C3.ai DTI’s first call is for scholars, developers and researchers to develop solutions to help abate the Covid-19 outbreak and mitigate future pandemics using artificial intelligence.
Artificial intelligence company C3.ai and Microsoft Corporation are joining forces with six US universities to establish a new research consortium to help speed the digital transformation of business, governments and society.
Named the C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute (C3.ai DTI), it has secured commitment from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), University of California, Berkeley; Princeton University; University of Chicago; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Carnegie Mellon University, along with the National Centre for Supercomputing Applications at UIUC.
C3.ai DTI’s first call is for scholars, developers and researchers to develop solutions to help abate the Covid-19 outbreak and advance the “knowledge, science and technologies” for mitigating future pandemics using AI.
It will be jointly managed by UC Berkeley and UIUC, while C3.ai DTI said it will sponsor and fund “world-leading scientists” in a coordinated effort to accelerate the social and economic benefits of digital transformation.
“We have the opportunity through public-private partnership to change the course of a global pandemic,” said Thomas Siebel, CEO of C3.ai. “I cannot imagine a more important use of AI.”
To support the institute, C3.ai said it will provide C3.ai DTI with $57,250,000 in cash contributions over the first five years of operation. C3.ai and Microsoft will contribute an additional $310 million in-kind, including use of the C3 AI Suite and Microsoft Azure computing, storage and technical resources to support C3.ai DTI research.
“C3.ai DTI is an important addition to the world’s fight against this disease and a powerful new resource in developing solutions to all societal challenges.”
This Covid-19 challenge is the first in what the consortium intends to be a series of bi-annual calls for digital transformation research proposals. Among the topics suggested by C3.ai DTI that could secure a research award are:
“The C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute, with its vision of cross-institutional and multi-disciplinary collaboration, represents an exciting model to help accelerate innovation in this important new field of study,” added Robert Jones, chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
“At this time of a global health crisis, the institute’s initial research focus will be on applying AI to mitigate the Covid-19 pandemic and to learn from it how to protect the world from future pandemics. C3.ai DTI is an important addition to the world’s fight against this disease and a powerful new resource in developing solutions to all societal challenges.”
The deadline for submission of proposals is May 1, 2020, and those selected will be announced by June 1, 2020. Up to $5.8 million in awards will be funded from this first call, ranging from $100,000 to $500,000 each.
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