Google and Tel Aviv University set up joint AI-based research program
US tech giant Google and Tel Aviv University have launched a three-year program to promote multidisciplinary AI-related research to address global social, economic and environmental challenges.
The program aims to support the combination of data science and artificial intelligence for a variety of projects. The initiative was launched in March, as part of the TAU Center for Artificial Intelligence and Data Science (TAD) which was established earlier this year and is led by Professor Meir Feder of the Faculty of Engineering. Iby and Aladar Fleischman.
The new program will provide grants to researchers at Tel Aviv University for their work. Ten projects, all dealing with the theme “AI for social good”, have already been selected, out of 27 proposals submitted in response to the joint call from TAU and Google.
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As part of this collaboration, Google will fund seven of the selected projects, the other three being funded by TAD. The total amount Google provided for the program was not disclosed.
Researchers come from a wide range of disciplines including zoology (from the Faculty of Life Sciences), electrical engineering, economics, statistics, communication disorders, biblical studies, earth sciences. and computer science, sociology and anthropology. Among other projects, they will use AI to decipher ancient scripts, study mother-child interactions to research patterns of communication and behavior, and examine fish behavior, TAD Professor Feder said over the phone.
The idea is to bring AI researchers together with other specialists in the social and human sciences, so that they can benefit from each other and build “bridges” between different disciplines, said Professor Ariel Porat, president. by TAU.
Porat added that he hopes the partnership with Google will develop further in the future.
Professor Yossi Matias, vice president of Google and general manager of Google Center in Israel, said AI technologies are already having a “big impact in various fields” and that the program “will harness the power of AI to social good and for science ”.
Google’s social projects include a Global Accurate Flood Forecasting Project, technology for hearing impaired people to conduct telephone conversations, and studies on the use of AI to improve disease diagnosis, he said.
Cooperation between universities and multinationals like Google is important, because both parties can benefit from the pooling of knowledge, explained TAD’s Feder. Israeli researchers have worked ad hoc with teams from Google on joint projects, he said, and the partnership is the first to be established within a framework. TAD is also in contact with other multinationals for additional collaborations, he said, without specifying.