USAF-MIT R&D Partnership to Tackle AI Tech

Jeff Brody

The U.S. Air Force has contracted the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to perform research and development on artificial intelligence technologies. The institute will work with 11 selected airmen to study, develop and field AI technologies to address national security and real-world issues, USAF said Monday. The service branch will allot $15 million annually for the partnership.

Studies under the effort will revolve around the AI sub areas of computational intelligence, reasoning, decision-making, autonomy and societal impact. USAF seeks to apply AI to a variety of military work aspects including maintenance, logistics, situational awareness, disaster relief and medical readiness. Work will begin over the summer.

“MIT researchers who choose to participate will bring state-of-the-art expertise in AI to advance Air Force mission areas and help train Air Force personnel in applications of AI," said Maria Zuber, vice president for research at MIT.

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