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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.


Energy-Efficient ML for Collaborative Drones

Professor Ying Li recently published a paper at IEEE ICCCN 2022, a prestigious and selective conference in the network and communication field. “Energy-Aware Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning for Collaborative Execution in Mission-Oriented Drone Networks” is a collaboration with students Changling Li ’22, Jiyao Chen ’22 and Christine Roinou.


Colby Economic Outlook features an AI Approach

Dr. Michael Donihue was awarded a Davis AI curriculum development grant to redesign his forecasting seminar. He and his students compared atheoretic machine learning methods and structural econometric modeling for the purposes of forecasting and policy analysis. A summary of their work can be found in the 2022  Colby Economic Outlook: An AI Approach.


Davis AI Datathon

SEPTEMBER 24, 2022 | 8:00 AM

In collaboration with Dataiku, an event to use a state-of-the-art data platform to manipulate local, real world data from Colby Biology professor Thom Klepach. NO CODING REQUIRED! Prizes and food! For more information email [email protected] 


OCTOBER 3, 2022 | 7:00 PM

Sponsored by Davis Connects and Davis AI, join us for a panel about internships related to artificial intelligence across many different career fields. For more information email [email protected]


OCTOBER 27, 2022 | 7:00 PM

Featuring art created by DALL-E mini and Colby students. An exhibit showcasing art with an environmental theme created by AI. Join us in celebrating the creativity of our students. Food and drinks!