MIT and U.S. Air Force joined hands to launch AI Accelerator

By POOJA BISHT |Email | May 21, 2019 | 2349 Views

With an aim to deploy Artificial intelligence in the societal needs more effectively like disaster response and in medical help, MIT and U.S. Air Force joined hands to launch AI Accelerator. MIT and U.S. Air Force recently signed agreements to launch AI Accelerator that will be helpful to the air force and the society. "This collaboration is very much in line with MIT's core value of service to the nation, "Maria Zuber MIT's vice president for research and the E.A.

An AI accelerator is a computer system which is designed for hardware acceleration for artificial intelligence applications to make some processes more efficiently.

As per the agreement, interdisciplinary teams of researchers will be made where students and faculty will focus on topics like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robotics. Expertise will be imparted by the US airforce to the teams.

"MIT is the leading institution for AI research, education, and application, making this a huge opportunity for the Air Force as we deepen and expand our scientific and technical enterprise," Heather Wilson Air Force Secretary. "Drawing from one of the best of American research universities is vital."

"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 is 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." 

Surely the AI accelerator programs are going to help the airforce in various of its maintenance tasksThe Air Force plans to invest approximately $15 million per year as it builds upon its five-decade relationship with MIT.
The collaboration is expected to support at least 10 MIT research projects addressing challenges that are important to both the Air Force and society more broadly, such as disaster response and medical readiness.

According to the report, The AI Accelerator research program will aim to develop new algorithms and systems to assist complex decision-making that might help the Air Force, the AI Accelerator research program will aim to develop new algorithms and systems to assist complex decision-making that might help the Air Force,
"MIT continues to pursue research that addresses current problems, while training researchers to think through the implications for tomorrow as research is translated to new technologies and new problems," adds Krystyn Van Vliet, associate provost and professor of materials science and engineering and of biological engineering. "The MIT-Air Force AI Accelerator allows MIT to demonstrate that concept when AI provides one of the tools for human decisions."

Source: HOB