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Amazon and Johns Hopkins announce new AI institute

The Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering's new JHU + Amazon Initiative for Interactive AI will take advantage of the university's world-class expertise in interactive AI.

Global technology giant Amazon announces partnership with Johns Hopkins University (JHU) for establishing a new JHU + Amazon Initiative for Interactive AI (AI2AI). 

The jointly established artificial intelligence institute will primarily focus on pioneering AI developments, focusing on machine learning, computer vision, natural language processing, and speech processing. 

The Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering’s new JHU + Amazon Initiative for Interactive AI will take advantage of the university’s world-class expertise in interactive AI. 

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According to the announcement, the project’s inaugural director will be Sanjeev Khudanpur, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. 

“Hopkins is already renowned for its pioneering work in these areas of AI, and working with Amazon researchers will accelerate the timetable for the next big strides. I often compare humans and AI to Luke Skywalker and R2D2 in Star Wars: They’re able to accomplish amazing feats in a tiny X-wing fighter because they interact effectively to align their complementary strengths,” said Sanjeev. 

He further added that he is thrilled about the potential of the Hopkins AI community banding together under the banner of this endeavor and mapping the future of transformational, interactive AI alongside Amazon researchers. 

The funding from Amazon will be used for multiple purposes in this project, such as wading annual fellowship to Ph.D. students, collaborating on research projects led by JHU faculty, and several others. 

Earlier the two entities had collaborated with four Johns Hopkins faculty members joining Amazon as part of its Scholars program. 

“We value the challenges that they bring us and the life-changing potential of the solutions we will create together, and look forward to strengthening our work together over the coming years,” said Ed Schlesinger, Benjamin T. Rome Dean of the Whiting School of Engineering. 

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Dipayan Mitra
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