Education

Federal leaders investing $20M in artificial intelligence institute at Carnegie Mellon University

PITTSBURGH — Federal leaders are investing $20 million to help Pittsburgh develop artificial intelligence.

Carnegie Mellon University will use the money to create an AI Institute.

The university is not wasting any time, and the institute is slated to open on June 1.

“The best applications of artificial intelligence in societal domains will come when we not only advance AI for decision-making, but also better understand human decision-making, and when we can bring the two together,” said Aarti Singh, a professor in the Machine Learning Department of CMU’s School of Computer Science, who will serve as the institute’s director. “Social scientists are studying human behavior. Machine learning researchers are developing new AI technologies to aid decision-making. For maximal impact of these technologies, we need to have social scientists and AI researchers collaborate to come up with solutions that will leverage AI capability while ensuring social acceptance.”

CMU is looking to use AI to help tackle issues, ranging from public health to climate change.

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