The Simons Foundation in New York City has announced a ten-year, $35.5 million grant in support of the mission and activities of the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at the University of California, Berkeley.
Established in 2012 with a $60 million grant from the foundation, the institute is focused on advancing knowledge of the mathematical foundations of computing, as well as machine learning, data privacy, quantum computing, and neuroscience. It has also played a role in the development of the nascent field of algorithmic fairness, which identifies the sources and nature of racial bias in a range of settings and seeks interventions to blunt the downstream effects of data bias, and has explored quantum cryptography and the theory of deep learning.
Combined with its original grant, the most recent commitment from the foundation boosts its support for the institute to nearly $100 million.
"The institute has truly become a home for theoretical computer science and has already made an amazing impact on the discipline," says Yuri Tschinkel, director of mathematics and physical sciences at the foundation. "We are proud to support the vision of the institute's leadership, and look forward to continuing our collaboration with Berkeley on this exciting project."
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