Indiana University Emerging as Pioneer in Artificial Intelligence Engineering

By: Marie McCarthy

You’d expect to find the world’s leading AI researchers in Silicon Valley or at MIT. But more and more, you can find them in Bloomington, Indiana.

Indiana University is emerging as a pioneer in artificial intelligence engineering in the Midwest and beyond. The school is cultivating the next generation of leaders in the world of Informatics, computing and engineering. This year, the institution has made incredible investments into the future of AI research, thanks in part to generous private donations.

On October 18, the school received a $60 million gift to fund further research initiatives into AI. The money will go towards a new building, plus professorships, fellowships, scholarships and endowed chairs. The initial focus of the research will be digital health care and approaches to it.  Benefactor and Hoosier graduate Fred Luddy says his intention in donating is to make his alma mater a global leader in this field.

In a press release, President Michael McRobbie said Luddy’s gift will change the university and the world. "We are also extremely grateful for his willingness to support a major initiative in this area at IU, one with a focus on digital health care, which will be of such importance in Indiana and around the world," said McRobbie.