2023 Generative AI and ChatGPT Summer Program

Program Dates

 July 2-22, 2023

Big dataThe University of Missouri-Columbia will offer a Generative AI and ChatGPT Summer Program in July 2023.

In the past year, generative AI technologies, especially deep-learning-based Large Language Models (LLMs) such as ChatGPT, are ushering an AI revolution that will impact our lives and every aspect of the society.

As Bill Gates wrote in “The Age of AI has begun” on March 21, 2023, “The development of AI is as fundamental as the creation of the microprocessor, the personal computer, the Internet, and the mobile phone. It will change the way people work, learn, travel, get health care, and communicate with each other.”

Alphabet/Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in CBS “60 Minutes” interview on April 16, 2023, “I’ve always thought of AI as the most profound technology humanity is working on—more profound than fire or electricity or anything that we’ve done in the past.”

This summer program will introduce advanced AI technologies, including machine learning, deep learning, Generative AI, LLMs, ChatGPT and teach practical skills and practices in lectures, hands-on labs and seminars by guest speakers.

This program is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, and professionals.

A certificate is issued upon completion of the program. 

Topics include:
  • Introduction to AI, machine learning and data mining
  • Basics of deep learning and generative AI
  • Basics of Large Language Models (LLMs)
    • ChatGPT, GPT-4 and Whisper from OpenAI
    • BERT, LaMDA, Bard and PaLM from Google
    • Stable Diffusion and Stable LM from Stability AI
  • Prompt engineering and application development with ChatGPT and other LLMs
Program Cost

Registration deadline: May 15, 2023

Option 1
  • $4,500 per student
  • This option includes the cost of the program fees, housing in a campus residential hall, meals, transportation to/from local airport, local trips and social activities.

Option 1 Group Discounts

  • For a group of five or more students from the same school, the Option 1 cost is reduced to $4,200 per person in the group.
  • For every 10 students from the same school, one teacher/staff member from this school may accompany their students to participate in the program with all aforementioned costs waived (the cost of airfare is not included).
Option 2
  • $2,400 per student
  • This option includes the cost of the program fees, local trips and social activities. For this option, the student would be responsible for their own transportation, housing and meals.

Please note: neither option includes airfare


Visa information for international students

  • Students attending this summer program may enter the United States on a B-2 visa. The program is deemed recreational because no credit is given.

To enroll in the program, please submit:

A registration deposit is due by May 15, 2023. The final payment is due by June 30, 2023.

You will be notified if you’ve been accepted into the program.

To register, email a completed registration form to Dr. Shang by the application deadline.

For questions, please contact Dr. Yi Shang at 573-884-7794 or shangy@missouri.edu.


This learning experience will be jointly instructed by Professors Yi Shang and Dong Xu of the MU Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Department, supported by a group of outstanding graduate teaching assistants.

Dr. Yi Shang

Yi Shang portrait

Dr. Shang is a Professor, Robert H. Buescher Faculty Fellow and Director of Graduate Studies in the EECS Department. He has published more than 200 papers in journals and conferences in the fields of artificial intelligence, machine learning, mobile and distributed computing, bioinformatics, etc., holds 6 U.S. patents, and named among World’s Top 2% Scientists by a Stanford University report. Previously, he worked as a senior researcher at the renowned Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Palo Alto, CA. He has received research funding from many sources, including NSF, NIH, U.S. Army, DARPA, Microsoft, Raytheon, Missouri Department of Conservation. Dr. Shang received his BS degree from University of Science and Technology of China, MS from Chinese Academy of Sciences, and PhD from University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign in 1997. He is a lifetime member of ACM and senior member of IEEE.

Dr. Dong Xu

Dong Xu portrait

Dong Xu is Curators’ Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, with appointments in the Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center and the Informatics Institute at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1995 and did two years of postdoctoral work at the US National Cancer Institute. He was a Staff Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory until 2003 before joining the University of Missouri, where he served as Department Chair of Computer Science during 2007-2016. He has published more than 400 papers with more than 21,000 citations and an H-index of 74 according to Google Scholar. He was elected to the rank of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow in 2015 and American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Fellow in 2020.

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