MIT and U.S. Air Force sign agreement to launch 'AI Accelerator'

New program will focus on rapid deployment of artificial intelligence innovations in operations, disaster response, and medical readiness.

May 22nd, 2019
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CAMBRIDGE, Ma., - MIT and the U.S. Air Force have signed an agreement to launch a new program designed to make fundamental advances in artificial intelligence that could improve Air Force operations while also addressing broader societal needs, reports Rob Matheson for the MIT News Office. Continue reading original article

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May 22, 2019-The USAF plans to invest approximately $15 million per year into the AI Accelerator program, which the military branch plans to utilize in complex decision making like better focusing its maintenance efforts. The MIT-Air Force program will be housed in MIT’s Beaver Works, and MIT's Lincoln Laboratory, a DoD-funded center, will support the AI Accelerator program.

“Our objective is to advance the underlying science behind AI and facilitate societal applications, including helping create solutions in fields like disaster relief and medical preparedness that are of interest to the Air Force,” says Daniela Rus, director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. “We plan to assemble interdisciplinary teams that will collaborate across disparate fields of AI to create new algorithms and solutions.”

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