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Two Groups Both Win $7.5m to Study Ai, Autonomous Systems

By Cornell Chronicle

July 27, 2017

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The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded $15 million to two Cornell University research teams to pursue autonomous systems and artificial intelligence (AI) under the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI).

Cornell professor Hadas Kress-Gazit's Perceptual Representations for Actions, Composition, and Verification (PERISCOPE) project will receive $7.5 million to create autonomous physical systems that can complete complex missions in unstructured and changing settings by synthesizing ideas from control, perception, learning, and verification.

PERSICOPE's self-repair function will incorporate in-the-loop verification/falsification, or reasoning about a component's correctness as it relates to sets of environments and associated uncertain perceptual information.

Meanwhile, Cornell professor Robert Bruce van Dover's group plans to use its $7.5-million MURI grant to develop a Scientific Autonomous Reasoning Agent, a multi-agent system to expedite materials discovery and development by combining quantum physics precepts, experimental materials synthesis, processing, characterization, and AI-based algorithms that leverage human insights from expert scientists.

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