July 29, 2021

UC Berkeley and two others won a five-year, $20-million award to create the National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Institute for Advances in Optimization, the National Science Foundation announced today.

At the institute, UC Berkeley, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Southern California will develop algorithms using AI and operations research that make supply chains and electricity grids more resilient. They will also work with historically Black colleges and Hispanic-serving community colleges to create student educational and research opportunities.

Pascal Van Hentenryck, associate chair for innovation and entrepreneurship at Georgia Tech’s School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, is the lead principal investigator of the AI institute. Alper Atamturk, chair of UC Berkeley Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR), is UC Berkeley’s lead investigator for the institute.

UC Berkeley faculty members Dorit Hochbaum, Pieter Abbeel, Laurent El Ghaoui, Paul Grigas, Barna Saha, Max Shen, Raluca Scarlat, Borivoje Nikolic and Vladimir Stojanovic will participate.

The award was one of 11 new AI research institutes announced by NSF.