Three C3.ai DTI Principal Investigators were named to Clarivate’s 2023 list of the World’s Most Highly Cited Researchers. A total of 6,849 individual researchers from institutions in 67 countries were named this year.

Gerbrand Ceder of the University of California, Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, was named for cross-field research, as was Kaiyu Guan of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and HabiTerre, Inc. H. Vincent Poor of Princeton University was among only 238 on this year’s list who were named in two fields, computer science and engineering. Poor has made the Most Highly Cited list each year since 2015.

Read the Clarviate press release here.

The C3.ai DTI Generative AI Workshop to be held October 25-27 will be live-streamed through DTI’s YouTube channel, organizers have announced.

The event, to be hosted at NCSA HQ at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, will feature leading AI experts speaking on the emergence of GenAI, its fundamental science, societal applications, and ethical use.

For program, see the GenAI Workshop page.

September 6, 2023

National experts in artificial intelligence from leading research universities, along with top industry leaders, will be among the speakers featured in an upcoming three-day workshop on Generative AI hosted by the C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute.

The goal of the workshop, to be held October 25-27 at NCSA headquarters at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, is to discuss the fundamental science and technology behind the myriad of tools collectively known as Generative AI, as well as to discuss their societal applications and challenges.

According to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign organizers, “The emergence of publicly available products such as ChatGPT, Bard, Dall-E, and Stable Diffusion has the potential to enhance human productivity dramatically while also posing important questions regarding their ethical use in society.”

The full list of speakers is below. For the program and registration information, see the GenAI workshop page.

SPEAKERS

  • Misha Belkin, University of California, San Diego
  • Stevie Chancellor, University of Minnesota
  • Ed Delp, Purdue University
  • Shalini De Mello, NVIDIA
  • David Forsyth, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Abhinav Gupta, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Tatsunori (Tatsu) Hashimoto, Stanford University
  • Julia Hockenmaier, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Karrie Karahalios, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Jian Ma, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Morteza Mardani, NVIDIA
  • Henrik Ohlsson, C3 AI
  • Hao Peng, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Max Raginsky, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Greg Shacknarovich, Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago
  • Alex Schwing, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Shenlong Wang, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Yuxiong Wang, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Ben Zhao, University of Chicago

June 27, 2023

The C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute announces a new fall workshop on Generative AI. The deep dive into this powerful new technology will be held October 25-27, 2023 at NCSA Headquarters on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Generative AI refers to a wide variety of artificial intelligence and machine learning tools capable of producing content such as images, videos, text, and computer programs. The emergence of publicly available products such as ChatGPT, Bard, Dall-E, and Stable Diffusion has the potential to enhance human productivity dramatically, while also posing important questions regarding their ethical use in society.

The goal of the workshop is to bring together experts to discuss the fundamental science and technology behind the myriad of tools collectively known as Generative AI as well as to discuss their societal applications and challenges.

Watch for more information announcing workshop speakers, program, and registration.

June 1, 2023

C3.ai DTI COVID-19 PI Nancy Amato, Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering and Head of the Computer Science Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was awarded the Inaugural Robotics Medal from MassRobotics, a nonprofit innovation hub based in Boston. Amato was awarded for her contributions to the field, notably for research on the algorithmic foundations of motion planning, computational biology, computational geometry, and parallel computing.

According to MassRobotics, the Robotics Medal is the world’s first major prize to recognize the wide-ranging impact of female researchers focusing on the development of robotics around the globe. The Robotics Medal is awarded to a woman-identifying student/faculty nominated professor in robotics to recognize their impactful contributions to the field and includes a $50K prize awarded to the individual.

Read more here.

Amato pictured second from right, with Rising Star awardee Alyssa Pierson of Boston University, second from left.

May 10, 2023

A new five-year agreement brings two leading American and Swedish universities together even closer to address some of the most pressing technological challenges facing the U.S. and Europe.

University of California, Berkeley and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden met in Berkeley on May 10 to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that calls for expanded educational and research exchanges across a wide range of technological fields, including computer science, biotechnology, chemistry, mechanical engineering and basic scientific exploration.

The agreement aims to extend the historically close cooperation between the two universities. It was signed by KTH President Anders Söderholm and UC Berkeley Vice Provost for Academic Planning Lisa Alvarez-Cohen at the culmination of a two-day innovation conference in San Francisco organized by KTH. The conference explored opportunities for collaboration to address society’s toughest challenges, bringing together American and Swedish leaders from the private, public and academic sectors — including faculty from UC Berkeley.

The event at UC Berkeley included panels in which researchers from UC Berkeley and KTH, as well as officials from the City of Stockholm, discussed skills for the future and digital transformation and AI to address societal challenges.

In the MoU, the two universities agree to expand opportunities for research and education that strengthen each university’s work toward a more sustainable society and innovative solutions for the future.

Söderholm says the agreement marks a new chapter in a partnership between institutions that share important values, yet offer each other unique perspectives that will define the future.

“California and Sweden are thousands of miles apart, but when it comes to our commitments to sustainable societal development and digital transformation, we are very much on the same page. This agreement is one way our respective universities can build on the importance of U.S.-Swedish relations,” Söderholm says. “Our students and researchers will benefit with new networks that reach more people and have wider influence.”

“We are excited about expanding our connection to KTH to advance innovation in the interest of society, to support researchers, and to increase global opportunities for our students,” says Claire Tomlin, Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. “This collaboration is sure to bring us closer to a more sustainable future.”


Highlights of the agreement may include:

  • Joint research projects, joint conferences, workshops, symposia, seminars and training programs of mutual interest
  • Pursuit of avenues for exchange of researchers which may include faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars
  • Pursuit of avenues for student exchange
  • Exchange of academic publications and other information

About KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Since its founding in 1827, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation.

KTH works with industry and society in the pursuit of sustainable solutions to some of humanity’s greatest challenges: climate change, future energy supply, urbanisation and quality of life for the rapidly-growing elderly population. We are addressing these with world leading, high-impact research and education in natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

KTH is Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world.

Visit KTH.se/en

About the University of California, Berkeley

Founded in 1868, the University of California, Berkeley is the flagship of the ten-campus UC system, the world’s premier public university system. UC Berkeley is a research powerhouse, with 26 Nobel Prize winners among its faculty and 35 alumni winners. Berkeley’s College of Engineering is consistently ranked among the top engineering schools in the nation and the world by many measures.

Berkeley Engineering aims to transform the lives of students by preparing them to become successful leaders and innovators for positive change; to expand knowledge and create transformative technology through original research to tackle the world’s biggest challenges; and to work toward a transformed society, in which all members can thrive, through service to government, industry, and the engineering professions.


Visit Berkeley.edu

May 8, 2023

UIUC News: C3.ai DTI Co-Chief Scientist Tandy Warnow, professor and associate head of computer science and Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering, received the Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for her dedication to helping pre-tenure and mid-career faculty develop their careers.

Read more here.

C3.ai DTI announces the speaker lineup for this fall’s Workshop on Data, Learning, and Markets, which will feature more than a dozen AI experts from the tech industry and leading academic institutions for a deep dive into the timely topic.

The 3-day workshop will be held October 10-12 at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. The event will be the first in-person workshop the Institute has hosted since its founding in March 2020.

This workshop will explore theoretical aspects of the interplay between data science, machine learning, game theory, and economics for the design of markets using data and for the design of data markets.

Workshop organizers are Rasoul Etesami of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Eric Mazumdar of the California Institute of Technology, and R. Srikant of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who also co-directs the C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute.

See the event webpage for registration and venue information.

Preview the program below.

Workshop Program
(All times in Central Time)

Day 1: Monday, October 10
9 am – 9:05 am: Workshop Welcome – R. Srikant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
9:05 am – 9:45 am: Vijay Vazirani, University of California, Irvine
10 am – 10:45 am: Yash Kanoria, Columbia University
11 am – 11:45 am: Negin Golrezaei, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
11:45 am – 1:30 pm: Lunch
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm: Kamesh Munagala, Duke University
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm: Rad Niazadeh, University of Chicago
3:30 pm – 4:15 pm: Ashish Goel, Stanford University
5 pm – 7 pm – Reception and Poster Session

Day 2: Tuesday, October 11
9 am – 9:45 am: Nikhil Garg, Cornell University
10 am – 10:45 am: Amin Saberi, Stanford University
11 am – 11:45 am: Eric Mazumdar, California Institute of Technology
11:45 am – 1:30 pm: Lunch
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm: Nicole Immorlica, Microsoft Research
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm: Ozan Candogan, University of Chicago
3:30 pm – 4:15 pm: Rasoul Etesami, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
5 pm – 7 pm – Reception and Poster Session

Day 3: Wednesday, October 12
9 am – 9:45 am: Munzer Dahleh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
10 am – 10:45 am: Raul Castro Fernandez, University of Chicago
11 am – 11:45 am: Subhonmesh Bose, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
12 pm – Workshop Concludes

When the C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute issued its third call for proposals for AI research to transform cybersecurity and secure critical infrastructure last December, few imagined the increased attention that cybersecurity would command when it came time to announce awards for selected proposals this past March, amid heightened global tensions.

The cybersecurity awards were announced at the Institute’s second annual research symposium in Miami – also its first-ever in-person event of any kind. C3.ai DTI had been launched two years earlier, in March 2020, just as the world entered a lockdown because of COVID-19.

At that time, we issued the first call for proposals for AI research to mitigate COVID-19 and future pandemics. As it turns out, that research reaches far beyond pandemics – AI-driven advances in medical imaging, drug discovery, “virtual physical exams,” a clinical care “GPS,” and the like have the potential to fundamentally change how medicine operates.

The second call in 2021 was for AI research for energy and climate security. While we all recognize the clear and present danger of climate change, fewer would have predicted how the urgency of transitioning away from fossil fuels would skyrocket after Russia invaded Ukraine. We expect these projects to have outsize impact as well.

As the groundbreaking science within these pages describe, the C3.ai DTI is at the forefront of advancing foundational methods and tools that will provide impactful solutions to pressing, societal-scale issues.

View and download the 2021-2022 Annual Report pdf.