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Bosch further strengthens AI credentials

Leading AI expert and university professor Zico Kolter will also join Bosch as chief scientist of AI

AI contributes to Bosch's business sectors which include mobility solutions and energy
AI contributes to Bosch's business sectors which include mobility solutions and energy

Bosch in North America has launched a centre for artificial intelligence in Pittsburgh. It has also announced it will provide more than $8 million to sponsor research at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) through 2023.


The Bosch Centre for Artificial Intelligence (BCAI) Research Lab in Pittsburgh, which will be the BCAI’s fourth location, will conduct advanced research in artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.


The new location is the next step in BCAI’s mission to partner with leading institutions around the world to jointly accelerate AI research. Bosch plans to build a team of up to 20 AI experts at Bosch’s Pittsburgh Technology Centre by the end of 2019.


The collaboration with Carnegie Mellon represents another important milestone in the longstanding and mutually beneficial partnership between Bosch and the world-renowned university. Having established a presence in Pittsburgh in 1999, Bosch has played an important role in fostering the development of Pittsburgh’s flourishing tech community.


CMU’s Professor Zico Kolter is also joining Bosch as chief scientist in AI. Kolter, an assistant professor at CMU’s School of Computer Science (SCS), will direct the multi-million dollar research projects at CMU, in addition to contributing to Bosch’s global R&D efforts as a principal member of the BCAI. His work has included applications for smart energy and sustainability solutions.


Some of his recent work looks specifically at machine learning methods that are provably resistant to so-called “adversarial attacks” and methods for incorporating optimisation procedures as modules within the loop of more complex deep learning systems.


With a widening gap between industry need and available talent, Bosch is partnering with leading academic organisations such as CMU to develop future professionals’ skills in the dynamic field of AI. The collaboration will also create new opportunities to further AI technology that contributes to advances in Bosch’s four business sectors: mobility solutions, consumer goods, industrial technology, and energy and building technology.


“We at Carnegie Mellon are excited to be working with Bosch to find new ways to use artificial intelligence to improve lives and to develop the next generation of AI scientists,” said Andrew Moore, dean of CMU’s School of Computer Science. “Bosch will benefit greatly from Zico Kolter’s insights, while Zico continues his essential research and teaching here at Carnegie Mellon.”


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