Undergrad Course Teaching Students How to Use AI for Social Good

USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society | September 16, 2019

By studying artificial intelligence techniques in the context of applications with high environmental and social impact, USC undergraduates are learning to develop innovative solutions to pressing social issues.

Undergraduate students from the spring 2019 course on AI for Social Good. Photo/CAIS blog.

According to a recent McKinsey & Company report, artificial intelligence could boost GDP by $13 trillion before 2030. While most corporate and academic stakeholders have recognized the lucrative potential of artificial intelligence, experts across sectors are increasingly considering the value that AI can contribute to the social and conservational sectors, where more intelligent resource allocation and innovative approaches to intervention could help solve issues from disparities in housing access and the spread of HIV among homeless youth to the impacts of climate change.

This fall, Bistra Dilkina, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Associate Director of the USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society (CAIS), will be teaching a USC undergraduate course entitled “Artificial Intelligence for Social Good.” Dilkina has devoted her career to advancing progress in the field of computational sustainability—which seeks “to apply techniques from computer science, information science, operations research, applied mathematics, and statistics for balancing environmental, economic, and societal needs for sustainable development.”

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