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This website seeks to cultivate a community of artificial intelligence (AI) practitioners at Northwestern united by their AI-related research and work, to highlight the myriad efforts across the University that push the boundaries of AI in its core technology and applied usage, and to continue to elevate and advance this important priority research area.

Collaboration is at the heart of Northwestern’s AI work, both with interdisciplinary initiatives and with projects that span corporate, foundation, and public partnerships to maximize our global impact. Northwestern researchers are supported by a stellar administrative team to forge these partnerships. For more information on building a partnership with Northwestern, reach out to:  

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Kristian HammondKristian Hammond, Member of the AI@NU Committee, Bill and Cathy Osborn Professor of Computer Science, and Executive Director of the Center for Advancing Safety of Machine Intelligence (CASMI)

"AI@NU has been important to our progress on multiple fronts. As we were working to understand the problem space for the new Center for Advancing Safety of Machine Intelligence, having this community gave us real access to AI in practice: an awareness of where the problems are and what work needs to be done. It helped to change our focus away from the theory and toward the practice of safety and ethics in AI. CASMI is a collaborative effort with a number of external partners, and having AI@NU demonstrates to potential external partners that Northwestern has deep interconnections and experience in connecting theoretical ideas with practical applications across many disciplines and domains of use for AI. As the director of the MSAI program, AI@NU has been tremendous for our students. The focus of MSAI is helping to train the people who are actually going to be building the systems in the world. Because of AI@NU, we are able to connect to projects at the medical school, law school, and the journalism school in a way that we would not have been able to without AI@NU in place. Our students are seeing where their technology meets the real world and have gained awareness of research efforts and practical application challenges across the full spectrum of AI use cases.”


Kelly MichelsonKelly Michelson, Member of the AI@NU Committee, Professor of Pediatrics and Julia and David Uihlein Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities, and Director of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities at Feinberg

"AI@NU sends a message to funders, students, industry collaborators, and the community at large that Northwestern not only realizes the importance of AI but also sees the reality that AI will be one of the main drivers of change leading us into the future. As a researcher, having AI@NU positions me well to compete for high-profile large-scale funding opportunities. As a teacher and mentor, AI@NU provides easy access to diverse experts so that I can engage learners in interdisciplinary study, paving the wave for new ideas and thought leadership among the next generation.”


Abel KhoDr. Abel Kho, Member of the AI@NU Committee, Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics) and Preventive Medicine (Health and Biomedical Informatics), Director of the Center for Health Information Partnerships, and Director of the Institute for Augmented Intelligence in Medicine at Feinberg

"AI@NU has built a community that opens up opportunities for collaboration across our Chicago and Evanston campuses. Especially during a global pandemic that has kept many of us apart, it is a welcome point of connection between people sharing a common interest in AI. As we launched and build a new Institute for Augmented Intelligence in Medicine, it has given us a forum to learn from others across a diversity of disciplines, engage students and faculty campus-wide with new initiatives such as our Third Coast AI in Health Bowl, and identify potential funding opportunities and speakers. As interest in AI continues to grow, efforts like AI@NU that connect communities of interest will be more important than ever.”

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