The NSF AI Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Fundamental Interactions (IAIFI)

The NSF AI Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Fundamental Interactions (IAIFI, pronounced /aɪ-faɪ/) is one of the inaugural NSF AI research institutes. The IAIFI is advancing physics knowledge – from the smallest building blocks of nature to the largest structures in the Universe – and galvanizing AI research innovation. The IAIFI is a collaboration of both physics and AI researchers at MIT, Harvard, Northeastern, and Tufts. Learn more about our research at the Physics/AI intersection and about our IAIFI Fellows program.


Applications for the 2022-2025 IAIFI Fellowship are now closed. Updates on future competitions will be provided on the IAIFI Fellows page. You can also Sign up for our mailing list to receive announcements for future competitions.

IAIFI Events

IAIFI Colloquium Series continues October 15 at 2:00 pm ET: Our biweekly virtual colloquium series will continue on Friday, October 15, 2021 at 2:00 pm ET with a presentation from Rose Yu on “Physics-Guided AI for Learning Spatiotemporal Dynamics”! Watch on our YouTube channel. Every other Friday throughout the semester, the series will showcase researchers working at the intersection of AI and Physics. Sign up for our mailing list to receive updates on the series.

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Jesse Thaler argues that particle physicists must go beyond deep learning and design AI capable of deep thinking: Read his opinion piece in the CERN Courier , September 2, 2021

Jesse Thaler Interviewed for Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery: Read Jesse Thaler’s interview on Using AI to Drill Down in Physics, July 8, 2021

Philip Harris Receives Department of Energy Early Career Research Award for 2021: The award provides “exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years” with significant funding to support their research. Philip Harris was selected for his research, “Harnessing the Large Hadron Collider with New Insights in Real-Time Data Processing and Artificial Intelligence.” DOE announces 2021 Early Career Research Awards, May 27, 2021

IAIFI Senior Investigators Present at EmTech Digital Conference 2021: Watch Jesse Thaler, Phiala Shanahan, and Pulkit Agrawal present Master Classes for MIT Technology Review’s EmTech Digital Conference 2021: IAIFI Master Classes on YouTube, April 20, 2021

Bill Freeman Elected Member of National Academy of Engineering: “For contributions to computer vision and image enhancement.” National Academy of Engineering, February 9, 2021

“Can a Computer Devise a Theory of Everything?”: Max Tegmark and Jesse Thaler weigh in on this provocative question in a New York Times article by Dennis Overbye, November 23, 2020

AI for Cosmology: Read about Cora Dvorkin’s work on using machine learning to study the structure of the universe, particularly subhalos of dark matter: Quanta Magazine, Harvard Gazette, November 5, 2020

Phiala Shanahan Wins 2020 Kenneth G. Wilson Award: “For excellence in the study of hadrons and nuclei in lattice QCD and for pioneering the application of machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques to lattice field theory.” International Symposium on Lattice Field Theory, October 23, 2020

Phiala Shanahan Wins 2021 Maria Goeppert Mayer Award: “For key insights into the structure and interactions of hadrons and nuclei using numerical and analytical methods and pioneering the use of machine learning techniques in lattice quantum field theory calculations in particle and nuclear physics.” American Physical Society, October 7, 2020

Phiala Shanahan Named One of Ten Scientists to Watch: Science News, September 30, 2020

Provably Exact AI for Nuclear and Particle Physics: Read about recent research by Tej Kanwar, Phiala Shanahan (IAIFI Research Coordinator for Physics Theory), and collaborators at MIT, NYU, and Google Deep Mind on using machine learning to explore fundamental forces of nature: MIT News, Physical Review Letters, September 24, 2020

Tracy Slatyer Awarded 2021 New Horizons Prize in Physics: MIT News, September 10, 2020

IAIFI Launch: On August 26, 2020, the National Science Foundation announced the creation of the NSF AI Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Fundamental Interactions! Full story