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IAIFI Launch

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.