Published on March 29, 2024, 3:30 am

Mit’S Initiative On Generative Ai: A Look Into Interdisciplinary Research And Innovation

Last summer, a call for papers was issued by MIT President Sally Kornbluth and Provost Cynthia Barnhart to explore generative AI. The response surpassed expectations, with 75 proposals submitted and 27 selected for seed funding. Due to the overwhelming interest, a second call for proposals was announced this fall, resulting in 53 submissions.

A faculty committee reviewed the second round of proposals and chose 16 for exploratory funding. These proposals, authored by interdisciplinary teams from MIT’s various schools and the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, provide insights into generative AI’s potential impacts across diverse fields.

Each research group will be granted between $50,000 and $70,000 to develop 10-page impact papers that will be widely shared through the MIT Press platform under the MIT Open Publishing Services program.

Thomas Tull, a supporter of innovation at the School of Engineering, contributed funds for this initiative. The selected papers cover a range of topics and are poised to contribute significantly to the discourse on generative AI.


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