Technology giant Amazon has announced a partnership with Virginia Tech to offer opportunities to students in fields like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).
As a part of the partnership, Amazon and Virginia Tech plan to take initiatives towards machine learning-focused research, Ph.D. student scholarships, community engagement, and the formation of a common advisory board.
The new collaboration will allow Virginia Tech graduate and doctoral students interested in artificial intelligence-related subjects and are currently pursuing education and research experiences in those fields.
Vice President of Alexa AI, Prem Natarajan, said, “We are delighted to collaborate with Virginia Tech in launching this new initiative which brings together the top talent in our two organizations in a joint mission to achieve ground-breaking advances in robust machine learning.”
He further added that the initiative’s proximity to Amazon’s HQ2 would accelerate research activities that take advantage of the Northern Virginia area’s depth of talent to address some of AI’s most urgent concerns.
Additionally, the partnership will considerably help Virginia Tech graduate and Ph.D. students as they will be able to apply for fellowships, including Amazon internships, to assist them in obtaining a better grasp of the market. After the internship year, every student will be invited to interview for a paid Amazon internship during the summer.
Faculty members from Virginia Tech will also get a chance to propose Amazon-sponsored machine learning research ideas that aim to alter how the world utilizes and understands this sector.
President of Virginia Tech, Tim Sands, said, “This partnership affirms the value of our connection to Amazon as we scale up project-based learning and research programs in artificial intelligence and machine learning.”
He also mentioned that building Virginia Tech’s strength and knowledge in these areas will support key technical developments and the university’s commitment to fostering workforce development throughout the Commonwealth.