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Bosch launches AI center at CMU, invests $8M in university research

Aaron Aupperlee
Bosch announced Wednesday that it is establishing a Center for Artificial Intelligence at Carnegie Mellon University and investing $8 million in research at the school.

Bosch announced Wednesday it is establishing a Center for Artificial Intelligence at Carnegie Mellon University and investing $8 million in research at the school.

The AI center is Bosch’s fourth worldwide and second in the United States.

The center will research ways artificial intelligence can be used to bolster technology in mobility, consumer goods, industry, energy and buildings. The $8 million will be invested in research and projects over the next five years.

“We at Carnegie Mellon are excited to be working with Bosch to find new ways to use artificial intelligence to improve lives and to develop the next generation of AI scientists,” Andrew Moore, dean of CMU’s School of Computer Science, said in a statement.

Bosch, a German-based technology company, has been in Pittsburgh since 1999. The company opened a new Research and Technology Center in the Strip District in 2016. About 100 people work in the Strip District on smart and connected devices, cybersecurity and privacy, corporate IT and video analytics.

Bosch also announced that it hired Zico Kolter, an assistant professor at CMU’s School of Computer Science, as its chief AI scientist. Kolter, a professor at the university for six years, will continue to teach and perform research at CMU in addition to his duties at Bosch.

Kolter’s research has developed ways to improve machine learning and how it can be used for in energy and sustainability.

“We’re excited to establish BCAI Research in Pittsburgh with Zico Kolter as part of the long-term collaboration between CMU and Bosch,” Christoph Peylo, global head of the AI centers. “CMU, with its tradition as one of the leading institutions in AI research, is an important pillar in BCAI‘s mission to develop safe, robust and secure AI for Bosch products and services.”

Bosch has AI centers in Sunnyvale, California; Germany and India.

Kolter is the latest AI scientist from CMU to nab a position with a high-profile company. Facebook hired Jessica Hodgins and Abhinav Gutpa, both professors of robotics at CMU, to work part-time in its new AI lab in Pittsburgh. Manuela Veloso will leave CMU July 1 to start work at head of AI research at JPMorgan.

Aaron Aupperlee is a Tribune-Review assistant news editor. Reach him at [email protected], 412-336-8448 or via Twitter @tinynotebook.

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