The support plans of the NSF – AI research are favored27. August 2020
The support plans of the NSF – AI research are favored
Washington, August 27, 2020
The National Science Foundation and other federal partners will be awarding US $ 140 million to seven AI research institutes over five years. The money will be used for AI research and development in areas such as forecast prediction, precision agriculture, people development, and AI in the classroom. Each institution receives $ 20 million in funding:
NSF AI Institute for research into trusted AI in weather, climate and coastal oceanography led by a team from the University of Oklahoma. The institute will offer AI certificate programs and hire researchers to work on trusted AI for weather, climate and coastal threats.
NSF AI Institute of Machine Learning Fundamentals under the direction of the University of Texas. The institute will work with Austin, Texas and industrial technology firms to study neural architecture optimization and other theoretical AI problems, and to provide more tools for students and online courses.
NSF AI Institute for Student-AI Teaming, directed by the University of Colorado, Boulder. This team will develop AI in terms of language, gestures, gaze and facial expressions to help students and teachers in remote and real-world classrooms.
NSF AI Institute for Molecular Discovery, Synthesis Strategy and Manufacturing under the direction of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Researchers will work on AI tools to accelerate chemical synthesis and potentially discover and create new materials and compounds.
NSF AI Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Basic Interactions, directed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The group will be incorporating digital learning, public relations, and human resource development to develop an AI that integrates physics.
USDA-NIFA AI Institute for Next Generation Food Systems under the direction of the University of California, Davis. The institute will use AI and bioinformatics to better understand biological data and processes and to address challenges such as plant quality, agricultural production, and resistance to pests and diseases.
USDA-NIFA AI Institute for Future Resilience, Management and Sustainability in Agriculture, led by a second team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The institute will offer a joint degree in computer science and agriculture and will conduct AI research in ML, computer vision, soft object manipulation and human-robot interactions to address labor shortages and other agricultural challenges.
NSF plans to award a total of more than $ 300 million, including partner contributions, to its awards from the AI Research Institute in the coming years.
The NSF invests over $ 500 million in AI every year.