2021 IDEA Institute on Artificial Intelligence (July 10-16)

COVID-19 Guidelines

According to the University of Tennessee's COVID-19 policies as of May 2021, campus visitors should:

    • Maintain social distancing and wear face coverings as directed.
    • Complete health screening forms as directed.
    • Not attend an event if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or suspect they have been exposed to COVID-19.
    • Immediately report to the event organizer if they think they attended an event while sick or potentially exposed to COVID-19.

More information on the university's COVID-19 guidelines can be found here.

Program Dates

Pre-Institute Onboarding Program

Fellows will have been emailed a link with the Zoom information for joining the onboarding meetings.

    • May 25, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. ET
      • Introduction, Overview, Getting Acquainted
    • June 1, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. ET
      • AI and Libraries
    • June 8, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. ET
      • Python Basics
    • June 15, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. ET
      • Statistical Lens for Machine Learning
    • Week of June 21st
      • Discussion
      • Same 60 minute discussion will be held twice so that all can attend.
    • June 29, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. ET
      • Introduction to UX-Human/AI Interaction

2021 IDEA Institute

The institute will be held from July 10, 2021 to July 16, 2021.

Further schedule details will be provided in June.


University of Tennessee - College of Communication and Information

The Institute will be held in the College of Communication and Information's Ed Ingle Theater, originally known as the Scripps Convergence Lab, located in room 402.

A male student walks across Circle Park under the fall colors on November 7, 2018. Photo by Steven Bridges

Campus Navigation


    • Institute participants who need to park on campus should stop by the Visitor's Booth on Circle Park and pay for parking, priced at $5/day. Closer to the event dates, information will be provided on where to park. Parking meters are also available.


Institute Hotel

  • The 2021 hotel is the Cumberland House located on 1109 White Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916.
  • Reservations for single, king-sized rooms have been made for all IMLS-funded fellows. The hotel will bill our business office in CICS directly. Please do not book your own hotel as reimbursements may not be processed.

Self-funded Fellows

  • You are welcome to make your own hotel reservation. Cumberland House is the designated Institute Hotel, and it charges a government rate for the University of Tennessee, along with the hotels listed below. If you need help with booking one of these hotels, please contact Claudia Gutierrez and/or Dr. Dania Bilal.

Hotels List

Cumberland House Knoxville

1109 White Avenue, Knoxville, TN

Approx. 15-minute walk


(865) 971-466

Graduate Knoxville Hotel

1706 Cumberland Ave, Knoxville, TN

Approx. 10-minute walk



Additional Knoxville hotel options are listed here.