IAIFI News Archive
Second Round of IAIFI Fellows Announced: The next round of IAIFI Fellows (2022-2025), Denis Boyda, Carolina Cuesta, and Jessie Micallef, will join us later in 2022 and help spark vital interdisciplinary research at the intersection of Physics and AI! January, 28, 2022
IAIFI Senior Investigator Phiala Shanahan receives 2021 Wu-Ki Tung Award for Early Career Research on QCD: Phiala was recognized “for pioneering studies of long-wavelength and nuclear non-perturbative QCD effects in discretized space and time, and for applications of machine learning to lattice field theory.” January 24, 2022
IAIFI Junior Investigator Harold Erbin receives MIT Infinite Expansion Award: Harold was selected as one of the recipients of MIT’s Infinite Expansion Award for 2022 because of his “exemplary service on the IAIFI Early Career and Equity Committee” and being “actively involved in many other IAIFI community building efforts.” January 10, 2022
IAIFI Senior Investigator Pulkit Agrawal and collaborators receive Best Paper Award at Conference on Robot Learning: The paper was chosen for “The sheer scope and variation across objects tested with this method, and the range of different policy architectures and approaches tested.” Read “A System for General In-Hand Object Re-Orientation”, November 12, 2021
IAIFI Senior Investigator Philip Harris establishes NSF-Funded Institute with collaborators: Philip Harris will serve as Deputy Director of the Accelerated AI Algorithms for Data-Driven Discovery (A3D3) Institute, using Artificial Intelligence to accelerate discoveries in physics, astronomy, and neuroscience. October 29, 2021
IAIFI Fellow Siddharth Mishra-Sharma and Senior Investigator Phiala Shanahan interviewed for Nature Careers: Read “How AI is helping the natural sciences”, October 13, 2021
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
August 26, 2020
Today, the National Science Foundation announced the creation of the NSF AI Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Fundamental Interactions!
The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today an investment of over $100 million to establish five NSF AI Institutes, each receiving about 20 million dollars over five years. One of these, the NSF AI Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Fundamental Interactions (IAIFI), will be led by MIT’s Laboratory for Nuclear Science (LNS) and involves both physics and AI researchers at MIT, Harvard, Northeastern, and Tufts.
The IAIFI will advance physics knowledge – from the smallest building blocks of nature to the largest structures in the Universe – and galvanize AI research innovation.
“Recognizing the critical role of AI, NSF is investing in collaborative research and education hubs, such as the NSF IAIFI anchored at MIT, which will bring together academia, industry, and government to unearth profound discoveries and develop new capabilities,” said NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan. “Just as prior NSF investments enabled the breakthroughs that have given rise to today’s AI revolution, the awards being announced today will drive discovery and innovation that will sustain American leadership and competitiveness in AI for decades to come.”
You can find more info on our iaifi.org page and in the following press releases: NSF, NSF blog, MIT, Harvard, and Northeastern.
2021-2024 IAIFI Fellows
August 26, 2020
Today, we launched our IAIFI postdoctoral fellows program! Applications for the inaugural group of IAIFI Fellows are due October 20, 2020.
AI technologies are advancing rapidly, making it both important and challenging to train junior researchers at the intersection of physics and AI. The IAIFI aims to recruit and train a talented and diverse group of early-career researchers, including at the postdoctoral level through its IAIFI Fellows Program.
“By offering our Fellows their choice of research problems, and the chance to focus on cutting-edge challenges in physics and AI, we will prepare many talented young scientists to become future leaders in both academia and industry,” says MIT professor of physics Marin Soljacic.
IAIFI researchers hope these Fellows will spark interdisciplinary and multi-investigator collaborations, generate new ideas and approaches, translate physics challenges beyond their native domains, and help develop a common language across disciplines.
See our Fellows page for more information.
2021-2024 IAIFI Fellows: IAIFI is pleased to announce our 2021-2024 IAIFI Fellowship Program. The deadline for full applications is October 20, 2020. Full story