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There’s no time like the present to shape the future.

Developing interdisciplinary, human centered approaches to AI scholarship, curricula and entrepreneurship.


The Davis Institute for Artificial Intelligence at Colby is the first cross-disciplinary institute for artificial intelligence (AI) at a liberal arts college. The Institute facilitates interdisciplinary, human-centered scholarship using rich datasets with real-world consequences and prepares students for a future where AI is transforming industries, careers, and modes of discovery, creativity, and scholarship. AI shapes all our lives; we should all be informed, critical AI tool users and tool builders.


-AI Faculty Positions-

AI Cluster Hiring

Colby is hiring an interdisciplinary AI-related cluster of four faculty members and two postdoctoral associates over the next two years. These include 2022-23 searches for scholars of Environmental AI, Philosophy of AI, and a postdoctoral associate or visiting assistant professor in computer science or a related field. Faculty at Colby have numerous opportunities to collaborate on research and teaching related to AI; currently there are faculty pursuing AI-related scholarship in geology, anthropology, music, physics, economics, East Asian studies and computer science.


AI Datathon Aims to Aid in Browntail Moth Invasion

The caterpillars are wreaking havoc across the state, and Colby students explore how technology can predict their patterns and help manage the problem. With data collected by Thom Klepach, Colby students did amazing work at the inaugural Davis AI Datathon.


-An Art exhibit featuring ai-

Davis Institute for AI Issues a Call for Art

Art made with the help of artificial intelligence can be controversial, but it’s also a way to showcase human creativity.

Students, faculty, and staff were asked to create art using AI tools. Now their artwork will be showcased in the AI & ART EXHIBIT. 


2022 Miles and Katharine Culbertson Prentice Distinguished Lecture: Oscar Santillán

NOVEMBER 10, 2022 | 5:00 PM

Gather live in Ostrove Auditorium at Colby College for a talk and Q&A with our 2022-2023 Lunder Senior Fellow at the Colby Museum of Art. He will speak about his practice and introduce the research and work he will be doing here at Colby.

AI Graduate School Panel

NOVEMBER 1, 2022 | 7:00 PM

Sponsored by Davis Connects and Davis AI, round table panel discussion about graduate schools and programs related to artificial intelligence and data science. 


NOVEMBER 3, 2022 | 7:00 PM

Featuring AI-generated art created by Colby students, staff and faculty. The exhibit’s theme matches the Institute’s “The Lived Environment”. Join us in celebrating the creativity of our campus community.