Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), University of Florida (UF)
Florida Institute for National Security (FINS) + Applied Artificial Intelligence (AAI) Group
Dr. Woodard’s research interests include a broad range of applied artificial intelligence topics.
These include but are not limited to:
- Profiling via Text Analytics and Natural Language Processing
- AI-enabled Hardware Assurance & Security
- AI-enabled Cybersecurity
- Cognitive Biometrics (Author Attribution)
- Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence
- Inverse Reinforcement Learning
Dr. Woodard currently serves as the Director of the Florida Institute for National Security (FINS). He is a Professor within the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Florida and directs the Applied Artificial Intelligence Group. He is an IEEE Senior Member, an ACM Senior Member, a National Academy of Science Kavli Frontiers Fellow, and a member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). Dr. Woodard received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, his M.E. in Computer Science and Engineering from Penn State University, and his B.S. in Computer Science and Computer Information Systems from Tulane University.
The nation’s leading interdisciplinary hub for the development of applied Artificial Intelligence (AI) & data science-based solutions, innovation, research & talent in support of national security.
The Florida Institute for National Security (FINS) is an interdisciplinary, cross-curricular entity that is galvanizing the robust research, education, and professional development efforts in Artificial Intelligence (AI) already underway at the University of Florida (UF) towards the development of deployable, applied AI-based and and data science in support of the most prevailing national security challenges.
FINS emerges in support of the UF’s AI Initiative, which aims to: build an AI University; make UF a leader in AI research and development; and, thus, play a crucial role in the transformation of Florida’s economy into a diversified, technology-driven, high-wage economy by implementing the integration of AI (coursework) Across the Curriculum, as well as providing upskilling and professional development opportunities to enable the future workforce to use AI technology to solve pressing challenges across every industry.
FINS extends this mission to the development of deployable, applied AI and data science in support of national security concerns such as defense, cybersecurity, ecology, medical informatics, the stability & logistics of our economy, microelectronics, supply-chains, transportation and communication systems.