Governor Hochul Announces $20 Million Public-Private Investment to Advance Artificial Intelligence Goals

AI Research Group leads and focus areas include the following:

Data Privacy and Security – SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, Binghamton University Department Chair Computer Science Weiyi Meng; and Stony Brook University Associate Professor, Computer Science, Michalis Polychronakis

Education – Stony Brook University Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs & Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mónica Fernández Bugallo; and Binghamton University Associate Dean of Research Meera Sampath

Social Impact; Ethics and Trustworthiness – University at Albany Associate Professor, Philosophy, Jason D’Cruz; and University at Buffalo Katherine Johnson Chair in Artificial Intelligence Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, Atri Rudra

Research and Infrastructure – University at Albany Vice President for Research & Economic Development Thenkurussi (Kesh) Kesavadas and University at Buffalo SUNY Empire Innovation Professor, Computer Science and Engineering Jinjun Xiong

Workforce and Industry – University at Buffalo SUNY Empire Innovation Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, Director of Artificial Intelligence Institute, David Doermann; and Stony Brook University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Computer Science, Steven Skiena

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