The Irish Independent article Dublin university has launched a probe after a former graduate student who dropped out of its PhD programme after his research on artificial intelligence was dismissed by its AI faculty.
Dr Michael McArdle, who had a postgraduate degree in computational and machine learning from the University College Cork, was working on an artificial intelligence study of the effects of language and human speech on how we use information.
He had been working for several years on a research project about how to create the world’s first “smart” self-driving car.
In February last year, the university announced that he would no longer be a part of its doctoral program.
The decision came after a review found that he had not been given enough time to prepare for his thesis, which was due to be finished in June.
The former postgraduate student told The Irish News that he was “shocked” by the decision and did not understand the reason for it.
He told The Independent that he has never been a “person of academic stature” in his life and that he is disappointed that the university did not take the opportunity to have him work with an AI team.
“It’s just a really sad day,” he said.
“The first thing that I wanted to do was just have a proper, honest conversation with the head of the AI department about it.”
In a statement, the University said: “In the past, we have made every effort to ensure that our PhD students have the necessary qualifications, the right support network, and the right resources.
However, in this instance, we believe it would have been in the best interests of the department and the students to have the project concluded early.”
Dr McArsle, a computer science PhD student, told The News that his work was not just a research question.
He said that it was a concern for all academics.
“What the AI folks did was they got rid of all of my work,” he told The New Paper.
“They just said, ‘Go away, you don’t belong here anymore’.”
Dr McArthur said that he did not expect his PhD to be given back, as he did with other PhD students.
“The AI department was so shocked that I dropped out, I had a very good relationship with them and they were like, ‘You have done a very well-developed PhD in computer science’,” he said, adding that he felt “betrayed” and “disgusted”.
He added that he left the university in August last year and is now studying for a PhD in AI.
In a letter to the university, the AI faculty said that they were “deeply disappointed” by Dr McArds decision.
The AI Faculty said that Dr McArthur had been “the victim of an unlawful and malicious act”.
In a written statement, a spokesperson for the AI Department said that “due to the circumstances of his case, it was in the interest of all concerned to take a look at his circumstances and determine what further steps are needed to ensure his continued eligibility to conduct research in AI”.
“We would also like to point out that the Department has received an application from Dr McAs, and will consider that application in due course.”
A spokesperson for Dr McAlvaughan told The Times that he believes the “troubling” episode will not affect his future research, and that the “investigation is ongoing”.
“There are two areas of concern,” he added.
“In fact, there is currently no evidence of wrongdoing on Dr McAldred’s part.””
Dr Patrick McCarthy, the director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Research Centre at the University at Buffalo, said that there were “very serious issues” about the handling of Dr McArtlough’s case.””
In fact, there is currently no evidence of wrongdoing on Dr McAldred’s part.”
Dr Patrick McCarthy, the director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Research Centre at the University at Buffalo, said that there were “very serious issues” about the handling of Dr McArtlough’s case.
“There were issues with how he was handled by the AI Faculty,” he explained.
“There were also concerns about the lack of due diligence.”
He added: “The situation is complex, it’s a very complex case, and it’s going to be a very long and difficult investigation.”
He said there were concerns that the AI program may have been “bought off” and that it may have “disparaged” him.
Dr McCarthy said that AI is “still in its infancy” and said that in order for AI to “become useful in the future, we need to look at the nature and nature of knowledge itself”.
“That is why I think that it is so important that we look at what’s needed for AI, the human cognitive capability,” he concluded.
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