Zuckerman AI FUND at the Technion

New Zuckerman Fund Helps US-Israel Research Ties Drive the Global Artificial Intelligence Revolution

The Zuckerman Fund for Interdisciplinary Research in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence taps into talent at multiple campuses of one of Israel’s AI research leaders, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

With the fast-growing Artificial Intelligence (AI) sector and its associated fields poised to change the world as we know it, a newly launched fund is leveraging the power of U.S.-Israel collaboration to produce groundbreaking interdisciplinary research that seeks to place Israel at the center of the global AI map.

Introduced during an event at the Technion Board of Governors meeting, the Zuckerman Fund for Interdisciplinary Research in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence will support up to six research projects annually that are conducted between researchers affiliated with at least two faculties at the Technion’s main campus in Israel as well as the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute in New York. The projects will focus on applied research in the sectors which are increasingly influenced by AI, including health and medicine, financial technology, autonomous vehicles, home and industrial robots, smart environments, agricultural technology, and defense and homeland security.

“We are utilizing both the domestic and global resources of Israel’s AI research leader, the Technion, as a game-changing platform for positioning the ‘start-up nation’ at the forefront of the global AI revolution,” said James S. Gertler, Zuckerman Institute trustee. “The time for this fund is now, because the future is now.”

“Supporting tomorrow’s technological solutions through today’s research is a crucial manifestation of our vision that philanthropy’s ultimate goal is the betterment of society as a whole,” said Zuckerman Institute trustee Eric J. Gertler. “Joint innovation in AI and other high-tech areas also forms the basis of the next frontier in the U.S.-Israel relationship. We hope that others follow our lead in paving the way for stronger American-Israeli ties through collaborative research.”

Intel extends its support to the AI program at the Technion for another period well into 2020 as a result of Zuckerman Institute AI initiative. 

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