“The probability of something good not coming out of this is zero,” said Tom Siebel, CEO of enterprise AI software provider C3.ai, which has announced the winners of its awards for COVID-19 research through the C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute (DTI). The awards – more than two dozen of them – span a wide range of COVID-19-related research topics and offer the awardees access to supercomputing power, C3.ai’s software, Microsoft Azure resources and more.
C3.ai’s DTI is managed by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and UC Berkeley. In partnership with Microsoft, C3.ai issued a call for research proposals in late March, seeking projects that would use advanced AI and computing technologies to illuminate the coronavirus pandemic. “I think that many of the decisions that have been made around the world … are most certainly well-intended, but they are not informed by data,” Siebel said. “So the idea is to provide well-informed, scientifically grounded, data-driven conclusions from empirical data so that our policy-makers can be making better-informed decisions.”
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