UC Berkeley Research to Combat COVID-19 through Artificial Intelligence

July 22, 2020

By Annika Rao | The Daily Californian

From machine-learning algorithms detecting emergent diseases to a data-driven approach to addressing housing inequity, six UC Berkeley-led projects have been awarded funding from the recently created C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute to use artificial intelligence, or AI, to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

Each project was awarded a one-year grant in the range of $100,000 to $500,000, according to Tamara Straus, a spokesperson for the institute. The projects were chosen by more than 500 reviewers based on a variety of criteria, including originality of research, use of AI, multidisciplinary applications and potential to grow with further support, Straus added.

In addition to funding, researchers will gain access to the C3.ai computing platform and supercomputing resources from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Teams will also have at their disposal the C3.ai COVID-19 Data Lake, which consolidates COVID-19-related data from multiple sources.

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