Student Connectedness & Success

Cooperative Learning & Mentorship


Creativity, Research & Development


Integrity & Accountability

Our Research Foci:

Intelligent Systems


Game Design & Development

Undergraduate Reaseach Experiences

PreK-16 Computer Science Education

Cultural Relevance & Ethics

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What is LAIA?

LAIA (Lab for Artificial Intelligence and its Applications) is a physical space (a research lab) and a community of practice (CoP) in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Coppin State University, led by Dr. Leshell Hatley.

Within it, student research scientists collaborate to enhance their skills by learning, using, and creating technologies (software and hardware) to improve the community around us.
These technologies focus on applications of Artificial Intelligence and related computing technologies.

Our research foci:

1. Expert Systems/Intelligent Tutoring Systems
2. Intelligent Robotics
3. Game Design & Development
4. Undergraduate Research Experiences
5. PreK-16 Computer Science & Computer Engineering Education
6. Cultural Relevance & Ethics

Our Purpose

*To enhance students’ skills in collaboration, communication (all forms), research, design, and development/implementation;
*To expose students to a rigorous research agenda focused on the theory and practical uses of Artificial Intelligence and related fields;
*To foster and promote development and innovation related to the application of Artificial Intelligence (theory and ethics) to learning technology, games, and robotics and other automated technologies; and
*To provide educational experiences  in computer science and engineering and mentorship to PreK-16 students in Baltimore City, especially regarding programming, game design, and robotics.

LAIA Activities, Accolades & Accomplishments!

June 2020: LAIA & Dr. Hatley partnered with Arizona State University, Carnegie Mellon University, and University of Pittsburgh on the Collaborative Research: A Social Programmable Robot: Fostering Rapport to Improve Computer Science Skills and Attitudes Project.
April 2020: Dr. Hatley is approved for promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure.
March 2020: LAIA (Coppin State) wins NSF HBCU-UP Grant for Broadening Participation in STEM with Howard University (lead institution), Winston Salem State University, Morehouse College, and University of Michigan.
February 2020: LAIA changes the name of the KEEPCLEAN app project to BMoreCLEAN.
December 2019: Dr. Hatley represents Coppin State University on the Mid-Atlantic Space Grant Data Science Consortium and begins the process of joining the National Space Grant Foundation.
December 2019: Dr. Hatley hosts Mr. Moore and his junior computer science class from Carver HS again to finish their Scratch games.
November 2019: Dr. Hatley hosts Mr. Moore and his junior computer science class from Carver HS. They are introduced to Scratch.
November 2019: Dr. Hatley is invited to and participates in QEM NSF (DRL) Proposal Writing Workshop.
October 2019: LAIA formed 2019-2020 robotics education partnership with Coppin Academy High School.
September 2019: Dr. Hatley served as proposal reviewer for the Smithsonian Youth Access Grant.
August 2019: Dr. Hatley is invited to and participates in NSF Workshop to discuss Including Fairness, Equity, Accountability, and Transparency in computing-based (e.g. Artificial Intelligence) research, practice, and educational efforts at Georgia Tech.
June 2019: Dr. McCoy is CoPI and is awarded NSF ITEST-Advancing Informal STEM Learning program Award: Maryland Sports Data Analytics Camps for Youth in partnership with the University of Maryland, College Park.
June 2019: Dr. Hatley is invited to and participates in NSF Workshop to discuss Including Ethics in Data Science Pedagogy - EDSP-2019
June 2019: Dr. Hatley is invited to and begins NSF Collaborative Research: Exploring the Intersectional Relationship between Mathematics and Computing Identities for Black Girls and Women.
May 2019: Dr. Hatley is invited to participate in Morgan State University: Mobile Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching as part of the ASPIRE partnership between Johns Hopkins, Morgan State, and Coppin State.
April 2019: LAIA's #KeepClean project gets a new website!"
April 2019: LAIA Celebrates 3 Year Anniversary!
March 2019: LAIA launches software development and research project = codename "MoodRing."
December 2018: LAIA, ACM, ACMW sponsor Coppin's 'Hour of Code' Event
October 2018: LAIA began its Intelligent Website Chatbot project.
October 2018: Mercedes Williams took over @coppincs (instagram channel) to share experiences from the #HelloResearch Conference.
October 2018: LAIA Undergraduate Rearch Student Mercedes Williams attends #HelloResearch! A Research Conference for Undergraduate Women in Computer Science, and presents a poster on KeepClean!
October 2018: Dr. Hatley is recognized at the 1st Annual USM "Made in Maryland" celebration for her creation of the Myles & Ayesha Black Inventors Match Game
October 2018: Dr. Hatley participates on the panel entitled Engaging HBCU Faculty on Project-Based Learning in Silicon Valley" based on experiences in the Google Faculty-in-Residence program at the 34th Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Eastern Regional Conference.
September 2018: Students begin project for 2018-2019 HBCU Maker & Innovation Challenge.
August 2018: Dr. Hatley is awarded a $5K grant from the Abell Foundation to continue design and development of the Keep Clean app.
July 2018: LAIA hosts pilot summer programming camp for elementary school students.
June 2018: LAIA Students presents Keep Clean to Baltimore City officials and others working on litter challenge.
June 2018: Dr. Hatley and LAIA students join planning committee for Girls in CS Summit hosted by Code in the Schools.
May 2018: LAIA students make the ACM-W Chapter at CSU an official campus organization.
February 2018: LAIA Students competes in the 2018 HBCU Maker & Innovation Challenge with Keep Clean.
January 2018: LAIA Students app/web design project "oscar" becomes Keep Clean.
November 2017: LAIA Students being new app design project - codename = oscar.
November 2017: Dr. Hatley is awarded $15K from The Kapor Center.
November 2017: LAIA-sponsored, CSU Hacks students begin web-based software project: codename = oscar.
November 2017: With guidance from with LAIA, Coppin CS students apply for Google Internship for the very first time.
October 2017:LAIA launches
October 2017:LAIA partners with Career Services to offer Resume Writing Workshop.
September 2017:LAIA launches Coppin CS Slack Community.
August 2017: Dr. Hatley continues work on campus as Google Faculty-in-Residence.
July 2017: Dr. Hatley attends Microsoft Faculty Summit on Artificial Intelligence
June-July 2017: Dr. Hatley becomes Google Faculty-in-Residence.
April 2017: Microsoft invites Dr. Hatley to attend the Faculty Summit on Artificial Intelligence
March 2017: Dr. Hatley gets accepted to in Google's Inaugural Summer 6-week Faculty-in-Residence Program
March 2017: LAIA Research Scientists (students) complete deployment of Rack One of donated Yahoo! servers
January 2017: Dr. Hatley speaks at Frostburg State University on Gamification
November 2016: Yahoo! donates 200 servers to LAIA and the Math and Computer Science Department.
September 2016: Dr. Hatley speaks at University of Maryland: College Park on Gamification
June 2016: LAIA wins 1st place the White House HBCU Maker & Innovation Challenge! April 2016: LAIA is born!
February 2016: Dr. Hatley joins Higher Education Video Game Alliance (HEVGA)
February 2016: Dr. Hatley joins Coppin State Faculty

Our Winning 2016 HBCU Maker Challenge Project: Rooftop Garden Robotics