Artificial Intelligence Work Group


Artificial Intelligence Work Group

The UF PHHP AI Workgroup aims to provide a platform that builds and showcases innovative research intersecting public health and AI by connecting the local and global research community, facilitating scientific dissemination and discussion, and promoting collaboration.

collage of classroom settings

UF PHHP AI Seminar Series

Our seminar series features presentations from renowned experts in health care and public health AI.

Jim Hoover headshot

Friday, March 29 from 1-2 p.m.

"What really is Al and how can it be implemented to improve health care?"

Presented by Jim Hoover, DBA, MBA, a clinical professor of marketing in the Warrington College of Business. He is also the director of the Business Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Center at UF. In 2023 & 2024, Jim is serving as the Faculty Fellow in the Artificial Intelligence Academic Initiative (AI2) Center where he is helping to advise the Center on efforts related to the teaching of AI across the University. Jim's research interests include the implementation of AI in business and the application of forecasting practices in business. Prior to joining UF, he was a managing director at Accenture leading their federal analytics practice.

About the PHHP Artificial Intelligence Work Group

AI has been applied with demonstrable success across broader research and business landscapes. However, less so for the core functions of public health, namely protecting and promoting the health of populations. The PHHP-AI-WG will help bridge this gap by bringing together interdisciplinary expertise, fostering novel ideas and engaging both established and early career investigators. The work group will capitalize on current AI capacity at UF and grow it further.

Short-term objectives include increased visibility of UF and expansion of collaborative networks. In the long term, we seek to establish the college’s national reputation for public health AI.


  • Periodic seminars, featuring:
    • Presentations from nationally and internationally recognized experts in health care and public health AI
    • Showcase of UF-led research in public health AI
  • Discussion of public health research challenges, identification of ways in which AI can be key to overcome the challenges
  • Support for AI symposia, organizing satellite workshops or booths within established conferences, support for events hosted by UF (e.g., APHA, AMIA, SIOP, the UF DAISY)
  • Routine meetings of the Co-Chairs with the work group committee for review, planning and management.

All activities will strongly call for participation across all PHHP departments and programs, and other colleges will be welcome to engage with the work group.



Noah Hammarlund

Noah Hammarlund

Phone: (352) 273-6073
Aprinda Indahlastari
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology

Aprinda Indahlastari Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Phone: (352) 294-8990

Work group committee members

Shantrel Canidate

Mahek Chandna (undergraduate student)

Geof Gowan

Muxuan Liang

Christian McLaren (graduate student)

April O’Neal

Mattia Prosperi

Hongwu Wang

Feifei Xiao

people seated at tables

Get involved

Sign up for the UF PHHP AI listserv and receive updates on activities and events. RSVPs will be required for seminars, luncheons and workshops.