Enter the Matrix in Texas

Original article was published by Alex Moltzau on Artificial Intelligence on Medium


Enter the Matrix in Texas

The University of Texas at San Antonio launches the Matrix AI Consortium

According to an article in the Rivard Report the 30th of July it seems UTSA is set to launch a research centre within the field of artificial intelligence.

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is a public research university in San Antonio, Texas. With over 30,000 students, it is the largest university in San Antonio and the eighth-largest in the state of Texas.

It is called the UTSA Matrix AI Consortium and was launched this week.

Matrix aims to help make AI more accessible and easy to use.

According to the aforementioned article Matrix have begun working with the City of San Antonio and was responsible for developing the crowd-sourced COVID-19 Resources and Recovery Site. A site that includes links to testing sites, local case statistics, and food and financial help.

It seems the research centre is somewhat oriented towards AI and health. However, it will also work closely with UTSA’s National Security Collaboration Center. It seems they argue on behalf of connections to the defence industry.

They seem to have some funding. With eight research leads that have access to more than $10 million for their research.

  • The area of augmenting human capabilities will look at how to use machines to supplement and support human analysis and will be led by Amina Qutub, of UTSA biomedical engineering, and Paula Shireman, of UT Health San Antonio surgery.
  • Christopher Mentzer of Southwest Research Institute and Murtuza Jadliwala of UTSA computer science will lead the area of machine learning and deployment, which will look at which algorithms are best for solving a problem and then applying AI to address it.
  • Neuro-inspired AI will look at how AI can be used to better study the human brain and how it can further imitate human problem-solving. It will be led by Peter Fox of UT Health San Antonio research imaging and Fidel Santamaria of UTSA biology.
  • Nicole Beebe, of UTSA information systems and cybersecurity, and Ram Krishnan, of UTSA electrical and computer engineering, will focus on trustworthy AI — on how to make AI better at overall problem solving and having more reliable outcomes.

The new School of Data Science to be built and ready in 20202 does seem interesting.

UTSA’s School of Data Science in 2022 where Matrix will be located. Photo from: UTSA

The director of Matrix will be Dhireesha Kudithipudi.

He is a professor of electrical and computer engineering and computer science at UTSA.

As mentioned above, the four areas are augmenting human capabilities, machine learning and deployment, neuro-inspired AI, and trustworthy AI.

This seems an interesting research environment to follow.