The National Science Foundation has partnered with two federal departments and four technology companies for a potential $220 million investment effort to create an additional 11 National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes.
The institutes will focus on exploring AI technology platforms various use cases such as elderly care, plug-and-play applications, agriculture and supply chain and adult online learning, NSF said Thursday.
Amazon and Google will partially fund the establishment of a facility the Georgia Institute of Technology will lead to develop collaborative AI systems that learn human behavior to encourage teamwork in caregiving environments.
Intel will back two institutes to incorporate AI and mathematical optimization into systems and to apply facilitate learning-based optimization to semiconductor chip design, robotics and network management.
Accenture will help fund an institute to create AI theories and techniques for adult learning and online education.
Other institutes will cover research on future edge networks, distributed intelligence, edge computing, intelligent cyberinfrastructure, agricultural AI technologies and dynamic platform.
The departments of Agriculture and Homeland Security are the federal partners in NSF’s second round of institutes.
NSF announced the formation of the initial seven facilities last year and said the expansion move will extend the program’s geographical reach to 40 states and the District of Columbia.