The University of Chicago and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel will support collaborative research in quantum information science and artificial intelligence, in a partnership that also includes the Toyota Technological Institute of Chicago.
This expanded partnership builds on the existing Marshall and Arlene Bennett Family Research Program, which funds research between UChicago and the Weizmann Institute of Science in the life sciences, physical sciences and engineering. Led by UChicago’s Office of Science, Innovation, National Laboratories and Global Initiatives, the partnership will prioritize new research that leverages AI for new discoveries in biology and materials science, and it will promote fundamental discoveries in quantum information science and engineering. Collaboration between institutions has the potential to create solutions that can scale globally for the benefit of humanity.
Initially, the expanded partnership awarded over $1 million in research funding for three collaborative projects that advance the field of science and have a significant impact on science and technology and travel grants for three teams additional research. The research topics of funded projects include applications of artificial intelligence in medicine and materials science, as well as quantum information science with applications to communication networks.
“The University of Chicago’s commitment to scholarly work that shapes and defines fields of study is reinforced by international and inter-institutional collaborations like this,” said University of Chicago President Paul Alivisatos. . “The Weizmann Institute of Science is a world-class partner, and together we can forge a much deeper understanding of the foundations of data science and artificial intelligence and develop new beneficial uses.”
“The Weizmann Institute has a long history of international collaborations that have inspired scientists to make a collective impact on global challenges,” said Alon Chen, President of the Weizmann Institute. “We look forward to continuing to partner with the University of Chicago to combine our strengths in this new era of artificial intelligence and quantum science.”
“I am thrilled to see that my family’s research program has inspired a global initiative between these three renowned institutions,” said Bija Bennett, Director and President of the Bennett Family Foundation.
The Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, one of the world’s leading basic research institutions, is made up of 250 experimental and theoretical research groups in five faculties: Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science, and Physics.
The Toyota Technological Institute of Chicago is an academic institute of computer science dedicated to basic research and higher education. The institute is located on the UChicago campus and is closely linked to the University of Chicago Computer Science Department.
AI projects in health and biology will seek to use artificial intelligence to improve our ability to understand the rules of life, from the molecular scale to multicellular organisms and ecosystems. In materials science, researchers will explore how to leverage AI to predict properties and guide the design and synthesis of new materials.
“Artificial intelligence and quantum information science have the potential to propel innovations that will span multiple areas,” said Juan de Pablo, executive vice president for science, innovation, national labs and initiatives. worlds at the University of Chicago. “It is with cross-institutional efforts like these that real progress emerges. We are honored to work with these institutions, and these grants are the first step in what we hope will be a long and fruitful partnership that will lead to exciting and defining breakthroughs in the field.
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