Indiana University has dedicated the $35 million Luddy Center for Artificial Intelligence, which will serve as the hub for multidisciplinary research in advanced AI and machine-learning applications. IU says the initial focus of the center, which is expected to open in August, will include robotics, complex networks, health and social media.
IU says the 58,000-square-foot center will feature teaching and learning spaces dedicated to faculty and students conducting pioneering research into AI and machine learning.
“As we dedicate the Luddy Center for Artificial Intelligence, it is fair to say that we are also celebrating what will be a game-changing development for Indiana University,” said IU President Michael McRobbie. “Indiana University has been a center of research in a number of areas of AI for many years. Artificial intelligence has long been an area of strength of the Department of Computer Science and, more broadly, IU faculty in the cognitive sciences, psychological sciences and neurosciences have also long been engaged in areas of research relevant to AI. The explosion worldwide of the uses and applications of AI, building on decades of steady research progress, made this the perfect time for IU to establish a major holistic initiative in artificial intelligence.”
IU says the center will draw upon the strength of researchers at the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering, as well as collaborators from IU’s health and life science schools, departments and programs.
“Our campus is the perfect space for this fabulous, synthetic, future-looking center,” IU Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel said. “It is filled with world-renowned experts, and the opportunities for collaboration across disciplines abound. These experts, moreover, bring with them vast networks of connection outside the university, which only provide rocket fuel to the ongoing conversations and collaborations happening across campus.”
The facility is part of the $60 million gift from IU alumnus Fred Luddy in 2019, the second-largest private gift in IU history.
Ground was broken for the center in February 2020.