The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor will recruit and train 60 post-doctoral fellows over the next six years as part of a new international partnership aimed at accelerating the the next scientific revolution by applying artificial intelligence to research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
UM is one of nine universities across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Singapore selected this month to join the Eric and Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Postdoctoral Fellowship, a program of Schmidt Futures.
With more than $10 million in support from Schmidt Futures, the Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) at UM will fund 10 fellows each year for six years to study and apply AI techniques to their academic research projects.
As part of the program, UM will provide advanced AI training, financial research support, and professional development opportunities to post-distribution fellows in an effort to build a global network of trained scientists. to AI. With the partnership program as a priority, MIDAS supports the adoption of AI methods to create research across disciplines for many UM researchers.
“If we, as a society, want to address and solve some of the biggest challenges ahead, it is very important to expand and strengthen our collaboration in the discovery of AI,” says HV Jagadish, director of MIDAS and the Edgar F. Codd Distinguished University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UM.
“This new fellowship program is designed to integrate AI techniques directly into natural science, engineering, and mathematics education, to train sharp minds at the forefront of scientific innovation so that we can accelerate the pace of research and innovation.”
MIDAS, launched in 2015 by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, partners with schools, colleges, and units across UM to enable transformational AI and data science in research, to advocate for AI and data science, and to enhance. training for postdoctoral researchers.
This partnership expands the Schmidt Futures portfolio of AI projects, which aim to generate breakthroughs across scientific disciplines – from creating new medicines to fighting diseases, to finding some of the weaker elements of the solar system, to help produce and store. more energy.
“Scientific innovation today is often defined by new use cases for existing technologies or refining previous advances, rather than creating entirely new areas of discovery,” said said Eric Schmidt, co-founder of Schmidt Futures. “This is why we need to accelerate the next scientific revolution in the world – by supporting the broad and deep integration of AI techniques into scientific and technological research.”
The first batch, representing various academic programs, will join UM at the end of the year. In addition to UM, Schmidt Futures selected eight other universities to join its partnership program, including the University of Toronto, Nanyang Technological University, the University of Singapore, and the University of Oxford , Imperial College London, Cornell University, University of California, San Diego, and the University of Chicago.
“AI is already revolutionizing, but it’s not yet ready to be inclusive, equal or collaborative,” said Wendy Schmidt, founder of Schmidt Futures and president of The Schmidt Family Foundation. “By supporting future applicants from around the world in fields beyond computer science, we hope to create a community that can develop and improve this technology and find ways new to use to solve some of the world’s problems.”