New AI Institute Expands UC Merced’s Smart, Sustainable Agriculture Effort
With a new $20 million federal grant, UC Merced becomes part of a multi-institutional research collaborative to develop artificial intelligence — or AI — solutions to tackle some of agriculture’s biggest challenges related to water management, climate change and integration of new technology into farming.
A computer scientist who tackles inequality through algorithms
Rediet Abebe uses the tools of theoretical computer science to help design algorithms and artificial intelligence systems that address real-world problems. She has modeled the role played by income shocks, like losing a job or government benefits, in leading people into poverty, and she’s looked at ways of optimizing the allocation of government financial assistance.
Big Data from Little Droplets: Unlocking Condensation Insights with AI and Machine Learning
Tiny droplets hold big data. Researchers from UC Irvine and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are using artificial intelligence and machine learning to transform information from condensation droplets exponentially faster and more accurately than before.
Ethics and algorithms
UC Santa Cruz
Problems with bias in criminal justice, hiring, ranking, search, news, and more have created an explosion of interest in ethics and algorithms. Computer scientists at UC Santa Cruz are tackling these and other sensitive issues of big data, artificial intelligence, and ethics in technology.
UCLA and Amazon join forces to create Science Hub
The Science Hub for Humanity and Artificial Intelligence will aim to leverage the cross-pollination of industry and academic research on artificial intelligence to address society’s most pressing challenges and develop solutions that will ultimately benefit humanity.
Artificial intelligence is bringing the dead back to ‘life’ — but should it?
In what seems eerily like a “Black Mirror” episode, Microsoft announced earlier this year it had secured a patent for software that could reincarnate people as a chatbot, opening the door to even wider use of AI to bring the dead back to life.
AI-powered personalized recommendation system helps lower blood pressure
UC San Diego
Engineers at UC San Diego have developed an artificial intelligence platform that fuses data from disparate health and lifestyle sensors, wearables and apps into one site, using this combined data stream to paint a broader picture of a user’s health, and make personalized recommendations for them to improve a specified health outcome.
Words and Images
UC Santa Barbara
As we rely more on natural language processing to help us navigate our world, it’s more important than ever that these artificial intelligence models — used increasingly in applications such as caption generation for the visually impaired — remain true to reality.
“The issue is that deep learning-based neural language generation models have no guarantees in generating factually correct sentences that are faithful to the input data,” said UC Santa Barbara computer scientist William Wang.
Artificial Intelligence: Can We Trust Machines to Make Fair Decisions?
Artificial Intelligence touches almost every aspect of our lives, from mobile banking and online shopping to social media and real-time traffic maps. But what happens when artificial intelligence is biased? What if it makes mistakes on important decisions — from who gets a job interview or a mortgage to who gets arrested and how much time they ultimately serve for a crime?
AI helps researchers map mutation hotspots in cancer patients
UC San Diego
Researchers led by bioengineers at the University of California San Diego have identified and characterized a previously unrecognized key player in cancer evolution: clusters of mutations occurring at certain regions of the genome.
UCLA Researchers Develop New, Noninvasive AI Method to Inspect Live Cells and Gain Critical Data
Researchers at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering have discovered a new artificial intelligence-based method to discern the properties of live biological cells without destroying them.
New AI strategy enables robots to rapidly adapt to real-world environments
Artificial intelligence algorithms developed by a team of researchers from UC Berkeley, Facebook and Carnegie Mellon University are equipping legged robots with an enhanced ability to adapt to and navigate unfamiliar terrain in real time.
Scientists are using AI originally developed for producing deepfake videos to stop future pandemics
New pathogens like COVID-19 might soon face an army of custom-made antibodies designed by artificial intelligence technology that was originally developed to produce deepfake images and videos.