Institute AIMs for Ethical AI Development

Interdisciplinary Research to Focus on Responsible Use of Revolutionary Tech

The University of Maryland this spring launched a major hub dedicated to developing the next generation of artificial intelligence education, technology and leaders.

Its new AI Interdisciplinary Institute at Maryland (AIM) will support faculty research, offer hands-on learning experiences, and focus on responsible, ethical development and use of a technology expected to be revolutionary—all to advance the public good.

“Artificial intelligence continues to grow exponentially, creating opportunities to solve the grand challenges of our time. With this institute, our experts will work together to globally lead responsible AI development that spurs economic growth and promotes human well-being,” says UMD President Darryll J. Pines.

AIM builds on the university’s existing AI expertise and centers, including the Center for Machine Learning, the National Science Foundation-funded Institute for Trustworthy AI in Law & Society (TRAILS), the Value-Centered AI Initiative and the Social Data Science Center.

“Artificial intelligence continues to grow exponentially, creating opportunities to solve the grand challenges of our time.”

Darryll J. Pines UMD President

“We’re fortunate to have AI experts in fields ranging from computer science and engineering to journalism, education, social sciences, business and the arts—a unique breadth of expertise,” says Senior Vice President and Provost Jennifer King Rice. “By uniting our efforts under one institute, we will not only become a magnet for AI development and research but a global leader in preparing students and the workforce for an AI-infused world.”

The institute will help students of all majors learn how to apply the principles of AI to their fields; it will also coordinate the development of new AI degrees and expanded courses, a professional certificate and other workforce development programs.

AI-infused systems have the potential to enhance human capacity and creativity, mitigate complex society challenges, and foster innovation, says AIM Director Hal Daumé III, a Volpi-Cupal Family Endowed Professor in the Department of Computer Science.

“Achieving this requires a joint effort between those pushing the boundaries of new AI technologies, those who innovate AI applications, and those who study human values and how people and society interact with AI,” he says.


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