June 19, 2020

C3.AI Digital Transformation Institute Welcomes New Consortium Member Stanford University

by Tamara Straus in Announcement

Urbana-Champaign, IL; Berkeley, CA, June 9, 2020 – The C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute, a new consortium of leading research universities and companies dedicated to accelerating the socioeconomic benefits of artificial intelligence, today announced that Stanford University is joining the Institute and Chris Manning, Associate Director of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI (HAI) and the Thomas M. Siebel Professor of Machine Learning, will serve on its Executive Committee.

Chris Manning, a professor in computer science and linguistics, also directs the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Stanford. He works on software that can intelligently process, understand, and generate human language material. Manning is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and the Association for Computing Linguistics (ACL), of which he is also past president

“I am delighted to join the C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute representing Stanford,” said Professor Manning. “Collaboration across universities and disciplines is key to unlocking the societal benefits of artificial intelligence and machine learning, and this consortium, with its foundational support for digital transformation science to mitigate COVID-19 and future societal challenges, has significant potential to advance solutions.”

“The impact of AI will be felt by every part of society and in every walk of life,” said Stanford HAI Co-Director John Etchemendy, Stanford’s Patrick Suppes Family Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences and its former provost. “For AI to genuinely serve the needs of humanity requires an interdisciplinary approach and broad collaboration. Stanford and HAI’s participation in the Digital Transformation Institute will hopefully help us achieve that goal.”

About the C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute

Established in March 2020 by C3.ai, Microsoft, and leading universities, the C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute is a research consortium dedicated to accelerating the benefits of artificial intelligence for business, government, and society. The Institute engages the world’s leading scientists to conduct research and train practitioners in the new Science of Digital Transformation, which operates at the intersection of artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing, internet of things, big data analytics, organizational behavior, public policy, and ethics.

The nine C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute consortium member universities and laboratories are: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), University of California, Berkeley, Princeton University, University of Chicago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford University, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and National Center for Supercomputing Applications at UIUC.

Industry partners include C3.ai and Microsoft. To support the Institute, C3.ai is providing the Institute $57,250,000 in cash contributions over the first five years of operation. C3.ai and Microsoft will contribute an additional $310 million of in-kind support, including use of the C3 AI Suite and Microsoft Azure computing, storage, and technical resources to support C3.ai DTI research.