UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A newly founded, interdisciplinary research center established to further foundational and applied artificial intelligence (AI) in engineered systems will bring together expertise from 75 researchers representing 24 academic units across Penn State.
The center, funded and supported by the University and housed in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), is part of Penn State’s new AI Hub to facilitate internal collaborations, technology transition and external engagement. Vijaykrishnan Narayanan, A. Robert Noll Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering in the School of EECS, will serve as the founding director of the Center for Artificial Intelligence Foundations and Engineered Systems (CAFE).
“CAFE converges multiple foundational efforts to engineer specific applications,” said Justin Schwartz, Harold and Inge Marcus Dean in the College of Engineering. “Dr. Narayanan, an innovative inventor recognized internationally for his ability to translate ideas into practice, is ideally positioned to lead this center.”
According to Narayanan, the center will focus on AI as it pertains to engineered systems, which are relevant in almost every area of life, from daily tasks to national security.
“AI has the potential for transformative impact on a wide variety of engineered systems including energy efficient buildings; smart prosthetic and assistive devices; new meta-materials; robust manufacturing pipelines; and next-generation autonomous underwater vehicles,” he said. “Our center will focus on the notion of integrating artificial intelligence into an entire system, small or large, allowing synergistic interaction between the development of AI foundations and the design of future engineered systems. A key aspect will be providing artificial intelligence that is able to cope with challenges of operating in real-world conditions.”
Five associate directors representing the College of Engineering, College of Information Sciences and Technology, Eberly College of Science and the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) will help guide the research, industry engagement, defense, education and outreach activities of the center.