Tel Aviv University launches the Multidisciplinary Center for Artificial Intelligence and Data Science

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Tomorrow (Wednesday) Tel Aviv University will launch the new Multidisciplinary Center for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Science (DS), headed by Prof. Meir Feder of the Iby and Aladar Fleischman Faculty of Engineering. The Center will enhance basic research in these areas, encourage multidisciplinary research that uses the most advanced methods of AI and DS, and train a new generation of researchers and industrialists who will take Israel to the forefront of the global AI revolution in coming years. The world of AI requires new computational power and architecture. It is expected to change the world of computation and become a major consumer of quantum computing, if and when it becomes available. The launching event will take place during TAU’s annual AI Week.

TAU President, Prof. Ariel Porat: “The establishment of the AI Center is one more step in implementing TAU’s vision for advancing groundbreaking, multidisciplinary research that brings together the university’s finest researchers, the high-tech industry and the community. Not long ago we launched a multidisciplinary epidemic research center and over the coming year we intend to establish more multidisciplinary centers, such as a center for research on climate change and a center for aging research.  TAU’s great advantage is its enormous range of disciplines. Our new multidisciplinary centers will further extend the scope of research, combining different disciplines, from engineering and computer science through life sciences, medicine and psychology, to economics, management, humanities, arts and law.”

Prof. Meir Feder emphasized that “the AI revolution is expected to impact our way of life in every aspect, from drug development and data-based personalized medicine, to defense and security systems, financial systems, scientific discoveries, robotics, autonomous systems and social issues. In addition, it is very important to train human capital is this area, and therefore the Center will provide all TAU students with basic AI education.” According to Prof. Feder the Center is expected to include hundreds of researchers, and will promote multidisciplinary research collaborations with scientists all over campus. It will also foster collaborations with the military and with public institutions in industry and the community, as well as leading universities and research institutes around the world.

Prof. Feder added that next month the AI Center will launch its collaboration with Google Israel as part of the company’s program ‘AI for Social Good’.

Prof. Itzik Ben Israel, Head of the Yuval Neeman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security and initiator of AI Week, and Prof. Eviatar Matania, also of Tel Aviv University, head the international AI initiative.

Prof. Ben Israel emphasized that “the applications of intelligent systems have far-reaching implications for practically every area of modern life, including security, medicine, transportation, automation, retail, sales, customer services and numerous others. The various learning algorithms, together with the enormous increase in computational power, are already beginning to penetrate all areas of our lives, and understanding them requires proficiency not only in the ‘natural’ technological disciplines – such as computer science, mathematics and engineering, but also in the social, legal, business and even philosophical aspects.”

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