“Our leadership role in this grant demonstrates Case Western Reserve’s growing prominence as a leader in artificial intelligence research,” President Eric W. Kaler said. “I commend Professor Chaudhary for his efforts to ensure that AI can be applied more broadly to address global challenges.”
“Our researchers at the Case School of Engineering have been making great strides in working toward bring valuable artificial intelligence applications and solutions from idea to reality,” said Venkataramanan “Ragu” Balakrishnan, the Charles H. Phipps Dean of the Case School of Engineering. “This new National Science Foundation support will further enhance and expand the work of those dedicated scientists as they collaborate with partners in academia and in other fields.”
$220 million AI investment
The new institute is one part of a larger, $220 million initiative to fund 11 institutes announced by the NSF today.
The ICICLE institute aims to help create “a national infrastructure that enables artificial intelligence at the flick of a switch,” the NSF said.
Chaudhary said the image illustrates the institute’s goal to bring the computing power of AI into the homes and businesses of more Americans, who will increasingly benefit from the technology in the same way they do from electricity or plumbing.
He said the time is right for expanding the application of AI into many different areas of daily life because of the foundational improvements that have been made in cyberinfrastructure (computer hardware and software) over the last decade.
“Those improvements have been pivotal in the far-reaching growth of AI and will continue to be so,” Chaudhary said. “AI has to work faster, transparently and easier for the non-AI experts to use effectively.”
Ensuring transparency of data will also be essential to ICICLE’s success, said Erman Ayday, an assistant professor in computer and data science at Case Western Reserve.
“In many emerging fields, privacy concerns become a barrier for data sharing and for rapid developments in research,” said Ayday, part of the project team. “Solutions provided by ICICLE will be fully transparent, and so users will have full control over their data when their data is collected, processed and shared.”