Artificial Intelligence Tools at the U

Learn more about artificial intelligence (AI) tools available for use at the University of Miami.

Adobe Firefly

AI-powered generative image creation

Available for: UM students, faculty, and staff

Adobe Firefly enhances creativity by providing new ways to imagine, experiment, and bring ideas to life. Use simple text prompts in over 100 languages to make beautiful images, transform text, play with color, and so much more.

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AI-powered chat for work with data protection

Available for: UM faculty and staff

Use Copilot to get work done faster, be more creative, or support customers better. All of this can be done with the confidence that individual and business data is protected and will not leak outside the organization.

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AI-assisted grading tool

Available for: UM students and faculty

Gradescope enhances student learning by assisting educators with assessing student work, whether handwritten or digital, with timely and meaningful feedback. Its capabilities include AI-assisted grading, flexible rubrics, detailed analytics, and more.

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Blackboard AI Design Assistant

AI-powered course design tool

Available for: UM faculty

Blackboard's AI Design Assist in Ultra Course View helps educators co-create essential course elements like module titles, descriptions, images, test questions, prompts for assignments, discussions and journals, and rubrics—serving as a starting point for developing organized and effective courses.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is generative AI?

    Generative artificial intelligence (AI) refers to a type of artificial intelligence that can generate new data that resembles a given set of training data. These systems can produce anything from images and music to texts and videos.

  • What are common use cases for generative AI?

    Common uses include generation of custom images, videos, text, and code. In addition, generative AI can augment data, create music, and even design a video game.

  • How does generative AI work?

    Most generative models, like Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs)* or Variational Autoencoders (VAEs), learn to represent the underlying patterns in the data they're trained on. They then use this learned representation to generate new, similar data.

    *A Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) is a type of neural network architecture where two networks, a generator and a discriminator, are trained together. The generator tries to produce fake data, while the discriminator attempts to distinguish between real and fake data. Over time, the generator improves its ability to generate convincing data.

  • Are the outputs from generative AI always unique?

    While generative AI aims to produce novel outputs, there's no guarantee that they are always unique. However, the vast potential output space means that there's a high likelihood of generating something different each time.

  • How does generative AI differ from traditional AI?

    Traditional AI (often rule-based or supervised learning) typically requires explicit programming or labeled data to produce a specific output. In contrast, generative AI can produce new, previously unseen content based on patterns it has learned.

  • Is there any risk associated with using generative AI?

    Yes. There's the potential for misuse in generating misleading content, fake news, or deepfakes*.

    In addition, as shared by the University in May 2023, the generative AI tool ChatGPT is not HIPAA compliant, and the University does not permit its use with any patient data. OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, also warns against inputting confidential data into the platform, which could constitute a public disclosure and lead to a loss in our ability to protect University information, including intellectual property.

    Important: Copilot is not HIPAA compliant yet. Copilot unlocks generative AI for capabilities around asking questions and generating responses from the web. It does, however, have some limitations, such as working with documents and/or conducting custom searches within University of Miami firewalls. If you need any assistance around similar examples, or other potential use cases surrounding generative AI, please reach out to the Department of Data Science and Research Informatics at or Academic Technologies at

    *A deepfake is a synthetic media (typically video) in which a person's likeness is replaced with another's, making it appear that the person is saying or doing something they didn't. This is achieved using advanced generative AI techniques.

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