CCS Partners with SAS to Expand Artificial Intelligence Efforts in Coastal Communities

The University of Florida’s Center for Coastal Solutions (CCS) and SAS Institute (SAS) entered a strategic partnership to develop tools, training programs, curriculum and research that will continue to trailblaze around the UF AI initiative and the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering.

The partnership began in January to integrate the center’s cutting-edge research and SAS’ industry leading data analytics to develop practical solutions to issues surrounding coastal communities.

“Through our collaboration, the CCS is in a unique position to leverage large amounts of environmental data that have been collected by state government and others to better understand why harmful algal blooms and other coastal water quality hazards form when and where they do,” said Christine Angelini, Ph.D., CCS Director, and associate professor in Environmental Engineering Sciences. “SAS brings tremendous experience working with government and private sector clients in Florida and is an excellent partner in designing a process and program for how to deliver useful information to these stakeholders.”

According to Dr. Angelini, researchers in CCS will use SAS Viya, a comprehensive data platform, to aggregate, analyze and visualize environmental data from different time periods and locations that are critical to solving coastal problems.