Tel Aviv University launches new interdisciplinary center for artificial intelligence

The center is expected to be made up of hundreds of researchers, and promote multidisciplinary research cooperation with scientists from around the campus. The center will also promote cooperation with the military and with public entities  

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Tel Aviv University has launched its new interdisciplinary Center for Artificial Intelligence and Data Science, headed by Prof. Meir Feder of the Fleischman Faculty of Engineering.

The center will deepen the basic research in these fields, encourage cross-disciplinary research that uses the most advanced methods of artificial intelligence (AI) and data science (DS), and train a new generation of researchers and industrialists who will take Israel to the forefront of the global AI revolution in the coming years. The world of AI requires computing power and a new computing architecture, and it is expected to change the world of computing and be a main consumer of quantum computing if and when it is realized. The launch event will take place during AI Week that takes place each year at the university.

The president of Tel Aviv University, Prof. Ariel Porat, said "The establishment of the AI Center is one more step toward implementing TAU's vision for advancing groundbreaking, interdisciplinary research that brings together the university's finest researchers, the high-tech industry and the community. Not long ago we launched the interdisciplinary Center for Combating Pandemics and over the coming year we intend to establish more such centers, such as one for climate change and another for healthy aging." 

"TAU's great advantage is its enormous range of disciplines. Our new interdisciplinary 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 in this area, and therefore the Center will provide all TAU students with basic AI education." 

According to Prof. Feder, the Center will include hundreds of researchers, and will promote collaborations among scientists all over campus. It will also foster collaborations with the defense and other industries, the public sector, and leading universities and research institutions 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 "AI for Social Good" program.

Prof. Isaac Ben-Israel, head of TAU’s Yuval Ne’eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security, who is behind AI Week, and Prof. Eviatar Matania (also of Tel Aviv University) are leading the national AI initiative. Prof. Ben-Israel stressed that "the applications of intelligent systems have far-reaching implications for practically every area of modern life, including security, medicine, transportation, automation, retail, customer service and numerous others."

"Various AI and machine 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 obvious technological disciplines such as computer science, mathematics and engineering, but also in the social, legal, business and even philosophical spheres."