IBM, MIT team on AI lab

September 07, 2017 //By Julien Happich
IBM, MIT team on AI lab
IBM (Armonk, NY) announced its plan to make a 10-year, $240 million investment to create the MIT–IBM Watson AI Lab in partnership with MIT (Cambridge, MA). The lab will carry out fundamental artificial intelligence (AI) research and seek to propel scientific breakthroughs that unlock the potential of AI.

The collaboration aims to advance AI hardware, software, and algorithms related to deep learning and other areas; increase AI’s impact on industries, such as healthcare and cybersecurity; and explore the economic and ethical implications of AI on society. IBM’s $240 million investment in the lab will support research by IBM and MIT scientists.

The new lab will be one of the largest long-term university-industry AI collaborations to date, mobilizing the talent of more than 100 AI scientists, professors, and students to pursue joint research at IBM's Research Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts - co-located with the IBM Watson Health and IBM Security headquarters in Kendall Square - and on the neighboring MIT campus.

The lab will be co-chaired by Dario Gil, IBM Research VP of AI and IBM Q, and Anantha P. Chandrakasan, dean of MIT’s School of Engineering. IBM and MIT plan to issue a call for proposals to MIT researchers and IBM scientists to submit their ideas for joint research to push the boundaries in AI science and technology in several areas, including AI algorithms, the physics of AI, the application of AI to industries and shared prosperity through AI.

A distinct objective of the new lab is also to encourage MIT faculty and students to launch companies that will focus on commercializing AI inventions and technologies that are developed at the lab. The lab’s scientists also will publish their work, contribute to the release of open source material, and foster an adherence to the ethical application of AI.

MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab

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