Sacred Heart University spent significant funds to establish an AI lab. Initially there is no ongoing research and no real plan for a research agenda. This paper details how the Jack Welch College of Business and Technology created and implemented an active meaningful research plan. It involves two key elements: thinking local and using business connections to foster active, impactful research. Surrounding communities, business connections, area environment, and other Sacred Heart University departments all played a part. The research plan also identifies a specific issue in working with local and business contact sources: the AI researcher almost never gets data that is ready to use. Typically, there are missing or mistaken data points. While one enters a research project thinking of structure, algorithms and potential results, the reality is that a substantial amount of time will be devoted to cleaning data. For business students is an important lesson: structure your AI input so that the results have meaning.
Taylor, D. G., & McCloud, R. (2023). Thinking local with original data In AI and machine learning research [White paper]. https://digitalcommons.sacredheart.edu/wcob_wp/31/
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