The University of Florida and Silicon Valley-based chipmaker NVIDIA have announced the launch of a public-private partnership aimed at strengthening the university's research capacity in the field of artificial intelligence, improving access to AI training and tools for underrepresented communities, and accelerating the transformation of the U.S. workforce.
Anchored by a $50 million gift — $25 million from NVIDIA co-founder and UF alumnus Chris Malachowsky and $25 million in hardware, software, training, and services from the company — and a $20 million investment from UF, the partnership will create an AI-focused data center on campus and enable the university to boost the capabilities of its existing supercomputer, HiPerGator, with the recently announced NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD architecture, giving faculty and students tools needed to apply AI technology across multiple areas. UF will also hire a hundred additional faculty members focused on AI and offer certificate and degree programs in AI and data science.
The effort includes initiatives to establish an NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute; an NVIDIA AI Technology Center, where graduate fellows and NVIDIA employees will work together to advance AI; and an Equitable AI program, a faculty member convening aimed at creating standards and certifications in AI tool and solutions development that factor in bias, unethical practices, and AI-related legal and moral issues.
"Artificial intelligence is the most powerful technology force of our time," said NVIDIA co-founder and CEO Jensen Huang. "Fueled by data and machine learning, AI is advancing at an exponential pace, impacting every industry from health care to transportation to the sciences. Through their generosity and vision, Chris and UF are providing a mighty foundation for students and faculty to harness this technology and drive discovery."
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