-edge AI to enhance our capability to integrate and leverage the existing resources and infrastructure where residents can access multiple modes of transport such as bike shares, e-scooters, ride hail, electric vehicle charging stations, microtransit, and public transit.


AI in healthcare refers to the utilization of robust machine learning models, explainable algorithms and edge intelligence to emulate human cognition in the analysis, interpretation, and comprehension of complicated medical and healthcare data. We conduct novel AI healthcare research in Electronic Health Record (EHR) based human disease prognosis; novel sensing technology-based disease prevention and patient management; medical imaging interpretation-based diagnosis; and molecular profiling data-based biomarker screening and discovery, just to name a few.

Intelligent Reality

Integrating AI and immersive computing can propel future Intelligent Reality (IR), providing real-time intelligent assistant user experience for the immersive environment. Also, to make machine learning inferencing more robust with realistic content rendering, leveraging big data for handling Volume and Velocity of data from a single source or Varieties of data from multiple sources would provide the IR the perfect playing field. Emerging technology such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), mixed reality (MR), extended reality (XR), and Digital Twins, increasingly blur the line between the physical world and the digital world. We perform original research in IR to address both device and application challenges such as energy awareness, latency minimization and user experience enhancement.