By Cornell Chronicle
July 27, 2017
Two research teams at Cornell University each received $7.5 million from the U.S. Defense Department to pursue research under the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative.
The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded $15 million to two Cornell University research teams to pursue autonomous systems and artificial intelligence (AI) under the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI).
Cornell professor Hadas Kress-Gazit’s Perceptual Representations for Actions, Composition, and Verification (PERISCOPE) project will receive $7.5 million to create autonomous physical systems that can complete complex missions in unstructured and changing settings by synthesizing ideas from control, perception, learning, and verification.
PERSICOPE’s self-repair function will incorporate in-the-loop verification/falsification, or reasoning about a component’s correctness as it relates to sets of environments and associated uncertain perceptual information.
Meanwhile, Cornell professor Robert Bruce van Dover’s group plans to use its $7.5-million MURI grant to develop a Scientific Autonomous Reasoning Agent, a multi-agent system to expedite materials discovery and development by combining quantum physics precepts, experimental materials synthesis, processing, characterization, and AI-based algorithms that leverage human insights from expert scientists.
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