The University at Buffalo Artifical Intelligence Institute was established in 2018 to explore ways to combine machines’ superior ability to ingest, connect and recall information with concepts that humans excel at, such as reasoning, judgement and strategizing, to develop dynamic human-machine partnerships.
The initial focus was on harnessing UB’s artificial intelligence capabilities to advance core AI technologies, apply them in ways that optimize human-machine partnerships and provide the complementary tools and skills to understand their societal impact.
The institute builds upon a rich history of AI research at UB that dates back decades, to when computer scientists developed a handwriting-recognition system that has saved the U.S. Postal Service hundreds of millions of dollars. More recently, UB has made strategic investments in both people and programs to enhance the university’s AI capabilities.