CSE Faculty Will Support Schmidt Futures $148M Initiative Accelerating AI Use in Science

Oct 26, 2022
CSE Professors (top row) Mikhail Belkin and Barna Saha (bottom row) Rose Yu and Julian McAuley.

UC San Diego has been selected to join the Eric and Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Postdoctoral Fellowship, a program of Schmidt Futures, to accelerate the next scientific revolution by applying AI to research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

New methods in advanced computing and AI are increasingly contributing to revolutionary tools in scientific research and discovery. However, the current adoption of AI in scientific and engineering research is slow, unevenly distributed and inconsistent. Increasing the shared knowledge and application of AI in STEM fields can shift the way that researchers consider questions and solve problems, improving analysis and increasing automation, thus broadening the scope and accelerating the speed of research.

The program will initially support approximately 160 postdoctoral fellows across nine universities around the world each year, to learn and apply AI methods to their research. UC San Diego will select a new cohort of postdoctoral scholar fellows each year for six years.

UC San Diego is home to cross-disciplinary AI research entities including the EnCORE program, a joint effort between CSE and the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute (HDSI).

AI/method faculty champions from CSE include Mikhail Belkin, Barna Saha, Rose Yu who are also affiliated with HDSI, and Julian McAuley.

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