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NSF funds 2 Ohio State-based institutes to expand artificial intelligence research

Aug. 2, 2021
FABE will participate in the ICICLE AI Institute

The Ohio State University is now the home base of two new federally funded institutes dedicated to advancing artificial intelligence research.

Last week, the U.S. National Science Foundation announced the establishment of 11 new NSF National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes, building on the first round of seven institutes funded in 2020. The combined investment of $220 million expands the reach of these institutes to include a total of 37 states.

The AI Institute for Intelligent Cyberinfrastructure with Computational Learning in the Environment (ICICLE) and AI Institute for Future Edge Networks and Distributed Intelligence (AI-EDGE), both led by Ohio State teams, will each receive a total of $20 million over five years. Each institute will manage about $10 million in funding with the rest shared by core partner institutions across the United States.

"AI is, without a doubt, the future, offering the opportunity to improve personalized health care, augment cybersecurity, boost smart mobility, enhance food security, and so much more; but its vast possibilities cannot be fully realized without advancements that substantially improve cutting-edge technologies and bring new services to a broader audience," said Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson. "That's why these two NSF-recognized institutes at Ohio State are so important. Not only will they continue the ongoing and incredibly vital work to fully realize the potential of AI, but they will also offer the opportunity to increase the number and diversity of individuals with the skills necessary to meet the long-term workforce needs of this important field."

The Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering is participating in ICICLE, where Dr. Scott A. Shearer, professor and chair, will lead the digital agriculture focus area. These areas of use inspired science ICICLE will build and prove its system around. 

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